Peel back what some have perceived to be a lyrical disaster, and Vampire Weekend’s fourth full-length is an album of rewarding moments and juicy samples. As ever, Lewis’ attention to detail and location is mesmerizing. Indie rock is the uncharted, and you must venture forth not quite knowing what to expect. was largely informed by their relentless touring schedule and the band’s heightened personal and musical synergy. She narrates her journey alongside a 14-piece orchestra, with string co-arrangement from Ben Babbitt and conductor-arranger Jherek Bischoff (and co-production from the ever-busy John Congleton, who also co-produced Burn Your Fire). The first half of 2019 has been overwhelming when it comes to content generated on the internet, all thanks to the largest democratic exercise which took place in the country. Oh My God also has a certain unabashed exuberance that’s uncommon in circa-2019 indie rock. Fontaines D.C., “Boys in the Better Land”. —Ellen Johnson, From her very earliest recordings, Angel Olsen has mined drama from her relationships with physically present but psychologically absent partners. One could even argue, the two songwriters—ages 25 and 38 respectively—are like long-lost musical siblings. Both records stand as outstanding and individual statements from a band operating at some rare creative peak. Though at vastly different points in their careers, both musicians know how to crush and revive listeners with inspired woe, romantic poignancy and their instantly recognizable, consoling pipes. From the plucky and frenzied guitars on lead single “You Had Your Soul With You” to the pulsating percussion of fan-favorite “Rylan” to the dazzling orchestral strings on album closer “Light Years” (another track that could be argued as one of The National’s best to date), I Am Easy to Find doesn’t radically change the formula they developed over the past couple of releases, but it nearly perfects it, resulting in a record as elegant as the suits Berninger routinely wears onstage. —Zach Schonfeld, Style over substance is never a smart method for making art, and London based singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya masterfully obliterates that concept on her debut album, Miss Universe. Which is appropriate, since this band’s razor-sharp songwriting has always felt somewhat adrift in time, belonging as much to the 1970s or early 2000s as it does to the present. Vampire Weekend proved their talent with a trio of excellent albums in 2008-2013. And here, on her fifth studio effort Remind Me Tomorrow, those evolutions are apparent in a powerful sonic swerve, and in Van Etten’s desire to explore both nostalgia and rebirth, and maybe even how they intertwine. However, they’re not content to remain loyal to just one sound here: “Digger” is teeming with ’90s-inspired ambience, the banjo-featuring “English Garden” floats like a modern indie-folk classic and “Mono no Aware” is hardly classifiable, but it’s oblique and melodic not unlike a Palehound tune. But the reality is that breaking the cycle of addiction is a Sisyphean endeavor that keeps those undergoing it in an eternal state of recovery—only those on the inside can fully understand its tribulations. indie617 is a music-focused, streaming digital radio station that is independently owned-and-operated. These wry indie-pop songs unfold like short stories populated by assholes and assorted misadventures. Crushing can change from melodic balladry to anthemic rock at the drop of a hat. For someone with a documented predilection for idiosyncrasy and experimentation, she sounds completely at ease in these songs, and ready for bigger things ahead. He adopted a passion for the Grateful Dead, intensified one for character studies and swapped boat shoes for Birkenstocks, and the result here is the rare album that not only works as picnic music but also makes for a fine conversation topic. And for all its bold sonic upheavals—the addition of drum machines and electric shred and cavernous synth—Remind Me Tomorrow maintains Van Etten’s gothic sensibilities. But to make matters a bit confusing—the “indie rock” sound isn’t just one thing. From the outside, the objective is simple: Stay clean long enough and the monkey on your back eventually hops off. You can hear it in the robust string sections of album opener “A Lot’s Gonna Change” and the sturdy backbone-beat of “Andromeda” and the sentiments of “Wild Time,” a