Exciting New Indie Releases
Some Nights – Fun
Although Fun’s debut album was released in 2010, their first glimmer of popularity came when their song “We Are Young” was featured on the TV show Glee in December 2011. Since then, this track has been near the top of the iTunes charts. The song is an anthem to a fearless and fun lifestyle, and the song’s juxtaposition of elements creates one of the best songs of the year so far.
Like this single, the album Some Nights plays out almost like a Broadway musical soundtrack with a twist. The album is a conglomeration of Michael Bolton, Queen, and the Black Keys. Obviously, they have a very wide range. “Some Nights – Intro” is practically a tribute to Freddie Mercury, complete with a sublime back track featuring an opera singer, radio conversations, and melodic harmonies. “Carry On” is the motivational track of the album, and stands out for its melodic perfection and Irish bagpipes in the background. “All Alone” and “Out on the Town” could come off of a Train dance-club album. “Why Am I The One” is another pop music anthem, and is simple but poignant. Not only is their original hit “We Are Young” featured, but also an acoustic cover that is also fabulous. With fabulous musical compositions and a cool vibe, Fun is definitely a band to watch out for in the future, and Some Nights is one of the best new albums of 2012.
Tracks to Download:
“We Are Young” “Why Am I The One” “Carry On” Overall Grade: A+
Making Mirrors – Gotye
Born in Belgium and raised in Australia, Gotye (pronounced gore-tee-yeah) had a following in Europe long before his song “Somebody That I Used To Know” was rising up the iTunes chart. Making Mirrors is a strong indie record, part Sting, part Motown, part Florence and the Machine.
The popular single “Somebody That I Used To Know” is one of the best songs on the album, if not of the year so far. With a catchy Motown vibe and groovable melody, this song will have you dancing in your seat, or trying very hard not to. “I Feel Better” and “State of the Art” are even more Motown, and comparable to Marvin Gaye or Smokey Robinson. Don’t Worry, We’ll Be Watching You” would fit right in as background music at some cool, swanky bar or club. “Eyes Wide Open” is an energizer and reminiscent of a 90s power ballad. “Bronte,” on the other hand, has a demure, tribal sound that is seamlessly relaxing. “Somebody That I Used To Know” is an instant classic, but don’t ignore the rest of Making Mirrors; Gotye is one of the best Euro-transplants in recent years.
Tracks to Download: “Somebody That I Used To Know” “I Feel Better” “Bronte”
Overall Grade: A