Fresher in DU? Here's how to up your snob quotient in music

  • Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 23:28 IST

If you are a fresher in Delhi University, this is one list you just cannot afford to miss. For, when you are trying to impress your classmates, you'd do well to keep referring to this regularly.

There are arguments to be made that music may be even more subjective than any other form of popular entertainment. It is more diverse and fans tend to stick to genres, overly protective of their tastes. That being said, we live in an era where music is extremely easy to produce and distribute, leading to an over-saturation in the availabilty of millions of mixtapes and demos.

Aside from the internet being overcrowded with spam comments by every rich teen thinking he's the next big thing in the music biz and everyone should check out his cover of the latest Taylor Swift single, there is the genuine delight to be found in discovering the ocassional diamond in the rough, the faith is restored in the artform everytime we find a genuine talent.

So we've tried to make it easier for you. Here is a list of music we should all be checking out and sharing. Because, let's face it, Youtube suggestions can only lead you so far, and even then there is always the risk of ending up in its dark side, watching Korean automatons sing lonely songs.

Silversun Pickups

A great indie band that is still somehow relatively obscure. Their unique sound is sort of like a sober Grouplove crossed with The Black Keys. Front and center, quite literally, is lead singer Brian Aubert, whose seemingly soft voice can pack one hell of a punch when needed.

John Newman

The young British artist made a splash with his debut album Tribute. His layered lyrics, powerful range and intricate productions, combined with a distinct blend of soul infused pop-rock was one of the most promising arrivals in recent years.

Girls Vol. 1

A companion album to Lena Dunham's stellar HBO show Girls, it boasts a great collection of eclectic artists ranging from the bubblegum pop of Charlie XCX and Robyn to the New York hipster melancholia of Lia Ices. The mix-tape is laced with bittersweet emotion, as are the poignant scenes that accompany the music on the show.

Wilder Mind

With every new album bands try and innovate and evolve. The accusation against Mumford & Sons' latest is that, at best, it is a step backwards. Why would a band that has been regularly praised for its unique indie-folk sound throw away everything for what is seemingly regular old alt-rock? Because its actually really great. Just ask the goosebumps you most definitely get after this song.


Haim is a record producer's dream. Three young sisters from Los Angeles singing pop-rock? They must've been salivating at the sheer limitlessness of their marketability. But alas, HAIM's first album turned out to be a beautiful and unique blend of catchy melodies and sun-soaked LA attitude. They scored a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist and we cant wait for what they have in store next.

The Pretty Reckless

Lead singer Taylor Momsen was just 14 when she founded the band. Now, before you dismiss it her as just another Miley Cyrus/Ariana Grande clone sample this lyric: Lost between Elvis and suicide/Ever since the day we died,well/I got nothing left to lose/After Jesus and Rock N Roll/Couldn't save my immoral soul, well/I got nothing. She has a voice to rival Joan Jett's and the music to rival Marilyn Manson.

Marina and the Diamonds

This Welsh act probably has the greatest vocal range since Lana Del Rey, and its no surprise she's often compared to the queen of sadcore. What makes her unique, though, is her ability to tell stories through her lyrics that talk about everything from existential dilemmas to the fame that comes from being an up-and-coming pop-star.

Theophilus London

He's the discerning listeners rap artist of choice. A cross between The Smiths and The Strokes but rap, London is the ideal artist to listen to on late night strolls in a bustling city where everyone has gone to sleep. His mix of familiar themes with bursts of electronica makes you feel like you're the only person on earth. In a good way.


Yoann Lemoine, or as he is better known, Woodkid is an undescribable French artist whose smooth, slightly accented voice oozes nostalgia and heroism. His frequent orchestral crescendos paired with stunning music videos (that he directs himself) are absolutely breathtaking, as is his odd persona, and his trademark hats. Not to mention his dark covers of poupular songs like Pharrell Williams' Happy (sad version).

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