Alternative/Indie

Alt rock, indie, folk rock, whatever Coldplay is…

Lies – Churches

Ok, so it’s not every day that I post two songs by the same band so close together. But when I posted “The Mother We Share” by Churches, I had their first single “Lies” pegged as a relatively staid indie-pop track. But with more repeated listens, the addition of a proper subwoofer to my speaker set-up, and this video of the band’s first live performance, I started to get how the gritty electro-pop synths and Mayberry’s delightful vocals work really well together.

I really hope this band gets huge. Early signs indicate they won’t disappoint me.

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Here With Me – The Killers

The stand-out track of an otherwise unremarkable “comeback” album, “Here With Me” is the classic on-the-road tour song. Weary and nostalgic, it has a heart to it that is missing from the rest of Battle Born. Where other songs on the album attempt to reach into the lofty heights of rock classic and miss their target, this track is content to be a melancholy ballad. Simple, sweet, and easy to sing along to – perfect for The Killers’ stadium sound.

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The Mother We Share – Chvrches

I’m not sure how to descrive Chvrches. Replacing the ‘u’ with the ‘v’ in their name certainly smacks of indie band smugness, but their music speaks for itself. This track is carried start-to-end by Lauren Mayberry’s delightfully unique vocals – she sings with the bubbly-sweet air of a Disney star, but the lyrics are magnificent, inspiring and poetic.

Let me offer a pithy quote to sum it up:

Churches are a trio from Glasgow who are super new, like 2012 new, onto the scene and are already making waves and other cliches. Check em.

- SGTMT

 

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All The Eastern Girls (RAC Remix) – Chapel Club

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring RAC’s huge catalog of indietronica remixes, you’ll know that they are the mark of excellence for an indie band and invariably make any song better. You might also have discovered this little gem of a remix, released two years ago. “All The Eastern Girls” is immediately pretentious, pronouncing “this is a love song” over and over again. But then you can drift back and get all nostalgic as they enchant you with dreams of eastern girls with golden skin. It’s curiously addictive, and for me it has permanently melted into the neural fabric of my brain.

 

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The Murder Trilogy

After hearing their first new single in years “Runaways”, I got a nostalgic feeling and went back and listened to The Killers’ whole discography. The misshapen tragedy that was Day & Age (not to mention Brandon Flower’s solo effort Flamingo) had caused me to fall out of love with a once-great band, but listening to Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, and Sawdust reignited that passion and rock-and-roll drive once again.

To tickle your tastebuds, here’s a little taste of what The Killers can be when they’re on top of their game: The Murder Trilogy.

 

And I never liked your hair // Or those people that you lie with // But I’m not satisfied // Until I hold you tight

iTunes  Leave The Bourbon On The Shelf – The Killers

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Oh crashing time can’t hide a guilty girl // With jealous hearts that start with blossom curls // I took my baby’s breath beneath the chandelier // Of stars and atmosphere //

iTunes  Midnight Show – The Killers

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She couldn’t scream while I held her close // I swore I’d never let her go

iTunes  Jenny Was a Friend of Mine – The Killers

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Fun Murderous Fact: When on tour, Flowers occasionally replaces that last line with “She couldn’t scream while I held her throat” or “She kicked and screamed while I held her throat.”

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Angels + Chained – The xx

YEAH! The first two releases from The xx’s new album Coexist. I don’t have to remind you of how world-changing their debut album was, since it must have been mashed-up, covered, and remixed by every artist on the planet. On top of that, it was probably also used in a million different TV shows, movies, commercials – just EVERYWHERE really.

So they’re in that tricky position where their sophomore album has unbelievably high expectations, but from these first two tracks “Angels” and “Chained” it’s obvious that they haven’t missed a beat. Hooray!

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Chained – The xx

 

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