Indie rock is such a precious term. Over the years, indie rock has been completely marginalized by the industry, sent off to the fringe as fans and publications and marketers capitalize on more blockbuster genres like hop-hop and pop. Indie rock by its very name alone stresses that kind of marginalization. It belongs in the corner, it thrives in that space, and right now being the underdog makes these artists all the more intriguing. Based on the slate for , these underdogs are downright rabid, like little Cujos, running around and ready to take all the right kind of risks.
New Indie Albums 2020
In "indie rock" felt more like a guitar-led free for all with artists drawing from an ever-widening musical well. These are our top 10 picks for the year. The trouble with sitting down to compile a list of the best "indie rock" albums of the year, is that it is incredibly difficult to say what constituted "indie rock" in definitively. Naturally, you'd assume it's a handy label for indie guitar bands who stick to writing indie guitar songs. The trouble is that few artists were doing that this year. So here we have albums that blend in everything from synthpop to post-punk, to folk and even to hardcore to the point where the parameters of genre simply melted away. There lies the joy in lists like this one. Choosing the albums involved a good deal of second-guessing and debate as to whether this or that could legitimately fall under the banner of "indie rock". Ultimately, the albums that make up our top ten could easily appear on any number of genre lists, but grouped under the slightly reductive banner of "Indie rock", there can be little argument that this is simply one hell of a list.
Rescheduled / postponed albums
With lots of new albums from bands such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Twin Atlantic, Blossoms or The in the making, promises to be just as good as While some records already have a definite release date and title, others are in early production stages or have merely been announced. The Orielles, Gengahr and Seafret have announced their sophomore albums.
We just got done compiling what dominated last year commercially and critically ; now it's time to look to the future. What new faces from the rock and alt worlds will populate 's year-end charts and best-of lists? Last year, we tried our best and hit on a few emerging bands and artists that now appear to be sticking around for the long haul. We tend to agree; see above.