Indie rock is an ever-evolving genre spanning bedroom recordings and Jack Antonoff-produced powerhouses. Some of these albums could easily find a home on other lists—pop, punk, or perhaps folk—but they also all fit here, under the indie rock umbrella. The album often resembles a reversion to her sparser early work and away from the cavernous jolts of her more recent output. In , Kevin Parker was an introvert. Optimism led him astray. Eight years later, things are wildly different.
The Strokes, The 1975, and HAIM all aim to prove that indie rock is alive and thriving
The New Romance
But in all of this darkness, one of the only guiding lights has been an especially stellar slate of new music releases. For their fourth studio album, the Boston band took two weeks to hunker down and make the best record they could, both from a performance and production standpoint. Brandon Hagen wrote the album while going through the entirety of The Sopranos twice, and you can hear it in his existential and nihilistic songwriting. On their major-label debut, UK punks Higher Power dialed back the hardcore tendencies of their previous releases and focused instead on the raw melodies and hooks that allowed bands like Alice In Chains and Deftones to transcend their scenes and make their way into the mainstream. We all thought we knew what to expect from Hayley Williams, but boy, were we wrong. The resulting song effort sounds like if Radiohead did a record with the Talking Heads with some help from Devo. Born Again succeeds through striking intimacy, with the rising Canadian songwriter dazzling with direct songwriting that often expands into grand gestures.
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The New Romance is a severe and claustrophobic recording; the room in which the band is playing sounds small and narrow, and the guitar and organ on the title track combine and collapse into each other. In the underground as in the mainstream, loudness and aggression often get conflated with bucking the norms. Gun Outfit are a contemporary rock band of rare grace. Their sound has been remarkably cinematic across their four full-length records since , ready to play on 16mm film. Though it was released via the L. Possession Sound is the name of a body of water in Washington, and the record shares a depth, a meditative vastness. Their third album, Control , describes divorce, infidelity, and the general evil of capitalism through slow, accumulating details. Control is form and content meeting at their most oblique angle, forming a scene in which people are moving very little and nothing really happens, but their feelings twist angrily in the air around them. Picaresque is the quintessential Decemberists album: It's the band at their most extravagant, their most defining.
Metascore: User Score: tbd. The third full-length release for the Florida trio was self-recorded and produced by band member Trayer Tryon. User Score: 7. The third full-length release for the British indie band was self-produced. The third studio album for indie band was written while on tour and explores the emotions that came from the relationship band members Nona Marie Invie and Marshall LaCount had with each other. The collaboration between David Byrne and St. Vincent, first planned more than two years ago, was produced with John Congleton. User Score: 8. The Beta Band's Steve Mason releases his first solo album under his name.