Finally got over that LSS and now bored with your current tunes? If you think that your perpetually on-repeat playlist has gone too dull to enjoy (at least for now), perhaps it’s time to widen your horizons and look for other songs to love. This time, instead of turning to your mainstream international hits, try listening to local acts in the region for a change. Who knows? You might just chance upon your next all-time fave jam. For those looking for cool beats to chill to, these Asian indie artists are a definite must-add to your playlists.
Awesome City Club
With their signature city-pop sound, this four-member Japanese band formed back in 2013 gradually gained prominence in the country’s indie scene. Awesome City Club's funk-infused tempos reminiscent of vintage pop are as bright and colourful as their aesthetic. There’s no better way to start your day than by getting your groove on with their feel-good Japanese tracks.
If you’re more into soft melodies, then LambC is a South Korean artist you definitely must listen to. Though a soloist, LambC, or Kim Lam, frequently collaborates with other small musical acts. The sweet and relaxing vibe of his songs are definitely the type one would love to listen to during a spring morning. Tuning in to his compositions would make you feel like you’re in your own K-drama.
Because Freckles has been performing for 16 years now, you could say that this four-piece band is a veteran in the Taiwan indie scene. Bubbly and bright acoustics are their thing. So, if ever you need a quick pick-me-up, just pop on your earphones and let their lead vocal’s gentle voice lift up your soul.
The Impatient Sisters
The Impatient Sisters isn’t just a name for them. This three-woman band is formed by actual biological siblings. If you love Of Monsters and Men and you’re into acoustic vibes infused with folk elements, this Malaysian indie band is for you. The harmonious vocals of the sisters combined make for quite a whimsically relaxing tune.
For those looking for Asian indie artists with more pop-sounding vibes, Disco Hue is worth checking out. Their interesting mix of futuristic synth-pop that’s reminiscent of the disco era brings something fresh to Singapore’s local music scene. Dance off to the quartet’s upbeat and retro sounds and laugh your night away.
Unlike most musical acts, Filipino artist Mellow Fellow shies away from the stage. According to him, his music is best listened to online. Mellow Fellow’s songs are chill, but his deep-hitting bass lines keep them from being too flat. If you’re into nostalgic vibes, this one’s for you.
Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit’s charm lies not only in his boy-next-door appeal but also in his groovy beats. With his funky tunes, his presence in the international indie scene has become far from low-key. Looking for a catchy jam? Hit play on one of his songs for a fun time.
(Cover photo from: awesomecityclub)