In recent years, it seems that a trend of modern indie folk bands has taken over the airwaves. Bands like The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Mumford and Sons are some of the biggest names in music, and it’s no surprise that this form of raw, back-to-the-roots style of songwriting is so sought after in the modern music industry. One band that is sure to join the ranks of these big names is Abby and the Myth. Led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Abby Posner, this group is taking the local scene by storm. After two well-received solo albums, Posner released a third project with her fellow live bandmates as Abby and the Myth. Their unique indie sound utilizes catchy melodies and introspective, thoughtful lyrics that keep the listener hooked on every note. Songs like “Delicate Parade” and “Grey Halls” from their most recent full length When You Dig a Well are bound to be arena-hits, and we can’t wait to sing along to every word!
Truly good emo music is hard to come by these days. Normally I’d have to go far back into my ‘90s and early 2000s favorites to find bands like that. That being said, there are still a select few of amazing bands today that are giving the genre new life, and So-Cal band Old Notes are one of those greats. This three-piece band from Rancho Cucamonga have a classic style that recall those early emo acts such as American Football and Mineral, as well as newer acts such as Citizen. At the same time, the group manages to add their own unique touches to the sound, and their heartfelt lyrics give their last album, Former Self, an earnest and personal feeling throughout. Old Notes is surely one to watch in the alternative rock scene!
The young LA band Harmonious Monks are a quartet who have somehow managed to seamlessly blend jazz and hip-hop styles to create their very own unique sound. These four USC students quickly forged a friendship over a shared love of music, and that bond is evident in their thoughtful instrumentation and tight rhythms. On songs like “The Theory”, vocalist MC Martin writes thought-provoking lyrics that brings back the socially-conscious aspect of hip-hop, which flows perfectly over the smooth jazz-inspired accompaniment. If there is any band that deserves to be heard, it’s this one, and we can’t wait to see what more they can do!
Cousin Liar is a Los Angeles-based indie electronic band whose experimental style is already making waves in the scene. Their dreamy textures and airy vocals are reminiscent of artists like Crystal Castles, The Naked and Famous, and Animal Collective. Their new EP Daydream Backwards is filled with unique sounds and intriguing lyrics. The lead single “Soft Paws” feels like falling into a dreamland, as the trippy-as-hell music video surely supports that aesthetic. It’s no surprise they’ve been catching the attention of the most savvy people in Hollywood; they even had the opportunity to perform (twice!) at the exclusive venue SunSeshLA. Cousin Liar is one of the most exciting new finds out there right now, and we can’t wait to see what else they’ve got up their sleeves!