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…
BUILT TO SPILL - "MOUNTAIN TOP" (DANIEL JOHNSTON COVER)
This Built to Spill tribute to Daniel Johnston is shaping up to be pretty great, with Doug Martsch and co's just-produced-enough versions of these great songs. Another benefit is that the BTS album this most resembles is There's Nothing Wrong with Love so fans of that one, listen up -- this version of "Mountain Top" is terrific. They album's out June 12.
HEXVESSEL - "FIRE OF THE MIND" (COIL COVER)
Finnish psychedelic folk rock eccentrics Hexvessel will release their anticipated new album Kindred this Friday via Svart, and here's one more single ahead of the release: a hauntingly beautiful, folk-tinged cover of Coil's "Fire of the Mind."
KID CUDI - "LEADER OF THE DELINQUENTS"
Kid Cudi's last album was 2018's great Kanye collab under the name Kids See Ghosts, and no word yet if his next solo album is ready but he did just drop this new solo song, "Leader of the Delinquents."
THE PRETENDERS - "YOU CAN'T HURT A FOOL"
“I suppose our biggest influence apart from crazy, hard-core rock and roll has been R&B,” says Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders' soulful new single. “James [Walbourne, guitar] and I really grappled with this one to get in all the subtleties and nuance of an R&B classic, albeit with modern, autobiographical lyrics…The fool is me!” The Pretenders' new album, Hate for Sale, is out July 17.
HAYLEY WILLIAMS - "CALL IT OFF" (TEGAN AND SARA COVER)
Hayley Williams has been sharing solo covers on her Instagram as our coronavirus quarantines continue, including a take on Phoebe Bridgers' "Smoke Signals," and now she's covered the final track of Tegan and Sara's 2007 album The Con. She previously covered another song from that album, "Nineteen," as part of a collection of covers celebratings its tenth anniversary, and her take on "The Con" is simple, earnest, and on target.
THE RENTALS - "CONSPIRACY"
The Rentals' anticipated new outer space-themed double album Q36 -- which features Nick Zinner, The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci and production from Flaming Lips/MGMT collaborator Dave Fridmann -- is out June 2 and here's the latest single. "Conspirators" takes on QAnon, Bigfoot, Roswell, Flat Earthers, Lizard People, and more, with a video frontman Matt Sharp made during coronavirus isolation with camcorder and a bedsheet.
AMNESIA SCANNER - "AS GOING"
Berlin-based electronic duo Amnesia Scanner will release new album Tearless on June 5 and they describe the record as "a breakup album with the planet" and "a sonic reflection of how it feels to experience Earth at a time when collapse is emerging as the prevailing narrative." The album features appearances by Code Orange, Lalita and LYZZA on the first single, "AS Going" and its intense video.
GLAARE - "MIRRORS"
LA darkwavers Glaare are releasing their new album Your Hellbound Heart this year, and the brooding lead single "Mirrors" is out now.
OATHBREAKER - "EASE ME" (CHELSEA WOLFE REMIX)
You've already heard the Jesu remix off Oathbreaker's upcoming "Ease Me" remix EP, and here's a noisy rework of the song by Chelsea Wolfe.
GREEN CARNATION - "MY DARK REFLECTIONS OF LIFE AND DEATH"
As mentioned, Norwegian prog metal vets Green Carnation will release their first album in 14 years, Leaves of Yesteryear, on May 8 via Season of Mist. It'll include a re-recording of their 18-minute 2000 song "My Dark Reflections Of Life And Death" and seven minutes and 45 seconds of that re-recording can be heard now. The band is also playing a ticketed, livestreamed album release show on May 23 at 8 AM ET.
PERFECT WORLD - "MY TIME RUNS OUT"
NYHC up and comers Perfect World are releasing their debut LP War Culture this summer, and going by the sound of the ass-whipping "My Time Runs Out," you're gonna wanna keep your ears peeled for this one.
GIRL IN RED - "MIDNIGHT LOVE"
"'midnight love' feels like my best work so far," Marie Ulven, aka Norwegian bedroom pop artist girl in red, writes of her dynamic new single. "It's my first song with a piano, but the approach of writing it was a bit different than usual too. Even though I’m singing from my perspective, as the 'victim,' in real life it was actually me who was 'bad guy.' A close friend was treated the same way I had treated someone else. Like, this dude would text her at night to see if they could meet up, and it kind of gave her false hope that they could be something more, so she always would say yes and be there for him. Seeing that so up close gave me some perspective and I realized that my situation was very similar. so this song is pretty much me reflecting on how small I’ve made someone else feel. Even though I never meant be a dick, I was. We met up recently after she heard the song and I apologized. I think she forgave me.”
L.O.T.I.O.N. MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION - "ALPHABRAIN" & "WAR GAMES"
Hardcore, industrial, and lots of sonic filth come together on L.O.T.I.O.N. Multinational Corporation's new two-song single for Sub Pop.
RVG - "PERFECT DAY"
Australia’s RVG will release their second album, Feral, next Friday and they’ve just released a new song from it. “Perfect Day,” which is not a Lou Reed cover, is a jangly earworm that singer/songwriter Romy Vager says is “about trying to give someone the façade of it being a nice day even though things around them really aren’t good.”
RETIREMENT PARTY - "RUNAWAY DOG"
Chicago's Retirement Party have announced the followup to their debut LP, 2018's Somewhat Literate. Runaway Dog is due out on May 15 via Counter Intuitive Records, and they've shared the catchy, driving title track.
ZACHERY ALLAN STARKEY - "FEAR CITY" FT BERNARD SUMNER
NYC darkwave vet Zachery Allan Starkey will release new album Fear City on April 30, which features a number of collaborations with his friend Bernard Sumner of New Order. (You may have seen ZAS opening for New Order on the Music Complete tour in 2017.) Where Bernard has guested vocally on other artists songs over the years (like Chemical Brothers and 808 State), here it's more of a full collaboration, and he contributes production, synthwork and more. Here's the title track:
TANYA DONELLY - "AS TEARS GO BY" (MARIANNE FAITHFULL/ROLLING STONES COVER, FT. SADIE DUPUIS)
Tanya Donelly (of Throwing Muses, The Breeders, and Belly) has launched a new series where she’ll release a cover song each Sunday, with proceeds going to different causes. Her first cover is also a tribute to Marianne Faithfull, who was recently hospitalized with COVID-19. She did “As Tears Goes By,” the Jagger/Richards/Oldham composition that Marianne released as a single in 1964 (and that The Rolling Stones then released their own version of the following year). It’s a great cover, and making it even better is backing vocals from Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis. Read more here.
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