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…
JULIA SHAPIRO (CHASTITY BELT) - "NATURAL"
Julia Shapiro, of Seattle bands Chastity Belt and Childbirth, will release her first solo album, Perfect Version, on June 14 via Hardly Art. The album was birthed from a tumultuous year that include a breakup, health problems and and other problems. “When the rest of my life felt out of control, I felt like this was my chance to be in control of everything,” says Julia about making this album. She played nearly every instrument on the record and you can get a first taste with the pastoral, dreamy "Natural."
HATCHIE - "STAY WITH ME"
Australian dream pop artist Harriette Pilbeam is releasing her debut LP as Hatchie, Keepsake, on June 21 via Double Double Whammy. She's shared a new single from it, "Stay With Me," which evokes dreamy '80s dancefloor vibes. It was written, Harriette says, "as a writing exercise in an effort to step away from my usual style into something more fun and dancey. We originally wrote it with someone else in mind, but realized it was the perfect fit for my album as I wanted to expand into a different sound. It became one of my favourite songs on the record because I'm a sucker for crying-in-the-club tracks."
TREY ANASTASIO - "GHOSTS OF THE FOREST"
Phish phrontman Trey Anastasio will release new solo album, Ghosts of the Forest, on April 12 (May 24 on vinyl/CD) and he's just shared the the lightly groovy, kinda bluesy title track that has some of his signature fretwork.
FIELD MEDIC - "THE BOTTLE'S MY LOVER, SHE'S JUST MY FRIEND"
Kevin Patrick will release fade into the dawn, his new album as Field Medic on April 19. Here's a new song from it, a somber look at addiction. ""this song first came into my head as an idea when i was still living in san francisco, working & living in the sunroom. i was sort of seeing somebody & was reflecting on how more times than not they would ask me to come hang out or do something & i would decline under the pretense of being busy, but wind up drinking alone in my room… maybe making art, but mostly just drinking for the sake of getting drunk. flash forward 6 months or so & i had moved out of san francisco, quit my job, & was bouncing between touring & couch surfing. one day in canoga park where i was crashing with my friend derek, i was struck with the profound sadness, lack of inspiration, & direction i felt… i lived no where, didn’t have much to show for my 'leap of faith,' but the one constant in my life for many years was my habit of hanging out alone & drinking until i passed out. i remember sitting in a pink chair & i picked up a guitar & the whole song came out in a matter of minutes. i didn’t record a demo in the moment & days later i remembered i’d written it & had to search quite deep into my mind to remember the melody."
SPIRIT ADRIFT - "TORTURED BY TIME"
Spirit Adrift have shared a second single from their anticipated new album Divided By Darkness. "Tortured By Time" sees them moving even further away from doom than lead single "Hear Her." It's equal parts catchy and proggy, and there's a bit of '90s-rock-radio-friendliness in the mix too.
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL - "THE RIVER ST JOHNS"
Durham, NC folk singer Jake Xerxes Fussell is releasing his new album Out of Sight on June 7 via Paradise of Bachelors, and it's his first recorded with a full band: Nathan Bowles (drums), Casey Toll (bass), Nathan Golub (pedal steel), Libby Rodenbough (violin, vocals), and James Anthony Wallace (piano, organ). The first single is "The River St Johns," which is a nice dose of laid-back, '70s-style folk rock, and Libby Rodenbough's violin and backup vocals really take it to the next level.
AS CITIES BURN - "CHAINS"
Post-hardcore staples As Cities Burn have announced their first album in a decade, Scream Through The Walls, due June 7 via Equal Vision. It includes recent single "2020 AD," which was pretty atmospheric, genre-defying stuff, as well as the just-released "Chains." This one's a bit more straightforward and "single-y," and these two different sides of them have us intrigued about what else the new album has in store.
BARRIE - "SATURATED"
Brooklyn quintet Barrie release their debut album Happy to be Here on May 3 via Winspear. About its most recent single "Saturated," frontperson Barrie Lindsay writes, "this song is pretty pure. It came out fully formed, sounding mostly like how it sounds now. It’s minimal and exposed, kind of vulnerable but in a confident way. I want people to relate to that state of pure, open saturation. I want this song to feel like a crush."
INTER ARMA - "HOWLING LANDS"
Inter Arma have shared a fourth song off their highly anticipated new album Sulphur English. At six minutes, this is the shortest song they've released so far, and it's one of the most accessible too... but in a dark, psychedelic way.
PLANIT HANK - "WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STREETS?" (ft. BENNY THE BUTCHER & M.O.P.)
Benny the Butcher is part of the same Griselda Records crew as Westside Gunn and Conway, and like those guys, his style owes a lot to '90s New York rap but sounds fresh today too. For this new song, he teams up with some actual '90s-era New York rappers, Brownsville duo M.O.P., over a psychedelic beat from Planit Hank. These guys all sound great together, and if you're prone to liking this kinda thing, you probably already know this one's a winner.
MAC DEMARCO - "ALL OUR YESTERDAYS"
TITUS ANDRONICUS - "(I BLAME) SOCIETY"
Bob Mould produced the upcoming Titus album and you can hear his punk roar in this first single.
THE GET UP KIDS - "THE PROBLEM IS ME"
"The Problem Is Me" is the second single from The Get Up Kids' first full-length album in eight years, and we wrote more about it here.
NEW OLD SKULL (LIVE SKULL) - "UP AGAINST THE WALL"
NYC experimental/noise vets Live Skull are working on their first album in 30 years, but first offshoot band New Old School has this new song coming out on a Martin Bisi compilation. Read more here.
MIKE FRAZIER - "STAY THE SAME"
Mike Frazier is an alt-country singer with punk roots, and his new single "Stay The Same" is recommended for fans of stuff like Tim Barry, Chuck Ragan, and Lucero. Read more here.
SATARAY - NOCTURNUM (ALBUM STREAM)
One-woman dark ambient project Sataray's debut album Nocturnum can be streamed now and you can read more about it here.
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