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22 New Songs Out Today

Mikal Cronin

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…

MIKAL CRONIN – “UNDERTOW”

Mikal Cronin is back with a new 7″ single that will be out via Famous Class on May 10. “This is my first new music in a while,” Mikal admits. (Four years, give or take. “My gulp of air. Many talented friends joined me, the basic tracks were recorded live together for the first time in my recording career.” Those talented friends include William Tyler, Shannon Lay, Heidi Alexander (The Sandwiches / Fresh & Onlys) and more. This is a little rawer than we’ve heard Mikal go in a while, too, and the grit is welcome.

TACOCAT – “HOLOGRAM”

Seattle’s Tacocat have shared a new song from their upcoming This Mess Is a Place which is out May 3. Set to a “Baba O’Riley”-esque riff, “Hologram” takes aim at those wielding too much authority: “Just remember if you can, power is a hologram.” All set to a catchy, poppy tune, of course.

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BIBIO – “OLD GRAFFITI”

Bibio recently released the song “Curls,” a gorgeous dose of folky baroque pop, and now he has shared the very different “Old Graffiti,” which sees him channeling ’70s funk by way of 2010s chillwave. Both songs will be on his new album Ribbons, due April 12 via Warp.

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ELUVIUM – “RECITAL”

Eluvium (aka Matthew Cooper) is releasing his new album Pianoworks on May 31 via Temporary Residence Ltd. It’s “Eluvium’s first solo piano album since his sophomore album, An Accidental Memory In The Case Of Death (2004). Inspired by the quiet thoughts and solitary observations of children – and the evolution/dissolution of that ephemeral, uncorrupted wonder of simple joy – Pianoworks begins with a song about children’s piano lessons, and culminates with an etude driven by the struggle to hold onto innocence and imagination as adulthood settles in.” You can hear the new single “Recital” now.

THICK – THICK (EP STREAM)

Brooklyn’s THICK have ben staples of the local DIY scene for a bit and they just signed to Epitaph and released a three-song EP along with a video for the song “Green Eyes.” If you’re unfamiliar, they make scrappy, lo-fi, twee-ish pop punk, and they say “There’s always a hint of hopefulness in our music—like, whatever happens, we’ll push through it and it’s all gonna be okay.” If you’re in Brooklyn, you can catch THICK at The Glove tonight.

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NAV – “AMAZING” (ft. FUTURE)

NAV recently released his new album Bad Habits, and now he has already put out a deluxe edition featuring this new song with Future. It’s a nice dose of trap&B with both NAV and Future in auto-tuned sing-rapping mode.

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WILLIAM BRITTELLE – “FORBIDDEN COLORS”

Wye Oak, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Metropolis Ensemble join together to perform a song-cycle written by composer William Brittelle, and a Wye Oak piece reimagined by Brittelle, on Spiritual America, due out May 3 via Nonesuch. The first single from the project, “Forbidden Colors,” places Jenn Wasner’s vocals over a multilayered chamber orchestra piece.

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GANG OF FOUR – “CHANGE THE LOCKS”

Gang of Four’s new album, Happy Now, is out this week and even though guitarist Andy Gill is the only founding member left in the band, their mix of punk and funk and politics is instantly recognizable. There are elements of electronica, too, as can be heard on new single “Change the Locks.”

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LEILA MOSS (DUKE SPIRIT) – “HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN” (EURYTHMICS COVER)

Duke Spirit singer Leila Moss is releasing a new EP, A Little Bit of Rain, via Bella Union this Friday. It’s all covers — songs by Eurythmics, Ann Peebles, Scott Walker (RIP) and The Cure and you can probably guess the theme that ties them all together. Here’s her lush take on the Eurythmics’ 1983 hit.

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TWEN – “WASTE”

Nashville by-way-of Boston group TWEN were supposed to play one of our SXSW day parties this year but had to drop out at the last minute. Finally we get to hear them with this their catchy debut single.

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LOWLY – “STEPHEN”

Danish band Lowly will release their new album Hifalutin on April 12 and here’s another track from it, the gorgeous “Stephen” that intertwines organic instrumentation and skittering electronics flawlessly.

EAST OF THE WALL – NP-COMPLETE (ALBUM STREAM)

NJ prog metallers East of the Wall are releasing their new album NP-Complete this Friday via Translation Loss, and you can now stream the whole thing a few days early (via MetalSucks).

JAMBINAI – “SAWTOOTH”

South Korean post-rock band Jambinai just announced their new album ONDA, which will be out June 7 via Bella Union. “Onda means ‘come’ in Korean,” says the band’s Lee Il-woo. “The title track has the lyric, ‘At the end of your darkness, pain will turn into the shining stars and it’s going to come to you.’ I want to cheer people up when they hear that track. ‘Onda’ also means ‘wave’ in Spanish, and I also want to say the third big wave of Jambinai is coming!” They’re also coming to the United States for Coachella and other shows.

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LOGIC – “I’M PROBABLY GONNA ROCK YOUR WORLD” & “VACATION FROM MYSELF” (PROD. MAC DEMARCO)

Rapper Logic released his novel Supermarket, and comes with an accompanying soundtrack including these two songs produced by Mac DeMarco. They aren’t rap at all, and instead kinda sound like a modern-day lo-fi indie take on ’70s disco.

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PHIL COOK – AS FAR AS I CAN SEE (COMPILATION STREAM)

Phil Cook (of Megafaun and more) returns with As Far As I Can See: Instrumental Recordings 2009-2019, a compilation that “combines Cook’s favorite moments from out of print releases, as well as four unreleased recordings, into a brilliant companion to his more widely released output.” Two of the songs were made with help from both members of Sylvan Esso. Listen below and see the full credits here.

CONTROL TOP – “COVERT CONTRACTS”

Control Top’s anticipated new album Covert Contracts comes out next week and the band have now shared the killer title track, which we wrote about here.

BIG EYES – “HOURGLASS”

Big Eyes’ mix of punk energy, classic rock riffs, and big hooks are in fine form on new single “Hourglass,” which we wrote more about here.

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TRADE WIND – “I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE GONE”

Trade Wind share members with hardcore bands Stick To Your Guns and Stray From The Path, but they’ve got a much softer, more atmospheric sound than those bands, as you can hear on their new song “I Can’t Believe You’re Gone” which we wrote more about here.

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CRYING HIGH – “HOLD YR TERROR CLOSE”

Canadian dreampop artist Crying High will release his debut album via Arbutus — check out the first single and read more about it here.

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THE FLESHTONES – “LAYIN’ PIPE”

NYC garage rock greats The Fleshtones have a new 7″ coming out where they cover Canadian rocker David Wilcox’s 1987 single “Layin’ Pipe.” They strip out some of the ’80s cheese…but those lyrics remain. Embrace the subtleties of its metaphor!

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BLACK MIDI – “CROWS PERCH”

Fresh off a wave of SXSW buzz, UK band Black Midi release this new single. Read more here.

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