By: Erica Whyman
I’ve recently discovered these two indie Cali albums that I’m hooked on for good:
From Indian Lakes: Able Bodies (Released November, 2012)
I came across these dreamy, indie California natives last year, and un-shamefully listen to this album in full at least once a week. Perhaps you haven’t heard of them? Allow me to introduce you to this tastefully elegant indie rock band and their sophomore album, Able Bodies. Savvy west coast music audiences have taken a serious liking to the album’s simplistic and calming aura. Lead vocalist, Joey Vannucchi, leaves me purely fascinated with his brilliant talk-poetry style in his music. Every time I finish listening to From Indian Lakes, I feel calmer and relieved to know there is genuine music in this world. After seeing these guys in concert over the summer, I’m convinced none of the songs come off as cocky filler tracks; From Indian Lakes’ sophomore album Able Bodies should not be ignored.
Watch the video for “I Don’t Know You” HERE.
I Don’t Know You
We Are Sick (Acoustic EP)
Local Natives: Hummingbird (released January, 2013)
Album opener “You & I” sets an impressive economical tone on this Los Angeles indie rock band’s sophomore album, Hummingbird. Listeners are welcomed and challenged to join in a healing process with Local Natives in this blissful set. The unhurried melancholy of leading vocalist Kelcey Ayer, leaves listeners in a sense of euphoria and contentment. Hummingbird upholds expectations after the indie rockers debut album Gorilla Manor, leaving a surprisingly new sense of soothing rhythms and sounds of nature. Their sophomore outing takes a decidedly more somber and cohesive direction seeing as much of the songwriting was influenced by the death of Ayer’s mother (most directly addressed by “Colombia”). I listen to this album on repeat for days at a time before I notice how long its been. After seeing them in concert at Loufest 2013, I’m convinced Hummingbird by Local Natives can not disappoint.
Watch the video for “Breakers” HERE.
Erica is an Organizational Communications major and Business minor (minor just to make the title sound a little fancier). She’s barely over 5ft tall and while everyone says she looks likes Kristen Bell, she struggles to see the resemblance. She likes to eat seasonal flavored oreos while watching New Girl. One day she hopes to work in Music Management and start her own never before heard idea of a non-profit music venue, we’ll see where she goes.