NEW INDIE MUSIC – WEEK 46 2014
It's here! The day I thought would never come. After a two year wait, Azealia Banks has finally dropped her debut album, Broke with Expensive Taste. Are you creaming your pants yet? Well, you should be as it's actually fucking awesome, not to mention it features the hipster king himself, Ariel Pink. Don't go illegally downloading it just yet, though, as you've still got this week's new indie music to check out from Glass Animals, JMSN, Hozier and more. Trust me, this shit is juicier than all of Azealia's beefs put together.
GLASS ANIMALS – GOOEY (LIVE FROM CAPITOL STUDIOS)
My hips! They're gyrating uncontrollably. I'm overwhelmed by groove. “Gooey” was sexy enough on tape, but live it becomes a whole different animal. Grrr! Maybe alt-j will sound this hot once day, at least once they've lost their virginities.
JMSN – ENDS (MONEY)
Justin Timberlake, just retire already. Now you're gonna be a baby daddy, leave it up to JMSN to deliver the future sex love sounds on his self-titled sophomore album, out December 9th. For real though, Christian Berishaj has never sounded so fresh. Detroit represent!
PS. Is that a dude?
HOZIER – LIKE REAL PEOPLE DO (LIVE FROM BARN ON THE FARM)
I often find myself daydreaming about frolicking in the the grass with Hozier, so this beautiful live rendition of “Like Real People Do” has made my fantasy that bit more real. Fun fact: “Take Me to Church” is the highest-charting tune in the Hot 100's history with the word “church” in its title.
ARMS AND SLEEPERS – SWIM TEAM
I haven't smiled so hard in such a long time. A gorgeous video from the director, Joseph Ghaleb, to accompany a gorgeous song from the Boston duo, Arms and Sleepers.
WULF – FIRE
What the fuck did I just listen to? This is the best song I've ever fucking heard. Well, maybe not the best song I've ever fucking heard, but still. London trio, WULF, have come from out of seemingly nowhere and completely blown my mind with their debut single, “Fire,” an onslaught of, I quote: “Gospel. Rocking. Piano!” I can't even. What the fuck?
Update. My boyfriend has since ruined it by comparing it to “Violet Hill.”
LOWLY – FORWARD
Lowry may hail from Denmark, but don't expect any generic Scandi-pop here. On “Forward,” the Aarhus quintet's third single to date, they present a sound more akin to the experimental chaos of Björk, or for a more closer-to-home reference, Poliça, giving rise to one of the most weird and wonderful songs I've heard from the Nordic region in a long time.
THE DISTRICTS – 4TH AND ROEBLING
Shout out to Fat Possum for signing the Lancaster quartet, The Districts, as we now have a whole album's worth of unadulterated blues-rock to look forward to next February in the form of A Flourish and a Spoil. Here's the first taste, “4th and Roebling,” a song so high-octane, it makes their label-mates, The Black Keys, sound like a couple of old farts.
MIAMIGO – OPINIONS
I'm so sorry it took me 10 months to discover you. Now I've found you, I'm never letting you go. Your debut single, “Opinions,” is one of the catchiest synth-pop songs I've heard this year. This could be the start of something very special. Please send more!
BRANDYN BURNETTE – PROMISED LAND
MEANWHILE – ICARUS
The Basingstoke crooner and rumored love child of Prince and David Bowie, Meanwhile, is finally back with another funk-infused single, “Icarus,” ahead of the release of his debut EP, The Element Yes, out December 1st. David Bowie or Axl Rose, you decide. Regardless, cocaine and Aqua Net for all.
That's it for this week's new indie music, so I officially give you permission to go and check out Broke with Expensive Taste. Here's hoping it sells more copies than Azealia's previous hype fail.
About Jess Grant
When Jess Grant isn't writing on music, she can be found playing it – on her guitar, on her ukulele, and on her recently acquired mandolin. Playing it hideously, she ought to add. Jess also studies. She studies the English language, to be precise. Jess is currently on her way to a degree in the subject, and enjoys starting and never finishing novels, screenplays, and poetry in her spare time. She also likes dogs. Lots of dogs.