Rolling INDIE 2021

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I am not the best person to start a rolling indie thread, because I don't listen to or like that much indie rock, but it was between starting a whole thread for Kiwi Jr. or starting a rolling thread in which to house Kiwi Jr., so I opted for the latter.

Which is to say, the new Kiwi Jr. album is Quite Good. Not as noisy as their first (which I also liked), with more of a Television Personalities//C-86 vibe to it. But still very much in the bands-that-sound-like-Pavement mode. Though enough less than the first one that I didn't want to just post it in that thread.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR6l6R74vYI

Man, that dude really does sound like Malkmus.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 January 2021 17:13 (four months ago) link

Yeah, almost distractingly, but overall they're peppier and poppier than Pavement.

Tbf Sounding like Pavement in 2021 is equivalent to sounding like the Velvet Underground in 1994, which Pavement sometimes did

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Monday, 1 February 2021 00:22 (four months ago) link

lol we're old

Johnny Fever, Monday, 1 February 2021 00:24 (four months ago) link

It’s more like Dean Wareham aping Lou Reed’s vocal tone or something.

excuse me while I fold my pants (morrisp), Monday, 1 February 2021 00:31 (four months ago) link

Have Beach Bunny had any traction on here? Their new EP is so good.

kitchen person, Monday, 1 February 2021 00:54 (four months ago) link

Wow, he really, really does sound like Malkmus. I feel like this takes a little time to get going, but the title track rips and I enjoyed it more after that point.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 1 February 2021 20:38 (four months ago) link

i was under the impression that the band sports had broken up, but if they did, they're back with a very solid new ep. the first track was my favorite on first spin, a simmering, slow burning strut

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zm4rXte2zZY

tiwa-nty one savage (voodoo chili), Friday, 12 February 2021 15:22 (four months ago) link

Does indie pop get a pass here? These are 3 of my favorite songs of the year so far:

Nana Yamato - do you wanna
Sun June - bad with time
Men I Trust - tides

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 12 February 2021 15:49 (four months ago) link

for a laugh, play the men I trust song on spotify

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Friday, 12 February 2021 22:37 (four months ago) link

Yeah played it last night and thought my speakers had broken for a minute there.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 12 February 2021 22:47 (four months ago) link

The Kiwi Jr record is really growing on me, pretty fun.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 12 February 2021 22:49 (four months ago) link

Yeah played it last night and thought my speakers had broken for a minute there.

my immediate thought was "damn, stylistic detour huh?"

stimmy stimmy yah (Simon H.), Saturday, 13 February 2021 01:33 (four months ago) link

They need to get merzbow to do a proper remix now

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 13 February 2021 14:59 (four months ago) link

Goat Girl - On All Fours is a really excellent album

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 13 February 2021 15:26 (four months ago) link

Agreed. The Goat Girl album is so good. For some reason they weren't on my radar before this. I need to go check out their debut.

kitchen person, Saturday, 13 February 2021 17:18 (four months ago) link

lol was just coming here to post about Goat Girl. I like it! I like the range of settings and textures. Post-punk with splashes of prog and symphonic swells.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXium0u9xPI

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 15 February 2021 00:58 (four months ago) link

Goat Girl is really cool! Not what I expected.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 15 February 2021 01:08 (four months ago) link

the band name/album title combo is not my favorite, and definitely sets you up for something way different, like I was thinking Pissed Jeans or something

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 15 February 2021 02:01 (four months ago) link

Yeah I was avoiding it because of the name. This is right up my alley. Some songs like Anxiety Feels even remind me of Stereolab or at least to Sadier.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 15 February 2021 03:54 (four months ago) link

lol so I started this thread saying I don't listen to much indie and then this year there's all this indie stuff I like. e.g., the Cassandra Jenkins album, a BNM that is at least quite good new music.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 20 February 2021 04:31 (four months ago) link

Or I guess it's really an EP. But it's good. Gorgeous sax playing on it among other things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SxE2Hr64pY

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 20 February 2021 04:37 (four months ago) link

thanks for posting that track - i had only listened to the spoken word cut (which i really couldn't stand) and this is much more alluring

sean gramophone, Saturday, 20 February 2021 04:39 (four months ago) link

The spoken word one works in the flow of the record I think. The vibe of it all reminds me a little of Astral Weeks, minus the Celtic mysticism but with the musical fluidity.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 20 February 2021 05:37 (four months ago) link

the cassandra jenkins album (it's short at 31 minutes and 7 tracks but that's still enough to be an album and it's being called that) is fantastic. absolutely sublime sophisti-folk. i didn't really connect with "hard drive" (presuming this is the spoken word one sean is talking about?) when i first heard it on its own but it works so much better in the context of the album. the arc of the songs slowly dissolving into ambience across the course of the album is wonderful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEBjfsyhUAs

ufo, Saturday, 20 February 2021 05:42 (four months ago) link

extremely recommended for fans of kaputt

ufo, Saturday, 20 February 2021 05:47 (four months ago) link

the arc of the songs slowly dissolving into ambience across the course of the album is wonderful.

