The Best Indie Rock and Alt Folk Music Released Lately
Indie rock and alt-folk music are popular genres of music which we enjoy listening to. Here’s our current selection of the best indie rock and alt-folk music we’ve recently discovered
The indie rock scene is thriving, and it’s not just because of the music.
Alt-rock culture is a lifestyle that’s built on community, discovery, and an appreciation for the art of creating music. That’s why we’re so excited to share with you our top ten list of new alt-rock releases from independent artists—because we know how important it is to support the people who are making the music that inspires us every day.
Jefferson Denim releasing Life In The Absolute Uncertain
An independent artist from the United States, and his music is best described as folktronica. His EP, Life In The Absolute Uncertain, is a wonderful blend of acoustic rock with indie melodic pop/rock and indie pop.
So if you’re looking for some fresh tunes to add to your playlist, or if you just want a little inspiration from some amazing independent artists who are doing incredible things in their field, check out our list below!
If you’re looking for some new music to listen to or want a great playlist for your next road trip with friends or family, then this is the list for you! Here are the best indie rock music released lately:
1) SHANNON HAWLEY – STARTHROWERS
Shannon Hawley is a singer-songwriter from Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She has been described as an “alt-pop powerhouse” whose music is a mixture of dreamy ethereal vocals and synth-pop perfection.
The EDM producer NekterGun is working with Shannon Hawley to release the long-awaited STARTHROWERS. With the synth layers along with her clear voice and folk-rooted storytelling, this hybrid sounds sometimes anthemic, always cinematic, and somehow intimate – piercing directly into the heart of the listener.
With a touch of New Jersey Springsteen-like roots and songwriting, her sound and songwriting have been compared to Florence and the Machine, Kate Bush, and Fiona Apple.
As a piece of song autobiography, STARTHROWERS pays homage to the women, caretakers, and ancestors who have bravely fulfilled the difficult and often overlooked task of fiercely loving and caring for people, connecting the world in the way of underground mycelium networks, and honouring the earth itself.
If you want more from this artist, check her out on Spotify, and also visit her website for more information! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
2) SAGE SUEDE – Renegade
Sage Suede is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas who blends elements of pop, electronic, and hip-hop to create his own unique musical style.
His most recent album, Renegade, is a collection of songs that captures the essence of what it means to be an independent artist in today’s music industry.
He is the only songwriter on any of Sage’s albums and this album is his fourth release. Renegade focuses on being cool and not caring about what other people think.
It is an album that is a fusion of alt-rock, pop and hip-hop with experimental electronic genres. The album features a wide variety of musical styles, including funk and electronic dance music.
The album was released on August 26th, 2022, but you can check it out now on Spotify or visit SAGE SUEDE’s website to learn more about him! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
3) MASON PM – Universal Themes
Mason PM is an Australian singer-songwriter who has just released his album, Universal Themes. The album is a mix of alt-rock, pop and power pop, with a dash of disco thrown in.
About the name Mason PM, Generally speaking, a mason is regarded as a skilled worker who lays blocks of substantial material to build something. In his case, the substantial material that he wanted to was feelings.
Mason wears a mask in his performances, his mask was inspired both by the black and white masks that are associated with Ancient Greek drama.
Mason’s music incorporates elements of alt-rock pop and power pop, with some rock and dance thrown in for good measure. His voice is smooth and clear, with just enough grit to give it an edge.
His goal was to create music that would be inclusive, authentic, and uplifting for everyone. It was music that meant something to everyone, no matter what station they were at in life.
Check out his website for more information about the artist; follow them on Spotify so you can stay up to date with new releases from Mason PM! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
4) POLSKY – Song For The Silver Surfer (Aphrodite Remix)
POLSKY is a UK-based artist who has been gaining popularity in the past few months. His single, Song For The Silver Surfer (Aphrodite Remix), has been making waves with its unique blend of drum n bass, jungle, indie pop and dream pop.
The single is a dreamy combination of dream pop, alt-rock, and UK culture. It’s super edgy and super catchy—it’ll have you dancing in your chair!
It has been almost a year now since PolSky has released a record a month, and they continue to do so. We are fast approaching the release of their LP in June this year, and this is the penultimate single out of the album. One more single and a few remixes are still in the works.
With this track, he combines dreamy melodies with heavy beats to create something that feels like it’s coming from another planet—which makes sense considering the title of this song!
If you’re looking for some great new music to listen to while working out or running errands, check out “Song For The Silver Surfer” on Spotify and visit POLSKY on his website! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
5) SULIIAN – How To Never Be Ok
‘To gentle giant’ is a new album by SULIIAN, a project by Swiss artist Jan Saurer that appears to be one of the finest albums of its generation.
With tracks ranging from the dreamy introspection of ‘finder river’ to the pulsing bedroom pop of ‘how to never be ok’, gentle giant is an album loaded with emotion and atmosphere.
The song is a beautiful mix of soft rock and euphoric electronica that will have you swaying in your seat. It’s easy to get lost in the music and forget about everything else around you for a moment or two.
