14 New Songs Out 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…
GORILLAZ - "DÉSOLÉ" (FATOUMATA DIAWARA)
The second edition of Gorillaz's "Song Machine" series is the breezy "Désolé" (French for "Sorry") featuring Malian star Fatoumata Diawara. Says Gorillaz's drummer Russel, "“Making Désolé with Fatou was a real moment for me, you know. She’s an African Queen. This lady made the song what it is, beautiful, like life. What can I say about Désolé? They say sorry is the hardest word, but that’s not true… Try saying antidisestablishmentarianism with a mouth full of gluten free cronuts on a speed boat without licking your lips.” The song is sung in three language -- English, French and Bambara -- and the video features the Gorillaz crew along with Diawara and string-puller Damon Albarn off the shores of Italy's Lake Como.
ROTTING OUT - "UNFORGIVEN"
Reunited San Pedro punks Rotting Out will release their first album in seven years, Ronin, on April 10 via Pure Noise, and it features their 2019 single "Reaper" as well as the just-released "Unforgiven." Frontman Walter Delgado calls the new song "everything imprinted on me as a child from an abusive parent," and it's an adrenaline rush of a song, with a fresh-sounding take on classic '80s-style hardcore and a ripping guitar solo to boot. Also, catch Rotting Out on tour with The Acacia Strain, Creeping Death, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth, starting this Friday (2/28).
DISQ - "GENTLE"
Madison, WI's Disq will release their debut album Collector and they've shared one more single, the '90s indie rock vibing "Gentle" which frontman Logan Severson says was inspired by a health scare last year. "Instead of facing my problems and insecurities I chose to ignore them, coping through unhealthy habits," Severson says. "I was creating a vicious cycle of numbing myself to the root of my distress, only to then be confused as to why I felt so bad. Through this experience, I realized the true gravity of the intersection between my mental, emotional, and physical well being. This song is about discovering that connection, and trying to uncover how I fell into these tendencies that cause me harm."
JOE & THE SHITBOYS - "LIFE IS GREAT YOU SUCK"
Hailing from the Faroe Islands off the coast of Denmark, bisexual vegan punk band Joe & The Shitboys are gearing up to wide release their 2019 debut album, The Reson For Hardcore Vibes, and have just shared this new single which gets across the band's in-your-face vibe.
DISCLOSURE - "ETRAN"
It's the fourth single in as many days for Disclosure, and once again they've shared a track that's based around a sample. This time, they delve into afro-beats with source material from Niger-based Etran Finatawa.
MISERABLE - "DAMNED TO LOVE YOU"
Miserable, one of the many projects of Kristina Esfandiari (also of King Woman, NGHTCRWLR, and more), has shared a new single that finds her adding a little mainstream '80s rock into her gothy sound.
PALEHOUND - "SEE A LIGHT"
Palehound begin a winter tour with Adult Mom tonight (2/27) in Richmond, and they've shared a new single, "See A Light," for the occasion. "'See A Light’ is about how love ages and the ways in which you have to keep up with yourself to make it work," vocalist and songwriter Ellen Kemper says. "I recorded and mixed this song myself which was a really cool and empowering experience, I’m always trying to learn more."
LAUREL HALO - "HYPHAE"
Laurel Halo is releasing a score to Metahaven and Rob Schröder's 2018 essay film Possessed, and it includes this meditative new track.
LOVELORN - "AROUND YOU"
Lovelorn, the current project of former Creepoid members (and married couple) Anna and Patrick Troxell, have signed to 6131 and their first single for the label is this Don Devore-produced dose of gothy synthpop. Lovelorn are also opening the Soft Kill / Tamaryn tour.
AZUSA - "DETACH" (ft. TESTAMENT'S ALEX SKOLNICK)
Azusa (mem Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol, Sea + Air) have shared another track off their upcoming album Loop of Yesterdays, and it's another song that seamlessly blends metalcore and dream pop, and this one features a shredding guitar solo by Alex Skolnick of thrash legends Testament.
ON SIGHT - "EXPIRED"
NJ's On Sight are releasing the Cause of Pain EP on April 24 via Unbeaten Records, and the first taste is this burly, pit-opening slice of metallic hardcore.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - "DAMSEL IN DISTRESS"
Rufus Wainwright announced his new album and shared this new single, which he says "is an homage to Joni Mitchell in some ways." Read more here.
STEPHEN MALKMUS - "SHADOWBANNED"
Stephen Malkmus has shared “Shadowbanned” from his upcoming album Traditional Techniques. It’s a psych-folk jam about the the dark corners of the internet and tech industry and the video features Kim Gordon, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Conor Oberst and more lip-synching the song while using the "Being Stephen Malkmus" Instagram filter (that you can try too).
THE NATIONAL - "NEVER TEAR US APART" (INXS COVER)
The National have covered INXS’ 1987 hit “Never Tear Us Apart” for a new benefit compilation Songs For Australia which is raising money for Australian brushfire relief. Their version doesn’t go for the strings but still brings that romantic drama to the table, and Matt Berninger’s pipes are meant for a song like this.
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