As we’re all looking back on the year 2019, I tend to gravitate towards lists with little agenda, other than to shine a light back on the year in the areas I adore. For one, the indiepop scene. Now, there’s always a great big debate about what indie pop is, so for all intents and purposes, I admit that I just don’t care, so the genre’s purists can yell at me later. Now, this may read as a best of, but merely this is the stuff that stuck out in my brain, so if I missed something, I love you and I’m sorry. Honestly, it just gave me a chance to make a fun playlist (2+ hours!) full of hits for all you pop fans.
It seems like tons of folks in the indiepop rounds have been buzzing about the Artisans, and I’m here to pile on that excitement with the group’s latest single. The first minute of the track is teasingly slow, just toying with you from the get-go with it’s smooth vibes. But, just after the 1 minute mark we’re bouncing away in glorious fashion, jagged guitar cuts dancing their way through the rest of the song…or so you think. There’s a little switch near the two minute mark that spins both sides of the song into glorious infectiousness. Want to be charmed? The group’s self-titled album is out on April 8th.
We’ve all done it– wandered through the endless loophole of the internet until we find something so far from what we first started looking at that we have to take a step back and try to trace our steps back. This time around, my internet wanderings led me to this track from The Artisans, who are a four piece picking up speed somewhere ‘between the thick smog of Hartlepool and the bright lights of Newcastle.’ I can’t tell you much more about the band,but it seems as though this track below is some new material from the group. When you press play, what you’ll find in “The Ballad of Armley Jail,” is a twisting story of jangly indie pop, with cutting riffs, group vocals, and (wait for it) handclaps! Take a listen below and lend these folksyour ear.
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Now, not too much is known about The Artisans, but from my understanding they were formed near the end of 2014 and call home somewhere between Hartlepool and Newcastle. While this band is still under the radar, the song below, “Yield To The Night” is sure to bring about their impending rise. It’s got just the right amount of shimmer and shine to the jangle of the guitars, and those mellow classic indie rock vocals are sure to trigger some nostalgic listening of Orange Juice, or The Pastels, or your favorite indie rock band.What I’m getting at is that the sound here is instantly classic, but by no means trite. Take a listen and keep your ears listening for more from The Artisans.
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