Indie Flavour: All about that dark pop/rock

Eric Casey, Beacon blogger

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Have you gave a listen to alt-j’s new album This Is All Yours? If you haven’t then I wouldn’t suggest you do. It’s just a mess and only three songs are worth listening to. Those are “Hunger of the Pine”, “Left Hand Free”, and “Every Other Freckle.” My full length album review will be posted in The Beacon’s ‘Opinion’ section today.

Let’s talk about the amazing “grunge-pop” songstress Tove Lo from Sweden. Her debut single “Habits (Stay High)” is now #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #1 on the Pop songs chart. Her dark edgy schtick is..well…sticking. The album has a lot of minimalistic vibes to it which seem a little similar to Lorde, and I quite dig that! My full length review will be in our ‘Opinion’ section next Tuesday.

As the season exposes it’s gloomy self this time of year, I usually turn to darker music in the indie pop/rock sphere. I often revisit music from a few years ago like Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavilion, MGMT’s Congratulations, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Fever to Tell, Enya’s Amarantine, The Rapture’s In the Grace of Your Love, Lykke Li’s Wounded Rhymes, Florence and the Machine’s Lungs, and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black just to name a few.

I like dark vibes that go along with what I see outside. To best summarize my feelings just listen to Danica DeMesa’s show “DJ Uno’s Indie Pop Sneep/Snop Playlist” on Tuesday’s 1-3 pm on our campus radio station 90.7 WCLH. Every week her playlist has a unique vibe.

For instance, a few weeks back her theme was “the foggy remix” which featured music from Phantogram, Vacationer, Grimes, Bon Iver, and Phoenix. It’s gloom doom pop like the Dum Dum Girls, Mazzy Star, Beach House, and The Raveonettes that gives me a sense of calm while walking through piles of leaves and swift winds as I walk through campus on a cloudy and crisp day.

I don’t have much new music to share other than Meghan Trainor has another retro sounding song on the radio called “Lips Are Movin’.” EDM Swedish dj and producer Alesso has his first U.S. hit song featuring Tove Lo called “Heroes (We Could Be).” Chvrches new song “Dead Air” has been released from The Hunger Games: Mockinjay soundtrack, and Lana Del Rey’s latest single “Brooklyn Baby” gets a decent remix from electronic French producer Monsieur Adi. You can hear songs mentioned throughout this blog and more on my radio show “Indie Flavour” every Wednesday from 3-6 pm on 90.7 WCLH.

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