Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

What Happened to 2014 Indie Pop

What Happened to 2014 Indie Pop

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2014 was an interesting year for pop culture, but it was also interesting for the music it provided. It seemed like the summer days were sweeter, and the days lasted longer. Although it may just be the fact that I am older now than I was in 2014, it seems like we’ve lost that bit of being carefree along the way to 2019.

Looking at playlists for the top songs of 2014 and the top songs of 2018, it seems that although there were more happy songs with sad songs mixed in in 2014, it’s just the opposite in 2018. In 2014, the songs were mostly about just having fun. 2018 seems to have that balance, but even the happy songs are deeper. My question is why? Why has the music on the radio changed so much?

One reason for this could be the fact that people grow up faster these days due to societal pressures as well as social media having a bigger part in everyday life. Although it seems that the music hasn’t changed that much, let’s see who is in the public eye right now. Let’s take people and bands like billie eilish, where a lot of her songs and music videos have a darker spin to them. Of course that’s one artist, but there are so many more today that focus more on darker aspects. Let’s take one of the prime examples of indie pop, and let’s go with Grouplove. Grouplove is the perfect example of indie pop, with their most popular song, Tongue-tied, being a pop anthem. Of course it’s sad in a way, but not the same way that songs are sad today. It’s difficult to try to compare these things because, yes, there will almost always be a sad, bittersweet element, but I think it’s the way the element is that creates the different meaning. I’m not trying to say that there wasn’t a sad song in 2014, but they were always hidden, and they were often surface level issues. Today it seems that we become more self aware by the day, which contributes to our music being so much more explicit in its pursuit of meaning.

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