Best New Indie: 12 songs to discover this week
It’s time for the best new indie!
This week we received fresh cups from St. Vincent, James Blake, Sharon Van Etten, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and more.
Check out this week’s best indie news below.
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Saint-Vincent – “The Inn of Nowhere”
St. Vincent has shared a new track called “The Nowhere Inn”. The song comes from the upcoming mock documentary of the same name, which stars St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein. The film will be released later this week on September 17 via VOD and in theaters via IFC Films. Annie Clark produced the soundtrack and the score, which will be released two days later on September 19. Today she premiered the soundtrack to “The Nowhere Inn”.
James Blake – “Famous Last Words”
James Blake has shared a new single called “Famous Last Words”. This slowly building new track opens with pulsating synths until the track turns into something completely new. Exploding into a breathtaking orchestral melody, this dynamic melody is a must-listen. Throughout the single, Blake sings lines such as “This feeling / I should have lost it / I should have lost it now.”
Sharon Van Etten – “Femme Fatale”
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen shared a cover of “Femme Fatale” from Velvet Underground. The buzzing performance revolves around a simple, thrilling instrumental line and a powerful voice. On “Femme Fatale”, the vocal lines of Sharon Van Etten strike a perfect balance between melancholy and strangeness. In the chorus, Angel Olsen arrives with breathtaking harmonies.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Earthlings”
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds shared an unreleased track, “Earthlings”. The single is from their upcoming B-Sides & Rarities Part II, which will be released on October 22. After the release of “Vortex”, “Earthlings” is a melancholy, synth-based track. Both sadness and celebration, “Earthlings” really channels the sounds of the Ghosteen sessions. Lyrically, Cave sings lines like, “I thought love would set me free someday / I think my friends gathered here for me.”
The War on Drugs – “I don’t live here anymore (feat. Lucius)”
The war on drugs prepares for the release of I don’t live here anymore, which releases October 29 via Atlantic. Today they previewed the album with its title song. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” includes backing vocals by Lucius. Throughout the song, The War On Drugs reflects the era of classic rock. Leader Adam Granduciel sings lines like: “I know it’s not like I remember / Guess my memory is crazy / Like when we went to see Bob Dylan / We danced on ‘Desolation Row'” . sees the band lean into their love of big sounds.
Frank Turner – “I’m not doing so well”
Frank Turner has officially announced his next album, FTHC, released on February 11 via Xtra Mile Recordings / Polydor. As part of the announcement, he shared his new single “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”. FTHC marks their first new album since No Man’s Land in 2019. Today’s preview really sums up some of the emotions we’ve been experiencing throughout the pandemic. “Haven’t Been Doing So Well” is a cathartic punk rock anthem that serves as emotional release.
Snail mail – “Valentin”
Lindsey Jordan is back with the announcement of her new album under the name Snail Mail, Valentine, released on November 5 via Matador. As part of the announcement, she shared a video for the album’s title song. The new single is filled with gritty guitars as Snail Mail moans, “So why would you erase me / Darling valentine.” “Valentine” takes more of an emo pop touch from the early 2000s than that of her debut album Lush.
Grouper – “Ode to blue”
Liz Harris shared a video for her new single as Grouper, “Ode To The Blue”. The song comes from her upcoming sophomore album, Shadow, which releases on October 22 via Kranky. “Ode To The Blue” follows the album’s title track, “Unclean Mind”. The Stripped Air is an intimate recording that revolves around Harris’ vocals and an acoustic guitar line. The accompanying video directed by Dicky Bahto is filled with black and white clips of people kissing in a cemetery.
Chastity – “Punch”
Brandon Williams of Whitby, Ont., Has announced his new album called Chastity, Suffer summer, with a video for “Pummeling”. The album will be released on January 13 via Dine Alone Records / Deathwish. To preview the album, Williams shared a video for her new single, “Pummeling”. He says the track is about “mentally blowing yourself”. “I’ve always done my best to try to get past these things before they catch up to me, but now I’m just trying to get stronger, not to let them fuck me so bad.”
Ducks Ltd. – “Under the rolling moon”
Ducks Ltd. is back with a video for his new single “Under The Rolling Moon”, which features backing harmonies from The Beths. “’Under The Rolling Moon’ is all about trying to be there for a friend who is in crisis,” McGreevy explains of the track. “Part of the frustration maybe witnessing someone else’s extremely recognizable self-destructive behavior, but most of all the feeling of caring for them, knowing that they can be okay and hoping that ‘they will be able to find their way to see it. “
Hubert Lenoir, Bonnie Banane – “OCTEMBRE”
Montrealer Hubert Lenoir previewed his next album with a video for his new single “OCTEMBRE”. The track comes from Lenoir’s new album, PICTURA DE IPSE: Direct music, which was released this Wednesday, September 15. The new single “OCTEMBRE” stars Bonnie Banane. It’s more of a laid back R&B song than the other tracks on the album like “DIMANCHE SOIR” and “Secret”.
Le Ren – “I love you already”
Montrealer (/ Tiohtià: ke’s) Le Ren is back with a video for her new single “Je t’aime Already”. The new tender song comes from her upcoming debut album, Leftovers, released October 15 via Royal Mountain Records and Secretly Canadian. “I love you already” is a sweet contemplation of motherhood. Much like her latest single “Dyan”, this new song is a delicate and moving exploration of love. The accompanying video directed by Ali Vanderkruyk is filled with warm snaps of Le Ren and his mother, Dyan.
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