2011 has been a immense year for indie/alternative music thus far. Celebrated highlights include (but are certainly not limited to) releases from Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Animal Collective’s Panda Bear, Radiohead and The Strokes, while more unknown acts such as Kurt Vile, James Blake, Yuck, Smith Westerns, EMA, Washed Out, tUne-yArDs and Cults all made names for themselves with their fresh, dynamic LPs.

Despite the abundance of music gifts already bestowed on us, 2011 still has life in in yet. As September winds up to scatter upon us the final rays of summer, it also brings with it a whole bunch of indie/alternative releases to get excited about. Check out some of our favorites, below.

1. Girls – Father, Son and Holy Ghost

Girls Father Son Holy Ghost

Girls first exploded on to the indie scene last year midst a fireball of Beach Boy harmony and love-struck lyrics, with their highly applauded debut LP, Album, going on to be considered one of the finest releases of 2010.

2011 marks the return of the Californian duo (made up of Christopher Owens and Chet White), who are released their second album, Father, Son and Holy Ghost on September 13th. Listen to gargantuan album taster, forlorn love lament ‘”Vomit“, below.

Girls, “Vomit” by The FADER

Notable lyrics from “Vomit

Cause there’s something that I get for myself,
And there’s something that you give to me.
Well, I got one without the other,
Well, it’s not enough to be – I need your love.

2. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien

Cymbals Eat Guitars Lenses Alien

New Yorkers Cymbals Eat Guitars’ 2009 debut album, Why There Are Mountains, was one of the most underrated records of said year. Mixing jangly, melodic and often ramshackle guitars with shrill vocals spouting oddly lucid lyrics, Cymbals Eat Guitars exuded a youthful Modest Mouse. On September 13th, the quartet released their second LP, Lenses Aliens, on Barsuk Records. Listen to the album’s epic eight minute opener, “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)“, below.

Cymbals Eat Guitars, Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name) by memphisindustries

Notable lyrics from “Rifle Eyesight (Proper Name)

Shot through the head,
I’m coming up on an overpass.
Rifle Eyesight was lying low in the high grass,
The empty skull lolls,
Milky cataracts peel,
Limpid limitless swimming outside the cranium,
Betrayers of children exposed by distortions,
His property swelling Lenses Alien.

3. BjorkBiophilia

Bjork Biophilia

Not one for following convention, Icelandic goddess Bjork is currently busy unveiling tracks from her new LP, Biophilia, via a space age iPhone/iPad app. Two individual app components have been released by Bjork thus far (each containing two songs, “Crystalline” and “Cosmogony“), with another eight apps to come. All of these tracks will ultimately be housed within the larger ‘mother app’, which is currently available to purchase from iTunes. Still with us? Thought not. Anyway, no matter, as if you are one for more traditional routes, Biophilia will also be released on CD and vinyl on September 27th. Listen to lead single, “Crystalline“, below.

Bjork, Crystalline by thisisfakediy

Notable lyrics from “Crystalline

Underneath our feet,
Crystals grow like plants,
(listen how they grow).
I’m blinded by the lights,
(listen how they grow).
In the core of the earth,
(listen how they grow).

4. The DrumsPortamento

The Drums Portamento

The Drums zippy, naive surf-pop became a global smash in 2010 following the release of their self-titled LP. Despite nearly splitting earlier on in the year over apparent stylistic differences, the New York band has managed to see it through to its sophomore record, Portamento, released on September 12th. Warning, do not expect any cliché Drums coastal nostalgia here, with front man Jonathon Pierce having already stated he will not be “writing another song about the ocean or the beach”.


Notable lyrics from “Money

Before I die I’d like to do something nice,
Take me out yeah take me for a ride.
You hit me yesterday cause I made you cry,
So before I die let me do something nice.
I want to buy you something but I don’t have any money,
I don’t have any money.

5. Laura MarlingA Creature I Don’t Know

Laura Marling A Creature I Don't Know

Darling British songstress, Laura Marling, released her third album, A Creature I Don’t Know, on September 12th. The record marked the follow up to the folk artist’s successful second LP, I Speak Because I Can. The big question is: will Marling be the latest UK export to storm the US charts, ala Adele and Mumford and Sons? Well, we wouldn’t be surprised. Check out the simply lovely “Sophia“, the debut track to be took from A Creature I Don’t Know, below.


Notable lyrics from “Sophia

When the bell toll, when the bell gon’ chime,
You better call for your woman up high,
And when the bell tolls for your last day,
You’ll be getting down on your knees to pray.

6. Blink 182Neighborhoods

Blink 182 Neighborhoods

Following their four year hiatus, and eye-watering eight year gap since they released new material, infamous pop punk trio Blink 182 make their return this 2011 with Neighborhoods. Released on September 27th through Geffen Records, this LP marks one of the hugest come backs of the year, and, well, the expectation is pretty damn huge.


Notable lyrics from “Up All Night

Let me get this straight, do you want me here?
As I struggle through each and every year,
And all these demons, they keep me up all night,
They keep me up all night, they keep me up all night.

7. S.C.U.M.Again Into Eyes

Scum Again Into Eyes

Having spent the past three years haunting underground hipster joints, London band S.C.U.M. finally arose to release their debut LP, Again Into Eyes, on September 13th. This contemporary shoe gaze, which boasts hints of 80s goth/post-punk, is mammoth, ethereal and emotionally disturbing.


8. Das RacistRelax

Das Racist Relax

Brooklyn alternative hip hop trio Das Racist gained a bunch of hype after they released two free mixtapes, Shut Up, Dude and Sit Down, Man, back in 2010. Polarizing music fans with their deconstruction of what hip hop should ‘be’ (think, genuinely fierce spat combined with totally dumb, comedic observation) their official debut album, Relax—released September 13th—looks set to be one of the most interesting, and perhaps controversial records of the year. Relax‘s debut single “Michael Jackson“, is available to stream below.

Das Racist – Michael Jackson by SPEAKIMGE

Notable lyrics from “Michael Jackson

These rap cats is on some fashion scene sh*t,
Skip that sh*t that I spit to talk about how my jeans fit,
But I got a clean grip on the game,
Some mean sh*t,
And you seen the team that I spread my Greedhead schemes wit.

9. CANTDreams Come True

Cant Dreams Come True

On September 12th, Grizzly Bear multi-instrumentalist/producer, Chris Taylor, released Dreams Come True, the debut LP under his solo moniker, CANT. We’re already big fans of GB’s psychedelic indie-folk, so we were very excited to hear what Taylor would bring us via this new side-project. Check out a taster below. “Answer” sees Taylor adopt an electronica/dance approach, with synths wrapping around his lush voice, fashioning a wholly dreamy soundscape.

CANT – Answer (taken from Dreams Come True – Terrible Records / Warp Records) by Warp Records

Notable lyrics from “Answer

Do the right thing,
Dreams come true.
You’re the right thing,
It all comes true.

10. NirvanaNevermind [20th Anniversary Box Set]

Nirvana Nevermind

Not to make you feel old and all, but in September, Nirvana’s Nevermind—the LP which shook the rock world’s foundations upon its time of release—will be turning 20. To celebrate, Universal Records are to release a super special anniversary box set, containing 4 CDs of demos, unreleased material, rarities, B sides, and 1 DVD, which will feature an unseen 1991 Halloween performance from the Paramount Theatre in Seattle.


Notable lyrics from “Smells Like Teen Spirit

With the lights out, it’s less dangerous,
Here we are now, entertain us.
I feel stupid and contagious,
Here we are now, entertain us.