Category Archives: Indie Pop

New York’s A Go Go by SLAVE to the SQUAREwave

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bchangefrontsmall[1]A disco-like beat with a nice guitar-edge and theatrical vocals surprisingly work well in this song. This is from SLAVE to the SQUAREwave‘s  sixth album, Big Change.

With over 8 albums released this Toronto band has stayed under the radar. They were introduced to me by my late friend, Don Berns (aka Doctor Trance) and I’m glad he did. They have a very distinct sound and they definitely need more exposure.

I could only find a live version of this song that I could share. This is from the CBC’s Radio On The Go.

What You Do To Me by Hannah Georgas

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This Canadian songstress coos us with something fit for a David Lynch soundtrack. This is off her second album, Hannah Georgas.

Hannah Georgas hails from Canada’s rock and roll capital, Newmarket, Ontario. She’s released 3 ablums thus far, as well as nominated for a Juno for her song off the same album, Robotic. Most of her music is low-key not straying to far from the sample below.

Where the Kids Are by Blondfire

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Weird video about hunting down a panda.

This song first appeared on Blondfire‘s EP, Where the Kids Are, and is also included on their latest album, Young Heart. 

Blondfire are an LA band whose members consist of a brother-and-sister duo. They’ve only 2 full albums, but they’re full of interesting indie pop songs.

The song starts at the 24 second mark, if you want to fast-forward past the opening…

Fiction by The xx

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The_xx_-_Coexist[1]Arsty black and white video with no narrative. Why do they even bother?

This slow sultry song is from London based band, The xx. This is off their second album, Coexist.

Their music has been used many times in TV and movies. They have an interesting dream-pop sound which they never stray far from. They’re currently working on their third studio album.

Kings & Queens by Urban Cone

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Pretty boring black and white, dimly lit video of the band playing mostly in silhouette. You can barely make out their bed-heads.

Urban Cone keep the Swedish synth-pop torch lit started by ABBA, with their début album, Our Youth. This song has more of an indie-vibe to it, than the rest of their stuff. Only about 4 songs caught my attention, because they’re not pop-tripe. Hopefully with their next album, they’ll shed some of their pop-ish sound for something a little grittier.

 

Where The Kids Are by Blondfire

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This lame psychedelic video is nothing special, unless you like seeing people bathe in food.

Blondfire fill the dance floor with this ditty. This is off their third EP, Where The Kids Are.

This LA brother and sister duo have released a few EPS and 2 albums, the most recent, Young Heart in 2014. They have an indie pop vibe, and many of their songs are varied from each other. Which means you won’t get bored of them. If you don’t like one song, you’ll like another or, you’ll like most of them.

Fire Ant by Alex Winston

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Odd animated video.

Cute little child-like ditty from Alex Winston. This is off the her EP, Velvet Elvis.

This American indie pop singer has released only one album, and a few EPs. She sounds like a cross between Amy Winehouse and Regina Spektor.  Her music is hard to find, but definitely worth listening to. Here’s hoping she makes the leap to mainstream radio without compromising on her style.

Until We Get There by Lucius

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No video for this song, so below is the Soundcloud link.

Lucius give us a perfect song to add to our Sunday-afternoon-drive- to-the-park-for-a-picnic playlist.. This is off their only album, Wildewoman

Hailing from NY this band is relatively new to the music scene releasing their first of two EPs in 2012. This particular song has more of a dream-pop vibe than the rest of their sound. They’ve got a harder edge than presented here.

Girls Like You by The Naked and Famous

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In interesting video where we slowly zoom into the band in an apartment complex.

The Naked and Famous take us on a journey with this killer song, easing in slowly, and ending up somewhere else. This is off their debut album, Passive Me, Aggressive You.

This Kiwi band have only released two album thus far, both full of great Synthpop sounds. Their music has appeared in numerous TV shows, including an episode in the 13th season of Canada’s own Degrassi. They’re currently on tour coming to a city near you.