1. Troye Sivan – WILD
At just 20 years of age, Australian electropop singer-songwriter Troye Sivan has just released his fourth album WILD and this song of the same name seamlessly moves from subdued to exciting.
2. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Bridges is a relative newcomer to the mainstream soul and R&B scene but you’d be forgiven for thinking that this song came straight from the 1950s or 60s.
3. Josh Pike – Hollering Hearts
From the ukulele intro to the full-rounded verses and choruses, this song from Pyke’s new album ‘But For All These Shrinking Hearts’ gives more of the warm indie goodness that the Australian artist is renowned for.
4. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Abel Tesfaye (a.k.a. The Weekend) released his new album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ late last month and the lead single ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ exemplifies his electric take on the R&B genre.
5. Hozier – Take Me To Church
Though the actual single itself was released in 2013, only recently has Irish indie soul artist Hozier broken through into the mainstream with this song and the very popular video clip that accompanies it.
6. Iron Maiden – Speed Of Light
Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have just released their 16th studio album ‘The Book Of Souls’ and as the title suggests, this song moves at a fast pace that’s certain to get fans banging their heads.
7. Foals – What Went Down
Singer and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis has said that the new album ‘What Went Down’ is the heaviest that Foals has released so far and the titular lead song definitely had a heavy indie rock vibe to it.
8. Highasakite – Keep That Letter Safe
This latest single by Norwegian indie pop group Highasakite is a very well produced electronically-driven track that contrasts between subdued verses and soaring choruses.
9. Natalie Imbruglia – Instant Crush
Entitled ‘Male’, Natalie Imbruglia’s latest album is a series of covers of songs that were originally written by male artists and ‘Instant Crush’ is a very unique take on the original by Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas.
10. Vance Joy – Fire And The Flood
After being propelled to fame after his winning of Triple J Hottest 100 in 2013, Vance Joy has continued to deliver his much loved indie folk sound on his latest single ‘Fire And The Flood’ which has already been certified gold on the ARIA chart.
Words by Alex Carrette
Image credit Pierre Toussain