While reading through some of the comments I have received in blogs and other sites, one stuck out. Redditor bke1j1h said, “‘Indie’ is the new ‘Alternative.'” It occurred to me that there are many independent artists who are alternative (The Tallest Man on Earth, Bon Iver, Modest Mouse), but there are plenty which don’t fall into this category. Isn’t the definition of an “Indie artist” is someone who isn’t signed to a major label? In case this is going over some heads here, that means there are tons of artists in every genre who happens to be indie! That’s such a simple concept, right? Maybe. Let’s find out what’s out there. Come with me as I journey to the deepest ends of the interweb to find all kinds of Indie artists.
It turns out to be much more difficult than I thought. Indie-Music.com released a top 25 list for 2012. After giving some of those who have a different genre than rock/singer-songwriter/etc. a listen, I was rather surprised. Most of them fall into that “alt” category. Don’t get me wrong, there were few that were actually of a unique genre. From that list, Tuneola, Brad Blackwell, and Sue Menhart are a few.
Let’s check out the /r/Indie weekly spotify list! Five or so of the 32 songs aren’t alternative. Sheesh.
At this point, I’m starting to think bke1j1h might be right. Pause. No, he’s not…take a look at artists like Dawn Richard, Atmosphere, Childish Gambino (he rapped over Grizzly Bear), and Aesop Rock. Then there is Lights. Okay. Cool. These are some good indie artists of a different style; let’s find some more!
Hmmm…how about Country
Okay, that’s enough research on my end. I think I’ve proven that there are plenty other indie artists out there that aren’t alternative. Go listen to some of these guys and enjoy quality music. Keep your eyes out there for independent artists and support them!