It’s officially hot. Very hot. But that also means that it’s officially summer 2023 and, for some of us, that means holidays! Whether you plan on going to the beach, staying at home watching Netflix, or partying until your feet go numb, chances are you’re going to listen to music at some point!
That’s why we’ve made sure to give you something refreshing, vibey (yep, that’s a word), and suited to a summer we hope you won’t forget!
The Best Indie Music for Summer of 2023
Like the best summer cocktail, we’ve added a bit of everything but in moderation. If you want a larger sip or the whole barrel, click on every link to soak up every drop of this indie summer playlist.
“Pyjamas” by Benny Sings (feat. Remi Wolf)
Benny Sings is known for his blend of pop, soul, and R&B music. Like most, he explores themes of love, relationships, and personal experiences; like himself, he treats these topics in his own quirky unique way. However, “Pyjamas” is a bossa nova-inspired song featuring Remi Wolf, who also directed the video. You feel the summer vibes from the very beginning of the song:
We can take a walk on Cobana Beach
Read a book or two ’bout the birds in Cali
We could see a movie ’bout São Paulo
Have you seen the new documentary?
Part of his eighth album, Young Hearts, this song portrays a completely different type of male. In his own words, “I’m always looking for the anti-hero”, and this is a perfect example as the song talks about a male with too low libido. Well, that’s new.
“sunburn” by almost monday
almost Monday brings on the summer heat (literally) with “sunburn”, an indie pop approach to the type of passion that turns into pain. So, basically, like all types. The lyrics explore the mixed emotions of desire and longing, finally reaching the conclusion that ‘hey, this actually sucks and it’s harming me’. As soon as it starts, you can taste the bitter:
The days we spent were temporary
But you’ll always be that sunburn on me
An ice cold shower can’t help, baby
‘Cause you’ll always be that sunburn on me (yeah, yeah, yeah)
If you find that this summer might be that time of the year again for you, then you’ll probably relate to this bittersweet intensity called love and its consequences.
“11 PM” by Sandra Iris
If you’re suddenly feeling your heart pounding and sweat dripping down your back, it’s not the summer. It’s “11PM” and Sandra Iris. Leaving behind the days when she was “Dreaming of the Sun”, she uses a blend of indie pop, bedroom pop, and bossa nova. Her discrete vocal performance, perfectly sequencing Spanish and English, paired with a truly hypnotizing rhythm won’t leave you indifferent.
And now we can meet here
And have a late night walk
After dinner as we talk
Next to Tour Eiffel
We know, right? We’ll definitely be following her closely as this artist has found her sound and we’ve found our summer mood.
“Interstate name calling” by Miranda Fling
Back in 2020 in a SALT Magazine interview Miranda Fling claimed she was planning “on releasing [her] first EP no later than January 2021!” Well, not only has she been non-stop since then, but she’s also performed live and continues to self-produce her work which is increasingly being recognized as a unique and fresh sound. Despite the lyrics, this new single explores the theme of love in a way that will make you want to grab your bike and ride off into the sunset:
I cried upstairs at the party and everyone saw it
I was so mad so I spit out a thank you for calling
Like scraping my knees at the lighthouse I’m sorry for falling
But it was inevitable and I couldn’t have caught it
I couldn’t have caught it
Well, it could be that a bit of “Vitamin Sea” makes everything better but as hard as love can be sometimes, it won’t bum us out!
“Cleopatra” by LEFT., YANAGUI, Extrazen, AVALANCHE
You makin’ my mind play games
I might stay late
Tonight I’ll make you
Both LEFT. and Extrazen put the genius twist with lyrics that’ll make you sympathize with any loved-up fool. Yet again, if you’re aware of what Cleopatra represents (powerful, intelligent, “friendly”, etc.) you realize that she only would drive you as crazy as you allowed her to.
We hope you have these summer indie vibes on for the remainder of 2023! Well, that is until Fall. But that’s another story.