Done a bit of a mellow/vibe on the beach/patio/balcony sort of list this week, as I don't know about where you guys are, but it is currently 27 degrees here (Celsius) and I'm staring longingly out my window at people floating by my place on the river in inner tubes...
The Guys From do not hold the rights to any of these songs, it is more our hope to expose our readers to new and different music, or re-expose them to things they may have forgotten about.
At the top of each section, will be the song name, followed by the artists' name linked to their website, so you can fall down the rabbit hole, finding and supporting what you dig.
Swim - Valley
I have been waiting to share this song with you guys for over a month and now a few other indie music folks have jumped on board (and have 'videos') so I can finally talk to you guys about this indie folk-pop group from Toronto. 'Swim' is, without any amount of exaggeration, one of my favorite indie songs I have heard this year: the balance between the guitars, the vocals, the shifting harmonies...the musical progression throughout the track as whole; Valley's upcoming second EP (which should be showing up very, very soon) is one that I have been anxiously waiting for, but for now, enjoy the hell out of 'Swim'.
For any indie fan, folk fan, or even indie pop fan, 'Swim' is one of those tracks that should be in your rotation.
I was going back through the monthly playlists (you know, the ones you can get on Apple Music linked at the bottom of all these articles) and I've noticed that I've gotten a bit away from my roots recently...there's just so much good indie music out there that it's hard to get everywhere...however I am rectifying that here with 'Up to You'. This is one of those perfectly balanced, mellow DJ'd tracks that is absolutely the best for driving on hot summer days, sitting on a beach, patio, or poolside.
The layered vocals, with the chill house base just makes this one of those songs that not only puts a smile on my face, but relax and just chill in a summer breeze (something I literally did a few days ago).
Wars - Eliza Shaddad
London's Eliza Shaddad's second EP Run was released this year, and this singer-songwriter continues to impress. 'Wars' is one of those songs that lets you float away with it a bit, but there's still a bit of urgency in the energy behind the song. The construction of 'Wars' is fascinating, when you think about taking lyrics about "fighting to hold something in", and Shaddad's calm, cool vocals, and juxtaposing them with an increasingly pressing musical undertone.
Great track, from a great up-and-coming artist.
Déjà Vu - Bear Hands
Brooklyn-based indie rock/post-punk band Bear Hands have been together for 10 years already, and have been consistently releasing some really great indie rock. Chances are, if you have heard of Bear Hands, it would be for their song 'Giants' that climbed into the Top-10 on Alt-charts in 2014.
Their latest (and third) studio album You'll Pay For This just released in April, and it features even more of that experimental rock that Bear Hands really excel at. 'Déjà Vu' is hard to call indie-rock...it's hard to describe why this song works so well, without you hearing it. It just does--for whatever reason, this song almost perfectly represents nights we have all had, and makes me want a beer and a lawn chair just the same...
Santiago - The Dangerhounds
This high-energy indie rock band from Leeds, UK has a very fun, and singable song in 'Santiago'. Off of their debut EP Big Bad Wolf, 'Santiago' is really sold by it's energy--this is one of those songs that is very well played, and sung, but it's the imminent feeling you get when hearing it (specifically that seeing this live would probably lead to a rather spectacular singalong with the crowd) that really sells it--you can tell that the lads like playing together, and when that comes across in high-energy indie rock, it just works. I look forward to seeing how they (hopefully) develop musically.
Here is the latest Apple Music Playlist (for April). I have done my best to mix it all together like I'm spinning a set for you, but as that is hard to do without being able to fade, mix, or talk through the transitions, you will have to forgive a few hard edges...although this one was really fun to put together as it has something of a flow to it.
The March Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is available here! February Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist, with all the songs put together the way we all like it, the Massive, 2-month (and almost impossible to blend together) December & January Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist is right here. The November Tuesday Tunes Apple Music Playlist and the October Apple Music Playlist is still available of course as well, in case you have not caught those yet (or just need more theguysfrom.com in your life).
Support what you dig! It's soooo much cheaper than anything else out there. You cannot even buy pins for what one of the songs listed here would cost you...pins are surprisingly expensive!
We will see you again next week with 5 more Tuesday Tunes!