May 03, 2013 via Pepsi
The Top 10 Indie Songs of 2013 So Far
Only four months into 2013, we’ve already seen a ton of new talent step onto the proving grounds and emerge victorious. It doesn’t always take a huge label to make huge waves, indie music is as healthy as ever and we’ve got the jams to prove it. Whether it’s prime-time festival anthems, dance floor bangers, heartfelt ballads, or R&B burners, these artists put out some of the best music of the year on their own. Here are the Top 10 Indie Songs of 2013 So Far.
1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “Thrift Shop,” ft. Wanz
It feels like these guys came out of nowhere. In reality, they all came from Seattle. Fun fact: Wanz—the deep voice in the song’s hook—was a full-time software engineer before he got in the studio with Macklemore and Lewis to record “Thrift Shop.” Hopefully he can quit his day job now. The single’s fat instrumental and sexy hook are sprinkled with Macklemore’s goofy grandpa swag for a total chart takeover. Let’s pop some tags.
2. Portugal. The Man, "Purple Yellow Red and Blue"
Portugal. The Man is a breath of fresh, dance-fueled air in the indie music world this year. "Purple Yellow Red and Blue," is a dreamy soundscape perfect for early morning bliss or pre-evening parties. Catch them on tour this summer, bringing their Portland flavor to venues across the U.S.
3. Youth Lagoon, “Dropla”
Idaho-based bedroom pop producer Trevor Powers speaks softly and carries a loud synth. “Dropla” rides on irresistibly simple songwriting and a ghostly, lo-fidelity style that makes the song both uplifting and totally creepy at the same time. Is it dream pop or nightmare ballads? You decide.
4. Foxygen, “San Francisco”
This playful indie rock outfit channels the happy-go-lucky innocence of ’60s pop with a video that looks like a Wes Anderson flick. They’re into xylophones, Mick Jagger and not taking themselves too seriously. Check out the video for Foxygen's, "San Francisco," here.
5. Kate Nash, “3AM”
Nobody looks good at three in the morning inhaling a pint of ice cream in bed with their mascara dripping. That is, except for Kate Nash. The English indie popstress takes on post-breakup angst with this jumpy and surprisingly upbeat new single "3AM" off her 2013 album, Girl Talk.
6. Autre Ne Veut, “Play by Play”
This isn’t your older cousin’s emo. Brooklyn-based Arthur Ashin croons like Usher with an art school degree, writing refreshingly earnest R&B hooks and wrapping them in synths so deep you could get lost in them. His new album, Anxiety, keeps the soulful, ’80s-inspired space ballads flowing, so have the tissues handy for when things get a little emotional.
7. Savages, “Shut Up”
This all female punk four-piece wants you to quiet down and pay attention. “Shut Up” is a fierce and intelligent protest song against constant connection in the digital age, and they don’t mince words: “If the world would shut up even for a while, perhaps we would start hearing the distant rhythm of an angry young tune.” Go ahead, get angry.
8. Baths, “Miasma Sky”
Fresh off of a tour with indie pop princes The Postal Service, LA-based 21-year-old producer Baths dropped this feel good, disco-infused anthem. If you were lucky enough to spend the weekend at Coachella, you probably caught one or two DJs rinsing this jam for the daytime crowd.
9. Disclosure, “White Noise”
It’s a British invasion! These baby-faced newcomers are leading the diva-house revival and storming the charts in the process. Luckily, the duo never stops touring these days, and they play live instruments on stage, meaning you won’t have to watch another DJ stare at a laptop for two hours. Not that we don’t love our DJs, but a little band magic is a welcome addition to the mix. Watch the video for "White Noise," ft. Aluna George.
10. Foals, “Inhaler”
“Inhaler” is exactly what you want to hear as the sun sets over a giant outdoor festival in the desert. This psychedelic crowd pleaser burns slow and builds until it explodes in a cacophony of reverb and crunchy guitar. Imagine a crowd that’s 5,000 deep all losing their minds at the same time and you’re starting to get it.