Frederick Nietche, arguably one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century once said “without music life would be a mistake”. Adhering to that, with this article I hope to add something beautiful and amazing music to your life .
Here is a list of some amazing artists you may have never heard along with my favourite music from them. Most of them may be unknown to you, but I believe giving them a try will blow your mind away. Without any further ado, let’s start with the list:
Foals is an English rock band from Oxford, formed in 2005. The band’s current line-up consists of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Yannis Philippakis, drummer and percussionist Jack Bevan, rhythm guitarist Jimmy Smith and keyboardist Edwin Congreave.
Foals is believed to be a play on words, which is taken from the etymology of frontman Yannis’ surname.Philippakis is a Greek name, which is derived from philo, which means ‘like’ and ‘hippos, which means horse. The ending of the singer’s name is ‘akis,’ which is a diminutive. Combine the two and you get ‘small horse’ or ‘foal’.
My pick: Spanish Sahara
I discovered Foals through their song spanish sahara while enjoying one of my most beloved indie game. The song was a part of the original sound track (OST) of the Life is Strange series (Definitely a must play ). The song builds up leisurely over a six minute-long period to hit you with a really strong climax of guitar, bass and drums.
Sleeping At Last
Sleeping at Last is a musical project led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ryan O’Neal. The project initially began in Wheaton, Illinois as a three-piece band with Ryan O’Neal as the lead singer and guitarist, his brother Chad O’Neal as the drummer, and Dan Perdue as the bassist. In the years following the release of their first four albums, both Chad O’Neal and Perdue would leave the band to pursue other interests. Ryan O’Neal chose to retain the use of the band’s name for his solo work from that point on, but opted to focus on single songs and short EPs.
My Pick: Saturn
This song is part of an absolutely beautiful series the singer-songwriter is working on called ATLAS Project. This project has three parts ATLAS I – III . Atlas I consists of Thirty songs, all of which are inspired by the origins of all things: Darkness which represents the unknown, Light which represents the known, Space for each of the planets in our solar system, Land for the 4 directions and lastly Oceans for the 7 water bodies of our world.
I shall let you discover and immerse into the other two exquisite Atlases for yourself.
The song builds up on serene violin and transcends into heavenly piano to hit us with amazing vocals right when we don’t expect it. The music video is absolutely mesmerising and shows us how much light one can emit.
The Naked and Famous
The Naked and Famous is an indie electronic band from Auckland, New Zealand, formed in 2007. The band currently consists of Alisa Xayalith, and Thom Powers. The Naked and Famous took their name from English musician Tricky’s song “Tricky Kid”, which is ambivalent about the notion of being a celebrity. In the song, Tricky quotes the line “everybody wants to be naked and famous”, from The Presidents of the United States of America’s song “Naked and Famous”.
My Pick: Punching in a dream
I was there , looking through my old playlists and I stumbled upon THE FIFA 12 playlist that I had on repeat all throughout 2013. I spent my early teenage years playing hundreds of hours of FIFA like most teenagers. This song was one of my favourites, it lifts you and makes you all jumpy with its upbeat vocals and drums and 2010 vibes.
Kaleo is an Icelandic rock band that formed at Mosfellsbær in 2012, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist JJ Julius Son, drummer David Antonsson, bassist Daniel Kristjansson, and lead guitarist Rubin Pollock.They named the band Kaleo, which means “the voice” in Hawaiian.
My Pick: Way Down We Go
The lead singer and songwriter of Kaleo “JJ Julius Son”, has one of the most euphonic voices I’ve heard so far. Every vocal from this man sends a shrill down my spine. The band occasionally performs their songs in absolutely desolate and crazy locations such as a VOLCANO or an ICEBERG. This song is mainly carried by the vocals from the lead singer and supported by some very concordant guitar and drums. It was also featured in a lot of popular movies and media such as Logan, Riverdale and Ncis.
French electronic duo Agar Agar is formed of singer Clara Cappagli and synth wizard Armand Bultheel. The duo met in art school four years ago and bonded over a love for music and art, forming Agar Agar despite their contrasting backgrounds in garage rock and club music.
My Pick: Fangs Out
You know that feeling when the world slows down, and you’re completely engrossed in that one thing that you absolutely love, and find yourself with unwavering focus and pinpoint determination . YOU ARE IN THE ZONE. This is a song that will put you right in the zone. This french band has some unequivocally edgy euphoric music that will just sweep you right off your feet and make you sway in the wind . You will find nothing like this.There are so many elements that it is impossible to convey in a medium as meagre as words.
Origin: Jonas Erik Altberg, better known by his stage name Basshunter, is a Swedish singer, record producer and DJ. He began producing music under the stage name “Basshunter” in 2001 as a reference to his musical style .
My Pick: Now You’re Gone
Back in 2010 I used to watch my big brother play this weird game called DOTA. I had absolutely no idea what it was, so me being the 8 year old me set out to find the absolute truth behind that word. I googled it and instead of finding the game I stumbled upon Basshunter’s song ‘Dota’. Bizarrely I absolutely loved this guy’s music which was written mainly in swedesh. His song “Now you’re gone” was an absolute hit at every party and was the english version of the already hit swedish song ‘Botten Anna’. I would definitely recommend checking him out if you want some old school party music.
Dermot Joseph Kennedy is an Irish singer-songwriter and musician. There’s not much I need to say to introduce this guy. He’s a one man amazing Ballad writing machine.
My Pick: An Evening I Will Not Forget
An evening I will not forget: A Piano in my opinion is a perfectly balanced instrument, you have the craziness of a guitar, the complexity of the violin and the boldness of the drums in perfect harmony without a mechanical learning curve. This song is one of the best piano ballads that tells you a beautiful story about a colourful evening that embodies the songwriter’s emotions. The vocals from Dermot are scintillating and soothing even as the song has a melancholic mood. I enjoy listening to his music with a nice warm drink on a cold evening in my bed.
The Lumineers are an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado. The founding members are Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. Schultz and Fraites began writing and performing together in Ramsey, New Jersey in 2005. Cellist and vocalist Neyla Pekarek joined the band in 2010, and was a member until 2018.
My Pick: Dead Sea
I don’t know what it is about this song, but it just fits. It’s like a story you wish you had so you could tell it to your children. This band repeatedly creates stunners with insane storylines built into the music in the form of a video. The story behind “Dead Sea “ is expanded upon by the band in this Interview if you wish to explore. The Ballad of Cleopatra, a 24 long music video telling the story of a little girl and what her life could be, is another one of my favourites.
Daughter is an English indie folk trio. Fronted by North London native Elena Tonra, the band was formed in 2010 after the addition of Swiss guitarist Lgor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella from France.
My Pick: Youth
This Band similar to the first one we talked about today (Foals) was also featured in one of the soundtracks of the Life is strange series. The flow of this song is graceful and elegant while the vocals tie it all together and attach meaning to it . I would say this is one of the deepest songs I’ve ever heard and I come back to it every time I feel like the world is too much. It just drowns everything out so you can enjoy the music. I may be biased but I think this is one of the best indie bands out there.
With this, I conclude some of my most treasured artists and bands that I believe will broaden your music tastes and provide you comfort and happiness anytime you need some.
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