Listen: The Top 5 Alt/Indie Songs of 2014

Listen: The Top 5 Alt/Indie Songs of 2014

Leigh MichaelSunday,21 December 2014

The Snap:

I know, I know. We’re a couple of weeks away from the grand debut of 2015. But while we’re all settling into the holiday festivities and grinding our teeth as “Ding Dong Merrily on High!” hits the radio one. more. time., here are a few alternatives to treat your ears to. Enjoy! 

The Download:

Shovels and Rope, “The Devil is All Around”
Good, old-fashioned, foot-stomping fun. This husband and wife duo bring an energy to the recording that will instantly transport you to their big porch in South Carolina. I want in.


Alt-J, “Left Hand Free
Sure,  I’m playing right into their joke (see quote to follow). But typical American listener or no, I can’t stop playing this one. As I wrote back in July: The label, according to The Guardian, “didn’t view the song as a ‘big single,’ apparently ignoring the fact that An Awesome Wave did pretty well without one. Hackles (mildly) raised, Alt-J resolved to write ‘the least Alt-J song ever’, taking a ‘joke riff’ Joe had been playing in rehearsals and fleshing it out with the most perfunctory chords and rhythm imaginable. Whereas the band typically spend weeks agonising over every note, Left Hand Free was written ‘in about 20 minutes’. Needless to say, the US label loved it.” 


Ane Brun, “All My Tears
This gorgeous take on Emmylou Harris’s original is beautiful, pure, and haunting. It made the perfect accompaniment to the most mind-blowing (almost pun intended) scene in the season finale of Peaky Blinders.


War on Drugs, “An Ocean Between the Waves
Seven minutes of bluesy, almost-but-just-shy-of jam band perfection. War on Drugs has always reminded me a little bit of Dire Straits, and this track proves my hypothesis more than ever.


First Aid Kid, “Silver Lining
The sister duo that first brought us this kickass Fleet Foxes cover, which incidentally made them famous, were at it again this year. The whole album really deserves listens galore, but this track stands out.


Related Video: Shovels and Rope, “The Devil is All Around”

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