All the songs you need to have an indie-ween you’ll DIE for.
“Afraid of Everyone” – The National
Straight from The National’s near-perfect album “High Violet,” “Afraid of Everyone” is an emotional (shocking) track about new fatherhood and drug abuse. Starting you out to be afraid of everyone—and yourself—on Halloween.
“They are Night Zombies!! They are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back from The Dead!! Ahhhh!” – Sufjan Stevens
From Sufjan’s lengthy “Illinoise” album is “that one zombies song,” also referred to by its incredibly long name above. Chant along with the “zombies” and their Land of Lincoln-themed rhymes. Horrifying!
“Zombie” – The Cranberries
Continuing on the zombie-tastic theme is the classic song from Irish rockers The Cranberries. This straight-from-the-90s track features singer Dolores O’Riordan’s signature voice with grungy instrumentals. Remember the 90s? AAAH!
“Walking With A Ghost” – Tegan & Sara
Twin sisters Tegan & Sara are walking with a ghost this Halloween; what could be scarier? This track shows T & S at their finest, with one of their most memorable indie pop hooks. Besides, what’s spookier than twins? If it’s featured in “The Shining,” it’s scary for sure.
“We Will Become Silhouettes” – The Postal Service
What’s scarier than a nuclear apocalypse? Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel joined forces long ago for their one-off side project The Postal Service, and in this track, Gibbard contemplates the consequences of love and bombs over Tamborello’s innocent synths.
“The Killing Type” – Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Amanda Palmer teamed up with the mysterious Grand Theft Orchestra for her record “Theatre is Evil,” and little is more evil than this song. Palmer sings violently about killing her lover out of passion. Scary stuff!
“The Afterlife” – YACHT
What a way to end a playlist: with death. Indietronica outfit YACHT sings about the inevitabilities of life after death in this track, bringing a fitting end to this frightening playlist. BOO!
Charlie Topel is a fourth-year student who used to be an engineer but now has decided that numbers are scary. When he’s not writing about music, he can be found worrying about the future and complaining about Morrissey.