The Analog Affair is an indie/electronic/super awesome duo from Washington D.C. You can really find a bit of everything in their music. If you’re a hipster, they’re great because “no one’s heard of them” and they have a hipsterish sound to them. If you’re not a hipster, they’ll still great because, even if you’re not pretentious about your music, they have a great sound and you can probably find at least one song you like by them. The Analog Affair has summer hit sing-along tracks to play as you’re driving down the road or singing alone in your room, but they also have something for when you’re feeling down and just want to wallow in bed with some sad, thoughtful music.
The best part? You can download most of their stuff for free off of their Soundcloud!
I recommend: Ceiling Lights, Wild, Fast Hearts, We Were Lovers, The Leaves Change But You Don’t
Best known for their hits Danger! High Voltage and Gay Bar, Electric Six have recently released their ninth album, Mustang. Despite the fact that they haven’t produced widely recognized hits like Danger! or Gay Bar since their first album, they have only gotten better. They’re vastly underrated and more people should be listening to them. Electric Six is a criminally fun mix of rock, disco, and funk that will have you hooked and dancing along. They don’t take themselves to seriously – how could they with a lead singer named Dick Valentine – and they don’t expect you to either. Electric Six is all about being tongue-in-cheek, flippant, and making their music as entertaining as possible and they definitely succeed.
If you’re not convinced yet, just know that their first album got the name Fire because so many songs mentioned it. They’re along for the ride as much as you are.
I recommend (it was really hard to choose just 5): Pulling the Plug on the Party, Future is in the Future, I Don’t Like You, Nuclear War on the Dance Floor, Newark Airport Boogie
A three piece band from Ealing London, White Lies have been active since 2007 and released their third album, Big TV, August of this year. Described as Rock or Post-Punk, White Lies’ lead singer Harry McVeigh delivers mesmerizing vocals that some have compared to Joy Division or Tears for Fears. While White Lies often have a darker tone in their music, their lyrics tend to contrast this by being much more uplifting than the opening bars of the song. While they are prone to comparisons of 80s post-punk or rock bands, I find White Lies to have a sound entirely their own. Their music is beautiful, haunting and, once heard, cannot be forgotten.
I recommend: Mother Tongue, Bigger Than Us, E.S.T., The Power & The Glory, Be Your Man
(also From The Stars but I can’t find a decent link for that and I can’t upload it)
Okay not exactly a band, but worth listening to nonetheless. You’ve probably heard the infectious “You Always Make Me Smile” that was a hit a few summers back and has been featured on commercials. Kyle Andrews is an indie electro-pop musician who has released two full-length albums to date, Brighter Than the Sun and Robot Learn Love. Both have been summer release albums, Brighter Than the Sun released this July, and they perfectly encapsulate the feeling of the season. They’re upbeat and feel like sun, warm nights, and fun. He’s one of my go to artists when I’m feeling down. Kyle Andrews can always put a smile on your face.
I recommend: Lion, Make Me Feel Human, Sushi, Lazer Tag with Imaginary Friends, Crystal Ball