Empire is on us!
Noticed that also or am I too much into the Empire TV series ? With a current, huge flow of Hip-Hop R&B/Rap songs with Pusha T, Drake, Missy Elliott or Erykah Badu for the most recent releases and famous artists, difficult to focus and find significant Indie Pop/Rock songs !
Even if I will be making a “Best of 2015” with Indie Hip-Hop tracks in December, for now here below or directly from pleer here is the catchiest alternative Pop/Rock tunes playlist (not list of a songs) heard in November: uplifting, flamboyant and even epic with the 2 last tracks.
American, Australian (tree times), Japanese, Swedish, and British are all united here (#NousSommesUnis).
1- “In a Restless House” – City Calm Down
With this synths and higher pitched vocals track taken from its debut eponym album In a Restless House out in November, Melbourne/Australia quartet will get rid of the Joy Division label that was sticking to its music, although the first single “Rabbit Run” was explicitly featuring Ian Curtis like baritone vocal with upfront bass. Powerful!
2- “Yeah It’s On” – Kassassin Street
Radio Silence is the second EP out in October from up and comer Portsmouth/UK five piece pop psychedelia band.
3- “Night Time” - The fin.
Two years after a first EP Glowing Red On The Shore it took a little while for the first album Days With Uncertainty of Japanese quartet from Kobe to reach our shores. “Night Time” track will be re-issued in December as part of an EP. Ethereal vocals on swirling synths makes a very danceable pop song!
4- “Free Animal” – Foreign Air
American vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jesse Clasen seems to already have a lot of ongoing on projects with Bear Romantic or HRVRD bands and now he teams up with Jacob Michael ? to drop a first single on soundcloud, part of a forthcoming EP, instantly driving comparison with Glass Animals.
5- “Das Pop” – Johnny Sands
“Musician, Artist, Promoter, Event organiser, Model” (as described on his Twitter account) Liverpool-based act Johnny Sands, from first band “Vandal in Berlin”, issued solo a mini album Postcards back in 2011.This year and after “Arno Arno”, his touching vocals return now on this second single. Fresh sound and nice beats!
6- “Omega Grey” – Childcare
What does it means when a band erase its previous works from bandcamp or soundcloud? Starting a new beginning? That’s what Ed Cares, front man of London based band Childcare, did with the Flush EP out last year and “Diesel Therapy” released in April. Anyway, this new track is smoother, less punk influenced, and it works! The chorus beginning sounds like Alt-J but the entire song is definitely not related to.
7- “ Give Everything” – Romeo Moon
After a first EP last year, Wander, Melbourne/Australia quartet is growing increasingly confident with this intense guitar driven track with hints of krautrock and Thom Yorke like vocals, half of a Single with “Walking” out in October.
8- “ Creatures of Habit” – The Kooks
Since its Down EP featured here last year and fourth album Listen, Brighton/UK quartet is in constant mutation with this psych single out in October that already had a remix treatment from Jack Beats for a remix album Hello, What’s Your Name out in December. Too bad, the house remix destroys the nice bridge between the poppy chorus and verse!
9- “Curtains” – Vita Bergen
This “grandiose” track was part of Swedish duo eponym EP last year and now on its debut album Disconnection out in October. Vita Bergen sounds shouldn’t be reduced to this Arcade Fire structure like track though: it is also comprised of massive synths.
10- “The Traveller” – Lord Fascinator
Welcome to the psychedelic, not to say eccentric world of Melbourne/Australia native artist based in New York, Johnny Mackay, front man of indie rock band Children Collide. Take a look at his cranky videos and listen to the incredible pop hooks and you will understand his background. Surprisingly beginning with a triumphal baroque piece, “The Traveller” is the second single for his forthcoming 2016 album MAN on Spinning Top Music.