Category Archives: Indie Rock

Echo And Drake

Band photo – credits to Andrew Wallach

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With a strong following from their hometown alongside numerous local and state awards, Echo And Drake is an up and coming indie/alternative rock band from Hartford, Connecticut. 

Through a winning combination of reverb/synth effects and rustic New England charm, they represent the best parts of of technology and talent in music.

Their debut album Sundrenched Elsewhere displays high standards of craftsmanship, from a carefully thought out arrangement of tracks to their well-written lyrics. A solid production all round.

Although I feel they currently lack a flagship single to lead the charge into mainstream success, Echo And Drake is still far from exhausting their latent potential.

Among my favourite songs from Echo And Drake include:

  • Morning Dove
  • Sundrenched Elsewhere
  • Bright New Machine

Check out their official page here: http://www.echoanddrake.com

-Mark

Olga by Via Audio

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Olga is a sedate single by indie pop band Via Audio for their second full-length album Animalore.

I really love the harmonizing in this song between vocalists Jessica Martins (second from left) and Thomas Deis (second from right).

After much searching, I still could not find the lyrics to this song anywhere. So I decided to contact Via Audio directly.

Deis who is also songwriter and guitarist for the band was kind enough to provide both the lyrics and the inspiration.

This was part of his reply:

“Here are the lyrics for Olga, inspired by a girl named Olga who doesn’t like the sound of her own name.”

 

To my knowledge, these lyrics can’t be found anywhere else online. Except of course, on IndieVerse.

-Mark

 

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The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack by Liars

The Other Side Of Mt. Heart Attack-Liars

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The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack appeared in the comedy-drama film 50/50, just before the main character Adam Lerner (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) undergoes surgery for his cancer.

 

Be warned, this song is not meant for people in a hurry. In fact, the acoustic intro lasts about 53 seconds before the harmonization kicks in.

Alot of thought and inspiration went into building the tension and setting the right mood for this song. The lyrics are kept simple, but meaningful.

-Mark-

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The Temper Trap

Since forming in 2005, Australian band The Temper Trap has moved from strength to strength after a series of successful albums and tours.

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Their flagship single “Sweet Disposition” skyrocketed the band to mainstream success after appearing in the film (500) Days of Summer. Subsequently, the song has featured in numerous other films, trailers, commercials and television series.

With a clean, consistent public image – The Temper Trap is easy to love. Their distinct, recognizable style and a strong promotional arm has seen their music associated with many of today’s current trends and subcultures.

Among some of my favourite songs from The Temper Trap are:

  • Love Lost
  • Trembling Hands
  • Soldier On

Check out their official site here: http://thetempertrap.com/

-Mark

You’re Not Here by Akira Yamaoka

 

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“You’re Not Here” was composed by Akira Yamaoka and sung by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn for the game Silent Hill 3. Yamaoka also played the guitar accompaniment.

I’ve always appreciated video games with a good soundtrack – I think it enhances the overall gameplay. This is especially true for psychological horror games like the Silent Hill series, in which the atmosphere created by the right song can make all the difference.

Keeping true to the concept of the Silent Hill series, Yamaoka’s music often has haunting and melancholic undertones. In the song You’re Not Here, those undertones are then combined with the Rock & Roll of sleepy town Americana.

-Mark

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Lights Out by Matthew Pop

Matthew Pop

Lights Out – Matthew Pop

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Lights Out by indie rocker Matthew Pop achieved popularity after featuring on British teen drama Skins (Season 2, Episode 6).

Everything about this song, from the reverberations to the intentional static in the background  – has a very authentic garage-band vibe to it.

In today’s music industry where most studios aim for a clean and deliberate recording, Lights Out offers a different kind of sound.

-Mark-

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The Frames

The Frames

Star Star – The Frames

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Founded by Glen Hansard (center) in 1990, The Frames have contributed greatly to the development of the rock music scene in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2006, Hansard starred in the musical film Once, in which he wrote most of the movie’s original soundtrack together with fellow actress and musician Markéta Irglová.

Their song Falling Slowly even won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Overall, their music is thoughtfully written, with lyrics filled with messages and meaning. The inclusion of the violin by Colm Mac Con Iomaire (far left) during the bridge of Falling Slowly still remains one of my most memorable musical moments of all time.

Check out their official site here: http://www.theframes.ie/

-Mark-

Yuna

Lullabies

Lullabies – Yuna

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Every now and again, a local artist stands out and makes me proud to be Malaysian. Debuting as a solo MySpace singer, Yuna’s career has since grown to include several albums in both Malaysia and the United States.

I’ve been a huge fan of Yuna since 2008, after hearing her song Dan Sebenarnya. Her depth of emotion caught me by surprise, expressed through her graceful, effortless style of singing.

Over the years, she has expanded her horizons to include edgier and more upbeat songs, all without losing the honesty in her voice which made her music so beautiful to listen to in the first place.

Among some of my favourite songs from Yuna are:

  • Lullabies
  • Dan Sebenarnya
  • Come As You Are (Nirvana cover)
  • Here Comes The Sun (Beatles cover)

Check out her official site here: http://www.yunamusic.com/

-Mark-

Now, Now Every Children

Giants (Acoustic Version)

 

This is easily my favourite indie band this year. Although not very prominent at the moment, they have been gradually building a loyal fanbase since their inception in 2003.

Now, Now really distinguishes themselves through their slightly dark, melancholic music. Lead vocalist Cacie Dalager (centre) has a beautiful voice, with all the right inflections for the songs they play. Although not always pitch perfect, I somehow find that her offbeat notes actually enhances the overall listening experience.

Dalager’s partnership with guitarist and vocalist Jess Abbott (left) is a generous one, affording both girls opportunities to stand out individually.

Also listen out for some unexpected drum patterns every now and again from Bradley Hale (right), which he tastefully includes into the song without interrupting the flow and tempo.

Moving on, most of their lyrics are fairly unusual, but convey such universal emotions like resolve, frustration and regret. It’s music that anyone could relate to at some point in their life, and it will have a different meaning to each person.

Among some of my favourite songs from Now, Now are:

  • Giants (both original and acoustic versions)
  • Prehistoric
  •  Lucie, Too

Check out their official Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NowNowMusic

-Mark-