For those about to rock we salute you. Those were the fateful words of AC/DC and we carry them on to today with a heavy dose of indie rock from the past month that you need to catch up on now. Read on for the best in indie rock from October.
1. WORN-TIN - CYCLES
Something about this song brings me a sense of comfort. Comfort in knowing that maybe it is okay to not know everything. Comfort in my seemingly perpetual quarter-life crisis. Comfort in between destinations where lost feels like exactly where I am supposed to be. I’m embracing my youth, drunk in the back of vintage Ford E-150 with strangers who are my soul mates for the night. I don’t know where we are going and in this moment, I just don’t care.
2. JULIA JACKLIN - BODY
Sometimes we don’t understand how much of ourselves we give to someone else until the connection is severed. At the moment we are forced to sit with ourselves, naked and alone, all of our energy is returned to us. “I felt the change of the seasons and all of my senses coming back to me.” It’s bittersweet. It’s painful, it’s empowering. This song is a beautiful recognition of self. Loving yourself amidst the losses, taking responsibility for self and relinquishing the desire to save what is out of your hands.
3. ANDY FONDA - SHINE
Andy Fonda’s talent speaks for itself. His presence is demanding but in the most subtle way like that of a true leader that captures the focus of those who need direction -- not by grand displays but by honest example. His voice emanates and fills the entire room. His music penetrates into the depths of your soul with such intensity yet it brings a comforting warmth there. His music asks you to pay attention from your heart, that place in you where your deepest emotions reside. There will always be a little more love there, even when you think you have run out.
4. RAYLAND BAXTER - CASANOVA
Relationships are an intermingling of our voids. Someone comes along and poses the perfect distraction from self, from the problems that we can’t seem to escape until they show us what we perceive to be a way out. The lesson is, you can never fill your emptiness through someone else...or someone else’s money Casanova, but it's fun to pretend for a while.
5. PART TIME - IT'S ALRIGHT WITH ME
Part Time brings gives us an 80s devoted lover boy feel with this album. It makes me want to blast this in the house while I cook a fancy dinner. I would say it is a great break up album though so it will be a fancy dinner for one, at least I will have beautiful lyrics of devotion and heartbreak echoing through my kitchen while I eat my feelings. Mm, melancholy tastes so good.
6. SWIMM - MIND'S EYE
Swimm has this way of wrapping thought out multidimensional lyrics in fun psych-pop. Musically it is poppy and easy to listen to and makes you want to groove but there is always a bit more under the surface lyrically. This new single is a great example of this and I am very into it.
7. CONNAN MOCKASIN - LES BE HONEST
Connan Mockasin has one of those brilliant musical minds that I so badly want to understand and solve like the complex puzzle it is. It seems like he can express any sound he wants to and he does it so effortlessly and artistically. He released Jassbusters this month. The album proves that he can take any inspiration of sound and mold into his own masterpiece with that Connan touch that is so specific. I met him at a party once and all I can say is he is the personification of his music. Sweet, playful and so damn mysterious -- a walking enigma.
8. BEACH HOUSE - ALIEN
I appreciate the consistency Beach House has in terms of releasing new music. They never make us wait for too long and they always release something that satisfies. I read somewhere once that they save specific sounds they don't get to fit into the current record they are working on and save it for the next. I think that this is noticeable through their music and makes each album feel like it builds off of the last. Each new release feels like a sonic evolution, a nostalgic feeling presented in a new and exciting way.
9. THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE - BEYOND ME
This band is so fun to see live. Watching them play makes you feel like you have been taken back in time to the heart of psych glam rock. They have a great stage presence, ripping on their instruments while psychedelic visual collages morph into themselves in the background. It is pretty incredible how this band creates such a full sound.
10. TIM ATLAS - SIDESTEP
This is one of my favorite songs for this month. Tim has hit the sweet spot of indie rock but with his sexy production, his songs take you to a world in-between genres. This track is a great example of that groovy vibe, it feels full and not to mention it is extremely catchy.
11. CASS MCCOMBS - SLEEPING VOLCANOES
There are some artists that you can tell just make the type of music that is in their DNA. Mellow guitar and Cass McCombs' distinct voice are the highlights of most of his music. It's kind of a comfort listening to him. He is playing the Fonda Theatre in LA this spring. Does anyone want to go with me?
12. FREEDOM FRY - ZOMBIE LOVE
Yes! A fun song about undying love. Get it? Undying? This song is perfect to play at a Halloween party. Zombies need loving too.
13. UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA - HANOI 4
Two albums in one year? I'm not complaining. This new album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a cool, free-form instrumental experience. This track is my current favorite of the seven but knowing myself I will probably rotate through favorites because each song presents its own distinct mood and energy. There is a jazzy feel to the whole album, this vibe of improvisation and some killer saxophone. It is experimental and focused on the instruments and the talent of their players, a sultry, trippy contrast to their previous album Sex & Food.
14. Pageants - WILL-O'-THE WISP
Holy wow I love her sweet voice. Pageants are proof that lovers can create beautiful art together. I feel like there is an innocence and sweetness in their music. It makes you feel young and carefree. I feel like a kid drinking a bubbly soda when I listen to them. They make indie-rock that feels nostalgic and true to the genre but doesn't sound like it is stuck in 2009.
15. COIN - SIMPLE ROMANCE
Sometimes love drives you crazy. This song is catchy and addicting and perfectly speaks on the feeling of wanting someone so badly that no matter what they do, you can't get them out of your mind. Love is a drug, a very complicated drug.