2018 has proven to be a great year for indie music, with more noteable releases
Toro y Moi
Chaz Bear, better known as Toro y Moi, released the single “Freelance” back in October, so a new album has been on the horizon for a little while. The track is upbeat, very danceable, and simultaneously desolate. Bear turns back to his electronic roots, with a disco-influenced beat, as he contemplates modernity and the “disposable” culture we live in. “Mystic staring at his phone for oneness / Silver or black mirror, what’s the difference?” he asks. The album, titled Outer Peace, is set to release Jan. 18 via Carpark Records.
It’s been a long 3, going on 4, years since the release of the Aussie band’s critically acclaimed Currents. And while we don’t have any teaser tracks or official release dates for this one, frontman Kevin Parker has already stated in an interview with NME that he’ll be “very disappointed” if they don’t have an album out by this summer. So, we’re holding that to you, Kevin.
It’s been an even longer 6 years since New York indie legends Vampire Weekend have released an album. And the world has been a dark place without them. With no official release date yet, we are left holding onto hope over here. The band has been teasing a new album for a while, and Ezra Koenig has confirmed that the album is completed. So hopefully, 2019 will be the year we rejoice in preppy, Ivy League and cashmere sweater- wearing indie pop.
By Katie Morris