It may almost be August, but summer isn’t over yet. Here are 15 songs by both up-and-coming and more established indie artists to get you through the second half of summer:
- Diet Cig – Harvard
Diet Cig sounds like edgy twee-pop with lyrics that are innocent and wise, frustrated and bored. “Harvard” is satisfying like that slap in the face we all want to give a certain ex, but it also makes us want to dance around in our underwear.
- Eskimeaux – Broken Necks
Eskimeaux’s upbeat sound is complemented by front woman Gabrielle Smith’s effortlessly sweet and poignant lyrics. Combined, the band sounds the way happy tears feel.
- FIDLAR – West Coast
FIDLAR’s LA roots give them a vibe that screams summer, so their laid back, don’t-give-a-damn attitude is especially effective this time of year. They released a revamped version of this song last month, which will appear on their second album, out later this year.
- Funeral Advantage – Gardensong
This single from Funeral Advantage’s forthcoming album showcases a dreamy beach pop vibe that can only make you feel happy and invincible. Be sure to have this on your playlist for your next road trip.
- CHVRCHES – Leave a Trace
CHVRCHES’ brand of 80s inspired electro-pop grabbed our hearts with their debut album in 2013. With this single from their upcoming album, it’s clear that the band knows when to not mess with a good thing.
- Eternal Summers – Together or Alone
Like Funeral Advantage, this dream punk band is reminiscent of a long, cool day at the beach.
- Mitski – Townie
Technically, this song came out in 2014, but Mitski, whose music blends genres with some of the smartest lyrics to be written in years, is too powerful not to share.
- Tallest Man on Earth – Slow Dance
Tallest Man On Earth’s folk-inspired music is the perfect remedy for those rainy summer days. His new album, Dark Bird is Home is a simpler sound than he’s known for, although it maintains his signature expert guitar playing.
- Best Coast – Heaven Sent
Bethany Constantino is back with more surf-rock songs about boys. This one, featuring a killer guitar solo, reminds us of passionate summer flings.
- Day Wave – Nothing At All
The lyrics in “Nothing At All” are just angsty enough to evoke that restless feeling of midsummer, while its sun-drenched sound keeps you from getting too upset about it.
- Matt and Kim – Can You Blame Me
New Glow is an interesting direction for Matt and Kim, with hooks that feel like they belong in top 40 songs. “Can You Blame Me” is all about being young and alive.
- Weaves – Tick
Weaves’ music is filled with infectious riffs like the one in “Tick,” but their music is more than that. Challenging what pop music can be, you’ll find gems like organ solos and other oddities littered throughout their music.
- Summer Camp – Sleepwalking
Summer Camp specializes in songs about teen angst, so their name is quite apt. With a chillwave aesthetic and lines like “I’ve forgotten the days of the week,” “Sleepwalking” makes you long for the summer breaks of your youth.
- Wavves – Way Too Much
If you enjoyed FIDLAR, then be sure to check out Wavves, who share that LA surf rock sound.
- Manatree – Something
With influences like The Strokes and The Ramones, Manatree has created an energetic math pop sound that will have you furiously tapping your toes before you even know what’s happening.