14 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…
QUITS - "WORM BURDEN"
Denver's Quits (whose new bassist Neil Keener is also in Planes Mistaken For Stars and Wovenhand) are giving their self-titled debut a limited cassette release this Friday (12/14) via Sleeping Giant Glossolalia Records, and they've got a new video for "Worm Burden" ahead of the release. It's a crushing, attitude-filled blend of noise rock and post-hardcore in the AmRep/Touch & Go tradition, and fans of that stuff should give this a spin as well.
APHEX TWIN - "MANGLE 11" & "AVRIL 14TH" (2 VERSIONS)
Richard D. James has three new Aphex Twin tracks up, all of which are reworked versions of previous songs and are now amended to the Drukqs album. The breakbeat-mad "Mangle 11" is a new take on AFX track “Mangle 11 (Circuit Bent V.I.P. Mix)," while there are two different versions of ambient piece "Avril 14th." You can listen to those over at Warp's Aphex Twin store.
ELTON JOHN - "YOUNG DUMB & BROKE" (KHALID COVER)
The legendary Elton John is in the midst of his lengthy farewell tour and he took some time to record a Spotify Singles session. He did his classic "Bennie & The Jets," as well as a cover of pop-R&B singer Khalid's 2017 single "Young Dumb & Broke." It's one of the more unexpected Spotify Singles covers we've heard, but Sir Elton makes it work.
EERIE WANDA - "SLEEPY EYES"
Led by Marina Tadic, Dutch group Eerie Wanda are gearing up to release their second album, Pet Town, which will be out January 25 via Joyful Noise. The band members recorded their respective parts alone at their own homes. "I’ve written the songs in a period of my life in which I was feeling quite alone," says Tadic. "I wanted the recording process to feel like that too." That may be the case but the winsome and warm new single "Sleepy Eyes" is very welcoming.
JIM JAMES & RESISTANCE REVIVAL CHORUS - "WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE" (COVER)
My Morning Jacket's Jim James joined forces with the Resistance Revival Chorus for a Spotify Singles session. He did his own 2018 song "Over and Over" as well as a cover of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned, Jackie DeShannon-popularized pop classic "What The World Needs Now Is Love" (which Cat Power also covered earlier this month). Jim's take is great, and the Resistance Revival Chorus' harmonies really take it to the next level.
MISERY INDEX - "NEW SALEM"
Baltimore deathgrinders Misery Index are returning with their new Erik Rutan-produced album Rituals of Power on March 8 via Season of Mist, and they've shared lead single "New Salem," which is the kind of punishing shredder that makes you wanna put your fist through a wall. It rips.
YANN TIERSEN - "KOAD" (WITH ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF)
Yann Tiersen is releasing a new album, All, on February 15, 2019, and he's shared a new song from it, "Koad." The atmospheric, soaring track features vocals from Anna von Hausswolff and incorporates field recordings taken from a redwood forest in Devon, England, adding texture without making it sound pastoral.
MIKE - "PRAYERS" (ft. MEDHANE)
New York underground/experimental rapper MIKE has had a prolific 2018 and he's not done yet. His new project War in My Pen will be out the Friday before Christmas (12/21), and new single "Prayers" is out now. The song features Medhane and sees MIKE dropping unconventional bars over a psychedelic, soulful beat by DJ Blackpower (who Pitchfork says is actually MIKE himself). If you like the new Earl Sweatshirt album, you should check this out too.
JAYE BARTELL - "LET ME COUNT THE WAYS" (YOKO ONO COVER)
Jay Bartell will release a new EP titled 8 Covers on January 9. As the title suggests, it has Jaye taking on eight songs by other artists, including Carly Simon, Broadcast, Jean Ritchie and more. He's shared his cover of Yoko Ono's "Let Me Count the Ways" and the video takes the title to heart. "This video is a scavenger hunt for numbers-related images," Jay says. "The only preplanned site was the double-ended countdown clock in Union Square because it's so overtly tallying, and in all directions, but the rest were found along the way. Yoko Ono's beautiful song describes such a sweet, natural love and affection for the world and the personal details of experiencing it. I wanted to work out the numbers concept with the same ease and wonderment."
WOMAN'S HOUR - "DON'T SPEAK"
UK dream pop band Woman's Hour are breaking up, but before they do, they're releasing a their sophomore album, Ephyra, on February 15, 2019, via Practise Music. Full of chilly synths, first single "Don't Speak" is about the inter-band conflicts that led to the breakup.
BROOKE CANDY & OJIVOLTA - "OOMPH"
Brooke Candy worked with DJ duo ojivolta for this dancefloor-ready track, which is accompanied by a video that she directed and starred in. It follows "My Sex," her recent single that featured Pussy Riot, Mykki Blanco and MNDR.
CLAIRE GEORGE - "WHERE DO YOU GO?" (YUMI ZOUMA REMIX)
San Francisco's Claire George released her solo debut, Bodies of Water, earlier this year on Cascine, and now she's handed over one of the EP's tracks to labelmates Yumi Zouma to remix. "With most of our remixes, we try not to listen to the original parts together until we’ve finished our remix," says YZ. "We go through each part individually to see what piques our interest first, cut out little bits, and then write a new track around that. For the ‘Where Do You Go?’ remix, we were most intrigued by the back up vocals, which go past fairly quietly on the original, but in isolation, seemed a few edits away from a 90’s house sample...I hope Claire was happy to hear all her parts recontextualised in the Yumi format and not offended that we took a scalpel to so much of her work!"
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