I think today could use a bit of popmusik, wouldn’t you agree? Today’s posts are filled with great examples of indie pop music, from respectably-signed to virtually undiscovered, there’s a wide world of people who are making bright, accessible, style-drenched pop that will likely (secretly) influence the kinds of people who define what’s cool in the coming months. Let’s have a look then into the crystal ball.
Body Language – Falling Out – Social Studies EP (free download)
Body Language has decided to give away their excellent new Social Studies EP for FREE over at their bandcamp site! I’ve had thing song play at least a few times every hour since I first heard it earlier in the week, the songwriting is exceptional, especially love the bassline on both the bass and keys. I had the pleasure of working with them early in 2009 doing some photography and packaging layout. Since then, they have been bringing in our friend James McDowell for photo work, which is featured in the album art for this new EP– I think it looks awesome, which should come as no surprise, just check out some of James’ photography!
Lips – 1not2
So I rarely post submitted music nowadays unless I can find a specific post that it would be good for, but earlier in the week I received a submission from a Brooklynite by-way-of New Zealand who recently began making lo-fi Casio-lovers’ music as Lips. As a fan of most things lo-fi, I found the Casio focus of this fledgling songwriter especially captivating, I kind of love the pairing of her voice with those keys. And since all of us at one point during childhood owned at least one Casio keyboard, there’s something we can all relate to. Let’s hope we get more Lips service, this girl might just be onto something.
The Hundred In The Hands – Killing It – The Hundred In The Hands
I realized earlier in the week that it’s been a while since I had a listen to what’s been going on at Warp Records, aside from the recently-released and unsurprisingly dope new FlyLo EP. What I found was a mix of NuDisco and Psychedelic post-IDM, and this band called The Hundred In The Hands, who has taken up a place in the catalog for synthy indie pop. While their single Pigeons has been making its rounds, and is certainly worth a listen, I was equally drawn to this moody rumbler of a track off their full-length self-titled album.
Twin Shadow – I Can’t Wait – Forget
Twin Shadow is breaking out big time, Pitchfork BNM’ed his album Forget, which came out on 4AD, likening his “80’s revivalist” efforts with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and even in some ways, the xx. The 80’s pop thread is absolutely undeniable, and I think that it’s so well-executed that such an obvious link to the past is both appropriate and complementary, it’s not at all a bad thing. I remember that at one point I wonder how the hell people could have made music in the 80’s like they did, as for a long time during the late 90’s and early 00’s, it was virtually unheard in the music that was getting released. However, in recent years, the best parts of music from that golden age of the new wave of pop has been cropping up everywhere…to the point of ridiculousness. Fortunately Twin Shadow’s sincerity has reminded me why this is happening, and by capturing the essence so well without losing an ounce of authenticity, has shown me exactly when it’s acceptable.