Best Songs of the Week 10/9/20

Holllaaaaaa here’s some new songs for you thread your halloween costume together to. You can follow along on the Indie Pong Weekly Playlist which is HITTING this week, so be sure to check it out and blast that like button.

‘Dawntown’ – Godford

Love this whole album, lots of fun little name games going on. They have a version of this song called ‘Downtown’ that is slowed down and is also pretty tight. I like this one better though. Some other highlights were Better Place sporting some Can’t Do Without You vibes and Non Binary Place which is a sample of their own song ‘Better Place’. Love it.

‘Frontin’ Like Pharrell’ – DijahSB

This is not our first forray into Toronto-based DijahSB territory and it comes as no surprise that this song and entire album are entirely repeatable and completely undeniable. Really enjoyed.

‘SUPERNOVAS’ – K-OS

Canadian rapper K-OS (pronounced chaos) goes off on this house-infused dance banger produced by MSTRKRFT.

‘Shellys (It’s Chill) – Blimes and Gab

I’m just gonna keep it 100% real with you- this is an instant contender for SOTY for me. If I had caught this one before I made my odds we might have been looking at a different situation. Also this video is funny af, we all know a Shelly. Mine is Jen. Just kidding. That was actually a joke. Don’t tell Jen, I don’t think she reads these anyway so we should be good. But like, don’t tell her.

As you can tell we’re off to a sizzling fajita pan of a start here for the week(ish) and it’s not about to let up so strap in.

‘Ferris Wheel’ – Sylvan Esso

Yeah I mean you already know who it is and what it is and how it is- this song slaps. The whole album slaps in fact, been bumping it all week. TBT (it’s still Thursday for me as I’m writing this) to one of my faves, check it out if you could use a good cry but don’t have time to watch The Color Purple all the way through:

‘Call You Out’ – deryk

Oh maannnnnnnn this song… oof. So hauntingly perfect, deryk navigates the melody over the music masterfully here. Full review (kind of) here. There also may or may not be a fun surprise coming up…

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‘Don’t Let Me Die In Hollywood’ – Sean Kennedy

This is a great track and I love it and I can also relate to it because I live in LA and the two things everyone always say about me are that I’m 1. young and 2. misunderstood, so this was basically written about me.

I can’t find any info on Sean online so I can’t tell you where he’s from. I’m like the worst blogger in the world, sorry.

‘Day We Met’ – Fatima Yamaha

Fatima does it again. One time I made my friend Austin late to the Fatima Yamaha show at FYF and he was all bent out of shape about it, huffing and puffing his way around the festival, but then Fatima was at the same afterparty we were at (which was either Avalon Emerson or Helena Hauf) and Austin bought him an overpriced shot of Jameson and talked about it all night like a little kid who just went to the zoo for the first time.

‘Along Alright’ – Dialup Ghost

Thoroughly enjoyed this whole album. Some high quality Lo-fi vibes.

‘Idols’ – Jeen

I love this song so much, and also want to do it like we did it back in high school. Full abum just released a few hours ago, haven’t listened yet but can’t wait.

‘Queen Anthem’ – Juno Francis

You might recognize this one from our playlist a few months ago because it’s a tHrOwBaCk!!! We’re fortunate enough to have a LIVE INTERVIEW with Juno scheduled for this Saturday at 11am PT, don’t miss it! Live on our Instagram πŸ™‚

‘You You’ – EGOISM

Love this track, infectiously catchy from the Australian band EGOISM.

‘Post Humorous’ – Gus Dapperton

Top quality pop right here.

‘M.O’ – Braille Face

Chillingly beautiful. Seriously one of the more beautiful things I’ve ever heard.

‘In Another Life’ – Polartropica

We loooooove us some Polartropica. Check out Cassie’s full interview with PT (including a special performance tee hee) on our Instagram.

