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…
HILARY WOODS – “ORANGE TREE”
Hilary Woods has shared another track off her upcoming sophomore LP Birthmarks, and
like the previous single, “Orange Tree” is a dark, brooding, entrancing piece of music.
KNXWLEDGE – “LEARN” / “HWOTOKOPE”
Having recently released the new single “Do You,” LA beatmaker Knxwledge (Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, etc) has now announced a new album, 1988 (due March 27 via Stones Throw), and shared two more doses of mesmerizing psych/jazz/funk.
OTOBOKE BEAVER – “DIRTY OLD FART IS WAITING FOR MY REACTION”
Kyoto, Japan punks Otoboke Beaver are back with another new single where they vent their frustrations at the overconnectivity of social media. While its title is pretty self-explanatory, the band go on to say, “This song is about unrelenting person. Such a person that insist to talk to you many times in spite of saying NO. It is not about specific person, but various experiences I think many people has had, especially on the internet. The internet has been good to Otoboke Beaver, but it can be a strange and cruel place. It’s ok if you don’t like our music. But when we get comments about things with no relation to our music, we wonder… do you really have so much free time like this??> The video, directed by ONIONSKIN and appropriately shot in a smartphone-friendly aspect ratio, plays out the lyrics in funny fashion.
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE – “THE 101”
Ben Chasny will be back with Companion Rises, his first Six Organs of Admittance album in three years, next week and he’s just shared a final appetizer for it. An appealing folky indie rock travelogue, “The 101” tracks Chasny’s trek from Hartford to Detroit, San Francisco and and the 101 North. The video was shot in the woods of Northern California.
EERIE GATES (mem WILD PINK) – “WHAT’S EATING YOU”
Eerie Gaits (the solo project from John Ross of Wild Pink) is releasing his sophomore album Holopaw on April 10 via Will Miller’s new label sound as language, and first single “What’s Eating You” is a dose of lush, gorgeous, wordless indie rock that kinda sounds like instrumental Wild Pink.
COCOROSIE – “RESTLESS”
CocoRosie are releasing their first album in over four years, Put the Shine On, in March, and its most recent single is “Restless.” “‘Restless,’ the love song of our new album, tells the story of a woman who, ravaged by the dark side of love eventually becomes undone,” Sierra and Bianca Casady say. “Our own mother’s story of heartbrokenness is at its core, although over the course of its making our own tears fell into the batter. During the writing and recording of ‘Restless’ and the rest of our latest record, our mother heroically faced her own death. Just before her passing she said, ‘The armor around my heart is now threadbare and blown to the wind.’ As ‘Restless’ came to be, it too grew its own wings and found lightness of spirit. The uplifting piano and drums carrying the sombre as CocoRosie tunes often do, pairing bitter-sweet, sunshine and shadow. The production was fun to make. We weren’t alone though; during the final stages of laying it down, we ended up studio-mates with Bobby Sparks and his crew at the epic Sonic Ranch. We asked them to play on the song and they nailed it, playing it live in one take! ‘Restless’ had found its way.”
CROW KILLER – “BRING BACK THE BLOOD”
Salt Lake City’s Crow Killer (ex-Close Grip) dropped a new single on New Age Records and it’s a thick, in-your-face, metallic hardcore crusher.
NATION OF LANGUAGE – “RUSH & FEVER”
Brooklyn’s Nation of Language make classic-sounding synthpop hearkening back to early-’80s acts like OMD and Visage. (Singer Ian Devaney also plays in Fabrizio Moretti’s Strokes side project machinegum.) The band will release their debut album, Introduction, Presence, on April 3 and they’ve just shared a new single from it. OMD’s “Electricity” is actually namechecked by Devaney as an inspiration for “Rush & Fever,” which also sounds a little like Dan Boeckner’s Handsome Furs.
LEE RANALDO & RAÜL REFREE – “WORDS OUT OF THE HAZE”
Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo will release Names of North End Women, his collaborative album with Spanish musician and producer Raül Refree, next week (2/21) and he’s just shared another track from it. “Words Out of the Haze” makes eerie use of chimes and electronic percussion, and it’s video uses sequences from Oskar Fischinger’s 1938 abstract animation short, An Optical Poem.
GAYTHEIST – “THE DARK DEEP”
Portland metalpunks Gaytheist (whose name comes from singer Jason Rivera, a gay atheist) have shared a rager off their upcoming album How Long Have I Been On Fire?, and you can read more about it here.
DIRT WOMAN – “CREATOR”
Fans of the fuzzed-out, body-swaying stoner doom of Electric Wizard and Windhand may want to keep their ears peeled for the debut album by Ocean City, Maryland’s Dirt Woman. Read more about new single “Creator” here.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.