1. Bon Iver – Re: Stacks
Most people are familiar with Bon Iver’s celebrated break up song that is heralded as the best break up song in the world, but this song is just so much more than skinny love. Words evade me to explain just how simple and heart achingly beautiful this song is. If you enjoy acoustic songs, I would most definitely advise you to listen to Re: Stacks.
2. Frightened Rabbit – Poke
Its simplicity and lyrics depict someone going through hating his ex and self-loathing. The band is beyond brilliant. I was introduced to this song by a friend from Scotland whom I met in New Zealand. I immediately fell in love with it.
3. Local Natives – Who Knows Who Cares
Local Natives is an amazing California surf pop band. All four band members sing which is super rare today. The quartet creates some perfect melodies that will appeal to many.
4. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
This song is beyond amazing. It takes on a darker mood, but it reflects the hard times that the band was faced with after having to scrap several of the tracks on their record. The band’s singer/songwriter Robin Pecknold describes the lyrics as his way of expressing his feelings of uncertainty and lack of belonging—feelings almost everyone can relate to.
5. Weepies – Gotta Have You
The Weepies are an incredible indie duo. They have surprisingly kept a very low profile, though they have sales in the hundreds of thousands. Gotta Have You is a love song that can make anyone smile. The lyrics are so sweet and genuine. They could make even the biggest of cynics fall in love with love.