Obviously we all wish we had soundtracks to our daily lives, giving us the drama and excitement our office cubicles and suited-bosses suck away from us. Shutting a door or picking up a pencil would always make an impact (necessary or not) if a melodramatic song were to cue up simultaneously. But, alas, we are normal people, who lack the talent (and the telepathy) to break into synchronized song and dance to welcome the Seamless delivery man.
But you can still indulge in good music to enhance your day and give the pretense of meaning to your insignificant musings. Although it can be hard to find tracks to accompany certain moods throughout the day, a lot of Indie rock and folk artists can fill such a void. Check out the musicians below for some sounds, styles and lyrics you might be missing out on. After all, getting a little bit of new music in your life can completely break up your otherwise mundane, daily routine.
1. Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit
Hailing from London, England, this rock-infused folk group is right in the heart of the Mumford & Sons scene. Their fourth full-length album, Country Mile, was released on September 30, 2013 along with the launch of a tour and new single, “The Lady is Risen.” Lead vocalist Johnny Flynn, who is also an actor and a poet, has done a beautifully stripped down track with Laura Marling in the past called “Water” that immerses their natural talents in picturesque scenery.
The group’s music videos, such as “The Box” and “Tickle Me Pink,” enhance the poignancy of Flynn’s lyrics, complementing what the sound already conveys. Below, listen to the single after which their newest album is titled, a wanderer’s ballad, “Country Mile.”
2. Boy & Bear
Riding on its success in Australia and New Zealand, Boy & Bear‘s sophomore album, Harlequin Dream (which we previewed for you a little while ago) finally ventured to the states last month. Their vocal range and strong instrumental prowess give body to their songs, infusing their sound with texture that you will definitely feel. Listen to their whimsical narrative, “Three Headed Woman,” below, in which hallucinations intersect with common emotions.
3. The Neighbourhood
With the release of their first full-length album, I Love You, earlier this year, this American group is sure to expand its reach rapidly, with a style that rolls forward on simplistically poetic lyrics.
Building on the momentum of their popular tracks “Female Robbery” and “Sweater Weather,” THE NBHD released their latest single, “Afraid,” last month. The accompanying music video features lead singer Jesse Rutherford sitting front and center, bearing unadulterated physical and vocal sexiness. To really understand what we mean, check out the video below.
4. Ms Mr
You’ve probably heard this New York-based duo’s single “Hurricane,” a soothing song tinged in echoes and waves. Written and produced predominately by the pair itself, their debut album, Secondhand Rapture, came out in March of this year. Make sure to keep up with them by pressing play on what’s sure to be the next big breakup anthem, “Think of You,” below.
5. Hanni El Khatib
The LA-based artist is currently on a European tour through December to promote his latest album produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Head In The Dirt. The singer/songwriter’s music features elements of garage rock and blues, and somehow balances brashness, sweet melodies and a steady beat, creating a smooth flow you won’t want to stop. Listen to his candid and alluring vocals on “Skinny Little Girl” below.
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