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Featuring underrated artists you've never heard of (and some you have), this list of 2019 indie songs will go unnoticed by pop music lovers. As such, the album overflows with appreciation for the good fortune that Showalter can hold on to, and he imparts that sentiment through generous songs that illuminate one of the great rockers of our time. Enjoy this playlist with the best indie folk songs of the year 2019! Each generation needs its own barbed lullabies.–S.H. Cave is his usual eloquent, graceful self, using space and ambiance in ways that underscore themes of grief and healing. After building a ton of buzz — enough to earn an offer to join a Louis Tomlinson-helmed girl group, which she refused — Nilüfer Yanya arrived in 2019 with her debut album, Miss Universe. See which music tops the charts, read reviews, and rate albums. What new faces from the rock and alt worlds will populate 2019's year-end charts and best-of lists? For those unfamiliar, Gerry Cinnamon sounds like folk pop meets Scottish ballads with a touch of outlaw country. The National are determined to reach new heights, and are willing to allow others to help push them along.–P.C. We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. Modern Nature's debut album How to Live lies somewhere between interrogative folk-rock and atmospheric synthpop, with both psychedelic and earthy vibrations. January 18, 2019 “he National have always been more than the five dudes that appear in most press photos, and their latest album underscores the reach of the band. Perhaps no up-and-coming indie band was talked about more in 2019 than Big Thief, who not only released the staggeringly good U.F.O.F. Take the music world as a whole, and 2019 seemed marked by the continual movement towards genre agnosticism or at least purposeful genre blurriness. Vagabon is the portrait of the artist who refuses to change one iota for a notoriously hellish industry, and the results are pure bliss.—C.W. Expand your music horizons with the best indie songs of 2019. In the middle songs like "(He's a) Vacuum Chamber" unexpectedly slow things down, pulling us into a more foreboding sort of loneliness. Their music is shoegazer-y, but with a forward propulsion that's pure pop, not about to drift too far off into the ether. The songs have a punk sense of rebelliousness but also come off like the start of an eternal dance party. ... a black pug that she had for 16 years until he passed away in 2019. While her easy way with melody and the tossed-off sharpness of her lyrical asides were already well-established, what felt new on On The Line is the sense of gravitas that Lewis brings to the proceedings. ... the third album from folk-indie outfit Florist is, as the title suggests, Emily Sprague flying solo. The best albums of 2019 (so far!) He sounds grateful for the chance to even share his music, and the audience is surely in the same boat.–P.C. Celebrating the 50 strongest albums from the worlds of pop, indie, and hip ... 2019 has been kind to music fans so far. As the dominance of guitar rock has faded among indie-leaning audiences, there has also been a spreading into the mainstream of sounds that would have been easily described as indie-pop a decade ago. Stereolab), melancholic singer/songwriters, 1980s top 40 superstars, etc. But Patience covers a lot of sonic ground, cementing Mannequin Pussy as a truly important in the punk rock canon. Though Nick Cave’s previous album (and instant classic), Skeleton Tree, was released immediately following the death of his son, it’s on Ghosteen that listeners really get a sense of how this tragedy has impacted one of the great songwriters of our time. The Melbourne band Twerps had a solid near-decade run as a melancholic, melodic guitar-pop band. NEW Indie / Alternative : December 2020 Songs & Best Indie Vibe 2020 by indiemono Dark Academia Aesthetic Vibes Love Songs (2020, 2010s, 2000s & 90s) Discover and listen to new music releases and 2020's best new album releases this week and every week here. With clever lyrics about lipstick stains and someone desperately wanting to know if the person they’re into feels the same Everybody Works is a great album from an indie up-and-comer. And yet Purple Mountains also is frequently hilarious and bounces along with some of the most winning melodies that Berman ever wrote. Updated: 4 Dec 2020 10:28; ... enjoy more of the classic Gerry Cinnamon sound on his new album. The New Jersey singer-songwriter, having been away for five whole years,... James Blake, ‘Assume Form’. Ta Da's first track is a mood piece, with ample silence; it's a signpost of Macfarlane's experimental approach to pop and it's a preparatory step, getting us in a proper head-space of caution and anxiety. It’s a wrenching listen, but also deeply rewarding and, even now, incredibly engaging.