‘Harbor Blvd’ – Josh Dominguez, Sage One The Wise

These singles somehow just keep getting better. I’m not from the OC but if I was I’m sure this is all I would listen to. Banger.

‘Not My Boss’ – Blue Hawaii

Just gonna let this last one speak for itself.

Thanks for reading y’all, these songs and even more on our weekly(ish) playlist!

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Breaking Down the Best New Songs of the Week 8/4/20

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Every week (ish) I update the Indie Pong playlist with the best tracks in the WORLD. I used to break it down every week but have been a bit lazy, and the requests and cyberbullying are getting to be too much for me, so here is your breakdown. You can follow along and get new updates every week (ish) by following our playlist on Spotify:

‘Everything Will Be Alright’ – Joseph E-Shine, Pontea, Mark Franco

Found this one from our good friend and blooger JPGChief on his Fresh Singles playlist which I highly recommend if you’re looking for piping hot tracks literally every day. JPG sort of puts me to shame with how consistently he updates his playlists, kind of makes me look like an asshole.

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Joseph is an Israeli artist and this track is dope. It reminds me of strutting around in middle school in the early 2000’s with my oversized backpack and thermally insulated lunchbox thinking about my crush and how many home runs I was going to hit once I reached puberty. Great track.

‘Fefestyle’ – Ifeanyi Elswith

Ifeanyi is a Chicago native (hey-yo!) and is smooth af on this this track, she’s got talent through the roof. I didn’t know what Fefestyle was but now I feel like I do and I can’t wait to integrate it into my daily operations.

‘BRB’ – Mahalia (feat. Pink Sweat$)

UK’s Mahalia truly needs no introduction as she’s pretty much all I talk about. Her album Love and Compromise was pretty much my favorite album of last year and she just seems to be growing. So this song has been released in a few iterations and usually I am all about the original, but in this case I think the Pink Sweat$ addition is very welcome and gives it an extra layer of excellence. Mahalia, if you’re reading this, you’re the best don’t ever change ok thanks bye.

‘In My Mind’ – Alice Ivy, Ecca Vandal

We’ve been tracking Australia’s Alice Ivy since the inception of Indie Pong, and you should have listened to us then and been ahead of the curve, because she just released the AOTY. It’s not too late for you though, Alice just signed a deal with Concord, so she’s about to get HUGE. Big ups to Alice and all of the artists on this album, it’s truly spectacular.

‘Note To Self’ – Jim E-Stack, Empress Of

This song has half a million listens, and it honestly surprises me that it doesn’t have more. This to me feels like what SHOULD be popular and all over the radio but hey what do I know right, that’ why I run an indie music blog where I can write about whatever I want. This production is gorgeous and I love it.

‘sp@CeGirl * (δΊΊζ°—γŒγ‚γ‚‹)’ – LoneMoon

I am OBSESSED with this album from LoneMoon. To me this is what it looks like to challenge the parameters of existing music and genre and push the medium forward as an art form. Now the reason for the alert is that we have been ever so blessed with the opportunity to speak with LoneMoon on Wednesday (8/5) on our Instagram Live. I cannot wait to meet her and ask her all kinds of questions about how she made this fantastic album that I’ve been bumping all week, as well as getting to the root of what is going on on that album cover. Join us for the interview!

‘Now U Wit Em’ – Fritz Carlton, Ghostea

Fritz Carlton is one of the most exciting names coming out of the LA electronic music scene right now, and if I’m not mistaken has just signed a deal to make his first full length record. He’s long been a staple of the LA warehouse scene and his tracks just seem to be getting better and better. I have been fortunate enough to see this transformation firsthand, since Fritz is actually a friend of mine. Don’t tell our college but I used to let Fritz copy my Japanese homework before class since I speak Japanese and just took 101 for an easy credit. Fritz rode that freshman year Japanese 101 credit to a successful career as a DJ and electronic music producer, and it’s all thanks to me. You’re welcome, Fritz.

