So you're sitting down to write something, huh? It could be that novel you've been putting off forever, or maybe some poetry because, hey, you're feeling poetic today. Though undoubtedly, you're gonna do it in a starbucks, probably on a typewriter- because it's like, retro, man.
In any case, with whatever you're writing, you're gonna need a little aural stimulation to get you in the creative 'zone'.
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning - Bright Eyes
Bright Eyes has been one of the central indie bands on the scene since their 2002 album Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (commonly shortened to Lifted). Since then, they have remained at the forefront of the indie genre. Their dual-album release in 2005 demonstrated a big step for the band, with the two albums (this one and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn) presenting two distinctly different sounds.
This one is more folksy, perfect for the quietude you want for those more somber, impactful words you want to put down.
Evil Friends - Portugal. The Man
Hailing from now-infamous Wasilla, Alaska, Portugal. The Man is kicking teeth in with their music. Not literally, of course, but really, they're super cool, and still obscure enough that you can parade your knowledge of them in front of your friends, and look super edgy and cool. Aside from that grandstanding, though, the band makes some killer music. This album was produced by Danger Mouse, and if that isn't enough to warrant a listen, then I don't know what is.
The band has said this album was inpired by Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. It'll put you in a weird, miasmic creative place.
Bossanova - Pixies
Being not as popular as Doolittle or Surfer Rosa, Bossanova is often overlooked as one of the Pixies finest albums ever made. Their third album, Bossanova was inspired heavily by space rock, and you can hear that ring true in the music. Probably the most iconic band on this here list, they are nonetheless still retro enough to qualify for hipster ears.
This album has a good mix of soft, ethereal sounds as well as some higher-impact crashing sounds. It will help your writing develop depth and variety, as you write with the cascading rhythms.
Miracle Mile - STRFKR
Frontman for Starfucker Josh Hodges has said that his goal for the band's music is "dance music that you can actually listen to, that's good pop songs, but also you can dance to it." With that in mind, Miracle Mile certainly delivers. You might think that dance music isn't conducive to a beneficial writing process, but you'd be wrong.
Dance music is inherently happy and upbeat, and this feeling will lighten your writing up. When you are happy and writing, it will translate through, and you will see a more inviting prose.
Never Trust a Happy Song - Grouplove
Plain and simple, Grouplove is a bunch of incredibly talented artists. Their debut album, all of the music on it exemplifies an overly youthful energy, evoking vibrant pop stylings and high-energy poetry in motion. There isn't a bad song to be had on this indie rock debut. The band has probably one of the coolest origin stories of any band out there, and you can feel the genuine friendship in the harmony of their songs.
Grouplove will put some pep in your pen as you write. It will make you think about the words you're putting down, and the emotions you are trying to evoke. Grouplove will remind you that you don't have to be perfect to be awesome.