patient ambler with a ’70s soft-rock vibe (including a hint of “Landslide”) and a plainspoken bridge: “Everyone’s broken now,” Mering sings, “And no one knows just how we could have all gotten so far from truth.” —Ben Salmon, © 2020 Paste Media Group. In many ways, this new aesthetic suits Girlpool’s evolution: from a point-of-view that was unabashedly adolescent to a phase of young adulthood often processed through wandering rumination rather than pithy, sarcastic takes on life. Instead of writing about his negative memories of the place (“I never married but Ohio don’t remember me” he sang on 2010’s “Bloodbuzz Ohio”), he experienced firsthand how both he and the Midwest had changed, particularly since the election of Donald Trump, launching into a full and abstract stream of consciousness about his journey home. On his latest and, sadly, last album—self-titled and released under the name Purple Mountains—Berman doesn’t sound like a different person than the one that walked away a decade ago. Two Hands does not dramatically depart from the mesmerizing folk-rock fusion of U.F.O.F., but its best moments emphasize the band’s gnarled electric energy, particularly on the career highlight “Not.” When an artist releases two studio albums in one year, it’s customary for critics to grumble about hubris, usually accompanied by the suggestion that the two separate releases should have been whittled down into one. Sad Songs for crying yourself to sleep. 10. On The Line, her best solo work to date, finds her trading chaos for peace and pain for parties. But it’s also rooted, deeply, in a sense of calm. Both records deserve to exist, and we’re fortunate that they do. Whether you take solace in her sultry, rich voice, instrumentals that range from bubbly to rugged or become invested in her confessional storytelling, Nilüfer Yanya’s Miss Universe can be easily enjoyed during a night out or night in. Even on that lo-fi bundle of echo and noise, you could hear Mering’s gift for haunting melody and the folk form hovering slightly below the surface. Olsen still deals with bad partners on her fourth album, All Mirrors, but this time around, she escapes their destruction and finds not just happiness, but catharsis. All Rights Reserved. After the group released their sophomore album, Is the Is Are, Cole entered a long-haul inpatient treatment for heroin addiction, a struggle that became public in 2013 when he and his then-girlfriend Sky Ferreira were busted for possession. At other times, it refines the accessible but still characteristically sauntering country-lite of Rocket, his masterful second album for the British indie label. Julia Jacklin’s Crushing is a striking search for self, a call to upend that which tethers you down. In her previous work, the Welsh musician has purveyed left-of-center, dreamy yet slightly discordant psych-folk. See Billboard's rankings of this year's most popular songs, albums, and artists. Securing that agency, however, was no walk in the park. Across six solid albums—peaking with 1998’s American Water—his songs spilled over with double-take-worthy wisdom and witticisms built from approachable language. He was just as bummed out as ever on Purple Mountains, and he still makes being bummed out sound better than just about anyone else. —Ellen Johnson, For 15 years bookending the turn of the 21st century, David Berman was not only the primary creative force behind indie-folk faves Silver Jews, he was considered by many to be the poet laureate of the underground. 9. And the trio (now duo) did not spend 2017 going around playing Dig Me Out on some obligatory 20th anniversary run. Like 2005’s The Woods, The Center Won’t Hold finds Sleater-Kinney bringing in a big name producer to jolt their routines and play more than a symbolic role in the record-making process. It’s an angsty LP concerned with entrapment, fear and expectations versus reality. Joey Burdon. Here, we have rock ‘n’ roll mixed in with poppier findings, folk-leaning pieces and punk records. NEW Indie / Alternative : December 2020 Songs & Best Indie Vibe 2020 by indiemono Dark Academia Aesthetic Vibes Love Songs (2020, 2010s, 2000s & 90s) Dreary, sustained organ chords have become a sonic hallmark, as have grungy guitars and multi-tracked vocals trudging forward at a dour pace. Remind Me Tomorrow was the first great rock album of the year, and it would behoove any and all of Van Etten’s fans, even those who