–S.H. Australian Harriette Pilbeam, aka Hatchie, croons and beckons while layering allusions to decades of pop-music history upon each other. Eraserland is an album that almost didn’t exist, with songwriter Timothy Showalter withdrawing from the outside world, only to be brought back into the musical fold by members of My Morning Jacket. Not to mention exuberant group singalongs, all four women seemingly joining together for a chorus of delightful weirdness. Indie-pop styles show up in TV commercials, Hollywood movie soundtracks, and within mainstream pop and country hits. I don’t know what’s more wild: That Big Thief managed to take their quietly revolutionary songwriting to unexpected heights in 2019, making an album that reshaped an already great band into one with limitless potential? Amazon Best Indie Songs of 2019 Playlist Sea Girls - Open Up Your Head Catfish and the Bottlemen - Longshot Bring Me The Horizon - Medicine Foals - Exits The Night Café - Endless Lovers Vampire Weekend - Harmony Hall The Amazons - Mother Jade Bird - I Get No Joy … —C.W. MelodieGroup's Being & Nothingness [self-released] in May, but followed it up just a few months later with a second LP called Two Hands. On their 16-song, under-30-minute debut album, the duo of Alicia Jeanine and Jed Smith remind us again that sometimes all we need are simple, heartfelt sentiments, sung sweetly to catchy melodies over minimalist guitars and drums. Or, that they did it twice.–P.C. This is music for every day: mellow pop songs for the pleasant melancholy we all carry around in our own minds as we go about the business of life. But after a string of EPs, Pronoun’s debut full-length does exactly that — delivering twelve tracks that feel like a permanent document of a moment and result in the best sleeper album of 2019. July 12,... 3. Now three LPs deep, modern punk legends Pup delivered yet another collection of excellent finger-pointing jams with Morbid Stuff. It’s not every day that a debut album feels so meticulous and fleshed-out. 41 reviews Overall, we think AJ Edwards is an absolute music gem – and a shoo-in for our list of best indie pop artists of 2019… 15. Instead of diminishing the importance of "indie pop" as a separate category, those trends do the opposite. Sharon Van Etten, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’. Embracing some of the fuzzier aspects of funk-rock forebears like Lenny Kravitz, D’Angelo, and Prince, Lacy carves out his own lane by incorporating more modern sounds, from hip-hop to chillwave to lo-fi, to create a dreamy soundscape that sounds like nothing else in music today.–Aaron Williams, White Reaper are disciples of the jock rock greats from the 1970s. His latest album, Oh My God, shows off his ambition as a songwriter for the most fully-realized album of his career.–D.R. Keepsake is the Australian singer-songwriter’s debut studio album, taking the best of dream pop, shoegaze, and alt-rock, and channeling them into something truly unique. Atmospheric pop from the 1980s and 1990s (think Cocteau Twins and the Cranberries) come to mind, but there's also a vibrant sense of invention and the creeping feeling that the end of the world is upon us. Bon Iver,“i,i”Genre: Indie pop, folk, R&B, electronica. There might not be a lyricist with a sharper wit than Australian songwriter Alex Cameron (sorry FJM). all the more justified.–S.H. Take a look, have a listen, and let us know what some of your favorite releases of the year were. 84 Let's join the party. Australian pop-punker Alex Lahey built upon her outstanding debut album with 2019’s The Best of Luck Club, a sophomore effort that recalls some of slacker rock’s finer moments.Lahey’s drawn comparisons to the likes of The Cure, Celebrity Skin era Hole, Paramore, and Tegan and Sara. 1/2/19. that is unmistakably his own, Cameron tackles topics ranging from sex work to addiction, and often mines his real-life relationship for material. Angel Olsen didn’t need to build to this. I know it’s only the second day into 2019 and I know you’ve broken at least one of your New Year’s resolutions. The overall sullen tone makes it seem likely they're not finding easy answers to their questions. 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Patience is the name for the personal pop project of Roxanne Clifford, singer for the adored early 2010s band Veronica Falls. 15 honorable mentions: Music It’s a record so wonderfully paced and curated that it’s hard to play A&R and find a song that it could do without.–Z.G. Across its eleven tracks, the record winds its way through a variety of influences and combines them into a model specimen of modern rock music, ebbing and flowing with a mastery of craft usually reserved for storied bands trying to spice things up in the studio, making for a project that is so instantly immersive from its outset that you immediately know you’re in for something special.