On this beautiful post-hurricane Wednesday, we thought we’d give you a random special for our Song Of The Day section, for no other reason than that the ladies of indie music seem to be releasing especially memorable songs recently. (If you must have another reason to celebrate, it’s hump day! These tracks will get you through the rest of the week.) Here are a trio of songs that we’ve found over the last month, all of which have been finalists for Song Of The Day before but have never quite made the cut for various reasons. All three are memorable indie pop songs that have remained on my personal “Songs I’m Obsessed With” playlist for the last month. Enjoy!
The first is a three-minute pop masterpiece by Brooklyn’s Erika Spring (Facebook), the lead singer of indie band Au Revoir Simone. It is a lonesome, melancholy song that runs on bass drums and spare synthesizers, with Spring’s lucid vocals taking center stage. “Nowhere in my imagination did I see where this story would go,” she croons at the end of the chorus before launching into harmonized “oh-ah”s, lending “6 More Weeks” a slightly world/pop ambiance. My one complaint is that the song ends too quickly, just as it seems to be setting itself for an aching finale. But hey, that just means you’ll want to listen to it again… and again.
Next up we have Maria Taylor (Facebook), an Alabamian singer-songwriter who was one half of dream pop duo Azure Ray, and has also worked with Bright Eyes. August 16′s Overlook (review) was her fifth full-length solo release, and it incorporates Taylor’s memorable songwriting (the first line draws you in immediately: “He’s always got a new kill, he comes back for more/ He’s a matador”), her use of odd instruments (in this case, the marimba), and a poppier vibe than much of her past downtempo work. When the last marimba hit abruptly ends the song like a mini-gong, be assured that you’ll return — if only to hear once again how she invokes Spain with this diverse array of sounds.
And finally, here come The Bandana Splits, also from Brooklyn, a trio of ladies who draw inspiration from the great girl groups of decades past. No, that’s not The Ronettes you’re hearing… these girls are brand-new, and they just released their debut album, Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits, in August. Retro vibes are all the rage recently, and anyone who’s nostalgic for the ’50s and ’60s will find plenty to love on the ultra-catchy harmony-driven “Sometimes.” The chorus of “Baby baby, put your hand in mine/ Baby baby, stars are in your eyes” is one of the most immediately enjoyable of the year — don’t be surprised if you’re singing along by the end of the song. And then go meet the Splits over on their Facebook before the rest of the scene starts paying attention — and they will.
Stream: The Bandana Splits – “Sometimes” MP3