15 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…
LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS - "DON'T GIVE UP"
Storied soul great Lee Fields follows this year's great It Rains Love with new single "Don't Give Up," and it's another instant-classic vintage-soul song that you'll feel like you've known your whole life on first listen.
SORRY - "ROCK N' ROLL STAR"
UK group Sorry release appealing new single "Right Round the Clock" this week via Domino, and they've just shared its b-side, a skronky, jazzy tale of fame and fortune. Their debut album is due out in the spring.
THE INNOCENCE MISSION - "THIS BOAT"
Long-running PA dream-pop act The Innocence Mission are releasing a new album, See You Tomorrow, in January via Bella Union. Latest single "This Boat" is a melancholy slice of earnest indie pop.
WRANGLER (MEM CABARET VOLTAIRE, TUUNG) - "ANTHROPOCENE"
Wrangler, the group of Ben ‘Benge’ Edwards (The Maths), Stephen ‘Mal’ Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Phil Winter (Tuung), will release their third album, A Situation, on February 28 via Bella Union and have just shared the first single. “We have left our mark on the world on which we walk. This is a soundtrack for the urban age," say the group of this minimal synth track. "Sounds to lift us above the detritus which envelops and strangles us.”
STILL CORNERS - "BLACK LAGOON" & "THE CALVARY CROSS" (RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON COVER)
UK duo Still Corners, who are based out of Upstate NY these days, went back to London recently for a session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios where they recorded a new version of their song "Black Lagoon" and a cover of Richard & Linda Thompson's "The Calvary Cross." Say the band, "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson is a beautiful British Folk album that we both love. We played our version of 'The Calvary Cross' throughout the last tour and decided to record it in this live session."
AVEY TARE - "MIDNIGHT SPECIAL" / "RED LIGHT WATER SHOW" / "DISC ONE"
Animal Collective's Avey Tare has announced the Conference of Birds / Birds in Disguise EP, which includes studio recordings of songs he debuted live during his tours for 2017's Eucalyptus and this year’s Cows on Hourglass Pond. The EP is split into two distinct parts, and the three songs from the Conference of Birds part are streaming now in one psychedelic video made by Natalia Stuyk. They're all of the atmospheric, ethereal variety, and the whole thing is cool, psychedelic stuff. The EP comes out December 5 via Domino, the same night Avey begins a two-night stand in NYC.
OH LAND - "WISHES"
Copenhagen artist Oh Land is in the spirit of the season with this new holiday-themed song. "I love the magic feeling around Christmas time where everyone seems to agree that glitter is a great idea," she says. "I wanted to write a song that sonically got me in the right mood but also had a message that is true to my reality -- which is that time seems to be the one thing that’s most desirable and hardest to achieve enough of. We live in an efficiency culture where more is better and it’s very easy to end up working yourself out of your relationships. This song is a reminder to make time for the people that actually makes your life truly valuable. That time is irreplaceable, and therefore our biggest gift."
SOAK - "BLOODBUZZ OHIO" (THE NATIONAL COVER)
Irish singer-songwriter SOAK followed her 2019 album Grim Town with a Sleater-Kinney cover, and now she's shared a new cover of another beloved artist, The National. "Matt Berninger is one of my favorite lyricists," she says. "There’s something so special about the imagery The National manages to create within their music and I often catch myself imagining each song as its own movie trailer. I love the manic world this song creates." It's a stripped down take on "Bloodbuzz Ohio" that recalls an earthier Feist.
ODETTA HARTMAN - "OLD MAN TRUMP / WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN"
This Odetta Hartman live recording is coming out on the So Many Singing, Vol. 2 compilation, which benefits immigrant rights, and the song sees Odetta riffing on Woody Guthrie’s “Old Man Trump” (written about Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump) and incorporating it into Woody Guthrie’s “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore,” and then turning it into a medley with the Christian hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”. You can read more about it here.
EMILY YACINA - "ARCADES & HIGHWAYS"
Bedroom pop artist Emily Yacina's fifth album, Remember the Silver, is due out next week, and she's shared one more single off of it, "Arcades & Highways," which she says is about "the easy side of love."
J ROBBINS (JAWBOX) - "WINTER SUN" & "MAGIC AND LIES" (JOHN CALE COVER)
ANNIE HART (AU REVOIR SIMONE) - "DON'T BREATHE FOR ME"
“I wanted to give listeners that chance to breathe, to relax. A soundtrack for painting or lying in the grass,” says Annie Hart of her second solo album. “I thought a lot about what music I play for myself when I want to make a moment feel complete. There’s just something different when you play soft music during these ordinary spaces in life, and I wanted to make a soundtrack for that.” You can get a clear picture of the kind of soft, spacious music Annie’s offering on the new album with “Don’t Breathe for Me,” a song she says is “about having the strength to move on from a difficult time.”
LOMELDA - "WILDFIRES" (HAND HABITS COVER)
Angel Olsen, Lomelda, Kacey Johansing, Tara Jane O’Neil and John Andrews & The Yawns have all covered Hand Habits‘ “Wildfire” (from this year’s placeholder) for a new compilation EP with proceeds going to the Amazon Conservation Association. Here's Lomelda's gentle version.
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