“For the album, often I combined two songs together,” Jan says. “If I had an idea or a note or a short sketch, I combined it with a song where I think it would fit. In songs like “fallenn” that results in just a nice outro, but on songs like “finder river” or “summer rain feels like happy crying”
The act has been gaining popularity recently thanks to his catchy tunes and dreamy soundscapes. If you’re looking for something mellow to listen to while working at home or chilling out with friends, check out SULIIAN! Follow his Spotify, and visit his website also. Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
6) MICK J. CLARK – Hey Daddy
Mick J. Clark is a UK-based indie rock artist with easy listening elements. His songs are fun and catchy, but they also have a classic sound to them that makes them timeless.
His single “Hey Daddy” is a great example of this blend—it’s got an easy-listening vibe and classic sound that makes it perfect for any occasion.
There was a nomination for him for the 64th Grammy Awards for his album ‘Causes’. He is signed to Sonorus Record Label with one song, ‘There’s Nothing Anybody Can Do” and he has more than 1,000,000 Spotify streams on his songs.
In addition to having a great ear for melody, Mick J. Clark has a gift for making his music feel like it’s coming from deep within him—his voice is both smooth and powerful at once, which helps him convey his emotions through song in the most authentic way possible.
”Like all kids, I thought my mum and dad were really happy together and so in love, and then he walked out on us. Men don’t realise when they walk out on their family how much hurt, fear and upset they leave behind and how confused and useless kids feel in this situation. Played slightly off key to make the song dark!” – Stated Mick.
If you want to see what else this talented artist has been up to lately, check out his website, and follow his Spotify. Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
7) FADED SHADES – My Place (Or Your Place)
FADED SHADES are an independent band from Swanley, UK. They’re a blend of alt-rock, pop and indie, with a little bit of soft rock thrown in for good measure.
If you’re like me, you love the sound of classic rock and new wave, but you want something fresh and modern too. If that sounds like you, then FADED SHADES might be your new favourite band!
My Place Or Your Place!? We have all been there at some point in our lives! A song about falling in love with a girl you shouldn’t have fallen in love with but not regretting it in the slightest!
This song is definitely a foot-tapper and feel-good tune, and it definitely pops off live as well, as it is a real jangling pop-rock gem.
The vocals are smooth and the lyrics are fun to sing along with; you can’t help but feel like you’re listening to something that’s going to be stuck in your head all day long!
If you love some amazing feel-good music, then this might be right up your alley. Follow FADED SHADES on Spotify, and visit their YouTube! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
8) SATELLITE TRAIN – Shameless
Satellite Train is an alt-rock band from Melbourne, Australia, and their song “Shameless” is the first single from their latest collection, ‘Spacewalk’, which was released on January 20th.
The song has a classic rock sound with 80’s influences which makes it very catchy and easy to listen to over and over again without getting bored. The singer’s voice sounds great as well.
Satellite Train is an Australian band, so it’s no surprise that the song also contains elements of Australian culture. The male lead singer also has a very soft voice, which is another characteristic of classic rock.
The song has a catchy beat and an overall “pop” feel to it; therefore, it will appeal to people who like modern pop music as well as those who prefer older styles.
So if you like classic rock, this would very much be up your alley, check them out on Spotify, and visit their website! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
9) MORT JARDIN – Delay Decay
If you’re looking for something a little different, check out MORT JARDIN. This alternative rock band is based in Lymm, UK, and they’re doing some of the best work out there right now.
Their latest album Delay Decay is an excellent example of their style—dark and moody but with a hint of hope in every song. Torture, fear, terror, claustrophobia, suffocation, and escape are all part of this story. It was a restless night for Mort Jardin.
In Mort Jardin’s fever dream narrative, post-punk, neo-psych, jazz, swing, blues, and blues infused with a mixture of reverberant, fractured guitar layers are layered over layered drum loops and low-slung basslines to create an orchestration of fractured and reverberating sounds.
MORT JARDIN’s sound is best described as dark and brooding, with heavy guitars and deep bass lines. The album has a gloomy feel that’s perfect for rainy days or late nights alone in your room—and it will make you feel like you’re in control of your own world!
Delay Decay is available now on Spotify or you can check his website also! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!
10) JEFFERSON DENIM – Life In The Absolute Uncertain
Jefferson Denim is an independent artist from the United States, and his music is best described as folktronica. His EP, Life In The Absolute Uncertain, is a wonderful blend of acoustic rock with indie melodic pop/rock and indie pop.
For most of Jefferson Denim’s adult life, he has been a professional actor and musician, much to the chagrin of his father, who is a professional NFL player.
It is, therefore, safe to say that JD is all about identifying, articulating and advocating for the struggles of people (especially the marginalized ones) and using the arts as a tool to illuminate and advocate.
Humanity is a vast and varied species that is endlessly fascinating, and the human condition is no exception. As well as addressing various aspects of the human condition from the perspective of someone who is suffering from chronic depression.
As well as reemerging from the extreme fundamentalist religious mindset in which they had been raised, “Life in The Absolute Uncertain” examines a variety of aspects of the human condition.
If you enjoy what you hear on this EP, I highly suggest checking out Jefferson Denim’s other work on Spotify, and visiting his website, because he has lots more great music! Check out our entire playlist which this artist and some other great are included!