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…
ANNA CALVI - "SWIMMING POOL" (FT. JULIA HOLTER)
Anna Calvi's Hunted, which features stripped-down versions of songs from last year's Hunter with some cool collaborators, is out tomorrow and she's just shared "Swimming Pool" featuring Julia Holter. Their voices sound great together.
NATION OF LANGUAGE – “TOURNAMENT”
Brooklyn synthpop band Nation of Language are gearing up to release their debut album, Introduction, Presence, which is out April 3. Here's another early taste with this slightly gothy, danceable single. "The song is about coming to terms with your circumstances—some big decision has been made, a path has been chosen—and accepting that things will be much harder than you imagined, but there’s nothing to do but to keep going," says singer Ian Devaney. "I moved to Brooklyn thinking I would be able to simply plug into a scene I had known, only to realize that it didn’t really exist anymore. Venues had closed, people had moved away, and I found myself essentially adrift in an almost comically uncaring city. I came to understand it was simply a matter of work—playing to mostly empty rooms in the hope that the bartender would like us and want to have us back. All I knew was that we weren’t going to quit, and that is still pretty much all we know."
THE WARLOCKS - "DOUBLE LIFE"
Long-running L.A. psych group The Warlocks will release their 10th album, The Chain, on April 3 via Cleopatra. The band co-produced the album with Rob Campanella and is a concept album about the justice system. "We're telling a story this time," says fromtman Bobby Hecksher, who calls it an "out-of-body experience you get at a show when you're drenched in sweat and suddenly feel so alive." First single is "Double Life," a very catchy slice of JAMC/BJM garage-psych.
AUTOMATIC - "CALLING IT" (PEAKING LIGHTS DISCO RERUB)
"We were excited to have the opportunity to do a remix for Automatic," says Peaking Lights' Aaron Coyes of this "Disco Rerub" version of Automatic's "Calling It" from their very good 2019 debut. "We've been friends with them for a while, Izzy babysat our kids and we are great friends with Lola's older sister Diva. They have something great going, it was super hard to pick a song so we approached Stones Throw with four songs and the idea to do a remix EP, the music is fucking rad, we couldn't pick just one. Alas Stones Throw was like, just do 'Calling It'. We were eased by that as it was impossible to pick one. Automatic will keep making amazing songs, and we'll keep listening. Possibly one of the best things is when people you know shine!" Peaking Lights have a new album on the way, too.
HOLY WAVE - "I'M NOT LIVING IN THE PAST ANYMORE"
Austin's synthy psych band Holy Wave will release their new album, Interloper, on May 8 via Reverberation Appreciation Society. The first single is "I'm Not Living in the Past Anymore" which has the title repeated and repeated over a cool, drony groove. "It's basically sort of a mantra," says the band, "Repetition is crucial in changing the way you interpret and interact with the world around you."
AUSTRA - "ANYWAYZ"
Austra returned earlier this year with "Risk It," her first new song in three years, and now she's announced her first new album since 2017's Future Politics. HiRUDiN is due out May 1 via Domino, and its first track is sparkling electro-pop track "Anywayz." "It explores the fear associated with leaving someone," Katie Stelmanis says, "and the terrifying realization that without them in your life, the rest of the world will continue unscathed as if nothing has changed."
SOCCER96 - "I WAS GONNA FIGHT FASCISM" (ft. ALBABASTER DEPLUME)
Soccer96 is the synth/drums duo of The Comet Is Coming members Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett], and they've shared a new song off their upcoming Tactics EP (due June 26 via Moshi Moshi) which features another modern-day UK jazz great, Alabaster dePlume. Despite the lineup, this isn't actually jazz -- it's trippy, spoken word-fueled dance music that fans of the new Jarvis Cocker might like.
CAUSTIC WOUND - "BLACK BAG ASPHYXIATION" & "URANIUM DECAY"
Pacific Northwest deathgrinders (whose lineup includes members of MORTIFERUM, Cerebral Rot, Fetid, and Magrudergrind) are releasing their debut album Death Posture on April 10 via Profound Lore, and they're streaming two murky, grimy, eardrum-busting tracks from it now.
THOMAS V. JÄGER (MONOLORD) - "A SOLITARY PLAN"
Thomas V. Jäger, frontman of Swedish doomers Monolord, is releasing his debut solo album A Solitary Plan on May 8 via RidingEasy Records and he's streaming the title track from it now. It's an earthy, acoustic folk song (with some ethereal embellishments in the background) and Thomas is as good at this kind of thing as he is at doom.
...AND OCEANS - "VIGILANCE AND ATROPHY"
Finnish black metal vets ...and Oceans (who are closely related to Finnish death metal vets Festerday) have shared another track off their upcoming first album in 18 years, and like the first single, it's truly killer stuff that makes it feel like they never left.
PLAGUE YEARS - "PLAY THE VICTIM"
Michigan death-y crossover thrashers Plague Years are releasing their debut album Circle of Darkness on May 22 via eOne, and they're streaming the whiplash-inducing "Play the Victim" today. Fans of anything from Slayer to Power Trip to Creeping Death, take note.
CALLIGRAM - "VIVIDO PERIRE"
UK black metallers Calligram's debut album The Eye Is the First Circle drops April 10 via Prosthetic, and new single "Vivido Perire" is genuinely vicious.
TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION - "LIGHT/PAIN"
Following the psychedelic first single, Philly grinders Total Fucking Destruction have now shared a much more grindcore song off their upcoming album …to be alive at the end of the world. You can read what the band had to say about it and listen at MetalSucks.
SATAN - "TWELVE INFERNAL LORDS"
NWOBHM legends Satan are touring North America this year and playing Decibel Metal & Beer Fest in Philly, and ahead of that, they've released this new classic-Satan-sounding song for the Decibel Flexi Series.
88GLAM - "SWIM"
XO signees 88GLAM, who are touring with The Weeknd this year, will release their new album Close To Heaven Far From God on April 17 via XO/Republic, and it'll feature DaBaby, Lil Durk, NAV, Lil Keed, Rich The Kid, PnB Rock and Quando Rondo. Here's the eerie yet sugary lead single.
COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS - "IF I TOLD"
MUZZ (INTERPOL, WALKMEN, BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN) - "BAD FEELING"
Muzz is a new band featuring Interpol frontman Paul Banks, Matt Barrick (The Walkmen, Fleet Foxes), and Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman, Day of the Dead, etc), and you can read more about their debut single "Bad Feeling" here.
ADAM GREEN - "ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE" (MISFITS COVER)
“In The Misfits and in his glorious solo work, Danzig bridged punk and metal with the blue-eyed soul music of the mid-1960’s like The Righteous Brothers and The Walker Brothers,” says Adam. “I’d had an idea for a while to do a Scott Walker / John Franz style production at punk speeds, and the Misfits song ‘All Hell Breaks Loose’ seemed like the perfect vessel for the experiment.”
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