No doubt you’re still humming along to the fantastic selection of new music added to our Earworm’s playlist last week (if we do say so ourselves!), but there’s always room in your life for a few more infectious tracks.
This week we bring you a classic alt-rock anthem from one of America’s best songwriters, and we’re shining a spotlight on a few emerging talents in the world of indie music.
So sit back, relax and tune into our latest Earworm’s selections.
Oh, and don’t forget to follow the Spotify playlist at the end of this post for the latest weekly updates. Enjoy.
Ryan Adams – ‘Burn in the Night’
Who? One of the most prolific singer-songwriters in America over the past two decades.
Why? Not much is generally expected of EPs that act as a b-side to an album. That’s what ‘Burn in the Night’ was billed as by Ryan Adams just before its release. So it comes as a great surprise that the single to come from the EP is every bit as great, if not better, than any track to have been included on his return-to-form self-titled album. ‘Burn in the Night’ sees Ryan Adams channel the howling Americana intensity of Bruce Springsteen as he rips through this brief but substantial entry into the ever increasing canon of exceptional songs released by this ever dependable songwriter.
For fans of: Bruce Springsteen, War Against Drugs, The Hold Steady
The Lunchtime Sardine Club – ‘Dollars for Donuts’
Who? Chilled-out atmospheric indie-folk
Why? It’s a difficult task to write a song that feels both relaxed and tightly knitted. This is what ‘Dollars for Donuts’ does exceptionally well. With a mellow guitar line reminiscent of Coldplay’s ‘Don’t Panic’ and a chilled-out sophistication not unlike the work done on Wilco’s seminal album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, this track puts a promising marker down for a band who seem to have taken on a level of sonic maturity since the release of their debut album. Excellent lazy summer evening vibes on this one.
For fans of: Wilco, The Beta Band, Parachutes era Coldplay
Trust Fund – ‘Dreams’
Who? Infectiously melodic lo-fi indie-pop
Why? Trust Fund’s ‘Dreams’ doesn’t mess around with pleasant introductions, launching into a ferociously satisfying fuzzy guitar attack that’s accompanied by the wriggling, near-whiny vocals of Brighton based musician Ellis Jones. Like Waxahatchee and Wavves, Trust Fund has a knack for establishing hooks and melodies buried beneath a heap of noisey reverb laden guitars, giving the music the impression of being spikey and warm all at once. ‘Dreams’ is bound to be an indie-rock hit this summer, and if this track is anything to go by, expect big things from Trust Fund in the near future.
For fans of: Waxahatchee, Wavves, Woods
Will Joseph Cook – ‘Beach’
Who? Summery indie-pop singer songwriter
Why? There’s a lyrical confidence in ‘Beach’ that belies the youth of 18 year-old Will Joseph Cook. This track comes off the back of a great few months for the singer from Kent, as his debut EP topped the Hype Machine charts – a feat that – for anyone who has listened to this track – is easily understandable. Cook’s vocals are a revelation here: emotive, shifting and soaring above the sun-drenched melodies with ease and assurdness.
For fans of: Passion Pit, Darwin Deez, Discovery
On and On – ‘Icon Love’
Who? Haunting and dreamy indie-rock outfit
Why? There are songs that are influenced by the ’90s and then there’s a song which you’d swear was taken straight from an album released in that decade. On and On’s epic and rousing ‘Icon Love’ falls into the latter of these categories; it’s the sort of alternative rock song that wouldn’t look out of place on the Batman Forever soundtrack, displaying a huge, stirringly anthemic sound that’s all too often shirked away from in contemporary indie music. In the time old fashion of great music, it creates a soundscape which acts as a portal back to another time, where nostalgic escape can be found laced into the fabric of each cry coming from both guitars and vocals.
For fans of: Still Corners, PVT, Blouse
Grouplove – ‘No Drama Queen’
Who? Upbeat synth-pop hailing from California
Why? Grouplove are the sort of band who you can depend on to pick you up whenever the blues are beginning to run the game. Their new track ‘No Drama Queen’, which will be released as part of the coming-of-age film Paper Town, features a pop-heavy hook and trademark falsetto that all great Grouplove tracks have – keeping it clean and simple like the most effective of indie-pop songs. It’s ’90s style guitar-rock with the cynicism and angst cut out from underneath it.
For fans of: Born Ruffians, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Local Natives
LA Priest – ‘Lady’s in Trouble With The Law’
Who? Idiosyncratic psych-pop from former Late of the Pier singer
Why? It’s hard to imagine that the vocalist from electro-dance-punk outfit Late of the Pier could produce music quite so ambitious as what can be heard on the lead single ‘Lady’s in Trouble with The Law’ from his new project titled LA Priest. Picking up from where Ariel Pink and John Maus has left off, LA Priest is showing promise of being the next big “weirdo-genius” in indie-pop. This latest track gets under the skin with its ominously wonky synth lines, and obscure-drugged-up-lounge-singer vocals adorning the odd-ball procession with charismatic aplomb.
For fans of: Ariel Pink, John Maus, Geneva Jacuzzi.
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