‘I Feel Like I Am Changin” – Cub Sport

Oh me oh my, the cadence of these opening lyrics.

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“I used to hate these mismatched houses now they make me smile” – me screaming at the top of my lungs while my roommate is trying to sleep. A gorgeous song on a gorgeous album that deserves every accolade it will inevitably receive.

‘Never Die’ – Soft Set

This is another JPG special, the hardest working man on Spotify. Love this track, really speaks for itself, 90s style dreamy shoegaze song you can’t help but relax to. Soft Set is a Canadian band whose favorite band is Ride, which makes sense. I basically paraphrased this whole thing from their Spotify page but the song speaks for itself give it a listen.

‘reasons 2 live’ – illuminati hotties

LA based illuminati hotties just released a stunner of an album of which, in very typical fashion for me, this is the closing track that ties the whole thing together. I seem to do that a lot, fall in love with the palette cleanser track at the end of an album and it becomes my favorite song from that band. I originally heard of illuminati hotties from a soon-to-be blogger Rashad but you don’t know who he is yet so I’ll save that for another day.

‘Saint’ – Cub Sport

This is my favorite song off of the new Cub Sport album. I know I already said this but THE CADENCE… unbelievable. Australia’s Cub Sport has a way of absolutely owning the rhythm almost as if he is rapping, but in an original and unique way that I’ve never heard before. I LOVE it.

‘Dizzy’ – Phil Higgins

South African singer-songwriter Phil Higgins has outdone herself here with this jam. This is the kind of song you just want to hear over and over again and let its infectious melody permeate your life.

‘Money’ – Alice Ivy, DijahSB

We’re not done talking about how great Alice Ivy is yet. How dope is this track, so cool. This album is off the charts great. I’d say this has been the best year for pop music of the DECADE so far… jk but seriously it’s been an unbelievable year for pop music, with Alice coming through an already stacked year of pop releases with very probably the best one yet.

‘Marigold’ – Blondfire

Blondfire just does it for me. My favorite thing about these new Blondfire releases is they pick up exactly where they left off after their last release in 2014, the perfect blend of soothing vocals and brash pop rock sound. Love me some Blondfire.

‘Bummer Days’ – Liza Anne

More like SUMMER DAYS… because this song sounds so summery… amiright? Love this track and this sound in general.

‘Heartbeat’ – B & the Hive

This cathartic indie pop groove is exactly what I needed. Feels like the kind of song that you could party hard to or cry your eyes out to, I did the latter. But that’s also because there’s no parties going on right now. Can’t wait to see the trajectory of B & the Hive, the sky is the limit.

‘All Grown Up’ – Out Of Love

“Woke me up better than a cup of coffee” – Classsy Casssie when I sent this to her. Or something like that, my phone is dead. This has those punk vibes that have me bouncing off the walls of my place while my roommate is trying to sleep because he has “work” in the morning.

‘Corn Syrup’ – John War

San Diego’s John War’s favorite artists are Arca, Jai Paul and Deftones which he told me in our extensive interview (not really it was actually a three message Twitter exchange). Love this track, that first drop comes in so hard.

‘iLy’ – LoneMoon, Ivy Hollivana

A gorgeous track from LoneMoon that is almost a direct opposite of the track from the same album featured above. You know an artist is good when they have two tracks on the same album that sound completely different but are both great, mumbled my roommate as he paced around the house unable to fall back asleep.

‘Stranger’ – Gaidaa, Saba, Jarreau Vandal

Super smooth track here from the Sudanese Dutch singer from the Netherlands Gaidaa.

‘Learn To Fly’ – Surfaces, Elton John

Surfaces has been blowing up but who’s the feature? NeVeR hEaRd Of HiM… hahahahahahaha JUST KIDDING. This song is wonderful, the airy vibes we needed to bring some levity to a not so airy summer.

And thus concludes our recap of the week (ish). Don’t forget to follow us on social and to support indie artists by buying their music on Bandcamp!