“Legends Never Die,'' is a phrase the young late rapper Jarad Higgins also known as Juice WRLD, used to say. In his short time in the music industry, the rapper focused his music on overcoming old habits, loss, and heartbreak. The themes of most of his music related to his battles with heartbreak, addiction, and mental health problems. Juice WRLD was raised in Chicago, Illinois, and he began his musical journey during his high school years.
The San Francisco-based garage rock, surf punk, and indie group, The Band Ice Cream, releases their post-pandemic, 10-song collection “Play Dead.”
“Play Dead” is expected to be a continuation of their alternative/indie, garage pop style music. The band’s frontrunner, Kevin Fielding, a London, Ontario native,sings and screams with his chest. It reminds me of the loud and profound vocals found in folk emo: which includes bands like Mom Jeans and Modern Football. Though, I wouldn’t go so far as to designate the band to that category.
For those wondering if the time of true rock ‘n roll is dead, let us assure you that it is alive and well - and you can thank the British indie rock band Wet Leg!
Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of bands and musicians holding up the “rock ‘n roll mantle” while artists like Avril Lavigne, Machine Gun Kelly, and bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers come to mind, none of them capture the essence of Wet Leg.
“I’m not inherently a loner but I find myself alone a lot and comforted by my solitude even when I want to be around my peers who seemingly don’t reciprocate the same energy,” Terry Presume shared with Complex Magazine when talking about the meaning of his newest track, “Loner.”
The song is Terry’s way of explaining himself, however, he’s not fully an introverted person. He seems like more of an ambivert, but he does battle with anxiety which explains why he’s more comfortable in his own zone by himself.
Temilade Openiyi, known by her stage name “Tems” has a secret: Her music is transcendence.
Her beats display a heavy influence of Caribbean and African culture, but they also harness a quality that cannot be defined. Many would simplify her sound as simply “a vibe.” Yet Tems herself calls it “spirit.”
The distinction was made in response to a tweet asking what genre Tems’ music should fall under. The singer responded, “It’s called Spirit. It’s new to y’all, some are currently tryna tap into it, creating fusions of it. Which means it’s growing.” Though she later shared with Teen Vogue that her response was partly a joke, she agreed that describing her music as ‘spirit’ seemed to make the most sense since that is the place where her music comes from.
In this new generation of music, there are multiple rising artists who are fluid with their lyrics, their beats and melodies. One of those artists is the genre-bender himself, Bartees Strange. Bartees Leon Cox Jr. also known as Bartees Strange, has become widely known for his catchy indie music.