staunchly prefer her folk-leaning material, and rock ‘n’ roll aficionados of all stripes to open their ears (and their hearts) to this beautifully executed pivot. But many of our favorite records of the year, like Angel Olsen’s All Mirrors and The National’s I Am Easy To Find, fell somewhere in the middle, as each of those benefitted from swelling strings and grand arrangements. Reward’s more illuminating songs clock the malaise of living in a techno-capitalist proto-dystopia, our psyches warped by devices through which we send nudes but don’t talk. Here are some of the very best indie songs of 2019 in one playlist, which we'll update as the year goes on... > Like this? NEW Indie / Alternative : December 2020 Songs & Best Indie Vibe 2020 by indiemono By Indiemono. The chart list of the top 100 alternative songs is updated several times daily. The station features an eclectic mix of music from emerging and established artists from the indie/alternative genre. Lewis sings contemplative lyrics with a glamorous edge, giving us an album that’s as much a rock ‘n’ roll relaxer as it is a lyrical thunderbolt. A few songs before the album’s end is a soaring piano number, “Endling,” that’ll make you think you’ve been sitting through a period piece film as opposed to an album. The Aussie songwriter’s ability to process emotion is out-of-this-world sharp, and this album is her best, most piercing work to date. The wider, dynamic sound texture across Deceiver is one of the most apparent improvements from past records with a clear, crisp approach that avoids sterility. There have been some incredible indie bangers released so far in 2019, with some exciting releases around the corner. I first heard the album shortly after being laid off from a newsroom job, which meant Morby’s music was ringing out loudly in my empty apartment instead of piping into my headphones on an overcrowded subway. 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Julia Jacklin’s Crushing, one of … The sonic wisp of “Contact,” the celestial lyrics of “U.F.O.F.” and the cacophonies that close “Cattails” and “Jenni” all contribute to an incorporeal sheen. Cole’s experiences in rehab became the inspiration for the group’s latest record, Deceiver, and while the album displays the group’s darkest sound yet, it also ends up being their most earnest. Her fascination with this unhealthy dynamic, in addition to her unmistakable, showstopping vibrato, has tied her songs together across multiple genres, from haunting lo-fi folk (2010’s Strange Cacti EP, 2012’s Half Way Home) to scorching rock (2014’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness, 2016’s My Woman). He sounds like himself, an endlessly thoughtful and unnervingly honest master arranger of words. Below are our staff's 100 favorite songs of 2019 -- a mix of cultural events, personal favorites and everything else that tattooed itself inside our brains in the last 12 months. —Lizzie Manno, Autonomy can be damn frightening. You can hear it in the church-choir backing vocals, in how Morby shouts “Oh! On its third album, What Chaos Is Imaginary, Girlpool has given the music room to stretch out, inflate and generally take up more space—not just in total running time but also in thematic scope and instrumental accompaniment. Oh My God has a ramshackle energy to it, as well as a distinctly vintage instrumental ambience, that’s likely to encourage such comparisons. Alternative Songs is a record chart published by the music industry magazine Billboard that ranks the most-played songs on American modern rock radio stations. The best of her four albums outside of Rilo Kiley, On The Line is absolutely dazzling. New songs added daily! At its best, The Center Won’t Hold is an urgent and deliriously impolite record about powering through exhaustion, despair and the ambient dread any feminist feels pretty much constantly in 2019. She hit her stride with Are We There, but here she’s not even on the ground. Picture: Henrik Sorensen/Getty Images Indie Hits 2020- New Indie Alternative - Best Indie Songs - Indie Music - Alternative We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. My! Oh My God is not one of them. This seemed to suit its messy, god-obsessed exuberance: Let it ring out wherever you can. Discover the best new indie, pop & folk music in our June compilation! NEW Indie/Alternative 2020 songs; suggestions for you to enjoy & maybe to discover something new. So