–Z.G. Theirs is a comfortable, familiar-in-a-good-way sound that also feels fresh and exciting. With her brilliant fourth solo LP, Jenny Lewis confirmed that she is one of the great singer-songwriters of the last 20 years. 2019 -- the 14th year I've attempted to summarize the year in indie-pop -- again brought a wealth of music within this segment. Frightened Rabbit - Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's 'The Midnight Organ Fight' Here are the 50 best albums of the decade (2010-2019). iTunes Yet despite its onslaught of affected guitar solos and even a sludge metal riff, Morbid Stuff is also Pup’s poppiest album, with a real emphasis on melody and chorus. As one of the most beloved singer-songwriters of the 2010s, Sharon Van Etten had established a well-honed persona, as a person who writes personal songs and sings them with the intimacy of a private conversation. The songs quietly ask questions of themselves, about the past and what we're all up to, day by day. Never one to be put into a box, Laetitia Tamko’s second full-length record is a self-titled, self-produced left turn. —Z.G. It’s an impressive debut that shows off the young artist’s ability to dominate in rock, pop, alternative, soul, and just about anything else in her extensive wheelhouse.–D.R. Jay Som's Anak Ko [Polyvinyl] The 15 Best Pop Albums of 2019 1. https://www.popmatters.com/indie-rock-albums-of-2019-2641486583.html Ta Da is also a sustained exploration of heartbreak, over one dissolved relationship but also the whole of humanity. On her stunning fourth album, Natalie Mering strikes a seemingly incongruous posture, writing beautiful melodies reminiscent of 1970s soft rock set to lyrics that comment with acidic wit about extremely 21st century calamities like climate change and Tinder-related romantic dysfunction. Sputnikmusic's list of the best Indie Popalbums of 2020, rated by users. Conor Oberst is revitalized in her presence while she crafts tunes that are more spirited and playful than anything she’s released as a solo artist. Lyrically, the album is often a bleak and unsparing portrait of a difficult man beset by loneliness. It’s a tender record, thanks to the breezy indie vibes of “Superbike” and “Nighttime Drive,” which are both understated and attention-commanding.–Derrick Rossignol, Whether you speak English, Spanish, or both, Helado Negro’s gorgeous This Is How You Smile conveys deeply satisfying, spare, and atmospheric indie-folk that transcends language. It’s been a long four years since Leslie Bear released her debut as Long Beard, 2015’s Sleepwalker. From across the world, Melbourne, Australia seems like a city filled with youthful bands breathing new life into old formulas of melodic guitar-pop. Their second album playfully asks cutting questions about identity, society and power dynamics on songs like "Lost Power" and "Bromosapien", taking a sense of humor to the struggle. Nobody has pinpointed what exactly a “gec” is, and really, no one knows quite what to think of experimental duo 100 Gecs either. For additional information about bands formed, reformed, disbanded, or on hiatus, for deaths of musicians, and for links to musical awards, see 2019 in music . At this point, Jeff Tweedy has earned the right to rest on his laurels. It ends with a gorgeous ballad aiming a direct question at the universe: "Where are you, my love?". Young Enough finds the New York quartet taking risks, incorporating synths into the songs and ramping up the hooks to make them scientifically inescapable. It’s easy to re-write a Thin Lizzy song, but it’s not as easy to bring just enough originality to the table that the dueling guitar lines feel genuinely exciting, making You Deserve Love one of 2019’s most impressive rock albums.–Zac Gelfand, Another artist who toured her last album for years, Jessica Pratt finally followed up her excellent 2015 album On Your Own Love Again with this year’s cinematic and stunning Quiet Signs. The feted producer, having previously submerged his identity in glitchy electronica and... Sneaks, ‘Highway Hypnosis’. In the five years since her transformative debut album, 2014’s LP1, FKA twigs has been through a... 3. And on Better Oblivion Community Center, like Boygenius before it, she proves to be as dialed in as a collaborator as she is running the show. Mostly, Ghosteen is a reminder of Cave’s role as a shepherd, and how listeners are in good hands when he’s guiding the flock, making the most complex of emotional circumstances feel manageable, and survivable.–P.C. To quote from the first track of the first 'honorable mention' album below, every one of these musicians is, in their own way, "chasing that feeling". whose second album Bird Songs Of A Killjoy is one of the best folk albums of 2019. 