New Music Friday Monday: Fresh Indie on Amazon (Khruangbin, Julien Baker, Vagabon)

We’re celebrating the indie community on Amazon Music with an indie-focused New Music Friday Monday (Khruangbin, Julien Baker, Vagabon) @chartmetric #chartmetric #musicanalysis #dataanalysis #indierock #indiemusic #a2im

  • Highlights
    • We’re on the road! We’re at A2IM’s Indie Week in New York City and so we’ll publish our music data-related thoughts and experiences for you starting in tomorrow’s episode in case you can’t make it.
    • But for today, we’ll celebrate the indie community on Amazon Music with an indie-focused New Music Friday Monday!
  • Mission   
    • Good morning, it’s Jason here at Chartmetric with your 3-minute Data Dump where we upload charts, artists and playlists into your brain so you can stay up on the latest in the music data world.
  • Date
    • This is your Data Dump for Monday, June 17, 2019.
  • New Music Friday Monday: Fresh Indie on Amazon
    • Hopping over to the “Fresh Indie” playlist on Amazon Music, we’ve got no less than 60 tracks of the most brand spanking new independent music in the streaming world.
    • The tracks all come from over 35 different indie labels to include 4AD, ATO Records and XL recordings.
    • Over 64% of the artists featured are from the US, 16% from the UK, and then Canada/Norway/Australia/New Zealand making up the rest of the Anglo-focused playlist.
    • Just under half of the list has either the indiepop, folk-pop or indietronica genre tag attached to it, with 15+ other genre tags thrown in to make for a diverse-sounding set.
    • In the #4 position is the funk-addled “Mary Always” instrumental track by Houston-born band Khruangbin, mixing soul, dub, psychedelia, and Thai funk.
      • The track is currently on nine Spotify editorial playlists including All New Indie w/ 958K followers and 2 Apple editorial playlists including Today’s Indie Rock.
      • The great playlist promotion is coming out of Bloomington, Indiana, where the track’s Dead Oceans label is housed with the Secretly Group, an umbrella of indie labels putting out rock music of different flavors.
    • In the #9 spot is the spacious, introspective track “Conversation Piece” by Memphis, Tennessee’s Julien Baker.
      • Currently on no Spotify editorial playlists and 1 Apple editorial playlist, the Late Night Menu, the Matador Records release is the latest from the singer-songwriter known for heart-wrenching lyricism and melody.
      • What’s uber cool about Baker is that she is also part of supergroup boygenius, also under Matador, with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, kind of following the K-pop model of supergroup splitting off into solo careers, but just the reverse, as boygenius formed in 2018 and each member had solo careers as early as 2014. 
    • Last but not least is “Flood Hands” by Vagabon, coming from Nonesuch Records.
      • Vagabon is in the #12 slot on the Amazon playlist, currently on 3 Spotify editorial playlists, also including All New Indie with Khruangbin and 2 Apple editorial playlists, also including Today’s Indie Rock.
      • Released on June 13, it’s the latest from the Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist now based in NYC...where we are this week for A2IM’s Indie Week!
  • Outro
    • That’s it for your Daily Data Dump for Monday, June 17, 2019. This is Jason from Chartmetric.
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    • Happy Monday, we’ll see you tomorrow from NYC’s Indie Week floor! Bye.

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