2013 Fall Highlights

Below is an article I wrote in the beginning of November but never got a chance to post. Although it has been 2 month since written, I thought I would share it because the content still remains true. I’ve been working on a list of my favorite songs of 2013 that will be posted next week (I know, a little late but it’s so hard!), so this is kind of a segue into that. 

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With the start of November come the first glimpses of winter (ex. Christmas decorations at the mall, are they crazy??). With this in mind it’s time to look back at the fall season and check out the music highlights. The past few months have been great for music with industry changing new comers- Lorde and highly anticipated albums- Arcade Fire. Below is a list of the 6 best Indie albums of the fall.

Lorde – Pure Heroine (Sept. 27th) Lorde surprised everyone with her honest, poetic lyrics; unique, catchy sound; her mature voice and – of course – her young age. She made history with her wide range of popularity. Suddenly Top 40 listeners were listening to the same music as Alternative and Indie listeners. Not only is Pure Heroine one of the best Indie albums of the fall, it is one of the best overall albums of the year. Her lyrics go completely against the lyrical norm at the moment and listeners are loving it. Her music is super catchy and quite relatable, even if you aren’t a teenage girl. Music blogs, websites, radio stations and magazines couldn’t stop talking about Lorde after her album dropped and “Royals” topped Billboard Hot 100. Lorde entered the music scene with a bang, it’ll be exciting to see what she comes out with next.

  • Top Songs From the Album- “Tennis Courts” “Royals” “Team”

CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe (Sept. 24th) Like Lorde, CHVRCHES is also new to the music scene. The Scottish, synthpop/ electronic quartet only just formed in 2011. Their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which is full of highly addictive songs, has been reviewed and talked about highly on numerous music blogs and sites. Lead singer, Lauren Mayberry’s sharp voice goes perfectly with the synth beats. The combination will have you listening to this album non-stop. With all the hype surrounding the band, it’s a no brainer that you should give em’ a listen!

  • Top Songs From the Album- “We Sink” “Recover” “Lungs”

The 1975 – The 1975 (Sept. 3rd) Although The 1975 has four EPs out, The 1975 is their first full length album (notice a common trend in this list?). The Manchester based rockers are widely popular in the UK, even debuting at number 1 in the UK Albums Chart. Vocalist Matthew Healy voice makes the band. His unique voice, with a hint of English accent peaking through, adds to the mellow, authentic, groovy vibe of the band. If you want to get your groove on listen to this album.

  • Top Songs From the Album- “Chocolate” “Talk!” “Sex”

HAIM – Days Are Gone (Sept. 30th) HAIM is another quartet consisting of sisters Este, Danielle and Alana, hailing from the city of Los Angeles. With their long straight hair and the fact that they are same gender siblings they have been called the girl version of Hanson- not a bad comparison if you ask me. Also a relatively new band, Days Are Gone is HAIM’s first full-length album. With only an EP put out previously, the indie world could not stop buzzing about HAIM’s music. Although they have an older, classic sound it still sounds new and fresh. The sister’s are PROS at harmonizing and make us want to be the fourth HAIM sister and harmonize right there with them. With 11 new tracks to feed indie listeners’ cravings, we can now relax and replay the album over, and over and over again until HAIM puts out more music.

  • Top Songs From the Album- “Falling” “Don’t Save Me” “The Wire”

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Oct. 28th) – Unlike the other four albums on this list, Arcade Fire has been around a very long time. Forming in 2001, the band has put out four albums, each consisting of amazing music. The highly anticipated album from the Indie Veterans did not disappoint. The album, produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, has a dancier feel that the past albums don’t share. This different feel make for an unexpected, unique and evolved album. Take a listen to what many have called one of the best albums of the year so far.

  • Top Songs From the Album- “Reflektor” “We Exist” “Here Comes the Night”

M.I.A. – Matangi (Nov. 5th) Well known, unconventional singer M.I.A has put out yet another great album. Her fourth album is full of fun, catchy songs you’ll blast and dance to on repeat. M.I.A. does her own version of Drake’s “YOLO” in “Y.A.L.A”, which is one of the best songs on the album. In the outro she says, “YOLO? I don’t even know anymore, what that even mean though, if you only live once why we keep doing the same shit. Back home where I come from we keep being born again and again and again. That’s why they invented karma.” You tell em’, M.I.A. Listen to Matangi to catch M.I.A.’s confident, badass, don’t care attitude.

  • Top Songs From the Album- “Come Walk With Me” “Y.A.L.A” “Bad Girls”