13 New Songs Released Today
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…
BEN WATT - "SUNLIGHT FOLLOWS THE NIGHT"
Everything But the Girl's Ben Watt will release new solo album Storm Damage on January 31 via Unmade Road. "I needed a fresh approach," says Watt. "The album came out of an intense period of personal anguish and political anger. Sometimes repeating yourself musically feels disrespectful to the sharpness of your feelings. You have to search for a new way to capture the energy." That new way was "a future-retro trio" of upright piano, double bass and hybrid acoustic-electronic drums. There's a little guitar on the album, too, courtesy Low's Alan Sparhawk. "You won't win if you box yourself in," he sings on the album's lovely first single.
CURSIVE - "MARIGOLDS"
Cursive have shared a third new single of 2019, a string-laden, delicate beauty called "Marigolds." No word on whether this and their two previous singles is from a proper follow-up to last year's Vitriola or not, but keep 'em coming.
JOSIENNE CLARKE - "IF I DIDN'T MIND"
Scotland songwriter and singer Josienne Clarke has announced her first solo album, In All Weather, due out on November 8 via Rough Trade Records. On moving to the Isle of Bute for a year to 2018 to write it, she says, "I exiled myself, moved to an island, metaphorically and literally; broke up with everything but songwriting, to re-make myself and learn to let it all go in peace." First single "If I Didn't Mind" is an immediate standout with Josienne's arresting voice clear as a bell, delivering lines full of understated melancholy.
SAM AMIDON - "SPIKE DRIVER BLUES"
Sam Amidon will release a new EP, titled Fatal Flower Garden, on November 15 via Nonesuch. It’s his tribute to Harry Smith and the Anthology of American Folk Music. He and Shahzad Ismaily worked together on this and first single is Mississippi John Hurt’s ode to John Henry, “Spike Driver Blues.”
XYLOURIS WHITE - "BLACK SEA"
Giorgos Xylouris and Dirty Three drummer Jim White worked with former Fugazi member Guy Picciotto on their new album, The Sisypheans, which is out November 8 via Drag City. Get a taste with four minute epic "Black Sea.
GONG GONG GONG - "RIDE YOUR HORSE"
Beijing duo Gong Gong Gong release their new album Phantom Rhythm 幽靈節奏 next week via Wharf Cat and have shared the video for minimalist art-blues number "Ride Your Horse" which was directed by Liu Yi and the band's Joshua Frank who is a documentary filmmaker. "I’ve been wanting to make a video that paired kung fu movements with our music, emphasizing the dance-like qualities of both," says Frank. "The shiny metal sword and wooden staff mirror the materials of our guitars, and I think the martial arts and music balance a sense of being brutal and graceful at the same time."
ARIEL VIEW - "SUMMERTIME"
Fall may have just started but its still "Summertime" on this new single from
Southern California indie rock band Ariel View whose debut album Until My Lungs Are Cleared is out October 18 via Epitaph. The sunny single recalls pop like Camera Obscura and tour mates The Beths.
GREET DEATH - "DO YOU FEEL NOTHING?"
Michigan punkgazers Greet Death are releasing their sophomore LP New Hell on November 8 via Deathwish, and the first taste is the catchy "Do You Feel Nothing?". They've also got an upcoming tour, including NYC and Asbury Park shows. All dates here.
STREET SECTS - "TOMORROW IS A TRAP"
Following Gentrification III: Death and Displacement from earlier this year, Austin industrial punk duo Street Sects are releasing the fourth installment of their Gentrification EP series, Gentrification IV: Suspended From Gallery Rails, on November 22 via The Flenser. The first taste is "Tomorrow Is A Trap," which almost channels post-hardcore in the Glassjaw/At the Drive In realm, but still with the duo's usual noise/industrial side intact.
A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN - "THE HAUNTED VICTORIAN PENCIL" / "THE RHYTHM OF A DIVIDING PAIR"
Ambient greats A Winged Victory for the Sullen are releasing new album The Undivided Five on November 1 via Ninja Tune, and they've shared a gorgeous double a-side single from the album ahead of the LP's release.
GATECREEPER - "FROM THE ASHES"
Gatecreeper's anticipated new album Deserted is on the way, and they're keeping the anticipation high with this skull-crushing new single, and its video which finds the band performing in the mountains.
ZETA - "VENEZZIOLA"
Experimental post-hardcore band Zeta are releasing their new album Mochima on November 3, and they've shared new single "Venezziola," which is one of their most genre-defying tunes yet. It comes with a very cool video and a tour announcement too.
THE DEER - "CONFETTI TO THE HURRICANE"
Austin's The Deer have shared another single off their upcoming album Do No Harm, and it's another enjoyable dose of lightly psychedelic indie folk.
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