Ten Must-Hear Indie Songs for an Aching Heart

Whether you’re yearning deeply for someone or going through a break-up, these indie tracks will echo what you’re feeling in a way that’s very pleasing to the ear. Lesser known artists such as Lanks and Fauxliage seem to understand an aching heart and know just how to compose expressive songs that will have you singing along.

1. Hold Me Closer – Lanks

“Hold Me Closer” opens with the one-man band’s lead singer, Melbourne musician Will Cuming’s, haunting voice accompanied by what sounds like a simple bass drum beat. Soon enough, the electric guitar comes in and the song picks up. The song is reminiscent of an ex-lover or crush that one may not have had closure with and still desires. It’s definitely a track that’ll have you hitting repeat for hours.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVRolwbK6AU

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2. Daniel – Bat for Lashes

Bat for Lashes is an English singer/songwriter who released “Daniel” in her 2009 album Two Suns. “Daniel” is about a fiery love that shows no signs of diminishing. The song starts out slow and builds up to a simple, yet catchy chorus. Bat for Lashes is a lyrical genius; the evidence lies in lines such as “When the fires came, the smell of cinders and rain perfumed almost everything” and “Crying took me to, the darkest place you knew and set fire to my heart”. She shows her audience that simple words can be put together in very poetic arrangements.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yEjT_pIkhU


3. Black Black Heart – David Usher ft. Julie Galios [Slowed down version]

David Usher’s “Black Black Heart” is alt-rock gold. He opens the song with a soft, broken-hearted and dissatisfied plea that is met with Julie Galios’ singing of the chorus. The chorus is a series of questions and answers about the narrator’s relationship: “Black black heart, why would you offer more? Why would you make it easier on me to satisfy?” There’s a sense that something is missing in this relationship. It can be heard in David Usher’s raw, emotional lyrics. This is a great track for anyone in an unfulfilled relationship, for anyone who is craving something more.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U4C-zYrFUg


4. I’m On Your Side – Divinyls

This is a 25-year old ballad from 1990 by the Australian rock group, Divinyls. It’s slow all throughout, but the words never fail to tug at your heartstrings. Maybe you’re recovering from a break-up and feel that no one truly understands what you’re going through – this is the song that will resonate with you. At least Chrissy Amphlett and Mark McEntee know what it’s like. You can count on the rock duo to be ‘on your side’ during a rough time in your relationship or post-break up.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTRQntNCaCo


5. Let It Go – Fauxliage

Fauxliage’s “Let it Go” is in no way similar to the upbeat and motivation track from Frozen. It is a song about wanting someone that is not necessarily good for you and taking the steps to leave that person even though it is incredibly difficult. Fauxliage asks wishfully, “I wonder if you wanted me like I wanted you…” While the song can be interpreted in different ways, there’s a sense of unrequited love that anyone can relate to.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBtxzSGJ1sk


6. All I Want – Kodaline

This Kodaline hit has been featured in the most heartbreaking scenes on TV and the movies. Used in the film The Fault in Our Stars, “All I Want” is guaranteed to make you cry buckets if paired with the right moment between your beloved characters. With big, heartfelt questions such as, If you loved me why’d you leave me? sung in Kodaline’s soothing, mellow voice, this track is bound to understand your aching heart like no other.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cOCmC_m23E

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7. Wait – M83

The amazing thing about “Wait” is that it’s almost entirely instrumental. The lyrics could fit on the palm of your hand, and they’re so simple it hurts. Emotionally, that is. The repetition of the words ‘no time’ are reminiscent of a love that couldn’t happen because of a tragedy of some sort. Still, the title of the song gives the audience hope that perhaps the love that’s slipping away might just wait.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAwYodrBr2Q


8. Undisclosed Desires – Muse

Everyone has a few undisclosed desires, and Muse’s lead vocalist, Matthew Bellamy, isn’t afraid to say what his are. This song is about being vulnerable and opening up about what you truly want. Rather than a tear-jerker, it resonates positively with anyone who’s had a crush or partner that they want to be there for. You haven’t fully appreciated Muse’s talent until you’ve heard “Undisclosed Desires”.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8OOWcsFj0U


9. A Little Death – The Neighbourhood

Whether you can’t get over the last one, or you’re dreaming of another, The Neighbourhood knows exactly what you’re thinking of with “A Little Death”. This slow, sensual track will have you envisioning all sorts of things that will hopefully help cure that heartache.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVqGRJLEj28

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10. Another Love – Tom Odell

This is absolutely a case of saving the best for last. Tom Odell’s beautiful piano in “Another Love” is one of the main reasons that it is so swoon-worthy. You’ll be singing this in the car, the shower, practically everywhere. If you haven’t heard Odell’s material yet, this is a great place to start. Haunting, yet addicting, “Another Love” will become the most-played track in your iTunes library within a day.

Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwpMEbgC7DA


I hope these songs have helped you recover from “the feels”.

Your favorite music aficionado,

sign sunanna b

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