May 26 2012, 03:49:41 PM
There is no thread for indie music here. Post all your indie (pop, rock, dance, funk, whatever) here.
Some Indie folk/rock
Some Indie pop
Some Indie rock
Last edited by Devec; May 27 2012 at 08:19:51 AM.
May 28 2012, 07:56:32 AM
I imagine most of the music I listen to would fit under indie, such a lovely broad musical term these days
I have a serious mancrush on Andrew Bird, I think hes just such an amazingly talented musician and some of his music is just breathtakingly beautiful and emotive. Not everyones cup of tea but heres a couple of tracks:
Fleet Foxes have achieved a bit more mainstream success, in some ways they remind me abit of Simon & Garfunkel in their sound.
Lastly a live track from the incredible Tallest Man On Earth (Kristian Mattson) who is a Swedish Folk / Indie Singer/Guitarist.
I listen to a lot of Indie Rock as well so might do some more tracks later.
May 28 2012, 03:06:59 PM
Hm, would we consider post-rock as a subsection of Indie rock? I too listen mostly to Indie stuff, but considering the fact that the genre really doesn't exist (since it technically just means independent label), it can be hard to distinguish hipster music from actual good indie rock stuff.
Anyway, let me go through my playlist and find some recent stuff that I really liked:
-The Antlers. Very solid dream-popish/post rockish/indie rock band.
-Bon Iver. Okay, I'm sticking to some more well known indie stuff, but Bon Iver is fantastic and you should listen to it.
-Doveman. A little more obscure. Crooning, whispering singer, delightfully slow and relaxing. Not for everyone, but eh. I like it.
-Explosions in the sky. One of three of the big Post-rock styles (the other two being Mogwai and Sigur Ros). Personal favourite, in part of them being surprisingly energetic and awesome live. Was the best concert I went to, even though it was supposedly one of their worst ones. v0v
-The National. Probably my favourite band. Uncompromisingly brooding. I envy the singer's vocal chords and their albums are all extremely strong. Lyrics are poetry and little stories. Love them, have yet to see them live. Come to Amsterdam, guys! Recently did a song for Portal 2, and did the song at the end of the latest Game of Thrones episode.
-Sufjan Stevens. Had to have one hipster singer/songwriter in here, since OP had Andrew Bird (who's awesome btw). This is the guy the tween girls love, but he's also honestly good. I especially like his new stuff, Age of Adz was totally out of the blue cacophony and awesome experimentation, very different from his usual "fragile singer" style.
-Sunset Rubdown. A small side project from Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade fame. Lo-fi experimental weirdness, so not for everyone. I love it though, they are also very friendly and awesome live. Saw them in a tiny room here in Amsterdam, one of the guitars broke so we just had a chat with the room about random stuff for a while. With lots of banter from the band members.
-TV on the Radio. Another personal favourite. Group of guys from Brooklyn who make awesome Indie rock. Less experimental than some of the others on this list, and thereby perhaps being more accessible, but I can really recommend them. Lust is a frequent topic in their songs, and they made a pretty interesting song which just oozes sex, but can't find that right now. Sadly, they don't seem to do that good live, from what I've heard. Still would love to see them, much <3 for these guys.
That's enough from me for today. Might find a few more later.
May 29 2012, 06:48:30 AM
Indie is so broad it can incorporate anything really (as you said it just means independent label but even then alot of stuff considered indie now can be on a big label too).
Really like some of those videos, Bon Iver's first album in particular is one I listened too alot, his second wasn't as good imo.
Anyways some Indie Rock stuff now:
-Interpol - Their 2003 album Turn on the Bright Lights was amazing, unfortunatly its been mostly down hill from their and with their bassiest having left the band who knows if they'll record anything else but still one of my all time favourites for their first 2 albums alone.
-Bloc Party - another band that has sort of declined (or in their case stagnated) since their first album, Silent Alarm.
-Foals - a British band thats had a lot of success in the past few years. Their first album reminds me so much of Bloc Party but their second album is more alternative and interesting imo, alot more mellow and thoughful in many ways.
-Radiohead - Huge band that everyone knows but to me they're the very definition of independent and alternative. They make the music they want to make not what other people want them to make. This has seen them go from the more traditional alternative rock sound on albums like Paoblo Honey / The Bends to the heavily electronically influenced progression we've seen with albums like Ok Computer and has increased steadily since them probably reaching its peak with In Rainbows. Their most recent album The King of Limbs disappointed alot of fans and really required a lot of listening to get enjoyment out of. I am a huge fan of all their work, such a talented band who never seem to make music just for the sake of it.
-Arcade Fire - For anyone who hasn't heard these guys before and loves Indie rock go download/stream their 2004 album Funeral and listen to it now. Such an amazing piece of music. Still going strong, still make interesting music. Their most recent album The Suburbs was a bit more traditional but still very good and enjoyable imo.
-Wilco - been around a long time, have traversed wide musical terrain. Can't really encapsulate the variety of their music in a couple of clips so I'm just going to link two of their songs that are my favourites. The first Impossible Germany is off their 2007 album Sky Blue Sky and is how I was exposed to them. Its a sort of rock/jazzy combination, and the whole album is really relaxed and easy listening. Contrasts hugely with their 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot which has some pretty conflicting lyrics about America and life and can be in your face if you think about what they're singing about even though the actual instrumental sound is their relaxing sound.
Hopefully some of you enjoy some of that music. As i said its such a huge genre and covers so diversity in its music and thats probably why its so much fun
May 29 2012, 04:34:37 PM
Indie has been difficult to quantify for a while now, so i'm not going to bother arguing if someone thinks any of these don't qualify.
I'm only going to list a few tracks from this and last year, otherwise i'll be here all day. You can be sure Sufjan Stevens would have made the list had someone else not already posted something.
Lianne La Havas