A Quick Word from the Author:
Before we begin, let's make one thing clear: There is no way anyone can be as excited as I am to have the The Indie Sabbath back — a motion that is long overdue. It's been just over a year since I debuted the Sabbath last May to an overwhelming response from hundreds of indie fans emerging from the wet works. Over time, the Sabbath hit some speed bumps before eventually stalling out completely. Excuses need not be made, myself and the rest of EARMILK are just thrilled to bring back the best weekly indie feature the Internet has ever seen. I'll leave it at that.
TLDR: We're excited. Apologies for Sabbath's absence. Quit your bitching, moving on.
The Indie Sabbath is back, with new specs and some major changes. First off, it's on Thursdays now. "SABBATH on a Thursday?? That makes no sense!" Yeah, well, get over it. Traditionally, we've used the Sabbath to feature the best new Indie music around the web each week — and that isn't changing. But we've added a few things, including a Video of the Week, Album of the Week, and a brief recap of the best Indie posts featured here on EARMILK every seven days. Our goal is to provide more than just a list, leaving our readers with not only new music, but visuals, information and albums to explore with friends. That being said, let's get on to the eclectic array of Indie excellence.
THE INDIE GIFT BASKET
They say it's officially Summer, but some may beg to differ. Regardless of what it looks like out your window, the peak of the music season is upon us. There will be more music released over the next few months than any other time of the year, which means that there's a whole lot to sift through. We ventured into the pastures of the Indie realm, and came back with some deliciously satisfying results. Here's twenty samples of that milky goodness, ripe for the picking. Fresh looks on new material from Arcade Fire, Tes Elations, Young Man, Exitmusic, Leonard Friend and Twin Shadow. Milk away, my fine-haired friends.
Here's a five track flashback of the best in Indie this week on EARMILK. Take a sip, and enjoy the dishes — these are certified fresh.
"Penguin Prison shows off his chops as he tackles the Las Vegas quartet's single by injecting a healthy dose of fun into the track and giving birth to a carefree pop-friendly tune." (Original Post)
"Similar to 'Where Have You Gone,' Carousel's latest single 'Let's Go Home' combines gentle Pop elements with a subtle Dance feel, offering a soundscape that can serve as both something to dance to as well as fuel for an excellent daydream." (Original Post)
"Caged Animals emits hues of positivity, yet is still grounded by a sense of reality before it can reach the realm of bubbly, quasi-nauseating, feel-good, indie-pop." (Original Post)
"The single and title track 'Float' has generated a fair amount of buzz since it's release earlier this year and has garnered interest from the likes of RCA, Capitol Records, and UK-based Parlophone." (Original Post)
"The track 'Clark Drive Sunrise' has a suspenseful undertone between the sounds of ocean waves and his voice being dauntingly compressed. It lingers through your ears and the rest of your body in a wistful yet satisfying manner." (Original Post)
VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Yes, there's an Arcade Fire video at the top of the post. We'll call that the runner-up. As for the best Indie video of the week, tip of the hat to Danish quartet When Saints Go Machine. The visuals for their new single "Mannequin" are an oddly captivating affair. The new single is a bit of a drawn out experience, no less creepy than gorgeous. Within the video you'll find yourself venturing deeper and deeper into some sort of fantastic nightmare, which is about as much as I can say about it. I really have no idea what the hell is going on in the video, other than that it compliments the music perfectly, and weirded me out.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
Chet Faker – Thinking In Textures
Australia's Superstar/ Sweetheart Chet Faker's new EP Thinking In Textures describes itself. The concoction of chilled out genres held within the EP stray far and wide, and categorizing it under one such label isn't particularly appropriate. One of many new artists emerging from down under, Chet's ability to layer an array of sequences into his songs is perhaps more impressive than anything else, as he has managed to create a unique sound with mass appeal. Highlighted by hits "No Diggity" and "I'm Into You," the EP is a delight from a different world, and a testament to Chet's remarkably bright looking future. Purchase it on iTunes here.
Other Noteworthy Albums:
Upon this day, I declare that Indie music is leaps and bounds more pure than anything else, and the term "Indie" means not that a band isn't mainstream, but that a band has been able to hold on to its roots, even through fame and fortune. While the wonderful thumps and womps of other genres get me grooving, it will always be the sui generis of Indie that guides me to the homeland. And for that — I both thank it and applaud it — for it has brought me great pleasure in the past and will so in the future.