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.
WELCOMING DEATH – “EXISTENCE PUNISHMENT”
Michigan shoegazy Greet Death showed off a lighter, more genre-defying sound on their new singles, and here’s a third: the equally awesome “Punishment Existence.”
FRANTZ FERDINAND – “CURIOUS”
The neighbor of Franz Ferdinand Head shots the best-of comp was released in March and in addition to indie disco favorites “Take Me Out” and “Michael”, there are two new songs. One of them is Curious, a slinky dance floor filler co-produced by frontman Alex Kapranos and Stuart Prince (Les Rhythms Digitales). “What’s the meaning of the song?” Kapranos says, “A cute encounter on the front page as tension enters left on a dark stage, but as our stars collide, I’m curious: will you want me when you get me? I’m a future seeker. Are we the future? I’m curious. I came up with this idea for the lyrics – kind of the reverse of one of those life flashes before your mind when you die in a movie scene, where the whole course of a relationship appears before you the moment you fall in love with someone.”
PAPERCUTS – “I WANT TO RETURN MY JACKET” & “STRANGE BOYS”
Jason Quever announced Past life regression, his seventh album under the name Papercuts, which will be released on April 1 via Slumberland. He shared two songs from the album: “I Want My Jacket Back” is the kind of baroque psych pop that would fit into a Wes Anderson soundtrack, while “Strange Boys” is decidedly fuzzier.
HATE – “SOMETHING”
Swedish band Hater announce new album Sincere which will be released on May 6. Lead single “Something” is a bit darker than what we’re used to from Hater, drifting more into pure shoegaze territory.
GINLA – “CAROUSEL” FT. ADRIANNE LENKER
ginla, the duo of Jon Mellen and Joe Manzoli, release their second LP, All, on March 25 via their own No Content label. The latest single is “Carousel”, an atmospheric folk-pop track that features the vocals of Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker. “This song was written in the peak of 40s,” says Jon Nellen. “I was dealing with ideas of mortality, consumption, life planning, destruction – all things that we were forced to deal with in one way or another at the start of the pandemic. The idea is that all of these elements spin and move through life, like a spinning carousel.I hadn’t planned to write this, but it kind of unknowingly spread over a few days in early April.
TREE RIVER – “PROUD JOURNEY”
Brooklyn emo band Tree River have announced a new album, The time being, due April 1 via Big Scary Monsters. It includes the recent single “Thought Bubble” and the charming and anthem “Journey Proud”. They also just announced DC, Philly and NYC shows with short fictions and beautiful friends.
DIP – “LAST JULY”
SOAK, aka Irish singer-songwriter Brindie Monds-Watson, has announced her third album, If I never know you like that againwhich will be released on May 20 via Rough Trade Records, and shared a new single, “last july”, a big screen pop song accompanied by a video shot by Ellius Grace.
ED ASKEW – “A BROKEN PLANET”
Longtime and highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Ed Askew has released a new song, “A Broken Planet”, which features Ed’s unmistakable vocals over minimal guitar and piano accompaniment.
A. BILLI FREE & THE LASSO – “THRIVE, DESPITE”
New Mexico R&B/soul singer A. Billi Free has teamed up with prolific hip-hop producer The Lasso for a new album, Sacred body roll, scheduled for March 11 via Mello Music Group. With the help of The Lasso studio team (saxophonist The Saxsquatch, cellist Jordan Hamilton, pianist Grayson Nye), lead single “Thrive, Despite” is an engaging fusion of soul, jazz, psych, funk, and more.
LEYA – “GLASS JAW” (ft. JULIE BYRNE)
New York harp/fiddle duo LEYA and New York folksinger Julie Byrne have teamed up for this eerily atmospheric new song.
SILITHYST – “WHEN THE NOVICE NECROMANCER HITS YOU WITH THAT DOLLAR STORE GEL SPELL”
silithyst is a new self-proclaimed “digital violence” project with members of metalcore band NJ Dreg, and their debut single is a 57-second mix of industrial, noise and hardcore.
GUCCI MANE – “RUMORS” (ft. LIL DURK)
Gucci Mane has released a new anthem produced by Tay Keith, and it features one of his former collaborators, Chicago drill giant Lil Durk.
APPLICABLE – “BOX”
Richmond Enforced crossover thrashers have unleashed a new ripper of sessions for 2021 kill the gridavailable as flexible decibel.
SOPHIE MEIERS – “NECKLACY”
Epitaph has signed Colorado alt-pop singer sophie meiers, and their first single for the label is the slightly gothic “necklace.” If you like the latest Billie Eilish and Halsey albums, you might as well dig that.
