So many artists, so little time. Every week we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music we’d call “indie” and talk about what metal comes out. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We are updating a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.
PIERRE KWENDERS – “PAPA WEMBA”
Congolese-born Montreal musician Pierre Kwenders has announced a new album, José Louis and the paradox of love, due April 29 via Arts & Crafts. The song is a tribute to Papa Wemba, who has been called the king of Congolese rumba, and you can hear his influence on the polyrhythmic song, and it also has a strong jazz influence thanks to the former Shabazz member’s skronky sax. Palaces, Tendai Maraire.
JAPANESE BREAKFAST – “NOBODY SEE ME LIKE YOU” (YOKO ONO COVER)
Yoko Ono’s cover album, curated by Ben Gibbard, Ocean Child: Songs by Yoko Ono, due out next month, and the final single before its release is Japanese Breakfast’s piano and vocal rendition of “Nobody Sees Me Like You Do.”
TAJ MAHAL & RY COODER – “HOURRA HOURRA”
Blues legend Taj Mahal and slide guitar great Rising Sons played together in the short-lived band Rising Sons, whose 1965-66 album was shelved until finally released in 1992, and now the duo teamed up again for Come Aboard: The Songs of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, scheduled for April 22 via Nonesuch. The first single features Ry on mandolin and vocals and Taj on harmonica, and it’s a great dose of vintage blues.
TESS PARKS – “HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOREVER”
Tess Parks has announced the new album And Their Who Were Seen Dancing which will be released on April 25 via Fuzz Club. It’s her first solo album in nine years (though she’s released a few with Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Anton Newcombe since then). and Los Angeles with friends and family between August 2019 and March 2021. So many other versions of these songs exist. The recording and eventual completion of this album took over two years and wow – the lesson I learned the most is that words are spells. If I didn’t know it before, I know it now for sure. I just want to put good in the universe. The first single “Happy Birthday Forever” is danceable but also keeps its dark psychedelic sounds.
WIDOWSPEAK – “WHILE YOU WAIT”
Here’s another wonderfully relaxing song and video from Widowspeak’s upcoming album, Jacket. “While You Wait” glides over a wave of flutes and the breathy voice of Molly Hamilton, as the video slides on roller skates.
SAD PARK – “YOU SAID” / “CHEST PAIN”
LA emo band Sad Park have released a new two-song single on Lauren Records and also announced a tour (including The Broadway in Brooklyn on 2/21). Both songs are catchy and anthemic and we recommend giving them a spin.
WIZ KHALIFA & JUICY J – “BACKSEAT” (ft. PAT PROJECT)
Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa are releasing a collaborative album in February (details TBD), and it will include this song, produced by Juicy J and featuring frequent Juicy J brother/collaborator Project Pat.
SOUND REIGNANT – “A LITTLE MORE TIME” / “LONELY GHOST”
Reigning Sound has a new 7″ on the way and while the A-side, “A Little More Time”, is in their soulful garage rock wheelhouse, the B-side, “Lonely Ghost”, gets very nasal.
BUKE AND GASE & RAHRAH GABOR – “PASS DEAD”
Arty duo Buke and Base have teamed up with NJ rapper Rahrah Gabor for a new album due out February 11 via Brasslands. It’s a combo that really works on the new single “Passe Impasse”.
HYD – “IN MY ARMS” (NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS COVER)
Hyd, aka QT co-creator Hayden Dunham, released his self-titled debut solo EP last year, and now they’ve followed it up with a stylized electronic cover of “Into My Arms” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
TEMPERS – “NIGHTWALKING”
“I took a lot of long walks at a time when people had abruptly left New York and left the remains of their homes on the sidewalks,” Tempers’ Jasmine Golestaneh says of the duo’s dark, form-fitting new single. “The landscape of the city has become very surreal – an upside-down ghost town. I was thinking about how to stay open and embrace the life that got derailed. The sky above the city was a real source of mystery, in its own world of pink sunsets and sparkling nights. The contrast of this oblivious beauty amid the pandemic chaos was very special and inspired the song. Tempers new album, new meaning, will be released on April 1 via DAIS.
PINECHE – “HABITAT”
Pinegrove’s new album 11:11 due out on Friday, and they’ve shared another single ahead of its release, “Habitat”, which Evan Stephens Hall says “sticks images from the 2020s – monuments of the past torn down, vandalized and tossed to the waves, making room for much needed to new symbols to adorn our world.”
STEVE GUNN – NAKAMA EP (FT MDOU MOCTAR, EYE CIRCUIT, MORE)
Steve Gunn just released a new EP, Nakama, out today via Matador. It features songs from last year’s Other You which have been reworked/re-recorded by Gunn with Mikey Coltun and Ahmadou Madassane of Mdou Moctar and Natural Information Society, as well as remixes by Circuit des Yeux and Bing & Ruth.
PE – “BLUE NUDE (INCLINED)”
The Brooklyn PE band, which includes members of Pill and Eaters, have announced their second album, Lemon Leather, which will be released in March via Wharf Cat. The first single “Blue Nude (Reclined)” marries a hard electro rhythm with a cloud of hazy saxophones.
LEON VYNEHALL – “SUGAR SLIP (LICKING IT)”
Electronic musician Leon Vynehall has announced a new Fabric Gifts mix, and it will include this new song. Learn more here.
TORO Y MOI – “Factor” & “MAGAZINE”
Toro y Moi have announced their seventh album, MAHAL, and shared two songs from it. Learn more about them here.
MANEKA – “WINNERS’ CIRCLE”
Maneka, the current project of former Speedy Ortiz/Grass Is Green guitarist Devin McKnight, has announced a new album, dark matters, and you can read more about the first single “Winner’s Circle” here.
YOUR OLD DROOG & THA GOD FAHIM – “WALL ST WITH BRIEFCASE” & “NO DAYS OFF”
Tha God Fahim and Your Old Droog announced a sequel to last year The Wolf on Wall St, and shared two songs from it. Learn more about them here.
WAR PAINT – “CHAMPION”
Warpaint have announced their first album in six years, shine like this, and you can read more about the first single “Champion” here.
GRIMES – “SHINIGAMI EYES”
Grimes calls his new single “Shinigami Eyes” “the label executive’s decision song”.
CARLY COSGROVE – “REALLY BIG SHRIMP”
Philly emo band Carly Cosgrove announced their debut album Appointment in chemistry, which was produced by Joe Reinhart of Hop Along and is out on Wax Bodega on March 25. Learn more about the new single “Really Big Shrimp” here.
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