Archive for the Indie Pop Category

Modern Kids

Posted in Album Review, Indie Pop, Rock with tags , , , , on August 14, 2010 by Seth Michael

Here’s the thing.

Arcade Fire The suburbs

This album is really good. Like, really good. No, seriously you should buy it. Perhaps that’s a little too much… no wonder I make a poor sales man. Regardless of my selling skills, the new Arcade Fire album is an ace in my books. I wasn’t in love with the fire’s second album Neon Bible, but I loved their first Funeral, and I feel like The Suburbs is a throw back to the Neon Bible days.

It’s just good I tell you.


The Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock



Posted in Dream pop, Indie Pop with tags , , , on August 11, 2010 by Seth Michael


Headphones really do wonders for the musical experience. I have been hearing a lot of London singer Hannah Yadi and her demo Guillotine, but I never really thought much of the song. But then this morning with my headphones on and coffee in hand, I came across her Demo once again and decided to give it a listen. Turns out I need to listen on my headphones more often rather than these mediocre computer speakers. The raw emotion of Yadi’s vocals are quite apparent in this track, with similarities to Marina and the Diamonds. It’s a cheery pop anthem, that I’m sure many of you will enjoy.

Yadi – Guillotine (Demo)

It’s still summer

Posted in Indie Pop, Music Video with tags , , , , on July 28, 2010 by Seth Michael

I have a habit of not posting things when I put it in my folder of “BLOG POSTS”

So here’s a delayed one. My summer anthem from NZ folks The Naked & Famous. Which was featured in the amazing playlist The Transplants II.


Try to contain yourself

Posted in Dream pop, Electro, Electro-pop, Folk, Indie, Indie Pop, Music Video, Neon Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2010 by Seth Michael

My lack of posts lately will result into one massive, super-post with a shit load of tunes that I’ve being going mad for. Read on my friends, read on.

Black Belles
In my eyes, Jack White can do no wrong, and he has confirmed my belief with the discover of The Black Belles. It seems as though Jack as found 4 ladies that are the female version of him, well, at least the sound just like the White Stripes, which I believe to be fantastic. So take a listen to their lead single ‘What Can I Do’ off their forthcoming album.


Baby Monster

Big Stereo, one of my favourite music blogs has decided to follow in the footsteps of Neon Gold, and turn themselves into a record label. The have picked Baby Monster to launch the start of their label. I’m not sure I can even begin to explain the extreme love I have for this song, it makes me ‘come alive’. Bad jokes aside, She Comes Alive’ is an enchanting track that is going to make you want to do nothing but dance, dance, dance.


A friend of mine recently introduced me to the musical stylings of her friend Christina Maria. Christina is with out a doubt an artist that I am sure you will be hearing more of in the new future. Hailing from Vancouver Christina Maria released her album on February 15th. Here’s her video for her single ‘Straight Lines’.


yes giantess

Yes Giantess have released, yet another fantastic track. It may just be the best track to come out yet this year. Starsmith, the pop producer behind the fantastic Ellie Gouliding track ‘Under The Sheets‘. Starsmiths pop influences are easily heard on this upbeat, hypnotizing track.

Hit repeat

Posted in Electro, Indie Pop, Remix with tags , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by Seth Michael


This is far too good to pass up. Like, call up your mom good and say “Hey mom, I heard this amazing band, and you HAVE to listen to them” but then you realize that your mom would much rather listen to Neil Young than a young pop band from Brooklyn. Zambri consists of 2 sisters with lead vocals and a couple boys in the back to support. Pretty sure they are nothing short of amazing. You’ll like them, trust me. They sound like a fusion of Tegan & Sara meets Sleigh Bells. Which I’m not sure is the perfect comparison but it works in my head. Providing us with beautiful pop melodies, infectious synth beats, captivating guitars, and an overall fantastic sound Zambri will give you some tracks to put at the top of your play lists. Have I built them up enough? Try and contain yourselves when listening to these tracks, and don’t be surprised if you hear this remix in the clubs soon.

