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…
CASPIAN – “CIRCLES ON CIRCLES”
The usually-instrumental post-rock band Caspian sometimes experiment with vocals, as on this new acoustic song where guitarist Philip Jamieson sings lead. It finds them almost in pure singer/songwriter mode, but still with the kind of majestic atmosphere they’re usually known for in the background.
JENNY LEWIS – “UNDER THE SUPERMOON” FT. HABIB KOITE
Jenny Lewis released her first solo album in five years, On The Line, last year, and she’s following it with this contribution to Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1, a collaboration with Malian guitarist Habib Koité. “It’s a love song [that was] written in Jacmel floating in the Caribbean Sea under the supermoon of November 2016,” Jenny told EW about the song, adding that it’s “a travelogue of sorts processed in real time.”
OF MONTREAL – YOU’VE HAD ME EVERYWHERE
Kevin Barnes says Of Montreal’s new single “You’ve Had me Everywhere” is “one of the purest and most unguarded love songs in my oeuvre.” It also may be the only top-down-in-the-convertible synthpop love song to reference goth icon Diamanda Galas. It’s the latest advance track from the band’s upcoming UR FUN which is out next week.
OOIOO – “JIBUN”
Japanese experimental rock vets OOIOO (still led by YoshimiO of Boredoms and Kim Gordon’s band Free Kitten) are back from a six-year hiatus and once again a four-piece utilizing a traditional guitar/bass/drums rock setup, and they’re gearing up to release their new album nijimusi next week (January 17 via Thrill Jockey). They’ve now shared its second single, the warped, psychedelic “jibun.”
RATBOYS – “I GO OUT AT NIGHT”
Ratboys’ new album Printer’s Devil is due out next month, and they’ve shared another taste of it, the driving indie rock track “I Go Out at Night.” “The first verse and main riff of this song is actually the only ‘older’ idea that we recycled for the record — I think I wrote both when I was 19 or 20, maybe 6 or 7 years ago,” vocalist Julia Steiner says. “We wanted this song to feel different from the rest, something like a daydream or a fantasy. We experimented with synths in this song, during the bridge and the outro. I’m extremely happy with how all of the sounds interact — it comforts me for reasons I find hard to describe.”
BLACK LIPS – “RUMBLER”
“This is a song I wrote about a G.I. Joe doll, code-named Rumbler, that I am almost certain is based on my great uncle and war hero Bobby Earl Swilley,” says Black Lips’ Jared Swilley of the band’s new single. “The cadence of the song is kind of based on a bear hunting poem that my granddaddy, Bobby Earl’s brother, used to recite to me. This is an ode to my elders.” Black Lips Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart is out January 24.
DEATHWHITE – “PLAGUE OF VIRTUE”
Pittsburgh gothic metallers Deathwhite have shared another track off their upcoming sophomore album Grave Image, and it’s got all the weight and melancholy you’d expect from this band.
OTHER LIVES – “LOST DAY”
Other Lives are back with a new album, For Their Love, due out April 24 via Play It Again Sam and ATO Records. “The album is a record reflecting human feeling in the current state of affairs—economy and politics on the individual, while the latter still has to deal with the basic struggles of finding meaning of their existence,” frontman Jesse Tabish says. “Money, love, and death are always real and hard to cope with: What does the individual choose to make these larger themes of life easier to deal with? The record speaks in realness, questions, observing, lamenting and hopefully finding the slightest of hope in themselves, these characters sometimes venturing out into spiritual, religious or institutionalized endeavors. In my personal hope, only finding their self-worth is more important than anything that has been taught or preached to them.” The band has shared the first single, chamber folk track “Lost Day.”
FRANCES QUINLAN (of HOP ALONG) – “YOUR REPLY”
Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan has shared this warm, jangly third single off her upcoming solo album, and you can read more about it here.
MOSES BOYD – “SHADES OF YOU” (ft. POPPY AJUDHA)
Moses Boyd hails from London’s thriving jazz scene, and — like a handful of his peers — has a real knack for combining jazz with very modern sounds (as you might guess from his long list of collaborators, who include Sampha, Little Simz, Four Tet, Floating Points, Beyonce, Sons of Kemet, and more). That’s especially true on this song, which features soul singer Poppy Ajudha and has more in common with avant-pop than traditional jazz. It’s the third single off his upcoming album Dark Matter.
DEAD STARS – “DREAMS DON’T COME TRUE”
Brooklyn band Dead Stars make indie rock the old fashioned way — like it was still 1996 — with fuzzy guitars, big hooks and low-key charm. Their new album, Never Not Here, is out February 21
TODAY IS THE DAY – “YOU’RE ALL GONNA DIE”
Heavy music legends Today Is The Day have detailed their first album in six years and released the second single. Read more here.
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE – “THEN I WAS GONE”
It’s another heavy psych banger from desert rock collective Big Scenic Nowhere, who, on this song, include members of Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, and The Well. Read more about it here.
SARAH MARY CHADWICK – “LET’S FIGHT”
Sarah Mary Chadwick, who relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand, is following last year’s super ambitious The Queen Who Stole The Sky with a new album, Please Daddy, on January 24 via Sinderlyn. She recently released the chamber pop-leaning title track, and now she’s back with a more rollicking, guitar-oriented second single, “Let’s Fight.”
WASTED SHIRT (TY SEGALL & BRIAN CHIPPENDALE) – “DOUBLE THE DREAM”
Ty Segall and Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale have formed a new duo known as Wasted Shirt. The first single from their upcoming debut album is “Double the Dream” which sounds pretty much like you’d expect something from Ty Segall and Chippendale: wild drumming, wild guitars, wild everything.
COLIN STETSON – “CONTACT”
Color Out of Space, the new Nicolas Cage-starring sci-fi thriller based on the H.P. Lovecraft short story of the same name, hits theaters on January 24, and it includes a score by Arcade Fire/Bon Iver/The National/etc collaborator Colin Stetson. Here’s a new track from it.
CELESTE – “STOP THIS FLAME”
British-Jamaican soul singer Celeste won the BBC Sound of 2020 today, and in conjunction with the news, she released this new song.
DENNIS CALLACI – “SCORELESS”
Dennis Callaci, of band Refrigerator and Shrimper Records, will release new solo album, The Dead of the Day, on February 14. This first single also features his brother, Allen, who’s also in Refrigerator.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.