when he sings “You were never much of a New Yorker / It wasn’t in your eyes,” alongside This Is The Kit’s Kate Stables on the title track of The National’s new album, I Am Easy to Find, he knows what he’s talking about. It’s almost as though her stories can’t quite be contained within the limited space of the songs themselves. … Instead, it feels like Mering knows exactly where she’s going. With an album that borders on soul, pop, jazz and rock, Yanya is far too preoccupied with her inner demons and unique artistry to quibble over what one particular genre her music most closely resembles. It’s light without being too flighty, thoughtful but not esoteric and chock full of tiny little musical treasures. The resulting album is an imaginative indie-pop chronicle of millennial malaise. In 2019, much of Big Thief’s ethos feels like a throwback to the LP era: the prolific output (think Creedence circa 1969-1970), the album-stream-as-vinyl-sides, the band’s creative intimacy and affinity for recording live with minimal overdubs. It’s easy to oversimplify the path that recovering addicts must take toward rehabilitation. They are often breezy and uncomplicated in arrangement, but Donnelly remains a compelling narrator: On Beware of the Dogs, the songwriter roasts an obnoxious date (“Tricks”), takes inventory of the indignities of the touring life (“Lunch”), stresses about mortality (“Die), and turns in a sober and knowing protest of rape culture. Sharon Van Etten was already one of the great lyricists of the ’10s, but with this breathtaking project, she’s proved an artistic pliancy her contemporaries may not possess. 25 May 2020, 14:00 | Updated: 25 May 2020, 14:01. And unlike The Woods, which was largely tracked live—all the better to reimagine the band’s sound as a ferocious Zeppelin-esque roar—Center finds Sleater-Kinney more inclined than ever to utilize the studio as an instrument. God!” throughout “Piss River,” pausing to let each syllable hang in the air. —Ellen Johnson, Big Thief has amassed a large and devoted fanbase the old-fashioned way: by releasing four astonishingly good albums in just three-and-a-half years, by touring relentlessly and seemingly without rest, by Instagramming a lot of photos of themselves grinning and embracing each other in various bucolic settings. If any actual believers were within earshot—well, that’s fine too. Let it be easy. Updated monthly, so check our previous playlists here : II LISTEN PREVIOUS MONTHLY PLAYLISTS (curating monthly playlists since 2010) 80 songs. —Zach Schonfeld, There is no room for nostalgia in Sleater-Kinney’s reunion. To purchase and download the top alt rock songs you must have Apple's iTunes player installed on your system. There are exultant singalongs (“In Your Head,” “Heavyweight Champion of the World”), luscious, bittersweet slow-burners (“Melt,” “Safety Net”), and sometimes humorous, sometimes alarming spoken-word interludes, which cultivate a transcendent alternate reality (“WWAY HEALTH,” “Sparkle GOD HELP ME,” “Experience?”). Listen to the playlist titled Best Songs of August 2019 on Indie Shuffle, the human-powered music blog. 1/11/2019. Indie Folk & Alternative Music - Best Indie Folk Songs By Indiemono. —Zach Schonfeld, Singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten experienced a lot of change after the release of her last album, 2014’s Are We There, and they’re the kind of life-altering shifts—newfound romantic partnership, motherhood, career advancements—that are all but destined to reveal themselves in one’s art. It’s not what you think. The band’s excellent 2015 reentry point, No Cities to Love, was not exactly a rote run-through of past glories. Across her often-brilliant catalog, the Asheville singer/songwriter has sung candidly about staying with these partners despite recognizing their awful qualities. If you're looking for the best indie songs to round out your wedding day playlist, you're in luck. We've already heard new music from established acts like Foals and Catfish and the Bottlemen, plus fresh tracks from emerging acts including Sea Girls, Jade Bird and The Amazons. Its largely upbeat instrumentation ebbs and flows with understated folky strums and scintillating keyboards, and the occasional ray of buoyant rock ‘n’ roll peeks out just when you need some lighthearted relief from their lyrics. Let Danielle Haim and a choir of children sing you down the aisle on “Hold You Now;” let