12 New Songs Out Today
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…
AN HORSE - "THIS IS A SONG"
Last year, An Horse returned from hiatus with their first song in seven years, "Get Out Somehow," and they told us that they'd be releasing a new album this year. Now the album is officially announced -- it's called Modern Air, it's due out May 3 via Lame-O, and it features "Get Out Somehow" along with the just-released "This Is A Song." Like "Get Out Somehow," "This Is A Song" is driving, catchy indie rock that proves An Horse sound just as sharp as they did pre-hiatus, maybe even sharper. Listen below and catch An Horse on tour with Camp Cope this year.
MITSKI - "LET'S GET MARRIED" (BLEACHERS COVER)
The third edition of Bleachers' Terrible Thrills features Julien Baker, Mitski, Ani DiFranco and Muna each covering songs off Bleachers' 2017 album Gone Now. Each cover comes out on its own 7" vinyl, accompanied by a Bleachers' rarity or demo, and the series recently began shipping, with the first offering being Mitski's smoothly chorale, soulful rework of "Let's Get Married." "Mitski’s version of let’s get married is how it sounded when i first wrote it," Jack Antonoff tweeted. "Drums and big production came later." The track isn't streaming, but you can download an MP3 here.
EX HEX - IT IS REAL (ALBUM STREAM)
Ex Hex, the glammy punk band featuring Mary Timony, Betsy Wright and Laura Harris, release their second album for Merge this Friday. Equal parts riffs, hooks and attitude, it's a lot of fun and you can stream the whole thing right now over at NPR and check out three tracks below.
THE SCIENTISTS - "HEY SYDNEY"
Australian punk and proto-grunge vets The Scientists will release new EP, 9H20.SiO2, in April and they've just shared new track "Hey Sydney," a sneery garage-punk ripper. They'll be on tour in the U.S. soon, too.
DISPARAGER - "PROMISE"
Disparager have shared another song off their upcoming Existential Dread (being self-released on May 3), following "Fall." While "Fall" had some pretty big hooks, new single "Promise" shows a more all-around aggressive side of Disparager, before transitioning into a more atmospheric, Hum-like song. They've also got some upcoming shows.
VAURA - "THE LIGHTLESS ONES"
Vaura — the Brooklyn collective featuring Josh Strawn (Azar Swan) on vocals, guitar and synthesizers, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) on guitar, Toby Driver (Kayo Dot) on bass, and Charlie Schmid (Tombs) on drums and electronics — have followed "The Ruins (Hymne)" with a second single off their upcoming album Sables, "The Lightless Ones." While the band's got a very metal pedigree, the new song is pure goth rock/post-punk, with Cure-ish atmospheres and melodies meeting early-U2-ish guitars. The new album drops 4/26 via Profound Lore.
RADIATOR HOSPITAL - "WEIRD LITTLE IDEA"
Philly-based Radiator Hospital were a full-blown studio band around the time of 2017's Radiator Hospital Play The Songs You Like, but their just-announced upcoming LP Music For Daydreaming has the project reverting back to its solo project roots, with main member Sam Cook-Parrott playing every instrument on the record. The first single is "Weird Little Idea," which comes with a video that makes this very clear, with performance footage of a bunch of Sam Cook-Parrotts performing the song in a church.
EMPATH - "HANGING OUT OF CARS"
Philly band Empath are gearing up to release their debut album, Active Listening: Night on Earth, on April 2 via Get Better Records. They've just shared "Hanging Out of Cars," which is a very catchy pop song, albeit buried under several thick layers of sludge, chaos and noise. It worked for the Jesus & Mary Chain, too.
THE DARLING FIRE - "FOR THE LOVELESS"
The Darling Fire is a new band fronted by Jolie Lindholm (who used to front The Rocking Horse Winner and sang on the first two Dashboard Confessional albums), which also features Jolie's former Rocking Horse Winner bandmate Jeronimo Gomez (also of Poison The Well and As Friends Rust), as well as former members of Further Seems Forever, Shai Hulud, and more. Their J Robbins (of Jawbox)-produced debut album Dark Celebration comes out June 14 via Spartan Records, and lead single "For The Loveless" is out now. If you like any of The Darling Fire's members' past bands -- or late '90s / early '00s emo in general -- you should check this out. Listen at Billboard.
AVEY TARE - "HORS_"
Animal Collective's Avey Tare is releasing his new album Cows On Hourglass Pond this Friday (3/22) via Domino and he has shared one more single from it, "HORS_," along with a video directed by his sister Abby Portner. Like the previous singles, "HORS_" sees Avey returning to the freak-folk sound of earlier Animal Collective, and it turns out he's still got more to say with this kind of sound.
KOFFEE - RAPTURE (EP STREAM)
While caught up in the midst of SXSW craziness last week, we missed that Jamaican singer Koffee followed her promising singles with her debut EP Rapture. It includes the singles "Raggamuffin," "Toast," and "Throne," as well as two previously unreleased songs: the title track and "Blazin" (ft. Jane Macgizmo). The new songs are just as appealing as the previously-released ones, and the whole thing makes for a great introduction to Koffee's modern, electronic/hip hop twist on reggae and dancehall.
MARIEE SIOUX - "SNOW KNOWS WHITE"
Psychedelic folk singer Mariee Sioux has announced her first album in seven years, Grief In Exile, and we wrote more about lead single "Snow Knows White" here.
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