The year 2017 was definitely an excellent one for Indie Pop and many good records were released across the many sub-genres of this style of music. We had also the possibility to appreciate how alongside established artists there were lots of interesting debuts.
This trend is fully confirmed in the first months of 2018. We had the pleasure to listen to a bunch of excellent works, including a few really interesting debut works, such as those by Postcards and Anna Burch.
I’m presenting in this post the best Indie Pop albums of the first months of 2018. If you arrived here through a search engine please check if thisis the most recent entry in this kind of chart; there will be for sure new updates in the next months of the year and you can access them via the pop section of the blog. Enjoy!
#1) I’LL BE HERE IN THE MORNING by Postcards
One of the best moments in the life a music lover is when you come across a debut album that manages to leave you speechless. In the recent times I had this experience with I’ll be here in the morning, which is the first album released by Postcards, a dreamy-pop & indie rock band formed in Beirut, Lebanon, on late 2012. Postcards describe their music as “hushed, introspective vocals floating over expansive sonic spaces that shift between harsh noise and dreamy soundscapes“. Such definition may be a little too complex and sophisticated, but there is no doubt that the music offered in this debut LP is of absolute value and it contains many elements of innovation when taking into account the current indie pop scene. One of the most exciting aspects of the music of Postcards is that the songs are never completely defined but thery rather oscillate between moments of clarity and dark areas, with melodies that initially appear serene and peaceful but in the end contain always ambiguous (and subtly disturbing) elements. The disc is also characterized by an enjoyable alternation of intimate songs and more angry and polemical moments; everything is further enriched by excellent songwriting skills and a special musical sensibility wich gives the songs a special emotional intensity. If the band will confirm these qualities also in their future works, Postcards are destined to do great things in music.
#2) EVERY THIRD THOUGHT by David Duchovny
Every Third Thought is the second studio album of American actor and singer David Duchovny, one of those artists who challenged himself with different forms of expression and generally collecting positive results in every one of them. In addtion to looking for aliens and other mysteries, Duchovny has distinguished himself as a novelist, producer, and musician. It should be said, in this regard, that he writes and arranges his songs, thus showing qualities that go well beyond a nice presence on the stage and an interesting voice. Although I had initially some skepticism about this album, I shall say that Every Third Thought is definitely interesting and appreciable, with a few songs that are now rotating frequently in my music playlists. Compared with Duchovny’s previous release, his sound has now become more intense and definitely more “rock”, with positive effects on the quality of the album which gained variety and energy.
#3) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WILL RUIN YOUR LIFE by The Wombats
The Wombats, from Liverpool, have published the fourth album of their career, named Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. Since their initial formation in 2003, the band has experienced many changes in their style: from electronic/psychedelic music to post-punk revival, arriving the current sound which blends pop-oriented melodies with elements from indie rock and alternative dance. In short, a mixture of influences and inspirations that has always guaranteed freshness and innovation to their albums, something which is somehow confirmed in their last record. The album features a good number of extremely interesting and enjoyable pieces even if there is a certain gap in quality between the best tracks and the remaining songs of the album. This may be fine for picking up songs and composing mixes and compilations, but it makes the experience of listening to the whole album less enjoyable than it could have been with a little more focus and dedication on all single tracks.
#4) QUITE THE CURSE by Anna Burch
Quit the Curse is the debut LP from Detroit singer/songwriter Anna Burch, and this record tells the story of a demo-tape arrived to the desk of Polyvinil during the summer of 2017, which caught the ears of the label and other artists of the caliber of Angel Olsen and The Black Keys, who eventually helped to develop the album. The songs on Quite the Curse offer a low-fi version of indie pop with basic arrangments and simple melodies. Taken individually, most of the tracks look catchy and intriguing, and they also transmit nice sensations of positivity and lightness. The album as a whole, however, tends to be a little flat and monochord and perhaps this is the aspect that the American artist should focus on in view of the future releases.
#5) THE THREAD THAT KEEPS US by Calexico
It is always an important event in music when a band reaches the milestone of the tenth album of their discography and Calexico, the “desert noir” group founded more than twenty years ago by Joey Burns and John Convertino, has achieved this result in 2018 with their new album The Thread That Keeps Us. The name of the group is that of the city of Calexico, on the border between the United States and Mexico, and this choice has always represented the will of these musicians to mix genres and influences. And even in this latest album we can appreciate an enjoyable mix of Americana, folk and elements of latin music. The songs from Calexico are always interesting and intriguing and as usual, together with many standard and traditional songs, we find in the album small sparks of experimentation. Perhaps there is a lack of a single memorable and epic song, but as a whole The Thread That Keeps Us is an enjoyable and elegant album which fully confirms the qualities of this band.
#6) INTROVERT’S PLIGHT by When We Land
When We Land is a four-piece indie rock band from Minneapolis, in the U.S., and Introvert’s plight is their debut LP. The band plays an accessible and soft kind of music that it’s mostly consisting of basic melodies and layers of effects. Their debut album is nice and smooth and there are a couple of catchy songs that are particularly enjoyable and that leave good hopes for the future.
If you enjoyed this post, you may be interested in the following material that was published in the blog in the recent past:
- The ranked list of the BEST INDIE POP ALBUMS OF 2017. The article includes a mixtape featuring all the best indie pop music released in 2017, it’s two hours of incredible music that you can’t absolutely miss.
- There is a series of mixtapes fully dedicate to Indie Pop. It’s named CRESTS OF WAVES and it is one of the most appreciated of the S.B.G. blog. Check this out!
Last, but not least, I recommend you to access the beautiful CRESTS OF WAVES playlist that I manage on Spotify. It is updated frequently with only the best and latest songs.