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25 New Songs Out Today

Caroline Polachek
Caroline Polachek (photo by Nedda Afsari)

So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of 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…

CAROLINE POLACHEK – “PARACHUTE” & “OCEAN OF TEARS”

Former Chairlift leader Caroline Polachek will release her first album under her own name, titled Pang, this fall. (The previously released “Door” will be included.) On it she worked with PC Music’s Danny L. Harle and she’s shared two songs off the album you can listen to now. “It was an incredible moment, realizing that this melody we’d written was unintentionally re-telling a dream I’d been shaken by,” says Caroline of the ethereal “Parachute,” adding “I went home, re-drafted the words to fit, and came back to the studio at 1am to record the vocal the same day. And that’s the take we kept. From that moment on, Dan and I knew we had a lot more work to do together.” “Pang,” coincidentally, is also the name of the new solo album from Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys.

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BIG SEAN – “OVERTIME”

Big Sean is back with his first new single since 2017’s I Decided, “Overtime.” Sean can be hit or miss, but he’s in fine form on this song which sees him spitting deft bars over a chilled-out beat.

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DJ SHADOW – “ROCKET FUEL” (ft. DE LA SOUL)

DJ Shadow’s new song “Rocket Fuel” with De La Soul is the turntablist great’s first new song in two years, and it’s out today via the Madden NFL 20 soundtrack. Though he’s known for mood pieces, “Rocket Fuel” is about as upbeat as it gets, which should work well in a Madden game. “‘Rocket Fuel’ and the collab encapsulates so much of what I love about hip-hop…energy, beats, and fun,” says Shadow. The song is also set to appear on DJ Shadow’s upcoming album, which is due this year.

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RICO NASTY – “TIME FLIES”

Rico Nasty follows this year’s Anger Management with the new single “Time Flies,” out today via the Madden NFL 20 soundtrack. While the last album saw her mostly exploring her aggressive, punky rap side, “Time Flies” sees her making bright, auto-tuned pop. She’s great at this kind of thing too.

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DENZEL CURRY – “SHAWSHANK”

Denzel Curry’s new song “Shawshank” for the Madden NFL 20 soundtrack is an especially great one. It might have been written with the video game in mind, but it would work perfectly on either of his two recent albums, TA13OO and ZUU.

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WHITE WARD – “LOVE EXCHANGE FAILURE”

Ukranian band White Ward successfully mixed black metal and jazz on their very good 2017 album Futility Report and they’re back at it again with upcoming album Love Exchange Failure, which comes out September 20 via Debemur Morti Productions. The 12-minute title track is out, and it starts out very jazzy before turning into a black metal attack and eventually bringing in some truly epic guitar soloing. It’s good stuff.

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WHY? – “V. I WANT TO LIVE WITH CONVICTION, IN SILENCE AND DICTION.”

WHY? have shared the fifth “movement” from their upcoming album AOKOHIO, and like the previous movements, this one sees them exploring more of an art rock side than their last few albums, but not at the sacrifice of their pop smarts. It’s a strange, appealing piece of music with a video that follows suit.

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BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT – “MY HEART DREAMS”

Black Belt Eagle Scout has shared another song off her upcoming album At the Party With My Brown Friends, which is due August 30 via Saddle Creek. It’s a dose of hazy indie rock and it comes with a video co-directed by Angel Two Bulls and main Black Belt Eagle Scout member Katherine Paul, who says, “The idea behind this video was to do something fun while showing the resilience of the Indigenous people, particularly women and girls, which is why I chose to have the Black Belt Eagle Scout band be portrayed by young Indigenous girls. In an age where Missing and Murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) are finally getting the attention they deserve, it’s important to make their strength visible. The justice around MMIW is something we should all be paying closer attention to and I hope my platform serves to heighten awareness. The girls and extras in the video are members of the Portland Two Spirit Society, a special group of LGBTQ Indigenous and Native American/Alaska Natives and the Portland All Nations Canoe Family.”

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G&D (GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW & DUDLEY PERKINS) – “P.A.L.”

Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins have shared another song off their upcoming album as G&D, Black Love & War. The song title stands for “Post Apocalyptic Love,” and Dudley Perkins says this of the soulful song: “We have to be stronger as a unit. The male and female. The king and queen actually gotta come together during this war. Black love is essential in these post-apocalyptic times.”

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THE REPLACEMENTS – “TALENT SHOW” (MATT WALLACE MIX)

The Replacements‘ upcoming Dead Man’s Pop box set takes a new look at their 1989 album Don’t Tell A Soul. The original release was decidedly slick and ’80s-radio-friendly, and here producer Matt Wallace offers up a new mix on the “Redux” version of the album — which makes up the first disc of the box set — that strips away much of the ’80s sheen and restores “original drums tracks, vocal takes and tempos that were altered in post-production.” The difference is immediately noticeable on the Matt Wallace mix of opening song “Talent Show,” which now feels much more alive, rougher around the edges and, well, more like a Replacements song.

