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New Underground Indie and Alternative Music

In the vast landscape of the music industry there exists a realm where creativity knows no bounds, and authenticity thrives in the shadows. Welcome to the clandestine world of new underground and alternative music, where artists break free from conventional constraints, forging paths uncharted and embracing a spirit of untamed expression.


This article will highlight some of the best new alternative music from the New Artist Spotlight community. We will take a look at these alternative indie artists who shun the well-trodden paths of commercial conformity and fearlessly develop their own sound away from the mainstream.


The Best New Alternative Music


The Best New Alternative Music

If you’ve never heard of New Artist Spotlight before, allow me to enlighten you. We are a supportive community of artists from around the globe who work together to promote each other’s music. We have a vast range of playlists for you to enjoy, including the best underground alternative music. 


If you’re an independent artist looking to make friends with like minded artists then submit your song here. You won’t regret it!

 

Sano Hill


Sano Hill

Sano Hill is a critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter. His music has been described as defining “a timeless recipe for original guitar music: inventive, humanist lyrics sung from the gut, then embedded in rhythms to barrage or soothe the soul' (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). His influences range widely from David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello to Jeff Buckley, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, U2 and Radiohead. In November 2023, Hill released his debut album 'If Not Now, When?' to rave reviews with Plastic Magazine describing it as "a superb LP that showcases the full scope of his original sound across its eleven songs”.


 

Dream Optimist


Dream Optimist

Dream Optimist is the solo project of composer and indie pop/rock songwriter David Marc Siegel. Based in Oakland, CA, David/Dream Optimist is inspired in equal parts by artists like the Magnetic Fields, the Talking Heads, & Elvis Costello as by composers such as Moondog, Danny Elfman and Aram Khatchaturian, & has a musical background in both leading SF Bay Area bombastic rock bands and many years spent composing music for theatrical productions and short films. Dream Optimist released a synth pop-based EP in mid-2023 entitled, “Seven Day Love Challenge" - as well as a neo-classical rendering of the "Friends" TV theme song.



 

Bernice Marsala


Bernice Marsala

Bernice is an award-winning singer/songwriter and classically-trained guitarist. She studied music and audio production in college and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s in Music Business. She is originally from Sycamore, IL and now resides in the Nashville, TN area with her husband and daughter.


Her vast catalog of infectious melodies and intricate lyricism have led to various awards, nominations, press, and radio airplay.




 

Eleanor Collides


Eleanor Collides

Eleanor Collides is the solo project of London based singer-songwriter Nick Ranga. His songs evoke the sounds of slowcore, shoegaze, dreampop, and indie rock to paint a haunting, melancholy picture. Taking inspiration from a diverse range of influences -  including the likes of Low, REM, and Depeche Mode - Nick creates ethereal sonic landscapes that will transport you to introspective realms.


Named after Nick’s childhood imaginary friend, Eleanor Collides started life as a lockdown project in March of 2021. After writing songs for many years Nick finally decided to record them and Eleanor Collides was born!



 

Kaminski


Kaminski

Kaminski is the project of Dutch indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Derek Kuipers, who crafts a vein of art-pop with new wave, chamber-pop and psych-rock appeal without a hint of intentionality. Unravelling the enigmatic depths of his work, one cannot help but ponder his similarities to the likes of David Bowie, Radiohead, Alex G, Daniel Rossen and the occasional Sufjan Stevens. Dive into the abysses of his music and prepare to be captivated by the essence of Kaminski's multifaceted artistry.


Kaminski is indie in everything.



 

Todd & Karen


Todd and Karen

Todd & Karen is a Norwegian-Irish/Swiss indie pop duo consisting of Øyvind Berge and Ina Verdi-Ruckstuhl, writing music heavily inspired by British pop music of the late 60s-early 70s and the Britpop of the 1990s. The duo has prior experience from Norwegian folk music and classic orchestral music but has found each other in their mutual love of classic British pop, classic British humour and a dash of American west coast pop in the vein of The Beach Boys and The Byrds, all of which running like a consistent thread through their output.



 

About New Artist Spotlight


New Artist Spotlight is an international network of music artists devoted to helping new musical talent! We're a grassroots team of hundreds of independent artists from around the world who work together to promote each other through listening to fellow NAS member's music, social media shares, feature interviews, artists reviews, podcasts, a Top 20 list voted on by our artists and announced each month on multiple radio stations, and much, much more. We have playlists on all major platforms including Spotify, iTunes & YouTube - if you’re looking to get your music to a wider audience we’ve got you covered.


We're also 100% FREE.


We believe in power in numbers and working together to improve all our chances of greater exposure and success. If you are willing to work with others to help us all grow together, submit your song now to join the world's largest cooperative indie music community!



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These artists are the cream of the NAS Crop. Well done!

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What a great article and such excellent choices - I love the music from each of the featured artists. What variety and talent 😎

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