Yeah that’s a good description. The final instrumental track is gorgeous, instead of tacked-on it feels like a culmination or coda.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 20 February 2021 12:51 (four months ago) link

Just now getting around the Goat Girl myself, I did this. I'm not sure what I expected, but this is more Stereolab-ish than I expected, in a rather good way!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:48 (four months ago) link

Nightshift from Glasgow are a female vocal outfit with a postpunk pop sound. Byron Coley hears some Athens, Ga in their sound which I don’t. More Delta 5 and Shopping. New effort Zoë is on Bandcamp

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 06:29 (three months ago) link

wish i could get into the cassandra jenkins but asmr shit makes my skin crawl and i can't take the mouth noise close mic shit

seems like it's good music though

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 14:23 (three months ago) link

my wife was like "is this aimee mann?" which i thought was a pretty sick burn, still like it tho

adam, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 14:33 (three months ago) link

the new nana yamato album is interesting stuff, her song "fantasy" sounds like if a mary timony band had a drum machine and nico on lead vocals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCe_g-RRBhY

tiwa-nty one savage (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 14:35 (three months ago) link

Speaking of Mary Timony, she’s doing a virtual show March 4 for the re-release of her Mountains first solo album. It’s a paid event with link on her Bandcamp

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 16:10 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I like this Really From album. Neo-post-rock? Post-post-rock? They're interesting. (And are in the category of hard-to-Google bands, so I can't even tell if they've been discussed on ILM.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyOtw2hD55w

I think I mentioned it on the emo thread. some really cool stuff going on though it does feel a tad frontloaded to me

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Sunday, 14 March 2021 23:00 (three months ago) link

That may be, it's one of those albums I've put on and let run a few times, so I can't swear I've paid attention all the way through. The last track is good, tho.

this might be my favorite album of the year so far, super fuzzy indie-pop from a 21-year-old Australian woman i'd never heard of until a month ago:

https://fritzmusic.bandcamp.com/album/pastel-2

alpine static, Monday, 15 March 2021 03:13 (three months ago) link

Oh nice, I've been on a Frankie Rose kick all weekend and, while this doesn't sound identical or anything, it's where I'm at right now.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 15 March 2021 03:18 (three months ago) link

Yeah this Fritz album is good! Thanks for that. Tuneful shoegaze/dreampop with winsome vocals is pretty much my jam.

Yeah I've really been liking that album the last coupe of weeks! If you're into "tuneful shoegaze/dreampop" don't miss the Jetstream Pony album from last year, one of my favorites that this Fritz album reminded me a bit of.

https://jetstreampony.bandcamp.com/album/jetstream-pony

early rejecter, Monday, 15 March 2021 16:55 (three months ago) link

Some of this Fritz very nearly fills the Alvvays-shaped hole in my life, but still I hunger for a follow-up to Antisocialites.

american primitive stylophone (zchyrs), Friday, 19 March 2021 12:51 (three months ago) link

totally. well said.

i bet it's not too far off.

i don't know why any band of any real size would release an album right now vs. waiting till they can tour again. not saying that's the case w/ Alvvays, but you have to think they're probably getting close w/ LP3.

alpine static, Friday, 19 March 2021 16:04 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_tFlCkWVM

new mannequin pussy is great

ufo, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 21:13 (two months ago) link

stuff like this is why tiktok is the best app pic.twitter.com/dasGE6f2o3

— chet porter (@chetporter) March 23, 2021

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:08 (two months ago) link

I guess this thread is as good as any for Ethel Cain, she crosses a lot of boundaries — dream-pop emo with a SoundCloud overlay? I like both tracks so far from the forthcoming EP. Also went back to last year’s Golden Age EP, which is more atmospheric and a bit less pop than this, also very good. She’s interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnEJZC8hQ18

what is a SoundCloud overlay? i don't know what that means.

alpine static, Sunday, 28 March 2021 05:19 (two months ago) link

She’s absorbed some of the production and aesthetic of SoundCloud rap. Her other recent single “Michelle Pfeiffer” features actual SoundCloud rapper Lil Aaron, though not rapping per se.

