19 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, track premieres, and more all day. In these concertless times, that includes daily livestreams and live concert videos we love. 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…
THE KILLERS - "MY OWN SOUL"S WARNING"
The Killers have shared the third single off their upcoming album Imploding The Mirage (which still doesn't have a concrete release date), and like lead single "Caution," this one's very much cut from the War On Drugs-y indie heartland rock cloth. (The album was co-produced by War On Drugs collaborator Shawn Everett and features War On Drugs leader Adam Granduciel. This particular song features Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, who also co-produced the album.)
The single artwork is a painting by Thomas Blackshear of the Crow Tribe of Indians, who gave the band their blessing to use the painting, and said, "Artists living across the world inspired by our people and way of life, is a total honour and true testament of the knowledge our people share. During this unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as the injustice of police brutality protests around the world. Our people recognise the need to also help keep our spirits positive."
THEMIND - "A SPIKE LEE JAWN" (ft. KRYSTAL METCALFE)
Chicago artist theMIND (who frequently works with Mick Jenkins, Noname, Saba, Smino, Jamila Woods, and others) has a funky, soulful, lyrically powerful new single out now as a Bandcamp exclusive that he released timed with Bandcamp's Juneteenth fundraiser for NAACP. He says, "To Whom it May Concern, FUCK 12 and reparations have been due. This song is a 400 year old invoice."
NO JOY - "NOTHING WILL HURT"
No Joy's new album, Motherhood, is out August 21 and finds them further expanding their shoegazy sound into pop territory. New single "Nothing Will Hurt" features some serious bass popping. “The demo of this song started as a slow Industrial burner built on samples of me screaming,” says No Joy's Jasamine White-Gluz. “Once brought into the studio, the song found new life; our mission in the studio was that no idea was too weird to try. That led to us squishing Bananas into very expensive microphones to get textured percussion noises, shoving kitchen knives into guitar necks to create a perfect slide guitar sound and adding some Primus-inspired slap bass.” The video, meanwhile, features some cute goats.
MIKE POLIZZE (PURLING HISS) - "CHEEWAWA " FT. KURT VILE
Purling Hiss' Mike Polizze teamed up with fellow Philly artist Kurt Vile to make his upcoming solo album, Long Lost Solace Find. Vile's influence feels strong on this new single. "“I wish I wrote ‘Cheewawa' (guess I’ll have to cover it!)," says Kurt. "Luckily I got to play harmonica and sing ghost vocals on it... I’ve been waiting for this kinda Polizze.” Meanwhile, Polizze says the video "was shot and edited in one day during the height of quarantine. On that afternoon, the spring cheer felt eerie against the bleakness of the pandemic. Things don't seem much better lately, but hopefully this will provide a brief moment of solace.”
MINA TINDLE - "LIONS" & "BELLE PÉNITENCE"
French singer and songwriter Mina Tindle, who's a vocalist on The National's 2019 album I Am Easy to Find, has announced her first album in six years, SISTER, due out on October 9 via 37d03d. It was produced by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Sufjan Stevens, and The National's Bryce Dessner (who she's married to), and the first two singles are "Lions" and "Belle Pénitence." "The idea is that you need to keep going, even if sometimes you feel like you’re just pretending to be brave. It’s all about the march," she says about "Lions," which should appeal to fans of Feist.
DEHD - "FLOOD"
Chicago trio have shared a new single from their upcoming new album Flower of Devotion which is out July 17 via Fire Talk. Dreamy and sorrowful, "Flood" is overflowing with emotion. “Falling in love with someone is like becoming water,” says singer Emily Kempf. “A flood is powerful, uncontrollable, devastating. Water can nourish or destroy.”
MACHINE HEAD - "STOP THE BLEEDING" (ft. JESSE LEACH) & "BULLETPROOF"
Bay Area thrash/groove metal vets Machine Head have responded to the times with a new two-song single, Civil Unrest, which includes the song "Stop The Bleeding" which features Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach and comes with a video featuring footage of protests and police violence. Proceeds will benefit the Grassroots Law Project, who are working with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Read more here.
DARKSTAR - "TEXT"
BRUCE HORNSBY - "MY RESOLVE" (ft. THE SHINS' JAMES MERCER)
Bruce Hornsby continues his foray into hipsterdom with this new single featuring The Shins frontman James Mercer, whose voice is pretty perfect for this song. It's off Hornsby's upcoming album Non-Secure Connection, which -- like last year's Absolute Zero -- also features Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Brad Cook, and members of yMusic, along with Jamila Woods, Leon Russell, and Living Colour's Vernon Reid. It comes out August 14 via Zappo/Thirty Tigers.
ARCA - "MEQUETREFE"
Arca's new album KiCk i comes out later this month, and the latest single is "Mequetrefe," which melds disparate sounds together into one driving mix. "The song 'Mequetrefe' invokes the tenderness behind expressing who you are without shame, and the confidence and bravery it requires, because expression of gender-nonconforming self-states in a public space can often result in static within your environment," Arca says.
NOCAP - "COUNT A MILLION" (ft. LIL UZI VERT)
Rising Alabama rapper NoCap has roped in current star and maker of one of the year's best albums so far, Lil Uzi Vert, for his melodic new single.
ALL WE ARE - "NOT YOUR MAN"
UK trio All We Are will return with new album Providence on August 14 via Domino imprint Double Six. “The celebration of the positive things was our focal point with this record,” says the group's Richard O’Flynn. “We could never have known what sort of world we’d be releasing this record into but our goal was always to try to bring people joy amongst the sorrow.” First single "Not Your Man" is funky and frothy, and comes with tropical cocktail of a musical video.
VIDEO AGE - "PLEASURE LINE"
Video Age recall the soft sophistipop groups of the '80s like Prefab Sprout and China Crisis. Their new album, Pleasure Line is out August 7 via Winspear and they've just shared the very mellow, silk-smooth title track.
REMO DRIVE - "A FLOWER AND A WEED"
Remo Drive have shared a new song off their anticipated third album, which you can read more about (and check out a playlist the band made for us) here.
J COLE - "SNOW ON THA BLUFF"
J Cole released a new song that's been surrounded by controversy over the way he referenced Noname in the lyrics. You can read more about it here.
BEACH SLANG - "UNDER THE MILKY WAY" (THE CHURCH COVER)
Beach Slang have covered The Church's classic "Under The Milky Way" for The Longest Day - A Benefit for the Alzheimer's Association, which comes out Friday. Read more here.
MIKAL CRONIN - "GUARDIAN WELL SWITCHED ON"
Last year Mikal Cronin released Seeker, his first album in four years, but turns out it was one of two versions of the album he had made. The other version was made with vintage analogue synthesizers. As the Switched On version of "Guardian Well" shows, the results are more than just novelty, turning the Petty-esque original into something much more cosmic.
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