15 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…
HOW TO DRESS WELL - "BODY FAT"
How To Dress Well's anticipated new album The Anteroom comes out this Friday (10/19) via Domino, and today he shared another great new single from it, "Body Fat." Main member Tom Krell says, "The song is about the intergenerational transmission of trauma – about the way rage persists in the flesh from way before you as an individual. This is why life is painful, why love is difficult... When I first started writing it, I felt like 'damn THIS is the song I've been trying to write for the last 5 years."
FUTURE x JUICE WRLD - "FINE CHINA"
Codeine-coated trap leader Future and emo rapper Juice WRLD joined forces for the auto-tune fest "Fine China," which is a little more in Juice WRLD's, uh, world, than Future's.
HURRY UP - "YOU JUST WAIT"
Hurry Up (aka former Thermals members Kathy Foster and Westin Glass with Bangs' Maggie Vail) are planning to release their new album Dismal Nitch in 2019 and Stereogum premiered lead single "You Just Wait," a melodic punk ripper with all the energy you'd expect from these three. As mentioned, they're also touring with We Were Promised Jetpacks.
MARTIN FRAWLEY (THE TWERPS) - "YOU WANT ME?"
Australian indie rockers The Twerps are currently on hiatus but frontman Martin Frawley is working on a solo album with producer Stewart Bronaugh (Angel Olsen, Lionlimb) which will be released by Merge Records at some point. There aren't details beyond that but Merge has shared a song, "You Want Me?," which Martin describes as "the prequel to the record, explaining why I am where I am, writing what I am."
SAVAK - "NATURE ERASED"
SAVAK's third album, Beg Your Pardon, will be out in just a few weeks and they've just shared a new track from the album, "Nature Erased" -- a tense, paranoid track with a lot on its mind. "Lyrically I wanted to combine elements of our modern jargon ('narrative control,' 'startup culture') with both corporate language we're bombarded with ('surge-priced ride-share,' 'wearable tech') and genuine concerns ('private economy,' 'occupied land')," says the group's Sohrab Habibion. "We live in an era where news about Über's social image issues gets the same airtime as Israeli forces unlawfully killing Palestinian civilians."
FRIENDLY FIRES - "HEAVEN LET ME IN"
Friendly Fires returned from a hiatus earlier this year with "Love Like Waves", and now they've shared their second new song of 2018, "Heaven Let Me In." Ed Macfarlane says the dance-friendly track, co-produced with Disclosure, is "about being comfortable in your own skin. When you stop trying so hard and embrace your imperfections then opportunities arise and doors open."
NENEH CHERRY - "NATURAL SKIN DEEP"
Neneh Cherry's new album Broken Politics, which was produced by Four Tet, is out this week and she's just released one of its tracks, "Natural Skin Deep," via the Adult Swim Singles series. Powered by steel drums and hip hop airhorn blasts, it's an an unusual track that lulls you into submission before slapping you across the face.
JOHN CARPENTER - "HALLOWEEN TRIUMPHANT"
The new Halloween movie is out this week which marks John Carpenter's return to the horror franchise after more than 30 years. (The film is directed by David Gordon Green, but Carpenter is a Creative Consultant and is doing the score.) If you've been wondering what he'd do to his iconic theme, you can now hear "Halloween Triumphant," which subtly updates it for current times while remaining as instantly recognizable as Jason Voorhees' hockey mask.
IAN WILLIAM CRAIG - "THE LAST WESBROOK LAMENT"
Vancouver ambient artist Ian William Craig, who also has a new song on Jonsi's new Liminal project, is releasing his new album Thresholder on November 2 via 130701/Fat Cat and you can hear a droning new single from it now.
BLACK DRESSES - HELL IS REAL (EP)
Canadians Dizzy (who also records as Girls Rituals) and Rook collaborated on the abrasive and powerful WASTEISOLATION, which came out in April, their debut LP as Black Dresses. Now they're following it with a new EP, HELL IS REAL. Like on WASTEISOLATION, the songs on HELL IS REAL deliver emotionally loaded lyrics in spoken word, under layers of noise.
EURINGER - "IF IT AIN'T YOU TODAY IT WILL BE YOU TOMORROW" (ft. SERJ TANKIAN)
The Serj Tankian (of System Of A Down) collab from Mindless Self Indulgence singer Jimmy Urine's new solo album is out, and we wrote more about it here.
CASS MCCOMBS - "NOISE SUITE FOR THE GREEN PARTY"
Cass McCombs recently released a Fred Neil cover with The Chapin Sisters, and he since returned with a new song, "Noise Suite for the Green Party," which he said was for the Songs for Swing Left compilation (though it doesn't appear to actually be on that comp). It is indeed a noise suite, far removed from the singer/songwriter type stuff Cass usually puts out these days.
PAIGE STARK - "ALBATROSS" FT. JON BRION
Tashaki Miyaki singer Paige Stark has just shared her debut solo single, "Albatross." Less hazy than her band is, there is a similar laconic, dreamy charm. Jon Brion contributed to it as well.
BOY AZOOGA - "DO THE STANDING STILL" (THE TABLE COVER)
Cardiff band Boy Azooga, who released their debut LP earlier this year and will be touring the U.S. soon, have tackled this obscrure gem from fellow Welsh group The Table. The video stars onetime Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock -- read more here.
DIRECT HIT! - "DIFFERENT UNIVERSE"
Milwaukee punks Direct Hit! have shared another single from their upcoming album Crown of Nothing, and this one's way different for them -- it's an atmospheric, synth-fueled arena ballad. It also comes with a music video and the band says this about it: "Back when we were just starting to write this album, a friend of ours was insane enough to write a script for a feature-length movie fleshing our Crown Of Nothing’s plot and characters. This is a trailer for that film, set to the lead track on our new album. If you want the whole story, Walker Dubois took it to an even crazier length, and turned that same script into the comic book you can buy along with the new record. We’re proud of all the work they did, and hope it pulls you into the world we tried to create with our music this time around."
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