There’s something about hollowness in a woman’s voice and the sound of an electric guitar that blend perfectly. For the last three months, I’ve been fangirl-ing over sounds like this and the indie alternative scene. Voices like Emily Haines and Karen O hit the top of my list and I want to share that beauty with you.
Since running across Indie Alt I feel like I’ve found a new passion in my life. I relate to music in a different way now that I’ve found artists like Maja Ivarsson, who pulled me in with synthesizers and bass. How can somebody’s voice fit so harmoniously with synthesizers and bass? The product is mystifying and I don’t think I’ll ever get over it.
The three people I mentioned are my the lead singers for my three favorite bands: Metric, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Sounds. You may have heard Emily Haines voice if you’ve ever listened to Stars or Broken Social Scene. Karen O sang “The Moon Song” in the movie “Her” and at the 2014 Oscars. The Sounds are a little more ambiguous but their album “Something to Die For” is something to die for. Their song “Yeah Yeah Yeah” should be first in your list of songs to listen to.
Perhaps out of coincidence, the three bands share a unique sound. Something that may be attributed to a few of the members of Metric and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs living together in their early developmental phase. The bands say it wasn’t as perfect a set-up as you’d imagine but it must have amazed to have so much talent under one roof.
In their 16 years together Metric has released 5 albums. Emily Haines also had the time to release her own independent album “Knives Don’t Have Your Back”. Music by Metric has been used in movies such as Scott Pilgrim vs The World (the song that was played at “The Clash at Demonhead“). If you liked the song above here, listen through their album “Fantasies“.
I’m honestly not sure how anyone could cover Bob Marley so well but Karen O and N.A.S.A. managed to make an amazing song. Although she’s done a lot of independent work, her best stuff is with the band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Videos like “Sacrilege” (which I’ve dissected before) even compete with “I Shot The Sheriff”.
Find yourself some time and sit down to their album “It’s Blitz!“.
The Sounds come from Sweden to blend rock and electronic. If you listened to the track above, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Maja Ivvarson’s voice syncs perfects with the sounds they produce and it’s easy to listen through full albums by them. As I wrote before, their best album has been “Something To Die For”. The Sounds have evolved their quality over the years from a rock base to more electronic sound but both have always been present. The only thing that sucks about the band is their international tours. Come to where I live!
Maybe out of sheer randomness, all three bands formed in the sequential years of 1998, 1999, and 2000. Their sounds build what I label as the Indie Alt scene. While they’re only a small fraction of a much bigger genre, I enjoy listening to all of their music. If you want to listen to more, check out my playlist on Spotify!