20 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review five 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…
JESSIE WARE - "ADORE YOU"
Jessie Ware released the new single "Overtime" back in October and now she has another new song out in the world, "Adore You," which was co-written and produced by Metronmy's Joseph Mount (who also worked on the recent Robyn album) and mixed by James Ford. It's got a minimal yet danceable beat, and it's a bit more subtle than the more pop-leaning singles on her last album. It's cool stuff; hopefully a new album will be announced soon!
WYE OAK - "EVERGREEN"
Wye Oak are the latest artist to release a song via the Adult Swim Singles series, delivering this lovely, understated gem. "The song was made in an attempt to work a little differently -- to 'try softer,' as my brilliant friend Lexie Mountain advised me," says Jenn Wasner who crafted the song after a period of personal reevaluation. "I understand intellectually that I have worth and value just by existing - that everyone does - but I'm beginning to realize that having an intellectual understanding doesn't mean you've integrated that shit into your heart and mind and unconscious beliefs. Maybe I'll never get there, but just trying (not too hard!) feels better than nothing at all. So it's a start."
SASAMI - "FREE" (FT. DEVENDRA BANHART)
SASAMI says this duet with Devendra Banhart is "about how destiny plays into matters of the heart- how sometimes when you lose in love, freedom is the consolation prize, and in that way, you've actually transcended." The video, directed by Riley Blakeway, is a bit of an apocalyptic vision. SASAMI's self-titled debut is out March 8.
RAIN PHOENIX - "TIME IS THE KILLER" FT MICHAEL STIPE
Rain Phoenix, who is the sister of Joaquin and River, has released a new song and video which features Michael Stipe. The song is one side of a 10" record that also features two unreleased songs by River Phoenix's band Aleka's Attic. "It’s so hard to believe [River Phoenix]’s been gone for 25 years," Rain says. "It really made me think about the construct of time, how we create it to make sense of things, and how especially with grief, it never really snaps to a grid. That said, a quarter of a century has a definite weight to it and I felt compelled and guided to share River the musician, with the world." Time Gone is out via Lawrence Rothman's Kro Records.
DEAD LEAF ECHO - "PALE FIRE"
Brooklyn shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo reissuing their out-of-print debut Pale Fire on March 29 which will be its first time on vinyl. (It only got a CD-R release in the U.S.) You can check out the title track and if it sounds especially majestic, it could be because the great Ulrich Schnauss mixed this one. (Locust's Mark Van Hoen also mixed a song on the LP.)
XIXA - THE CODE (EP STREAM)
Arizona band XIXA make dark-hued psych, tinged with a little spaghetti western grandeur. Their new EP, The Code, is out Friday and is resplendent with cinematic sweep. You can stream the whole thing now, via Kerrang:
DAVE HAUSE - "THE DITCH"
Punk frontman turned singer/songwriter Dave Hause is returning with new LP Kick on April 12 via Rise Records, and lead single "The Ditch" is a super catchy dose of heartland rock, somewhere between Tom Petty and The Gaslight Anthem.
AUGUST 08 - "BLOOD ON MY HANDS" (ft. SMINO)
88rising artist AUGUST 08 returned today with new single "Blood On My Hands," a dance/R&B blend that fans of The Weeknd will probably dig. It's also got a dizzying guest verse from Smino.
QUELLE CHRIS - "GUNS"
Indie rapper Quelle Chris is releasing his new album Guns on March 29 via Mello Music Group, and the title track is out now. It's got a psychedelic, glitchy beat from Chris Keys and backup vocals by Jean Grae (who Chris released a collaborative album with last year), and Chris navigates the production with equally trippy rhymes. It's great stuff.
DELICATE STEVE - "FREEDOM"
Here's another song from Delicate Steve's upcoming Till I Burn Up, a squelchy, funky number he calls "Freedom." "I guess you could say the song was equally inspired by Purple Rain, Amen Dunes’ Freedom, A$AP Rocky, Krishnamurti, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On and Spaghetti Westerns," says Steve. The animated video for "Freedom" entails Steve chasing an ice cream truck, and a police car chasing both of them. Will he find freedom?
CLOWNS - "PRICK"
Melbourne punks Clown have signed to Fat Wreck Chords, who will release their new album Nature / Nurture on April 12. Lead single pairs classic punk n' roll with hardcore aggression and just the right amount of melody, and it's a promising taste of the new LP. Fans of The Bronx and Single Mothers, take note.
DISPARAGER - "FALL"
Brooklyn's Disparager are releasing their new album Existential Dread on May 3. The album was produced by Defeater's Jay Maas, and lead single "Fall" is a promising mix of post-hardcore, atmospheric sludge, and more, with a nice balance between pop appeal and pure aggression.
DOOMSQUAD - "GENERAL HUM"
The first single from filial Canadian trio DOOMSQUAD's new album is part part Talking Heads and part Will Powers, with dollops of ’90s house and early-’00s dancerock. The video is something else entirely. Learn more here.
PRONOUN - "STAY"
Brooklyn's Alyse Vellturo is releasing her debut LP as pronoun, i’ll show you stronger, on May 24 via Rhyme & Reason. Its first single, "stay," "concerns the stinging anxiety that accompanies a break up," pronoun says. "Oddly enough, 'stay' is technically older than pronoun, one of my oldest productions. This song started out as a love song but I threw it away when I started writing There’s no one new around you."
LEGGY - "TAFFY"
Ohio garage punks Leggy are releasing a new album, Let Me Know Your Moon, on March 8 via Sheer Luck Records. Following first single "Eden" is "Taffy." About the song, uitarist/vocalist Veronique Allaer says, "the only lyric that survived from the song’s genesis til recording was the very first line I wrote for it 'can’t you tell that it scares me when you say you will do anything for me and I can eat you like a saltwater taffy?' That was inspired by an actual text I received from someone I had been casually seeing and it scared the heck out of me."
DAS BODY - "TALLER THAN THE AVERAGE MAN"
Oslo, Norway's Das Body shared a new single on Luminelle, "Taller Than the Average Man," a synthy, dancefloor-ready bop.
EZRA COLLECTIVE - "QUEST FOR COIN"
UK jazz group Ezra Collective announced their proper debut album along with the release of new single "Quest For Coin," which we wrote more about here.
WESTKUST - "COTTON SKIES"
Makthaverskan side project Westkust are set to release their self-titled sophomore album on March 1 via Run for Cover Records. They've shared its second single, "Cotton Skies," a slice of vivid, shoegazey pop.
DEAD SWORDS - "PERCEPTION"
Gaslight Anthem-related shoegazers Dead Swords' debut album will be out in March, and we wrote more about lead single "Perception" here.
SIGNO ROJO - END OF TETHER (EP STREAM)
Swedish sludge crew Signo Rojo's new EP comes out this Friday, but you can hear it now and read more about it here.
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