Indie Rock Around The Clock
For every fan of indie rock, there are a few stand-out artists that must be featured on any given playlist. Characterized by clean guitar riffs, catchy beats and meaningful lyrics, indie rock is a genre that has made a name for itself in the past decade. Starting with the most obvious and concluding with some of the most obscure bands around, enjoy the playlist of all things indie below.
1.) “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab For Cutie- There is no chorus more beautiful or ethereal than the one sung by Ben Gibbard in “Soul Meets Body.” Something about this song brings a hypnotic element to the table like never before.
2.) “Wake Up” by Arcade Fire- Haunting vocals are accompanied by amazing instrumentals in Arcade Fire’s most iconic tune, which was featured on the trailer for 2009′s screen adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are.
3.) “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers- One of The Killers’ most serious songs; the bridge chants, “I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier.” What’s not to love?
4.) ”Someday” by The Strokes- Full of uplifting lyrics and an equally peppy guitar melody, “Someday” is a song that adds a bit of instant sunshine to any playlist.
5.) “The End’s Not Near” by Band of Horses- Band of Horses is one of the most under-rated bands by far. “The End’s Not Near” showcases the band’s exceptional songwriting skills as well as their knack for producing a unique sound like no other.
6.) “Private Life of a Cat” by The LK- Debatably the most obscure on this playlist, the LK falls on the more “experimental” side of the indie rock spectrum. Full of intermittent horn noises and a persistent tambourine beat, “Private Life of a Cat” is like nothing ever heard before.
7.) “1901″ by Phoenix- Unless you were living under a rock in 2009, this song rocked your world at least once. Written about the construction of the Eiffel Tower, Phoenix sure knows how to write a French-themed tune set to a catchy beat.
8.) “Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club- No indie rock playlist is complete without a bit of European flair. In this case, the flair comes in the form of a group of adorable British boys that make up Two Door Cinema Club. “Something Good Can Work” is full of fast beats and jolly lyrics sure to make anyone smile.
9.) “Vampire” by Antsy Pants- Straight off of the official soundtrack for Juno, “Vampire” is one of the oddest songs ever recorded, seriously. However, for all of you Twilight fans out there this song is sure to spark your interest!
10.) “Mr. Maker” by The Kooks- Falling into more of an “indie pop” category are The Kooks, who bring forth blues-y guitar riffs and infectious British accents in their hit, “Mr. Maker.”
So grab your nearest pair of horn-rimmed glasses and your beanie, order up a Starbucks latte and let your inner indie nerd break free! As always, all of the songs featured on this week’s playlist are available for immediate download through iTunes.