STEREO PHONIC – “ALWAYS”
Welsh band Stereophonics are back with their 12th album, Ouchya!, which will be released on March 4 via Ignition. “‘Forever’ is about escapism,” frontman Kelly Jones says of this latest single. “It’s about yearning for someone’s freedom and taking away the pain they’re going through. It’s about taking a bullet for them. It’s about wanting to free the ones you love from the pain, but we can’t – the pain of life is where we find growth. There’s a lot in the song. People feel that a lot these days.
MATTIEL – “THE LIGHTHOUSE”
Mattiel’s new album Gothic Georgia is out on March 1 via ATO and they just shared a new single. “Lighthouse” has a strong Britpop flavor. Tell the group, “We hope ‘Lighthouse’ is a positive and uplifting song for everyone who hears it. If you’re working towards something and it feels like an uphill battle, it may be a sign that you’re heading towards it. the right path, direction, and there is always someone or something to guide you through it.
TOMBERLIN – “IDKWNTHT”
Tomberlin shared their first new single of the year, “idkwntht,” a deeply felt folk song featuring soft saxophone with vocals from Told Slant’s Felix Walworth. “‘idkwntht’ is a kind of sound altar,” says Tomberlin. “It’s about taking a moment to remember, clarify, and set an intention for what’s to come. Kind of like a song version of writing your intentions on the full moon. Holding on to feelings, words, and to past versions of ourselves and our behavior only helps when we can examine the experiences once we are outside of them, and then we have to let it out, let it go, and try again.
MJ LENDERMAN (WEDNESDAY) – “HANGOVER GAME”
“Michael Jordan’s illness in the legendary Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals is generally attributed to the flu,” MJ Lenderman said Wednesday of his new solo track. “However, security guards and Michael’s coach suggest in the docuseries ‘The Last Dance’ that he was in fact intentionally poisoned by bad pizza made by Utah Jazz fans. Another less popular theory is that MJ was hungover from partying and playing poker – one person says he was at Robert Redford’s cabin, another says he was in Vegas – all night before the game. idea of that last theory so I wrote a song about it Remember I’m not a detective just a songwriter and anything really happened in Utah Jordan has still lost 38 points and won the match.” Lenderman’s Scrapbook boat songs is out April 29 via Dear Life Records.
BROADCAST – “SIXTY FORTY”
Three rare albums from the much-missed Broadcast — ‘Mother is the Milky Way, ”Microtonics,’ and ‘BBC Maida Vale Showtimes‘ — are being reissued on vinyl, CD and digital by Warp Records in March. “Sixty Forty” comes from “Maida Vale”.
THE WEATHER STATION – “ENDLESS TIME”
Tamara Lindeman Calls Weather Station’s New Album How come I should look at the stars “a calm and eerie ballad album.” This description corresponds to “Endless Time”.
UFFIE – “DOMINOS”
Uffie, whose 2006 single “Pop the Glock” was a bloghouse hit, announced her first album since debuting in 2010 (released on French label Ed Banger). The new one is titled sun factory and will be released May 20 via Company Records, the label founded by Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear who worked with Uffie on the album. The new single “dominoes” is sprinkled with a bit of ska.
EX-VÖID (EX JOANNA GRUESOME) – “CHURCHYARD”
Ex-Vöid, which includes former Joanna Gruesome members Lan McArdle and Owen Williams, will release their debut album, Bigger than before, in March. “Churchyard” is a very catchy thing.
WAH TOGETHER – “YOU’VE GOT THE BLUES”
Wah Together, the New York group made up of scene veterans Vito Roccoforte (The Rapture), Steve Schiltz (Longwave), Phil Mossman (ex LCD Soundsystem) and singer Jaiko Suzuki (Electroputas), have announced their debut album. It’s titled wow together and will be released on March 4 via Dedstrange, the new label co-founded by A Place To Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann. This new single has a decided Can komische groove.
NOBRO – “GOODBYE BABY”
Canadian garage punks NOBRO have announced a new EP, Live your truth Shred some Gnardue out 2/23 via Dine Alone, and you can read more about the first single “Bye Bye Baby” here.
IN THE CORNERS – “DEAD ERA”
NJ post-hardcore band mathy In Angles have shared a second taste of their upcoming album Cardinaland you can find out more here.
VEIN.FM – “FEAR IN NON FICTION” (ft. GEOFF RICKLY)
Vein.fm shared Geoff Rickly’s collaboration (from Thursday) on their anticipated new album This world will ruin you. Read more about it – including what Geoff had to say about the collaboration – here.
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