Tag Archives: Indie Pop

Electric Guest – This Head I Hold

Song: This Head I Hold by Electric Guest

Genre: Indie-Pop

Mood: Good Vibes

About the Music: This eclectic band came out of LA in 2012, and is made up of singer/songwriter Asa Taccone and drummer Matthew Compton. They were just two guys making music in a house full of musicians and artists before their album was picked up and produced by Brian Burton (AKA  Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley and the producer of Gorillaz, The Black Keys and Beck) – Not too shabby. From there, Electric Guest put out their first album Mondo.

Although they have an electronic vibe, the lead singers voice adds a soulful element. The combination creates an engaging and unique sound. I love it. At first when I heard it I didn’t know how to feel about it; was it electronic? Pop? 70’s Retro? What ever it was, I didn’t want to stop listening to it. The song is upbeat and slightly nostalgic. It’s an infusion of sounds and effects from current and past decade influences.

In addition to the overall sound, I like the lyrics. The song is about breaking free of cultural norms and pressures and allowing yourself to be something of your own creation. A message I find empowering and one I personally I connect to.

“… “This Head I Hold” is kind of open ended in terms of what you can take away from it, but for me I like to think of it as kind of this constant reminder that you don’t have to follow in the steps of whatever kind of culture you’re apart of or whatever your society says you should or shouldn’t do … because for me, I think we’re kind of in a time where, like culturally we could break some of the patterns that we’re stuck in.” – Explanation of the song by Asa Taccone.

I can see it being one of those songs I play after a long and stressful day, something that could snap me back into a good mood. I feel like the happy feeling you get from it is contagious. Shout out to my friend Tay for suggesting this song – I dig it.

If you like it, you should also check out Under the Gun, another song I like by them.






YoungeBlood Hawke – We Come Running

Artist: We Come Running by YoungeBlood Hawke

Genre: Indie-pop

Mood: Upbeat, Fun

About the Music: An oldie, but one of my favorites – this song is about determination and recognizing your potential. When it was released, the group stated they considered it to be their “personal anthem.” No matter how bad or discouraging things seemed for the band, they never allowed it to get them down. It’s upbeat, uplifting and fun; a testament to the kind of band they are and a showcase of their perseverance.

Say What?! – This video was put together by the band, not only to release their first single and have an amazing experience doing it, but also to promote the conservation of sharks. They hoped this video would show how majestic and misunderstood these creatures are, since they are surrounded by negative stigma and the killing of sharks put them at risk of being endangered.

“Sharks are being slaughtered and are in danger of being wiped out,” adds the group. “They play a vital role in the food chain and without them, the ecosystem could not survive. Being close enough to have these majestic creatures brush past us was an experience that words cannot describe. They were intelligent, curious and represent the power and mystery of nature. We’d like to be a part of preserving that. Hopefully, this video will help shine a light on the importance of these gorgeous, misunderstood animals and their important role in our ecosystem.”

– Check out this Rolling Stones article to read more.






The Colourist – Little Games

Artist: Little Games by The Colourist

Genre: Indie-pop

Mood: Upbeat

About the Music: Another song post for The Colourist, and it doesn’t stop here! The more I listen to them the more I like them.

This song has a fun, electronic, indie-pop sound. Adam Castilla and Maya TuttleI are the lead singers; their voices compliment each other, creating a unique and addictive sound. Maya’s voice reminds me of Emily Haines, the lead singer of Metric. Maya is also the drummer of the band – which is pretty B.A.

Their LPThe Colouristwas released in March of this year. I would definitely encourage you to check them out if you like what you hear.




Grizfolk – The Struggle

Song: The Struggle by Grizfolk

Genre: Indie-pop

Mood: Chill

About the Music: I just recently came across this band; their sound is alluring and contagious. Something I find interesting about them is that, aside from their love of making music, they share a love of pop music and exploring it. For the band, pop is more than a genre; “it’s a way of thinking.” It allows them as artists to explore and push the limits; discovering new and untapped streams of sound. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.

This band was formed by two Swedish producers and a singer/songwriter from Florida who, despite living in different countries, were brought together by there shared passion for creating music. Currently, they are on tour with Bastille – Check out their tour dates and locations!