July was a surprisingly dead month for music. For me at least. I also haven't had the money to invest in my ever expanding record collection. In August four albums are going to be released. One of them is the delayed Carly Rae Jepsen album Emotion that I talked about in the music of June. It's her third album release and also the exact opposite of indie. The album has been released in it's entirety in Japan if you want to listen to it.
I don't know what about August attracts the indie crowd, but this year it did. A string of artists are dropping music, the biggest name being the Weeknd when he releases Beauty Behind The Madness on August 28th.
Ivy Levan continues a trend that is bound to pick up support this coming year. Her debut album is being released on a Friday instead of the now traditional Tuesday. I have spoken of Ivy Levan on two occasions on this blog. I have to say that I'm obsessed with her and eagerly anticipating this new release.
The singer describes her music as “swamp hop” and it's the most striking music I've heard in the entirety of 2015. I'm surprised she's yet to receive substantial radio play from her lead and sexually suggestive single “Biscuit”. It's all about a lover kissing the “biscuit”. As the pure innocent homosexual that I am, I have no idea what she could mean by that.
I've been meaning to talk to you about Melanie Martinez. She's the dark, bang wearing contestant from The Voice. Her debut album is also set for a Friday release. It features a string of singles none of which have made much of an impact on pop radio. Yet, surprisingly enough it was pop radio where I encountered her single “Dollhouse”.
Of the three singers, Halsey is the newest to me. She was brought to my attention by Miss Sara Bellum and The Mayor of Townsville. She opened for Imagine Dragons this summer where they saw her live. She is the most explicitly indie artist on this list. All of your hipster friends will be impressed with your worldliness if you bring her up.
Her music videos are otherworldly. The one for “Hurricane” has a story that is about young reckless lovers and finished with a “to be continued”. Hopefully, not in the way “Telephone” was “to be continued”. The one for “Ghost” is colorful, effervescent, and what I've always wanted Tokyo to be like. If you like these two songs. She's also released the audio for “Hold Me Down” and “New Americana” if you need more before the album drops at the end of August.