For over a decade, FILTER Magazine has adeptly covered the the alternative and indie music scene, faithfully abiding by their slogan, "good music will prevail." This month, Google Play teams up with FILTER to provide you with a killer sampler featuring this year's biggest alt-indie acts, from Father John Misty to Dum Dum Girls.
Indie folk continued to boom in 2012, but Father John Misty—a.k.a. former Fleet Foxes drummer Joshua Tillman—pushes against the genre's increasing formalism with sardonic humor, hip-swinging swagger and a floating folk rock croon on songs like "Nancy From Now On" from this year's Fear Fun.
Meanwhile, with chillwave in decline, Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick released June 2009, a collection of early demos that finds him in a pre-chill mode, kicking out bright and bounding guitar pop on "Dead Pontoon" with hardly a synthesizer to be heard.
Elsewhere, Major Lazer teams with Dirty Projectors singer Amber Coffman for the downbeat, dubwise "Get Free," Cloud Nothings offer the propulsive and bratty guitar jag "Stay Useless" and ex-Grandaddy dude Jason Lytle delivers the faux-motivational ditty "Get Up and Go." There's also electropop act Niki & the Dove, alt-country vets Calexico, slow-core swooners Beach House and more. Visit Google Play now to grab all these tracks and discover awesome albums. – Eric Grandy, Google Play
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