the bendy “Bambina” rock you into a summer stupor. The 30 songs on this playlist probably won't be subject to heavy rotation anytime soon, but they do provide an alternate spin on a holiday that's been nearly wrung dry. Jacklin said, in writing it, she realized “how not very special” she is (evident in “Body,” as she sings, “It’s just my body / I guess it’s just my life”). House party. She makes a boxing reference, namedrops Elliott Smith and the “sycophants in Marrakesh,” recalls a run-in with “Harlem nuns” and relaxes with a pack of Marlboros all before proclaiming, “Maybe a little bit of hooking up is good for the soul.” In a most delightful way, “Heads Gonna Roll” is about everything and nothing. 21. Indie Discotheque dabbles in all of the nuances of indie and alternative dance, synth, and disco music throughout our programming, and because of that, I always worry I’m not going to have the right tunes for my personal favorite chart - the indie dance chart.As it turns out, I have no need to worry, because there are always so many amazing songs to choose from. —Max Freedman, Stella Donnelly references the ’90s one minute and 10 seconds into her debut album, Beware of the Dogs. The building is none of these things, but it’s just as overwhelming as each one of them. The 100 most popular and best selling alternative songs at Apple's iTunes store, find the newest releases and some of today's best alternative songs. Best Indie Songs of 2019 Playlist Sea Girls - Open Up Your Head Catfish and the Bottlemen - Longshot Bring Me The Horizon - Medicine Foals - Exits The Night Café - Endless Lovers … This is an emotionally multi-faceted album to luxuriate in. Except that with these 50 ultimate indie workout songs, you now have a guide. Year-End Hot 100 Songs; Year-End Billboard 200 Albums; 2020 Year-End Boxscore; Google's Top Hummed Songs 2020; All Year-End Charts; DECADE-END . Here you have a great bunch of awesome Folk songs by different artists like James Bay, Passenger, Kodaline, Vance Joy, Jake Bugg, Bon Iver, Beirut, The Shins, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, Noah and the Whale, Avett Brothers, Edwards Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Bronze Radio Return, George Ezra. If you’re still skeptical, just listen to it outside, maybe while eating a popsicle. Artists to Watch: 17 Alternative & Indie Breakouts For 2019. By Chris Payne. And West Coast rock combined with piano glam and Lewis’ lyrics makes for a most celebratory listen, indeed. The On the Line singles are all illustrious earworms, but the album opener, “Heads Gonna Roll,” is especially grandiose. The song is called “Old Man,” and it’s a fine introduction to Donnelly’s songwriting, which is frequently funny, confrontational, and charged with an awareness that the personal is political. —Zach Schonfeld, At the southern tip of Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood, there’s an imposing structure on the Delaware River that somehow looks equal parts parking garage, hospital and convention center. Julia Jacklin’s Crushing, one of our top 10 favorite albums of the year, fell on the quieter side, nearly breaching folk territory. Though many male-female vocal duos lean heavily on duets, this pair elected to skirt that norm by singing mostly in unison and in harmony rather than engaging in the sometimes cheesy call and response. Donnelly, who is in her mid-20s and from Perth, Australia, is the rare indie-rocker who alludes to the ’90s without a hint of nostalgia. Introduced by Billboard in September 1988, the chart is based on electronically-monitored airplay data compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems from approximately 80 national rock radio stations. The indie rock albums released in 2019 often occupied one of two spaces: quiet and subdued, or loud and biting. Jacklin clearly had to sort through mountains of wreckage to arrive here, but the album’s autobiographical nature is what makes it so affecting. Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow was droning and sometimes abrasive. The sound matches the scope of blackgaze contemporaries like Deafheaven—who DIIV have toured with—without crossing the threshold into metal. We also heard releases from indie rock greats like The National and Vampire Weekend, proving that even as bands grow and evolve, they can stay true to the indie rock sound. 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