The Best Overlooked Indie Music of 2013

Indie music is an enigma. It’s both the new punk rock and the new mainstream. Everything, today, is labeled indie—and like emo before it—the word has lost its meaning. So when I say, “The Best Overlooked Indie Music,” let’s just say it means underexposed and really good. I think you, too, will enjoy these picks.

Here’s my top 5 overlooked indie songs from 2013. Let me know what you think, and if you have any to add!

The Postelles – Pretend It’s Love (featuring Alex Winston)

The Postelles are a great group. Their 2013 album …And It Shook Me was produced by a guy from The Strokes, and their first single from it, “Pretend It’s Love” is an especially groovy tune. I don’t have much else to add, expect this album goes great with coffee and cigarettes.

Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal 

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It’s worth noting I’m not a big electronic-music listener; maybe this guy is really popular in his scene (so excuse the electronic rock I live under and bear with me). “Open Eye Signal” is an incredible, haunting track. The music picks up but doesn’t really go anywhere (kind of like the kid in the video) but I think it works. In fact, it works really well.

Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – Who Are You Seeing?

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I don’t know much about Alex Bleeker and the Freeks. Randomly, I heard “Who Are You Seeing?” on a local college-radio station and couldn’t get enough of it. Sort of an Arcade Fire meets Youth Group sound. Check it out!

You Me and Us – Warm and Dry

You-Me-US-Tachevah002-228x300You Me and Us released an EP back in June called Stay Inside. It’s grunge garagerock featuring the heavy reverbed, sweet-dreaming, courteous girl-led vocals of Carlee Hendrix. The band rocks, and she’s a great singer and songwriter. A match made in Cobain Heaven. Their EP is for sale on Bandcamp, and the single Warm & Dry, makes me hot and bothered.

Man Man – Born Tight

manmanFirstly, lets talk about how great this band name is: Man Man. Genius. Love it. “Born Tight” is a great tune. In a time of folk-happy mumfords and animal-head lumineers, Man Man is a breathe of fresh air. The single does just about everything you want it to: its fun, contagious, raw, it has some sort of weird horn solo. What else do you need? How about a live video proving their awesomeness?

Well, what do you think? What bands or songs from last year do you feel deserved some extra attention?  

Kevin Daniel
Kevin Carr is a blogger, journalist and (aspiring) short-fiction writer. Raised by The Simpsons, fascinated by 90's horror, and tirelessly addicted to IMDb, Kevin is hoping to some day win an Olympic gold medal in the category of "Scene It." He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest, and you can find his blog at TheNumberKevin.com and on Twitter
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5 Replies to “The Best Overlooked Indie Music of 2013”

  1. thepaintedman

    My top ten albums of the year will be ready this weekend, finally.

    I expect 4-5 of them to fit under what you are calling indie (under the radar type stuff)… so I won’t reveal those.

    That said, I saw Man Man some years back and they were awesome, weird but awesome.

  2. Luke

    Tim Presley’s White Fence project didn’t get nearly the attention it deserved this year. “Cyclops Reap” is a weirdo-pop gem, full of tape hiss and guitar fuzz, and some pretty great songs that take a couple spins to sink in.

    Mikal Cronin’s second album “MCII” was also great. Melancholy, hook filled power pop out of San Francisco

  3. Tony Roberts

    “Pretend It’s Love” definitely has its groove on. It is infectious. Not like a bad virus. More like Pringles potato chips. I could stand “Open Eye Signal” for maybe three floors in an elevator, but certainly not more. “Who Are You Seeing?” has a wonderfully plaintive sound with just enough hope mixed in to give it strength. “Warm and Dry” offers a simple beauty that contrasts well with the harsh instrumentation. Finally, the playfulness of “Born Tight” reminds me a bit of “They Might Be Giants” (a band I followed in college)

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