“michelle pfeiffer” is a banger, it’s true

voodoo chili, Sunday, 28 March 2021 13:24 (two months ago) link

New Reds, Pinks & Purples is lovely, sort of like a lost Television Personalities album

https://theredspinksandpurples.bandcamp.com/album/uncommon-weather

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Saturday, 10 April 2021 14:59 (two months ago) link

i don't think songs hit me as hard as the ones on last year's "you might be happy someday" but it still rules and i listened to it 3x in a row today

the strongest tracks on both are the ones with the most new order in their veins

adam, Monday, 12 April 2021 16:27 (two months ago) link

wow. that was lovely. just the type of pretty bedroom guitar indie I was looking for. if you liked the previous better then I think im going to go through the discography backwards now because that was great

gman59, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 21:13 (two months ago) link

I agree, nice album. I liked the EP last year too. It all sounds a bit the same imo, but it's a sound I like.

this is nothing I haven't heard before, but it is exceptionally comforting and really enjoyable

boxedjoy, Saturday, 24 April 2021 21:35 (one month ago) link

I was on the fence until the modulations at the end

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvQCWX8w_Yw

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:01 (one month ago) link

The new Blair EP is good. Don't know much about them.

https://blair123xyz.bandcamp.com/album/tears-to-grow

Too sluggish and "wait, here's the loud part" for me, but in my old age I'm fine letting people like what they like.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 25 April 2021 05:11 (one month ago) link

This is from January, but I only found it about a month ago and it's been in constant rotation since

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fPik8hkSOw

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 25 April 2021 05:27 (one month ago) link

The full Ethel Cain EP is out and is good, though I think the singles remain the standouts. I'm still not really sure how to classify her emo/shoegaze/SoundCloug/grunge with area aspirations, but she's pretty interesting. If she really releases the two-hour opus she tells Pitchfork she's working on, I'll listen at least once, maybe more.

Maybe SoundCloug is the right way to describe her ...

I don’t know if this belongs on rolling indie but I don’t really know which other of the rolling threads it may fit too:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3eZAhywJmUNwvJuiIvD0Nd

Dora Jar, really impressive debut EP. “Quiver” in particular is one of the songs I can’t stop looping.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 29 April 2021 05:38 (one month ago) link

the new half waif is a fuckin banger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mgdrBbv8Lk

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Friday, 30 April 2021 19:57 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oq-lvTXf3s

love the new Faye Webster - there's some Rilo Kiley to it but the bass and synth flourishes are brawny

Joe Bombin (milo z), Sunday, 2 May 2021 06:14 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

"Indie" is probably nowhere near the best category for this one, but since we don't have a rolling 2021 garage or psych thread and I don't think it's quite worthy of it's own thread just yet, I want to give a shout out to the Grave Flowers Bongo Band record on Castle Face. Produced by Ty Segall, it's a nice little burst of psych-pop garage rock with a tinge of krautrock tossed in.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 27 May 2021 16:35 (three weeks ago) link

For like the maybe three people on this board who've ever discussed The Preatures, Isabella Manfredi's first solo single came out this week. She still seems like the transglobal long-lost Haim sister, but song is a proper bop. I love the synth sound choices (wiggly and farty).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGyn7L5KUoQ

Johnny Fever, Friday, 28 May 2021 03:27 (three weeks ago) link

Do we have a rolling indie/twee/jangle thread for 2021? This is comically generic, but the sun is out and it is pressing my buttons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3NPI1-s43I

Piedie Gimbel, Thursday, 10 June 2021 11:33 (one week ago) link

I have overlooked both Jay Som and Palehound to this point, but I like the Bachelor album. This one's especially catchy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQihAil8-s0

i like both of them but after listening to this album ^ a bunch (for a review) i have decided that Ellen Kempner is a killer songwriter

alpine static, Friday, 18 June 2021 04:31 (four days ago) link

After an 8 years hiatus, a new Freelove Fenner album:

https://freelovefenner.bandcamp.com/album/the-punishment-zone

o. nate, Friday, 18 June 2021 19:53 (four days ago) link


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