From this page, your friend, we continue to be determined to fill with music, always good music, whatever free time you have. Because if you already have the most listened to podcasts on Spotify and what you fancy are great songs, we have them for all tastes: for those with a broken heart, for those nostalgic for the eighties, for those who are about to become a few kilometers running and for those who are looking for music to encourage a road trip.
But our search for new terrain to colonize, as sound explorers that we are, leads us on this occasion to sink our teeth into indie music. And what exactly is indie music, you say? And we will answer you by first saying that it is a somewhat confusing musical genre that includes indie pop, indie rock and indie folk, all similar, all different and that we find halfway between garage rock and pop.
Also, obviously, it is related –or was related at least in other times– with independent bands that don’t have the backing of a big label behind them. Now indie is more of an aesthetic, an attitude, a sound and a Do It Yourself spirit without putting up with Big Brother bullshit.
That is why of all the musical genres, indie may be the most popular. What started as an anti-establishment movement in the 1970s and 1980s became a huge sound category in the 2000s. With mumbled lyrics and limp guitar strums, indie music has turned distortion into something catchy, boredom into something exciting and apathy into a reason for being.
Influenced in their genesis by Bob Dylan or even the Pet Sounds of The Beach Boys, today, thanks to the Internet and the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack , indie bands are more popular than ever, despite the fact that these groups already have the Support from major record labels. But what are the discs you should keep if a guy with a gun forced us to choose only twenty? These. And now please don’t shoot us…
If You’re Feeling Sinister – Belle and Sebastian (1996)
Belle and Sebastian’s second album, recorded shortly after the first, is undoubtedly the Scottish group’s masterpiece and one of the brightest peaks of indie rock. The melodies and instrumentation make this album sound just as good then as it does now, even if the band admits that the songs aren’t very well recorded.
Same place, different place – Vetusta Morla (2017)
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1968)
After Lou Reed sent John Cale to take wind at the lamppost in Malaga, from the album Banana and Nico and their second album, White Light/White Heat, the band’s third album was the one that gave them the balance they needed. they were looking for With a meager but magnificent collection of songs headlined by Pale Blue Eyes , it didn’t hit the charts back in the day, but today it’s considered one of the best records of the ’60s.
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
The epic double album that helped shape a generation of guitar-slapping indie rockers is a landmark record for the decade and the genre. The first song, Teen age riot , sounds like a coming rock ‘n’ roll prophecy and sets the stage for future hipsters.
Radiohead – The Bends (1995)
The Bends marked the first stage of Radiohead’s creative journeys: their mix of noise pop, indie rock and ballads is honed here into something more cohesive yet highly elaborate, and Thom Yorke’s lyrics are now more cryptic and with greater social awareness. And all because one night they saw Jeff Buckley and decided to change their style.
Pulp – His’n’Hers (1994)
His’n’Hers was the album that really ushered in the band we now all know as Pulp. A true classic. It’s crazy to think that the English band had been in existence for over two decades when it was released and represents their coming of age. Babies, Razzmatazz or David’s Last Summer are undoubtedly some of the best Pulp songs.
Funeral – Arcade Fire (2004)
Arcade Fire’s first album, full of energy, almost set the bar too high for them and their fellow promoters. Many of the tracks we associate with the genre, like Wake Up and Neighborhood #2 (Laika) , are on this delightful 2004 album. It demonstrates the band’s uncanny ability to create wonderful music despite the deaths of numerous family members flying overhead. album recording.
Ryan Adams – Gold (2001)
Fresh off his lauded debut with Heartbreaker , Adams was under pressure to deliver a follow-up that could build on that adoration and break through into the mainstream. It didn’t sell as many copies as the record company would have liked, but Gold again garnered great reviews and his New York, New York became a kind of anthem for the Big Apple after the 9/11 attacks.
Everything All the Time – Band of Horses (2006)
Band of Horses’ first album is a blast, injecting their country-mixed indie rock into gorgeous singles like Funeral . In short, an album that makes you feel good from start to finish.
Los Planetas – A week in a bus engine (1998)
Talking about indie in Spain is talking about Los Planetas. And you can’t talk about Los Planetas without their mythical album, A week in a bus engine . Many of the songs that make up this album are associated with great indie party nights, either in festival tents or in venues across the country. That’s why in this article we asked the main Spanish djs to tell us about him both personally and professionally.
Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
Postpunk revival is a subgenre of indie rock developed in the late 90s and inspired by the original aesthetics and sound of 60s garage rock. New Yorkers Interpol stand out here and this Turn on the Bright Lights is undoubtedly their best work. In a fabulous review a journalist said of this album: “I like it because it reminds me of getting high on cheap mescaline in the woods while listening to The Cure singles, well that’s it. You might like them for completely different reasons.” .
The Cure – Disintegration (1991)
Perfect (they say) to listen to while on mescalin and so dark that The Cure’s label bosses walked out when they first heard it. The Pictures of You track , for example, is an indie wasteland of desolation on the most colossal scale imaginable.
Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)
Although the band fronted by Justin Vernon normally operates in indie folk territory, this album released on the independent label Jagjaguwar is more indie rock than anything else. Each of his tracks represents a place and is perfect for a long and thoughtful road trip.
The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
While in the United States REM inspired thousands of university students to reject mainstream music, The Smiths became the main indie band in the United Kingdom. His debut album was unlike anything young Englishmen had ever heard before when it came out in early 1984. Morrissey’s songs about sexual confusion in particular and heartbreak in general were revelations, especially when combined with the brilliant Johnny Marr guitar.
Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
Cleaner, sleeker, and more accessible than Surfer Rosa , this album still retains elements of the Pixies’ wicked humor, but with much more eclecticism and ambition. The fact that Debaser and Here comes your man have become danceable and beer indie classics perhaps does a disservice to the enormity of Black Francis’ lyrics.
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
White Blood Cells treats us to a lot of the best material from the early years of The White Stripes’ career. From an overwhelming beginning with Dead leaves on the dirty ground , the album does not take prisoners in themes that alternate the most charming indie with songs that smell of gasoline like I ‘m finding it harder to be a gentleman.
Arctic Monkeys – Whatever people say I am that’s what I’m not (2006)
The first album by the Arctic Monkeys is undoubtedly one of the candidates for the title of “best debut LP of all time” along with jewels like Appetite for destruction and continues to be, to this day, one of the last great albums. rock’n’roll Great songs like I bet you look good on the dancefloor are the best proof of this.
REM – Murmur (1983)
Speaking of fabulous debut albums, note this one too courtesy of Michael Stipe and his REM This album made them a headliner of the alternative new wave with one foot in folk-rock, post-punk and garage rock. Totally timeless, Murmur is an almost flawless work full of surprises. Not surprisingly, Rolling Stone magazine named it the best album of 1983, the same year that Michael Jackson’s Thriller , U2’s War and The Police’s Synchronicity were released.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco (2002)
Jeff Tweedy and indie go hand in hand like sliced bread and Nocilla. The Wilco leader confessed a masterpiece with this album, which was made in 2001 but was rejected by the band’s original label. Then Wilco and Warner Brothers parted ways and the album finally took off, but not before posting it for free download. There is nothing more indie than that.
Is This It – The Strokes (2001)
The album that served to inaugurate a new era in independent rock, both for its sound and for its philosophy and aesthetics. And if the hallmark of a really important record is that it’s really hard to choose a favorite song because they’re all brutal, Is This It has it tripled. A rock, raw and yet totally catchy and pop work that makes you wonder how a band could have released something so round in its first round. 100% essential.