What makes for a solid summer song? It’s an ontological discussion scholars far more astute and nerdy than us have debated since time immemorial, or at least since 1981. And what even defines a song as indie? Yikes that’s a fun one. Honestly though, stop thinking so hard. It’s summer now, and so it is time to get loose, and decide which indie banger to canonize as the representative soundtrack for your summer of looseness and bad decisions. Because it’s important to have a trigger to recall them later in life, in awkward situations, when you least expect it. And maybe that’s what really defines a good summer song: A song capable of bottling up this year’s mood, and then make your kids feel weird when you play it for them in dewy eyed reminiscence years later. Choose it wisely — you’re stuck with it forever. No pressure! Fun forever! Now, let’s do it together. Like a family.
Here’s how it’s gonna work: Name your top candidate(s) in the comments, and once a few prospective contenders have emerged, we’ll make an official shortlist (next week) and vote on it like Obama. It’s democracy in action! A democracy in which Gotye is absolutely exiled.
There will be only one winner, but there are a lot of worthy contenders. To get you started, consider these:
- The Walkmen – “Heaven“
- Azealia Banks – “Jumanji“
- Beach House – “Lazuli“
- El-P – “The Full Retard“
- Icona Pop – “I Love It“
- Animal Collective – “Honeycomb“
- Death Grips – “I’ve Seen Footage“
- Passion Pit – “I’ll Be Alright“
- Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built“
- Superchunk – “This Summer“
- Tanlines – “All Of Me“
- Twin Shadow – “Five Seconds“
- Yeasayer – “Henrietta“
Does M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls” qualify if it came out in Q1? Maybe, maybe not. Does Usher’s “Climax” qualify because it is so good but also how is that possibly indie? Good point. Although his recent cover of last year’s winner suggests he’s campaigning. Shrewd dude.
Anyway — democracy. Write in your vote. Do it for summer, do it for forever. Let’s go!