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19 New Songs Out Today

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Perfume Genius and Empress Of (photo by Quinn Wilson)

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review five new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…

PERFUME GENIUS & EMPRESS OF – “WHEN I’M WITH HIM”

Empress Of has reworked her 2018 song “When I’m With Him” with guest lead vocals from Perfume Genius, and new production from Jim E-Stack (who also produced the original). It’s noticeably different from the original, and worth hearing for fans of all three artists involved.

MEMPHIS (TORQUIL OF STARS) – “YOU NEVER REALLY KNEW ME”

Memphis, aka the duo of Stars leader Torquil Campbell and longtime friend and former roommate Chris Dumont, are back with their first album in eight years. It’s titled Leave With Me and will be out next week (2/8), and they’ve shared the first single, the anthemic light rocker, “You Never Really Knew Me.” “This is a love song for my friend with whom i make this music, Chris Dumont,” says Torquil. “We’ve been pals and artistic partners for over 20 years now, and i have always thought Chris was one of the most gifted and elegant musicians i know. but we’ve had our moments. i’m always trying to drag him out into the world of the music industry and he’s always trying to run away. i won’t stop trying to make chris record songs with me. it’s a way of keeping track of time passing, and it’s an act of love. and i love my buddy- so much.”

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THEOPHILUS LONDON – “WHIPLASH” (FT TAME IMPALA)

Theophilus London and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker teamed up last year for single “Only You” and now they’re back with “Whiplash.” The song definitely feels like a merging of worlds, with a psychedelic and synthy backing for London’s flow.

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ANDREW BIRD – “SISYPHUS”

Andrew Bird announced a new album, My Finest Work Yet, due out March 22 via Loma Vista. It includes his single from late last year, “Bloodless,” as well as this new one, “Sisyphus,” which features plenty of Bird’s whistling.

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VERTICAL SCRATCHERS – “SONG OF EARTH”

Vertical Scratchers, aka the duo of John Schmersal (ex-Brainiac/Enon, live Caribou, and Crooks on Tape) and Christian Beaulieu (ex-Triclops!/Anywhere), are back with their first new music in five years. “Song of Earth” is power-pop that attacks at angles, and let’s hope there’s more where this came from.

JOZEF VAN WISSEM & JIM JARMUSCH – “TWO PATHS”

Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch’s new collaborative album,  An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil, is out next week and here’s another track showcasing the merging of “dark and light” that is the theme of the record. Jozef’s lute brings the light, while Jarmusch’s waves of mellow noise lower the shades. For those in NYC, they’ll be celebrating the new album at Issue Project Room on February 6 which is a special benefit for the space.

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STELLA DONNELLY – “LUNCH”

Australia’s Stella Donnelly is releasing her debut full-length album, Beware of the Dogs, on March 8 via Secretly Canadian. Following fierce first single “Old Man” is the gentler “Lunch,” which Stella calls “my favourite song on the record.” “I wrote this about the feeling of displacement I get when I go on tour and come back and nothing feels the same,” she says. “There’s a disconnect there.”

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PARTNER – “LONG & MCQUADE”

Canadian duo Partner have announced their new album, Saturday the 14th, which will be out April 5. (If you were wondering, the next Saturday the 14th in 2019 isn’t till September.) The first single an ode to Canadian music store chain Long & McQuade. “We wanted to make a song for the musicians, and what experience is more relatable to a Canadian musician than going to Long and McQuade?” the band note. “The song just came out one day while we were talking about Long and McQuade and we liked singing it like Pearl Jam, so it stuck.”

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WHITE DENIM – “SHANALALA” & “NY MONEY”

Austin rockers White Denim are releasing their new album Side Effects on March 29 via City Slang and they just shared two songs from it, “Shanalala” and “NY Money.” The former is a driving rocker while the latter is a little more psychedelic. Check them out, along with a visualizer that puts the album artwork in motion.

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SHLOHMO – “THE END”

LA producer Shlohmo is releasing his new album The End on March 22 via Friends of Friends/WeDidIt, and he’s now streaming the title track, which pairs glistening keys and nicely strummed guitar with a glitchy atmosphere.

BEN HAYES – “READY YET” (ft. NUBYA GARCIA)

UK producer/composer Ben Hayes just signed to R&S and his debut single for the label is “Ready Yet,” which features the great UK jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia. The song is a gorgeous blend of IDM and jazz, and making us interested in hearing what else Ben Hayes has in store (more music is coming soon).

WICCA PHASE SPRINGS ETERNAL – “REST”

Wicca Phase has shared “Rest” off his upcoming album Suffer On (due February 15 via Run For Cover). With a somber guitar arpeggio and a trap beat, it finds the middle ground between his days in Tigers Jaw and the more rap-inspired stuff he’s always done with Wicca Phase.

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NUDIE MAG – 2019 DEMO

Nudie Mag is a new-ish band from Twitching Tongues vocalist/God’s Hate guitarist Colin Young, but they’re nothing like either of those two bands. They just put out a three-song demo on Triple B, and it’s firmly rooted in sugary ’90s alternative rock (the last song kinda sounds like a mashup of The Rentals’ “Friends of P” and Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” and “Photograph,” while the other two are a bit less reminiscent of specific other songs).

BIG BUSINESS – “LET THEM GRIND”

Sludge staples Big Business are releasing new album The Beast You Are on April 12 via Joyful Noise, and they’ve unleashed the lead single, “Let Them Grind.” It’s heavy as a bag of bricks but super catchy too, kinda like a mix of early Baroness and Torche.

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KAYTRANADA – “WELL I BET YA”

We recently posted the Quelle Chris song from Gangster Doodles’ upcoming Gangster Music Vol. 1 compilation (due 2/15), and now Kaytranada’s “Well I Bet Ya” from the same comp is here. It’s a nice dose of head-nodding, psychedelic beatwork that ends way too soon.

MAMMOTH GRINDER – “LUNAR MASS”

Mammoth Grinder (who share members with Power Trip, Iron Reagan, and Darkest Hour) have shared the absolutely vicious new single “Lunar Mass” for the Decibel Flexi Series. It’s a brutal blend of thrash, death metal, and hardcore, and if that sounds up your alley, don’t sleep on this one.

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INTERPOL – “FINE MESS”

To compliment the announcement of new tour dates, well-dressed indie rockers Interpol have shared this new, very Interpol-esque single. Learn more here.

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CRAIG FINN – “BLANKETS”

Craig Finn announced details of his new solo album I Need A New War and shared lead single “Blankets,” which we wrote more about here.

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Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.

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