The L. Working with Sonic Boom and live drummer James Barone, the duo delivers some of its widest-ranging, most exhilarating music of its career. Bubbly, thrilling, weird and always surprising debut album from a genre-smashing Japanese indie pop quartet. The Chicago quartet shake off their slacker vibes on this lean, well-crafted second outing that channels Kiwi rock, jangle pop, and post-punk. The hooky West Coast quintet cloak some keen songwriting under a facade of big dumb fun on their debut for Epitaph. Excellent debut of garage punk with brains and huge hooks from ex-members of Heavy Times and Radar Eyes.
10. Sundara Karma – Ulfilas’ Alphabet
09. Jade Bird – Jade Bird
Not only did it see great new releases by the likes of Foals and White lies, it also saw the return of indie veterans such as Balthazar or Mando Diao. Besides these established acts, the best indie albums also included exciting debut albums from the likes of Fontaines D. Check out our list of the best indie albums to see what you might have missed this year. The structure of this album fully grasps the listener and takes their hand to take you on an adventure, where Oscar Pollock talks you through his thoughts and feelings on the world we live in. In April, Jade Bird released her self-titled debut album. She proves that stripped down can be powerful, and genre is not the law. Pair it with a shot of whiskey and an ex-lover on any night of the week. Sometimes, in the middle of what feels like complete chaos none of us have the ability to control, we need to take a minute, sit down, and press play.
15 Best Indie Rock Tracks Of October 2018
Indie rock represents a spirit that's found where folk songsters and punk rockers come together to dialogue about what they're fed up with in mainstream culture. Indie rock may be one of the most fluid and intangible terms currently imposed upon musicians. It holds no real indication of what the music will sound like, and many of the artists aren't even independent. But more than a sonic indicator, indie rock represents a spirit. It's a spirit found where folk songsters and punk rockers come together to dialogue about what they're fed up with in mainstream culture. In so doing they uplift each other and celebrate each other's unique qualities. Here are our ten picks for standout indie rock records of Though the album definitely peaks on this first track, there is so much to unpack throughout the album as Dacus' storytelling just oozes relatability, vulnerability, and nonchalance, all of which pair perfectly with crunchy guitars and minimalist bedroom rock flavorings as can be heard on " Timefighter ".
On his fifth album, the warbling, sparrow-voiced troubadour Amen Dunes turns all the acoustic drones and quivering catharses of earlier albums into a searing classic-rock odyssey, with canyon-sized choruses and pulsing, electronic rhythms. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have spent more than a decade mining the depths of their sound as Beach House, a narcotic keyboard-guitar blend so visceral and transportive it can feel perverse to try to put it to words. Even while weaving complex lyrical poetry, Case is at her most restless and economical as a songwriter here, hanging around a melody or arrangement only as long as it suits her before masterfully making a left turn into a part of the song only she could see coming. Listen to selections from these albums, plus our picks from best country, metal, electronic, and more, on our Spotify playlist.