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The Indie Sabbath 04

A Quick Word from the Authors:

Can you imagine the Grammys being your sole reference for all that happened in music during 2013? Well, no, neither can we – although it does provide a decent snapshot of the radio stations’ top trends. If you turned on CBS last Sunday night after a year of slumber, you’d be convinced to believe that disco is coming back, hip hop has finally lost the long-fought battle of severing itself from pop, and just like the scientific evidence that females are developing at an alarmingly younger rate, 17 year olds can seemingly rule the world.

But let’s take a step back and look at what they ignored: the fall of dubstep within the mainstream, the rise of popularity within progressive EDM in every facet of music, and maybe most importantly, the fact that major labels are being challenged by independently represented artists who are now capable of overtaking the market share. Subtext: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis going the label-less DIY route while raising a hypothetical middle finger at all the haters. (We just made up this imagery; so don’t take to Twitter to heckle them about our irreverent POVs.)

So how does this affect us indie darlings? Well let’s just picture the musical landscape as earth, and all the millions of songs like snowflakes – which, while all original, are all also struggling to stand out from the masses. Indie is scapegoat of differentiation, individuality and bucking the trends of yore – and oftentimes the least recognized. And I guess that’s where little blogs like ours act as their safety nets, transporting these precious tracks down the roads less traveled, and into the speakers of readers like you.

Which brings us to the news you’ve all been waiting for as we vented the above, very much paraphrased version of “life’s not fair!” The mysterious Burial has finally revealed a selfie providing everyone with visual evidence that he is actually a human being and not an android being controlled by artists such as Four Tet, etc. Lorde also makes the cut (God, we’re so mainstream) covering James Blake’s standout 2013 track “Retrograde” at a homecoming show in New Zealand. Lastly, everyone’s favorite emotional mastermind Elliot Smith makes an appearance as some new EDM-esque tracks surfaced – after lying dormant since their creation right around Y2K.

Now for the beautiful musical snowflakes that we have so skillfully and gently caught for you this glorious winter’s day.     

- Aaron Thomas & Anna Murphy

Bees Knees

The Bees Knees

We don't make you work to separate the milk from the cream

In case you only want to scratch the surface of the Sabbath we offer the cream of the crop, highlighting what should be indefinitely considered when crafting a playlist.
The Tryptophan: Blood Orange - "On The Line" (Star Slinger Edit)
The Kindle: Lincoln Jesser - "Certainty"
The Pasture: BANKS - "BRAIN" (Prod. by Shlohmo)

The Indie Gift Basket

The Indie Gift Basket


  • The Pasture Less is more -- slow-churned nights need a soundtrack too, and relaxation is underrated.
  • The Kindle represents a peak of accessibility where the masses will be drawn to the raw energy exposed throughout.
  • Lastly, in The Tryptophan indie gets plugged. What ups the ante more than experimental electronics and synths?

The Kindle

The top forty that no one knows, the songs that you pop on that party playlist, the tracks you belt while driving 80 MPH on a dessert highway, or the jams you blast alone in your bedroom, rocking out with your socks on, solo style. Wherever you are, you’re in for a treat by way of indie beats. Highlights from Miamigo and Lincoln Jesser.

The Pasture

The Pasture

Drawing from hushed textures the intersection between folk and translucent melodies can surprisingly be seamlessly navigated. So kick back, chill out or fall asleep – but be sure to stream the easy-going tracks below for the epitome of mellow. Highlights from Mikky Ekko and Banks.

The Tryptophan

The Tryptophan

The Tryptophan is a playlist for the forward-minded individuals, filled with everything from airy ascending melodies to mind-bending beats that work to spark a progressive, yet equally grounded mindset. Highlights from Låpsley and Star Slinger.

In closing – it’s simple. We’re bringing you three different playlists every week; one for you mellow manatees, one for you vibrant vipers and one for you hazy honey badgers. So whether you’re a homebody who needs a backtrack to lying on the couch or a rabble-rousing hipster looking to paint the town tonight, we’ve got a perfect playlist for you. Enjoy & as always, feedback welcome.

Chillwave · Downtempo · Dreamwave · Experimental · Feature · Folk · Indie · Lists · Synth


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  • Stoked that Indie Sabbath is back, its the main reason I used to come here.

    Avatar Tom February 3, 2014 9:58 PM Reply

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