Indie music is a niche genre that is surely gaining steam and becoming more and more mainstream. Indie music is smart, sophisticated, whimsical, and lovely. Indie music is born in bedrooms and garages, created for online content and musical experience. It is then transformed into independently produced music that captivates and excites us. Combining soothing vocals, textured melodies, harmonized lyrics, and simple instruments, these Indie artists will draw you in and make you fall in love with a new kind of musical artistry.
Band of Horses
Band of Horses is an Indie Rock group formed by Ben Bridwell; a singer and guitarist. He previously played with the band Carissa’s Weird before the band broke up. This Indie Rock group became well known for its work in Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and How I met Your mother. They are known for their electrifying, soulful, vibes. Formed in Seattle they incorporate sounds from the mountains and Seattle-based sounds into their music, allowing for a hometown feel to everything they create. Must listen to list includes “Casual Party”, “The First Song”, and “In A Drawer”.
A native of Los Angeles, singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers embraces her indie-pop heart with witty lyrics and beautiful love songs combined with moody and commanding melodies. Bridgers solo album Punisher drew praise and attention from millions of fans around the world. Her most popular singes have been “Funeral”, “Smoke Signals” and “Motion Sickness”. She has collaborated with fellow Indie artists, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, creating beautifully eccentric songs. An all-time favorite is “The Garden Song”, a beautiful mixture of diverse melodies and moody lyrics.
Formed in 2007, this English Indie Rock band took the genre by storm. After becoming popular throughout Europe, the sound of Alt-J has made waves through Northern America, making a huge name for themselves and their alternative, electric sounds. Their album, “An Awesome Wave” was released in 2012. Since then they have continued collaborating with Indie musicians and have released three studio albums, one live album, and over fourteen singles. Their song “Matilda” is a must-listen, beginning with a beautiful introduction and jumping into a catchy, dancing sound. Another spectacular song is “Ms”, utilizing chimes and a beautiful base sound, this song will draw you right in and have you hooked.
With a strong drum and beautiful keyboards, MUNYA invites us into her music with electric, intoxicating sounds. Combining the French and English languages, she brings her music to life and allows for the listener to be transported into a cool, calm, soothing energy. Her song, “Benjamin” should be listened to when you are looking for a calming, happy vibe. Her single “Boca Chica” is her latest release, think of summer days, Convertable down, driving up the coast vibes.
girl in red
This alternative, indie artist has a sound all her own. With cool tones and soft, flowing melodies, girl in red or, Marie Ulven Ringheim sucks you in and makes you want to listen over and over again. She continues to make music out of her bedroom and much of her music encompasses the ups and downs of women loving women. Her music is honest, beautiful, and touching and will become one of your favorites to chill out and listen to. The music makes you want to dance and allows you to feel free, it really is captivating. A favorite single of hers is “We Fell in Love in October”, it is eccentric and dynamic, a must listen!
Claire Elizabeth Cottrill, known professionally as Clairo, is an American singer-songwriter who hails from Boston. Clairo classifies her music as alternative indie, and uses beautiful beats and melodies to highlight her signature soft, tender voice. Using her voice, guitar, and keyboards Clairo encompasses us within her music and leaves us wanting more. She began releasing music online at the age of 13 however her latest album, “Immunity” was released in 2019 and includes a beautiful melody and soundtrack. Her music is moody, intimate, and feels like you’re in a daydreamy atmosphere, her sound really is magic. A favorite of hers would be “Closer to You” from her album, Immunity.
First Aid Kit
First Aid Kit is a Swedish indie folk duo consisting of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Their music combines strong harmonized vocals, deep steel guitars, and light drum melodies to create a beautiful, soulful sound. One of their most known singles is “My Silver Lining”, released on their Stay Gold Album in 2014. Since Stay Gold, the due has continued to release singles and album, Ruins in 2018.
This British Indie rock band was formed in 2015 in Brighton. They quickly became a regular part of pop culture throughout England, making their way across the Atlantic in no time. Lead by songwriter and lead guitarist, Dana Margolin, Porridge Radio is loud, sharp-witted, and bright. They combine thrilling lyrics with intricate sounds, making magnificently produced music. Porridge Radio released their songs “Every Bad”, “Lilac”, and “Circling” in 2020.
This Indie pop-rock band was born in Los Angeles by sisters, Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim, who have made a solid name for themselves throughout the music industry. Their songs are light-hearted, fun, and create a sense of joy. HAIM combines base, guitar, keyboard, and vocal sounds to create soulful, powerful, and dynamic feminine music.
Indie music also referred to as Independent music is produced independently, oftentimes by the artists themselves, and then marketed to the public without the help of high-powered production companies. This allows for the music to sound less mainstream, more creative, and especially dynamic. Indie music is melodic, full of life and feelings, soft vocals, and can spark a range of emotions when we listen. These artists are taking the industry by storm and continuing to spark the excitement of fans and music industry folk alike. These are some of the artists that were enjoying during our recent downtime. Here’s us recommending them to you. Enjoy!
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