17 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…
OPEN MIKE EAGLE - "WHISKEY AND PUSH UPS"
Chicago rap label Closed Sessions is releasing the Closed Sessions Vol. 3 compilation in November, and it will feature this new Open Mike Eagle song, which sees him spitting mind-bending bars over an equally psychedelic beat. It also comes with a mini documentary on the song.
PUSHA T - "SOCIOPATH" (prod. KANYE WEST, ft. KASH DOLL)
Pusha T's Kanye-produced DAYTONA was one of the very best albums of 2018, so it's exciting that he's back with another new song produced by 'Ye. While DAYTONA saw Kanye providing Push with the kind of warm production he used to make in the early 2000s, this one is cold and dark and modern, and it's just as great.
BIG SEAN - "BERZERK" (ft. A$AP FERG, prod. HIT-BOY)
Big Sean and A$AP Ferg debuted this new collab at the VMAs, and then officially released the song which finds both of them bringing their A game.
!!! (CHK CHK CHK) - "COULDN'T HAVE KNOWN"
Dance-punk vets !!! release their new album, Wallop, this week and here's a new single that is funky, modern and pretty unlike anything they've ever released before. It comes with a brightly animated video by Cheng-Hsu Chung.
BLACK BELT EAGLE SCOUT - "RUN IT TO YA"
Black Belt Eagle Scout's new album, At the Party with My Brown Friends is out this week and here's the final pre-release single and video -- a gorgeous, hazy bit of dreampop. “It felt natural for the ‘Run It to Ya’ music video to star queer indigenous womxn and show their love story unfold," says Katherine Paul. "The setting is a queer Indigenous prom, a space where we can truly be ourselves without the ridicules of white settler colonialism. It’s a realm where we can reimagine what our lives look like as queer Indigenous people; what is normally a heteronormative space turns into a magical place where people have the freedom to safely love how they choose.”
XYLOURIS WHITE - "TREE SONG"
"As George Xylouris and I traveled around these last five years, we found ourselves talking about Sisyphus," says drummer Jim White of the fourth Xylouris White album, The Sisypheans. "George had a theory about Sisyphus, condemned to climb that hill with that rock forever. George saw him carrying the rock in different ways, in his left hand, behind his back, pushing it with his head while crawling and noticing each journey the seasons changing, the grass and the insects. The meaning was clear and for George it fit with playing the popular Cretan song 'Proto Hanoti' many turns each day for his life and discovering it new each time.... I found it fit in with a long held set of thoughts I'd had, that if one concentrated activity and thought enough on one thing it would expand and be a whole world. It sounded like the same idea and also with the idea of first principles, for it to be new each time: that is our job as musicians." Check out the first single now -- watch the Jem Cohen directed video -- and the album's out November 8 via Drag City.
MADISON MCFERRIN - "TRY"
Soul singer Madison McFerrin is releasing a new EP called You + I on November 5, and while she used to make a cappella music (like her father), she is now utilizing full production and going by lead single "Try," the new approach works wonders. Madison is also touring, including a hometown show on 12/4 at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right.
VAGABON - "WATER ME DOWN"
Lætitia Tamko's new, self-titled album as Vagabon, due out October 18 via Nonesuch, was previously titled All The Women In Me. "My original album title and two lyrics were inspired by and referenced poetry by a writer I greatly admire, Nayyirah Waheed,” Tamko says. "When I learned that she preferred I not quote her words, I made changes out of respect for her wishes." She's also shared a new single from the album, "Water Me Down."
SEEYOUSPACECOWBOY - "PUT ON A SHOW, DON'T LET THEM SEE YOU FALL"
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, who are gearing up to tour with their Pure Noise labelmates Knocked Loose (who released their great new album on Friday), have shared another song off their upcoming The Correlation Between Entrance And Exit Wounds. It's all over the place, from spastic mathcore to gorgeous post-metal to floorpunching breakdowns, and it all comes together seamlessly.
SOMOS - "MY WAY TO YOU"
Somos recently gave their upcoming album Prison On A Hill an early, one-week-only digital release following the tragic news that their guitarist Phil Haggerty passed away at age 28. (Proceeds went to his funeral expenses.) If you didn't end up downloading it, you can now hear a third single, "My Way To You." This album sees Somos going in a more '80s new wave/synthpop direction, and this song especially embraces that sound, without changing up the band's usual powerful, passionate songwriting too drastically.
WHITE WARD - "DEAD HEART CONFESSION"
Black metal/jazz blenders White Ward have shared a second single off their anticipated new album Love Exchange Failure. It's a ten-minute song, and it treks through all different kinds of black metal and jazz territory, blending it all seamlessly.
SAVE FACE - "BUMMER"
Save Face and Graduating Life are releasing a split on September 13 via Pure Noise/Epitaph. Yesterday, Graduating Life's "Wonderful" was released, and today Save Face's "Bummer" is here. It sorta sounds like a cross between Weezer's Blue Album and the more polished pop punk of the early 2000s, and if you like either or both of those things, this is worth a spin.
THE SAFES - "BAGGAGE CLAIM"
Long-running Chicago band The Safes are set to return with their fifth album, Winning Combination, on September 7. The first single is this zippy bit of acoustic indie rock pop.
HOLY - "HOT ON THE HEELS OF LOVE"
Stockholm, Sweden's Hannes Ferm has been making music as HOLY for five years now and has just shared this new single which will be on his third album. "Hot on the Heels of Love" is bummer-pop that has just a bit of Radio Dept in it.
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB - "EAT, SLEEP, WAKE (NOTHING BUT YOU)"
Reunited UK indie band Bombay Bicycle Club have released their first song in five years, and you can read more about it here.
HAVE A NICE LIFE - "SEA OF WORRY"
The first taste of Have A Nice Life's anticipated third album is here, and it makes this album seem like it's gonna be worth the five-year wait.
MOOR MOTHER - "AFTER IMAGES" (prod. JUSTIN BROADRICK)
Not only is avant-garde rapper Moor Mother contributing to half of Justin Broadrick's (Godflesh, Jesu) and Kevin Martin's (The Bug) new album as Zonal, she's releasing her own new album and Broadrick produced the first single. Read more here.
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