HAERTS – All The Days


Indie pop outfit and Brooklyn-based band HAERTS released their debut album Hemiplegia last fall. Signed to Neon Gold Records, the release is a four-track EP that includes a cut produced by Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia. However, “All The Days” is by far the best track in this blogger’s opinion. Looking forward to seeing it performed live when the group opens for London Grammar at 930 Club on Monday. On another DC-centric note, HAERTS is also headlining at U Street Music Hall May 8. Check out more upcoming tour dates while you sink into the track below.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

4/14 | Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (with London Grammar)
5/8 | Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
5/10 | Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
6/6-8 | New York, NY @ The Governors Ball
6/12-15 | Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/19-22 | Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
7/19 | Toronto, Canada @ Time Music Festival


So long 2012 – Sydney NYE

Now that I’m back from abroad, I’m amped to finally be sharing my list of stand-out indie tracks from the last year!

In no particular order, below are my top 50 artists and/or tracks of 2012. Since I started blogging midway through the year, some of these artists have been honored with a post prior and some have not. Thus for the sake of diversifying, in some cases the featured track below is not necessarily my favorite but a varying version of the original or new track entirely (but equally adored, obv).

1. Alpine – Hands


2. Little Dragon – Ritual Union


3. Trails & Ways – Border Crosser (Seshen Remix)


4. Air Traffic Controller – You Know Me


5. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (their cover of Little Dragon’s Ritual Union is a must-listen as well)


6. Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing


7. Beat Culture – Useless


8. Tennis – Origins


9. Tanlines – S.A.W.


10. Beach House – Myth


11. Blackbird Blackbird – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)


12. Dems – Down on You (Hannes Fischer Remix)


13. Charli XCX – I’ll Never Know


14. Lord Huron – The Stranger


15. Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 (Alias Mix)


16. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) – Tapes & Money


17. Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (ft. Christine Hoberg)


18. Wild Belle – It’s Too Late


19. Dirty South & Alesso – City of Dreams


20. Alt-J – Something Good


21. Bumblebeez – Next to You


22. St. Lucia – Closer Than This


23. Crystal Castles – Wrath of God


24. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing


25. Ben Howard – The Fear (Moonlight Matters Rework)


26. No Ceremony/// – Feelsolow


27. The 1975 – You


28. Ultraista – Smalltalk


29. The Zolas – Knot In My Heart


30. Southern Shores – New Love


31. Django Django – Default


32. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)


33. Dan Croll – From Nowhere


34. Germany Germany – With You (ft. Kotomi)


35. Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (The Knocks Remix)


36. Sun Airway – Close


37. Grimes – Genesis


38. Youth Lagoon – Daydream


39. Miike Snow – Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)

(Track begins at 3:05)


40. Wild Child – The Tale of You & Me


41. The Naked and Famous – Young Blood


42. Dwntwn – See My Eyes


43. Passion Pit – Take A Walk


44. Beat Connection – Think/Feel (ft. Chelsey Scheffe)


45. Grizzly Bear – Sleeping Ute


46. Years & Years – I Wish I Knew


47. MS MR – Hurricane


48. Kindness – House


49. Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje remix)


50. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter



These tracks also received a considerable amount of air time on my playlist this year.

1. The Xx – Sunset


2. Bloc Party – Truth


3. Cat Power – Ruin


4. Adventure Club – Retro City (Bronze Whale Remix)


5. Panama – It’s Not Over


6. Santigold – Disparate Youth


7. Phebe Starr – Alone With You


8. Viceroy – Chase Us Around – (Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver Remix)


9. U-Tern – You Don’t Know Me


10. The Establishment – Love Like This

St. Lucia – September

South African-born artist Jean-Philip Grobler, aka St. Lucia released his debut EP September this September. However, I first fell in love with his sound upon hearing the single “Closer Than This” last spring. Having traveled around the world with a choir in his youth and later honing his musical sensibilities across the pond, the electro-indie artist now produces his signature shimmering synths out of Brooklyn.

St. Lucia will actually be performing in D.C. this Thursday, December 13th at U Street Music Hall with British producer Alex Metric for the All Things Gold party. Should be a fun event – so if you have nothing better to do and enjoy these ditties as much as I do – go check it out.

I’ve got a feeling we will never get closer than this
I can’t imagine there’s a way to get closer than this