Summer Standouts: Playlist + Album Features

Summer Standouts: Playlist + Album Features

Indie Pop Summer Playlist

Summer has finally kicked off, and you may be thinking, “Man, I really need some new indie pop tunes in my life.” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some standout singles of Summer 2015 so far. They’re sure to be overplayed, but hey, we’re not sick of them yet!

1. Palma Violets – “English Tongue”

2. Houndmouth – “Sedona”

3. Klingande – “Jubel”

4. Saint Motel – “My Type”

5. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

6. Tame Impala – “Let it Happen”

7. Circa Waves – “T-Shirt Weather”

8. San Cisco – “Run”

9. Holly Miranda – “All I Want Is To Be Your Girl”

10. Phases – “I’m in Love With My Life”

11. Muse – “Psycho”

12. Florence and the Machine – “What Kind of Man”

13. Belle and Sebastian – “The Party Line”

14. The Struts- “Could Have Been Me”

15. Bleachers – “I Wanna Get Better”

16. In the Valley Below – “Peaches”

17. Of Monsters And Men – “Crystal”

18. Twenty One Pilots – “Tear in my Heart”


Album Features

Surfer Blood – 1000 Palms

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Surfer Blood has been all over the map in the past 5 years. Now, half a decade after their vivacious debut, the Florida sad boys go indie for their third album, 1000 Palms. Self-recorded in the band’s hometown of West Palms Beach, Florida, the album reflects an attempt at a fresh homage to their early success. Surfer Blood is authentic and melodically dark, yet delivers upbeat tracks, much like they always do. 1000 Palms doesn’t necessarily blow expectations out of the water, but still delivers a stellar result that should no doubt make it on your summer playlist.

Stand Out Tracks: “Grand Inquisitor,” “Island,” “Saber-Tooth & Bone”

Brandon Flowers – The Desired Effect

Release Date: May 20, 2015

Brandon freakin’ Flowers. Some people may be more enthusiastic than others about The Killers frontman’s latest solo project. Regardless of your hype level, it’s highly advised to check out The Desired Effect, because Flowers kills it (like he always does.) There are glimmers of gritty Killers anthems, but Flowers’ ‘80s influenced, Vegas background reigns supreme. The album drifts from heartbreaking tracks like “The Way It’s Always Been” to synth and gospel infused dance rhythms like “Still Want You.” All in all, The Desired Effect lives up to its name.

Stand Out Tracks: “Still Want You,” “Between Me” and “You”

Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Surf 

Release Date: May 29, 2015

Chance the Rapper has never done things conventionally, but instead pushes the boundaries of creativity and innovation- and it’s worked out well for him. This spirit is brilliantly displayed through his latest collaboration with his band, The Social Experiment, and Nico Segal (Donnie Trumpet). Surf by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment is the first EP by the band and features a colorful palette of contributors from Big Sean, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, and many more. The masterpiece of a mixtape seemed to appear out of nowhere for free (I repeat, free) on iTunes. Your summer playlist NEEDS these vibrant tracks, which dance between jazz, acidic instrumentals, old school hip-hop, and funkadelic rhythms – a true testament to what modern collaboration looks like. Snag possibly the most innovative, unique, and beautifully crafted album of the year on iTunes for free and free your mind along with it.

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Florence and the Machine- How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Florence Welch and her Machine conjured up another masterpiece. Their latest album, following up 2011’s Ceremonials, is titled How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. Welch delivers her most intense and grandiose breakup album yet as her emotional lyricism couples with hauntingly extravagant melodies. Singles like “Ship to Wreck” and “What Kind of Man” gave us a taste of the pathos driven hooks to come. The rest of the album is full of cosmic ups and downs in signature Welch fashion- a record crafted to echo through concert halls and music festivals. Summer playlist essentials right there.

Stand Out Tracks: “Ship to Wreck,” “Delilah,” “Mother”


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