18 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…
WHY? - "II. I'VE BEEN CARVING MY ELBOWS, I MIGHT JUST TAKE FLIGHT"
WHY? recently shared two new songs, and now they revealed those songs are part one of their upcoming visual album AOKOHIO, due August 9 via Joyful Noise. They have also shared the second "movement" from the album, which features three new songs that run the gamut from atmospheric pop to brooding indie-rap and beyond.
CAR SEAT HEADREST - "FILL IN THE BLANK" (LIVE)
Car Seat Headrest are releasing a digital-only live album, titled Commit Yourself Completely, that will be out next week (June 17) via Matador. "This is a compilation of songs from shows we played in 2018,” says CSH main man Will Toledo. “We recorded every show we did that year, and I went through about 50 of them to get the final tracklist for this album. This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage.” Check out the live album's version of "Fill in the Blank" which was recorded at Columbus, OH's Newport Music Hall:
KHRUANGBIN - "MARY ALWAYS"
"For us, Dub has always felt like a prayer," say Khruangbin of their new album Hasta El Cielo which is a dub version of Con Todo El Mundo which also includes remixes by Scientist. "Spacious, meditative, able to transport the listener to another realm. The first dub albums we listened to were records mixed by Scientist featuring the music of the Roots Radics. Laura Lee learned to play bass by listening to Scientist Wins the World Cup. His unique mixing style, with the emphasis on space and texture, creates the feeling of frozen time; it was hugely influential to us as a band. To be able to work alongside Scientist, a legend in the history of dub, is an honor." Hasta El Cielo is out 7/12 Via Dead Oceans/Night Time Stories. Listen to "Mary Always":
FREE NATIONALS - "TIME" (ft. MAC MILLER & KALI UCHIS)
Before Mac Miller's tragic, untimely death, he had recorded some music that had still gone unreleased, and one of those verses is on "Time," the new single by Anderson .Paak's backing band the Free Nationals that also features a soaring hook by Kali Uchis.
KAREN O & DANGER MOUSE - "PERFECT DAY" (LOU REED COVER)
Karen O and Danger Mouse released their joint album Lux Prima earlier this year, and they recently stopped by SiriusXM to promote it with an appearance on SiriusXMU Sessions, where they covered Lou Reed's classic "Perfect Day."
THE APPLESEED CAST - "CHAOTIC WAVES"
Post-rock vets The Appleseed Cast are gearing up to release their first album in six years, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence, on June 28 via Graveface, and going by the early singles, this is sounding like it's gonna be their strongest and most ambitious album in a while. We recently posted the great lead single "Time The Destroyer," and now you can stream another dizzying head trip of a song (with some truly killer drumming), "Chaotic Waves," over at FLOOD.
JEREMY IVEY - "STORY OF A FISH" (PROD. MARGO PRICE)
Jeremy Ivey used to be in the now-defunct band Buffalo Clover, which was fronted by Margo Price (who Jeremy is married to), and he is now also striking out on his own and Margo is producing his debut solo album, due this fall via ANTI-. The first single off the album is "Story Of A Fish," which -- like Margo's music -- is a very nice blend of folk, alt-country, and Southern rock. "I'm trying to fill the holes that I can see in the scene," Jeremy says. "Whether it be Americana or country or rock or whatever. There's a certain type of song that isn't being written."
GRAYLING - "CHALK DUST"
Philadelphia's Lexi Campion, who releases music as Grayling, signed to 6131 Records, the former label of her onetime tourmate Julien Baker. Her new single "Chalk Dust" has a fuzzy, noisy edge, with lyrics that veer towards the abstract rather than the confessional.
GATECREEPER - "ANXIETY"
Not only does Spirit Adrift have a great new album out, but Nate Garrett's other band Gatecreeper has been promising to follow 2016's Sonoran Depravation with a new album this year, and while they haven't released anything from it yet, they're now sharing a non-album single from the same sessions. It's called "Anxiety," and it's a real crusher that defies the death metal genre that Gatecreeper are often pigeonholed into. As vocalist Chase Mason explains, "We wrote and recorded this song together with all the songs for our upcoming album. Musically, this song is a little more adventurous than a normal Gatecreeper song. This was the last song that I had to finish lyrics for so I ended up writing it about all the stress and mental torment I had put myself through while working on the whole project. It's oddly fitting that this is the first song to be heard from what we have been working on." Album info like title and release date are still TBA, but stay tuned. Listen to the song below via Adult Swim.
BOB PIANO - "SACRED WORLD"
There isn't much info available about Bob Piano, but a press release says that he played in "punk and screamo bands around the greater Boston area while still in high school," before moving to Russia and getting into psych-pop like Frank Zappa, The 13th Floor Elevators, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. His new single "Sacred World" pretty much sounds like the middle ground of those two things: hazy psych-pop with a clear punkness to his vocal delivery. It sounds like something that fans of Congratulations-era MGMT might like, and it's pretty cool stuff.
MARIA USBECK - "AMOR ANCIANO"
Onetime Selebrities singer Maria Usbeck is back with her second solo album, Envejeciendo, which is out August 16 via Cascine. The first single is "Amor Anciano" which sounds both crystalline and tropical. Maria says it's "a song I wrote after having two different conversations, one with my grandmother, the other with an elderly man I met in New Zealand. They both talked about their long lost loves, about the ones who got away, as if they could've lived entirely different lives if they chose the other person to spend them with. It wasn't a regretful conversation, just older people reflecting on past romance and letting the stories play out a bit."
GENERATIONALS - "BREAKING YOUR SILENCE"
New Orleans duo Generationals' new album, Reader As Detective, is out in July and they've just released new single and video "Breaking the Silence." The video has the band playing in nature...via video projections on a truck. "I dreamt of a day when we could make our music and blast it into the vast wilderness, void of people and their pettiness and fighting. So we made a video with this in mind, as a love letter to our true, pure audience: horses and trees," says singer Grant Widmer.
FLUME - "LET YOU KNOW" (FEAT. LONDON GRAMMAR)
Australian electronic musician Flume has shared a new single, "Let You Know," featuring London Grammar. "Hannah Reid and I wrote 'Let You Know' last summer," Flume says. "I was on a writing trip to London, was actually the same trip where I first met slowthai. Had been wanting to make something with Hannah for a long time and this one just came together really naturally in the studio that day."
GOOD RIDDANCE - "OUR GREAT DIVIDE"
Reunited punks Good Riddance are back with their second reunion album, and we wrote more about lead single "Our Great Divide" here.
MIKEY ERG - "CLUELESS OR CRUEL?"
Mikey Erg of The Ergs! has announced his second solo album, and we wrote more about the power pop-tinged lead single here.
BERTHOLD CITY - WHAT TIME TAKES (EP STREAM)
Berthold City (the new-ish band led by Strife's Andrew Kline) are releasing a new EP this week, and Kline says that the EP is “about realizing that our time on earth is limited” and dedicated to the memory of Gorilla Biscuits’ Alex Brown and Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, etc). You can read more about it here.
MUNDY'S BAY - "MOONLIGHT"
Quebec indie-punks Mundy's Bay inked a deal with Pure Noise Records, and their first new single for the label is "Moonlight," which we wrote more about here.
GOLDLINK - DIASPORA (ALBUM STREAM)
GoldLink dropped his new album Diaspora, featuring his upcoming tourmate Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, and more.
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