TOP INDIE SONGS - WEEK 21

5/21/18
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Just when you think that Grimes and Elon Musk have broken the Internet, along come Yanny and Laurel (that's Yanny and Laurel, NOT Carrie & Lowell). While the blogosphere may be divided on what exactly that damn audio clip is saying (although it's quite clearly Yanny, and if you hear otherwise, you're obviously practicing some kind of sorcery), here's one thing that our ears are almost certain to agree on – that this week's edition of We Are: The Guard's Top Indie Songs is among the best yet! As Memorial Day Weekend approaches, then, turn up the heat on your summer playlists with the following hotter than hot tracks from HONNE, Robert DeLong, Poolside, Lykke Li, Natalie Prass, and more.

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KING PRINCESS – TALIA

In a world of Katy Perrys and Rita Oras, King Princess is the voice that pop music needs. The Mark Ronson protégé continues to bring an authentic, unapologetically queer perspective to her latest single “Talia,” an ultraviolet ode to lesbian heartbreak that comes paired with a Clare Gillen-directed video that sees King Princess getting cozy with a life-size mannequin.

 

HONNE – ME & YOU ◑

HONNE follow up the release of the ridiculously groovy “Me & You ◑” with the official video. The good vibes are on tap throughout this Ddong Tae-directed clip, which stars the insanely talented !NTRO Dance Music Studio cutting shapes to the Tom Misch-featuring bop throughout Seoul. Watch, smile, and share with friends :)!

 

ROBERT DELONG (FEAT. K.FLAY) – FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE

It's been a while, but Robert DeLong is back in a VERY big way with the mind-melting “Favorite Color Is Blue.” Listen as the Los Angeles musician and guest collaborator K.Flay let rip over a distorted, glitched-out production on this aural equivalent of a nervous breakdown, which comes paired with an equally anxiety-inducing official video courtesy of director Evgenia Strukova and visual effects artist Dmitry Tokoyakov.

 

AUGUST 08 – FATHER ISSUES

AUGUST 08 looks back on his turbulent relationship with the father who abandoned him at the age of 11 on the hard-hitting latest single to be unveiled from his recent EP FATHER. “I got father issues weighing on my chest/Some I just can't fix,” sings the 88rising signee on “Father Issues” – a song that offers a deep sense of catharsis through its pain and vulnerability.

 

POOLSIDE – FEEL ALRIGHT

Poolside are our go-to band when we're in need of some escapism. The Los Angeles daytime disco duo are here to remind us of the importance of living in the now, however, in the BISHOP/TUZIN-directed video for the scintillant “Feel Alright,” starring skateboarder Braydon Szafranski. Poolside: “Skateboarding is used in a surreal way to symbolize Braydon's attempt to escape his complacency by hitting the open road, yet the more he travels the more he goes nowhere fast. Braydon ultimately embraces the present and feels the satisfaction of living life in the moment, independent of external circumstances.”

 

DYAN – CYCLING TRIVIALITIES (JOSE GONZALÉZ COVER)

As Calvin pointed out in his recent must-read blog post, José González's “Cycling Trivialities,” from his 2007 album In Our Nature, is, at its core, a song about trying to not sink under the weight of everyday futilities. Los Angeles-via-Cincinnati trio DYAN are freeing us from the fiery, burning pits of existential hell, however, with this lighter-than-air cover, which aired during an episode of ABC's Deception in April.

 

LYKKE LI – DEEP END

Of all the trends that have emerged this 2018, vertical videos is the one that we're never going to understand. We're willing to put our aversions to one side for this perpendicular clip for Lykke Li's traptastic “deep end,” however, which sees the Swedish artist and her husband Jeff Bhasker (at least we ASSUME that's him?!) enjoying a reckless night out on the town as filmed entirely on an iPhone.

 

OUTSIDEOUTSIDE – COMATOSE

outsideOUTSIDE are awakening our inner emo kids, and we're HERE FOR IT! “Comatose” is another tragic tale from the enigmatic Los Angeles duo that compares love to a destructive drug addiction, with the Taking Back Sunday-esque lead vocals returning us to our teenage years, when a breakup would feel like the single most important event in history.

 

JESSE SAINT JOHN – FAKE IT

We Are: The Guard's very own Jesse Saint John is back with his second single “FAKE IT,” and we couldn't be more proud <3! He got his start writing songs for the likes of Britney Spears and Camila Cabello, but now our guy is ready to take his own rightful place in the spotlight with this sparklingly thoughtful millennial anthem about the search for real human connection in the digital age. Stream on Spotify here!

 

NATALIE PRASS – LOST

Sometimes we need to face facts that we fall in love with the wrong people. People who don't wish to love us back. Even worse, people who actively seek to hurt us. It's this realization that Natalie Prass chooses to reckon with on “Lost,” a heartbreakingly tender ballad from her forthcoming album The Future and the Past that's best listened to while gazing out of a window and thinking about an ex.

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Thanks for listening! Until next week, don't forget to follow We Are: The Guard's Best Indie Daily! on Spotify for more! x

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Jess Grant is a frustrated writer hailing from London, England. When she isn't tasked with disentangling her thoughts from her brain and putting them on paper, Jess can generally be found listening to The Beatles, or cooking vegetarian food.