TOP INDIE BANDS - WEEK 44
So, now that October is over…how much longer do we have to deal with pumpkin spice-everything and rotting jack o’lanterns? Okay, I’ll admit, I enjoy pumpkin spiced things as much as any other girl in her 20s’, but this year I had to take a step back and reflect when I saw pumpkin spice flavored water —now that’s going too far. Luckily, we have some seriously awesome new tracks this week to cleanse our pallets and to get us into November in style. We have the latest from The Shins, Muse, San Cisco, and much much more. So get cozy, grab a bag of left over Halloween candy, and read on for the best new indie tracks of the week!
THE AVALANCHES - BECAUSE I’M ME
Today we’re kicking things off with “Because I’m Me” from The Avalanches’ new album, Wildfire. It’s a high-energy track with a blissful 70s-inspired edge that will instantly consume you. The retro-inspired video serves as a perfect compliment to the song and you wont want to miss the subway platform performance!
TANUKICHAN - ENOUGH
Oakland-based singer-songwriter Hannah van Loon aka TANUKICHAN is quickly winning us over with her dreamy yet catchy sound. “Enough” is from her debut EP, Radiolove, and it’s a shoegaze-packed ride full of moody guitars and her whispery soft vocals.
THE SHINS - DEAD ALIVE
Everyone’s favorite early 2000’s indie rock band is back with their brand new track, “Dead Alive.” The song feels like classic Shins with light and airy vocals, easy going guitars, and a melody that will have you dusting off your Garden State DVD by the time it’s over. The video is probably one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while, as it’s filled with awesome miniature effects and late 70s’ charm.
SAN CISCO - SLOMO
Washington-based band SAN CISCO is back with the first single off of their upcoming third album and it will definitely get you moving. “SloMo” is a uplifting flurry of funky bass lines, dance-inducing guitars, hi-hat beats, synths, and wonderfully disco-sounding vocals that you can’t help but love. The track is sure to keep you moving and smiling throughout its duration and it’s easily one of today’s highlights.
SKOTT - LACK OF EMOTION
Singer-songwriter SKOTT is quickly casting her spell on anyone who listens with her laid back mystical sound that we’ve already loved on tracks like “Porcelain.” Her new song, “Lack of Emotion,” is a unique and blissful blend of guitars, playful percussion, swirling synths, and haunting vocals that you’ll keep coming back to.
SHAEFRI - PIXELATE
SHAEFRI is an electronic pop artist from London that is quickly gaining a following with her icy-cool vocals and unique instrumentation. Snaps and pulsating electronics carry the track throughout its nearly 5 minute duration but with little moments thrown in, like after the 3:40 mark, to keep things fresh. We can’t wait to see what she releases next!
MUSE - NEW KIND OF KICK
MUSE is giving us a little something extra this Halloween with their super fun cover of The Cramps’ song, “New Kind of Kick.” Telling by the music video, it’s easy to see that they enjoyed getting into character while singer Matthew Bellamy takes his vocals to a whole other rock ’n roll level. It’s fun and totally worth checking out!
SEEB - WHAT DO YOU LOVE FEAT. JACOB
Norwegian duo SEEB have teamed up with singer Jacob Banks on their soulful and uplifting new track, “What Do You Love.” It’s packed full of shimmering electronics, playful bubbling beats, and Jacob’s infectious croon that will have you singing, “tell me/ what do you love? what do you love?” for the rest of the night. At this point in their career it’s totally clear that Seeb definitely has a knack for creating infectious radio-ready singles that stand out from the rest.
THE SSS - THE ONE YOU NEED
New band THE SSS has everyone falling hard for their ridiculously catchy indie pop garage rock sound, making them perfect for fans of bands like The Arctic Monkeys. Moody guitars, shuffling drum beats, and distinct vocals will have you hooked instantly, and by the time it’s half way through you’ll already be singing along to all of the words. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on today’s list and I can’t wait to see what else they have to offer!
SEAVERA - PARALLEL AND REPEAT
We here at BitCandy think that SEAVERA is one of the best duos coming out of Australia right now, and after one listen of their new track “Parallel and Repeat,” you’ll quickly understand why. Dramatic and memorable instrumentation sets the track’s dark and heavy vibe, while angelic yet strong vocals tie the epic and atmospheric whirlwind together beautifully.
And that’s all of the best indie tracks of the week to keep you going…until next time!
About Erin Crider
Erin Crider eats, breathes, and sleeps pop culture. If you have a question about a one-hit wonder from the ‘90s or need help remembering lines from a SNL skit, she’s your girl. When she isn’t lurking the internet, she's either going to a show or hanging out at Disneyland. Erin lives in Southern California and has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Cal State Long Beach.