Zambri – Easier

Zambri – W/Somebody (Death Metal Disco Scene Remix)

Zambri – W/Somebody

What’s next?

Posted in Chillout, Dream pop, Electro, Electro-pop, Indie, Indie Pop, Neon Gold, News, Opinion, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2009 by Seth Michael

I find that come the end of the year the blogosphere is flooded with “Best of” lists, which are great if you’re in a nostalgic mood and all.. Unfortunately thats not how I feel about 2009, it’s been a less than favorable year for me. So in the spirit of great expectations we have the albums/artists I am looking forward to in 2010. Most of these artists I’ve talked about in the last couple weeks, but a recap can’t hurt. Be sure to check out BBC’s Sound of 2010 for more great artists on the rise.

So here we have it, in no particular order:

Fyfe Dangerfield

Guillemots lead, Fyfe Dangerfield is scheduled to come out with his debut album Fly Yellow Moon in January 2010. After hearing ‘When You Walk Into The Room‘ and ‘She Needs Me‘, I expect nothing short of amazing.

Penguin Prison

New York native Chris Glover a.k.a. Penguin Prison has provided us with 2 lead tracks and some killer remixes. No confirmation yet of whether or not there will be a full length album, but I suspect that there is something in the works. If not Penguin Prison is some music you’re going to want to keep your eyes on this coming year, only more to come.


There is still little known about UK due Monarchy, but we can expect the single release come February from our favourite Neon Gold. There is no doubt that this pair has more work up their sleeves, we’re just going to have to be patient and wait to hear more.

Ellie Goulding

Ellie released her EP earlier this year which give us a small sample of what she’s capable of. I predict that in 2010 we’re going to hear a full length LP from her. With the backings of producers Starsmith, I am sure this pop starlet will give us something worth looking forward to.

Vampire Weekend

I may have a soft spot for Vampire Weekend after seeing them in concert back in August ’08 at the amazing Pemberton festival. Either way, after the release of their singles Cousins & Horchata, it’s clear that ‘Contra’ will be a great follow up to their debut album.


After great commercial success with ‘Oracular Spectacular’ back in ’08, MGMT is set to release a new LP ‘Congratulations’ in the spring of 2010. It will be interesting to see how VanWyngarden and Goldwasser follow up to their debut album.

Arcade Fire

Fellow Canadians, Arcade Fire have done well with there previous albums ‘Neon Bible’ and ‘Funeral’ and are expected to release a new album early 2010. Working with producers from Neon Bible, there is no doubt that this next LP will live up to their past releases.

The Limousines

With the release of their EP ‘The Scrapbook’, The Limousines are leaving much to be desired. There is no news on whether or not the duo is working on a full length LP for the new year, but it can be expected to hear some new sounds coming from this California pair.


‘Odd Blood’, Yeasayer‘s sophomore album is due out February 09, 2010. The album has already been leaked out just a few days ago, but I, myself am resisting the urge to download the album. With another 2 months to go I am sure that Yeasayer is going to be working hard to perfect the album.

Marina & The Diamonds

Her videos alone get my excited for her debut album “The Family Jewels”. After a great release of Marina Diamandis 2nd EP with Neon Gold earlier this year, you can be sure to hear some great tunes from this vixen.

Sleigh Bells

When I first heard Sleigh Bells EP, I was completely floored. I can only hope that they reproduce that sound into a new and full length LP for our enjoyment. I am making the assumption that there will be more to hear from this Brooklyn duo, but it’s more so a wish..

Yes, please!

Posted in Electro-pop, electropop, Indie Pop, Neon Gold with tags , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by Seth Michael

Yes Giantess
Neon Gold has brought us another electronic-pop great. Yes Giantess are like the equally cool sibling of Passion Pit. Produced by Passion-Pitter himself Ayad Al-Adhamy, Yes Giantess have developed some tracks that you won’t want to stop playing. I may be a little late to the game on this one, but but late the never. Sit back, relax and get ready to dance (that doesn’t make sense). Just listen.

You Were Young

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