Let's start with one of my all time favorite modern genres: indie electronica. I describe this genre as music that is a mixture of unconventional and conventional sounds, based in rock and pop but heavily influenced by a variety of instruments, overall focused on incorporating synthesized and electronic sound sets to form its aural foundation. Often it is dancey, beat-driven, rhythmically-focused, or playful - borderline poppy. But indie electronica can also be dark, soulful, deep, experimental, and emotional.
The ten artists below all differ in what they aim to communicate, how they perform, and how they would even describe their own music. There is enough of a thread, however, between these musical groups to explore a dialogue across the world - from Australia to Canada and all the way to Europe - in what it means to mix beat, bass, samples, and earnest lyrics into one familiar concept.