1. These are notable albums, defined as having received significant coverage from reliable sources independent of the subject. Through all the abrasiveness and unexpected turns, there are moments when it’s undeniably catchy. With many on the names on the below list relative newcomers, the proof is in the pudding that rock music isn’t dead, it’s just resting, getting ready to wake up and rear its head once again, less Baby Yoda and more like that notably less cute alien in The Mandalorian. You won't find many songs on albums by indie singer-songwriters this decade that feel this raw, this confessional, this private-- let alone on one of the year's biggest pop blockbusters. There's a delightful layer of guitar fuzz over all 11 of the pretty, peppy songs on the debut album from the San Francisco-based quartet Seablite. Charly Bliss made a huge leap in the two years between their (very good) bubblegum indie-pop debut Guppy and their sophomore LP. In its wake, one of that band's frontmen, Jack Cooper formed this new band Modern Nature with Will Young of Beak. The fresh Melbourne quartet's debut album is a fun, funky jaunt that seems all about creative mixing-and-matching, in a minimalist style riddled with quirky organ and singy-songy, art-school nursery rhymes. But it is...and invigorating, exciting, adventurous, emotional. “Make Art Not Friends” is both a song title and an artistic credo for this album, though the confrontational nature of Simpson’s posturing doesn’t obscure the fun he has tearing through guitar solos over pumped-up, synth-heavy blues-rock.–S.H. PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. Each of the last few years, the number of great bands coming out of Australia, especially Melbourne, has steadily impressed. Rocketship's Thanks to You [Darla] Carly Rae Jepsen: Dedicated 2. With a P.O.V. The Best Indie Albums Of 2019. by: UPROXX Music Twitter December 5, 2019. From Pronoun’s soaring bedroom pop choruses to Black Midi’s truly unpredictable musical arrangements to Pup’s fist-pumping punk rock jams, 2019 certainly had no shortage of excellent entries in the indie category. Don't miss out on all the best new albums of 2019, from giant pop releases, to indie records or the hottest mixtape. Living Hour's Softer Faces [Kanine] Browse through and check out what music our editors have been listening to this year. But before we embrace the new, let’s look back at the best in pop, rock, country, hip-hop and R&B over the last 10 years. The 10 best indie albums 2020. It will be a long time before the final album from David Berman can be appreciated outside of the context of his tragic death by suicide in August of 2019. –Z.G. Angel Olsen: All Mirrors. Each song title is one word ("Footsteps", "Nightmares", "Criminals"), which helps accentuate the album's contemplative, philosophical side -- it's as if they're pondering the very nature of our existence from multiple angles. Thankfully, this year brought us Means To Me, another collection of bedroom night-pop that offers shimmering lyrical insights, velvety melodies, and enough swirling psychedelics to lure you away from your anxiety, up and out, and into your own dreams. Jeanines is a compact, breezy distillation of the stripped-down essence of what indie-pop is, and has been, about. The UK group Black Midi started as a mystery and have since become an alternative math-rock phenomenon. Weyes Blood: Titanic Rising. Parsnip's been around just a few years, and seems to be having a blast. BestEverAlbums.com brings together over 40,000 charts and calculates an overall ranking of the best albums of all time. Lisa Prank's Perfect Love Song [Father/Daughter] And yet the beauty of Ode To Joy is that these veterans still feel compelled to push themselves. FKA twigs: MAGDALENE Twerps guitarist Julia Macfarlane's current solo project, J. Macfarlane's Reality Guest, gets stranger and cuts deeper to the heart and bone. The Canadian quartet are showing no signs of slowing down, and the rooms will surely just keep getting larger.–Z.G. It's the sound of someone realizing a relationship has become a dreary series of cold transactions... or realizing life itself might be becoming a dreary series of cold transactions on a planet nearing its end days. Occasionally it can be difficult for an artist with a beloved breakout album to follow up with a second record, but that was not at all the case for Bedouine’s Azniv Korkejian. The solution was to spread out, embrace laid-back jams, and rely upon Ezra Koenig’s ability to write witty, novelistic songs about falling in love and starting a family in an era of apparent social collapse.–S.H. Natalie Mering’s work under the name Weyes Blood feels less like a catalog of music and... 2. Spotify 2. Why Haven’t You Tried Snoop Dogg’s Impeccably Smooth Cali Red Yet? 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