16 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…
YAEJI - "ONE MORE"
Yaeji has just shared new single "One More," which is her first new, original music since last year's EP2. "‘One More’ is about enduring and coming to terms with pain until you have the strength to forgive and move on," say Yaeji, while the track itself is more of her buoyant style of house.
WESTERMAN - "ALBATROSS"
UK singer songwriter Westerman has announced a new EP, Ark, which will be out November 9 and the first single is "Albatross" -- a lovely. slice of jazzy, cinematic pop. "'Albatross' is set on a lake in my mind where I go to escape the worries of day to day existence," Says Westerman. "It's a more innocent and natural place. There is a growing impingement on that place as time starts to feel like it moves faster, and more demands emerge. The song looks at that threat both to the physical environment and our own psychology through the inevitability of an ever changing landscape."
GOUGE AWAY - "HEY MERCY"
Gouge Away's anticipated sophomore album Burnt Sugar comes out later this week via Deathwish, and ahead of its release, they dropped another song from it, "Hey Mercy." Some of the previous singles have seen Gouge Away going into more experimental territory, but this one sees them keeping it simple and delivering short, fast, and loud punk. It rips.
ESBEN AND THE WITCH - "DULL GRET"
We last heard from gothy UK band Esben and The Witch when they released their 2016 album Older Terrors, and they recently announced a followup, Nowhere, due out November 16. Following first single "The Unspoiled" is "Dull Gret," which the band say they've been playing on the road for the past two years. "A tribute to the women out there who dare to go against the grain, despite the battles they encounter on the way," they write. "In 1563, Peter Brueghel painted a vision of an unruly woman, leading a female army to pillage hell. She is Dull Gret. This is our vision, our call to arms. Do not underestimate nor constrain us, united we are more powerful than you could imagine."
MONO - "AFTER YOU COMES THE FLOOD"
Japanese post-rock greats Mono are releasing their tenth album, Nowhere Now Here, on January 25 via Temporary Residence Ltd, and it's got a few firsts for the band. It's got their first-ever lineup change (new drummer Dahm Majuri Cipolla), the addition of electronics to their sound, and Tamaki sings for the first time. The first single is "After You Comes the Flood," which is the kind of captivating instrumental rock that has the power to suck you up and swallow you whole.
UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA - "HANOI 6"
When Unknown Mortal Orchestra were recording this year's Sex & Food, Ruban Nielson, his longtime collaborator Jacob Portrait and his brother Kody Nielson, ended up in Phu Sa Studios in Hanoi, Vietnam. While there they recorded tracks with local Vietnamese musicians, including Minh Nguyen, who contributed Sáo Trúc, Đàn Môi, and Vietnamese percussion, and Nielson's father, Chris, on flugelhorn, saxophone and keyboards. Those sessions make up new "surprise" UMO album, IC-01 Hanoi. which will be out October 26 via Jagjaguwar. You can check out "Hanoi 6" right now.
ERIKA SPRING - "LESS"
Au Revoir Simone's Erika Spring has shared a second track from her forthcoming Scars EP. "Less" is one of Erika's most percussion-forward songs ever (solo or with ARS) -- thanks to producer and Dap Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss -- while still maintaining that ethereal, minimal vibe her songs favor. "This song is a play on words, asking the listener to adjust their fixed view of the universe," says Erika. "It's also our love letter to the slightly out of tune Korg Polysix + Homer’s minimal, hypnotic drums."
MGMT - "ONE THING LEFT TO TRY" (MATTHEW DEAR REMIX)
MGMT have handed this year's terrific Little Dark Age over to Matthew Dear who has remixed the entire thing. This new version of the LP will be out Friday (9/28) but you can listen to "One Thing Left to Try," which is turned from a four-minute pop song into a two-minute almost (but not quite) a cappella number.
PAINT - "DAILY GAZETTE"
Pedrum Siadatian of Allah-Las will release his solo debut under the name PAINT on November 2 via Mexican Summer. He made the record with production wiz Frank Maston who took Pedrum's four-track demos and turned them into something grander (while still charmingly wobbly). You can listen to first single "Daily Gazette" now.
HORRENDOUS - IDOL (ALBUM STREAM)
As early singles hinted, new album Idol sees Horrendous moving far past the old school death metal revival of their earlier releases into all kinds of other musical territory. The album officially comes out on Friday via Season of Mist but it's now here to stream a few days early and it very much lives up to the promise of those early singles. Check it out.
THE POM-POMS - "MARY POPPINS"
The joint project of Kitty (fka Kitty Pryde) and Sam Ray (of American Pleasure Club and Ricky Eat Acid), The Pom-Poms are set to release a self titled EP on Friday (9/28), and following first single "I Got That Boom" they've shared a second new song, "Mary Poppins." This one features Kitty making a return to rapping that recalls her time as Kitty Pryde, plus some very funny lyrics, including a "peanut butter jelly time" reference.
DEVOURING STAR - "HER DIVINE ARTERIES"
Finnish one-man black metal band Devouring Star's new album The Arteries of Heresy comes out October 26 via Dark Descent, and closing track "Her Divine Arteries" was released today. It's got a strong second wave black metal influence, and Devouring Star does it well. You can listen at Revolver.
ANAAL NATHRAKH - "NEW BETHLEHEM/MASS DEATH FUTURES"
Anaal Nathrakh's new album A New Kind of Horror comes out this Friday via Metal Blade, and they've unleashed another track from it, "New Bethlehem/Mass Death Futures," which is a dose of epic black metal that takes the band's sound in all kinds of different directions across its three-and-a-half minute running time.
OBLITERATION - "DETESTATION RITE"
Norwegian death metal rippers Obliteration are following 2013's Black Death Horizon with their fourth album, Cenotaph Obscure, on November 23 via Indie Recordings. New single "Detestation Rite" is another example of this band's ability to revive old school style death metal and make it sound fresh, and it mixes their raw fury with a couple doomier, more melodic passages too.
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU - NEW OTHERS PART ONE (ALBUM STREAM)
Post rock greats This Will Destroy You's first album in four years comes out this Friday. We premiered a full stream and wrote more about it here.
JUSTUS PROFFIT & JAY SOM - "INVISIBLE FRIENDS"
The Elliott Smith comparisons continue on the newest track from Justus Proffit and Jay Som's upcoming joint EP, but with fuller, more rocking instrumentation. Read more here.
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