MIKEY ERG – “WHY WAS I PROGRAMMED TO FEEL PAIN?”

Mikey Erg has shared a third single from his upcoming solo album Waxbuilt Castles just a few days ahead of its release. It’s another dose of breezy, enjoyable power pop with some real nice harmonies in the chorus.

METRONOMY – “WALKING IN THE DARK”

”This piece is perhaps my favourite from the new album and serves as a taster of what I consider to be the BEST EVER Metronomy album. Glory be!” – Metronomy’s Joe Mount on this new single.

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CARLA DAL FORNO – ‘TOOK A LONG TIME’

UK electronic artist Carla Dal Forno is back with her second album, Look Up Sharp, which will be out October 4 via Kallista Records. She says dark, moody first single “Took a Long Time” is “about meeting someone you like and not being able to tell yet if they like you too,” the artist says. “You wonder if you’re reading the signs or just misinterpreting what’s going on. At that moment you feel super excited and really anxious. It might seem trivial, but It’s also as if this is the most important moment of your life.”

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GAVIN RAYNA RUSSOM – “HEAVEN’S HIGHWAY”

Gavin Rayna Russom, who you may know from LCD Soundsystem, has a new collaborative single with Chicago rapper KC Ortiz released today via Adult Swim. Gritty and bass-heavy, it’s described as “a reflection of the relationship Ortiz and Russom both have to religion as LGBTQ artists – a shared creative space between their music and communication of spiritual ideas.” It’s also a banger.

IGUANA DEATH CULT – “BRIGHT LIGHTS”

Dutch garage rock combo Iguana Death Cult will release new album, Nude Casino, in October via Innovative Leisure. First single is rowdy “Bright LIghts” which the band say “is mostly about old habits and new perspectives. I felt like I was stuck in a bad routine for a long time and I kind of got tired of the way I was living. Tired of being down all the time. Tired of being tired all the time. Things that seemed exciting and romantic in the past got boring and I felt the urge to find a way to not escape, but embrace life.”

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WARMDUSCHER – “MIDNIGHT DIPPER”

Warmduscher, the gleefully sleazy UK band led by Clams Baker (Paranoid London) that also includes Saul Adamczewski and Jack Everett (both of Insecure Men/Fat White Family), Ben Romans-Hopcraft(Childhood), and Quinn Whalley (also of Paranoid London), is back with their second album, titled Tainted Lunch, that’ll be out November 1. The album features guest appearances from Iggy Pop and Kool Keith (please be on the same track!), and was produced by Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Hot Chip, black midi). First single is a bit of garage rock disco called “Midnight Dipper.”

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ARCH OF LOVE – “SAY”

Philadelphia duo Arch of Love, aka Chelsea Brennan and Chris Schackerman (touring member of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart), make synthy, cloudy day dreampop with a strong ’80s influence. “Say” is anthemic and danceable, with just a hint of New Order and The Cure.

TWEN – BAPTISM

Nashville duo Twen will release their debut album, Awestruck, in September via Frenchkiss and here’s another early taste. “This is a mantra we’ve been playing for three years now,” Jane Fitzsimmons tells Billboard. “Like a ritual cleansing, washing away the internal monologues and narratives that build up with time.”

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NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE DEAD THINK – “CINDER”

No One Knows What The Dead Think, the new band featuring 2/3 of the much-loved Discordance Axis, are streaming another song from their anticipated self-titled debut album. Read more about the new track at Invisible Oranges.

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CALEB GILES – UNDER THE SHADE (ALBUM STREAM)

Experimental NYC rapper Caleb Giles (who also plays sax in Standing on the Corner) is back with a new solo album, Under The Shade, which features Pink Siifu, duendita, and Cleo Reed. If you dig the avant, collage-like rap of MIKE and Earl Sweatshirt, you’ll probably dig this too.

DIIV – “SKIN GAME”

Judging by first single “Skin Game,” DIIV’s new album, Deceiver, is going in a much different direction than the distinctive, propulsive sound of their first two albums. It’s still shoegazy, but more melodic and crunchier.

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COMMON HOLLY – “CENTRAL BOOKING”

Montreal’s Common Holly announced her first album for Barsuk, and shared the experimental art pop of “Central Booking,” which you can read more about here.

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SPANGLISH FLY – “NEW YORK RULES” FT. JOE BATAAN

NYC’s latin Boogaloo group Spanglish Fly have a new 7″ single, “New York Rules,” which features lead vocals from latin soul legend Joe Bataan. Like his famous song “Subway Joe,” here he’s talking about riding the B Train — and getting stuck between stations — with “Bario ladies, the punks from Bay Ridge / the Bushwick babies and the Showtime Kids.” The track gets added oomph via a remix by longtime Public Enemy associate Johnny Juice.

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STREET SECTS – “SUICIDE BY COP” (MIKE MARE OF DALEK REMIX)

Mike Mare of dälek put a psychedelic spin on industrial duo Street Sects’ “Suicide By Cop,” which you can read more about here.

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