23 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…
LA ROUX - "GULLIBLE FOOL"
Here's the second single from La Roux's new album, Supervision, which is out in February. Elly Jackson, La Roux's alter ego, says the mid-tempo, '80s-tyle number "Gullible Fool" was one of those songs that tumbled out fully-formed when most the record was already done and was working on another song. She says it's "the most special and meaningful song on the record for me, because I feel like it encapsulates a cycle of a life, and that couldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in the process of writing something else. It describes the feeling of being overly trusting, and living under the assumption that you shouldn’t need to protect yourself if you are nice to people.”
AVEY TARE - “ENJOY THE CHANGE [BIRDS IN DISGUISE]"
Animal Collective's Avey Tare released his new EP, Conference of Birds / Birds in Disguise, today and here's the second side of the EP, a nine-minute, groovy psychedelic freakout. It's just in time for his two-night stand at Public Records in Brooklyn.
EOB (ED O'BRIEN of RADIOHEAD) - "BRASIL"
Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien said he'd be releasing more solo music soon, and soon is now. Recording as EOB, Ed just shared the soaring nine-minute single "Brasil," which tightropes between rock and dance music. It comes with a trippy, sci-fi music video, directed by Andrew Donoho, that tips into the "short film" category with worlds literally colliding. “Brasil is a state of mind, not a place or time,” says Ed. Look for EOB's debut album in early 2020.
JON HOPKINS & KELLY LEE OWENS - "LUMINOUS SPACES"
Jon Hopkins and Kelly Lee Owens collaborated on "Luminous Spaces," which we wrote more about here.
ALGIERS - "VOID"
Atlanta's gothy, soulful Algiers have shared a new track from their forthcoming There is No Year. "Void" is Algiers at their most punk, with Franklin James Fisher wailing "Got to find a way to get out of it!"
ANALEMMA (SOPHIE & JULIANA HUXTABLE) - "PLUNGING ASYMPTOTE"
SOPHIE and Juliana Huxtable are debuting a new joint project, Analemma, on Locus Error, a compilation that comes out on Nina Kraviz's трип label on December 13. The compilation is described as a "concept album," with a "narrative" that's "vibrant yet nightmarish, a vision of classic trance music, including its psy side, refracted through трип's fearless, oddball aesthetic."
HEART BONES - "OPEN RELATIONS"
Heart Bones, aka the duo of Har Mar Superstar and Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog), will release new album Hot Dish on February 21 via Love OnLine. It's a true duo record with Sabrina and Har Mar trading off vocal lines over '80s-ish synthpop. The new single is the bouncy, infectious "Open Relations."
WALTER MARTIN - "THAT'S ALL I NEED" & "THE SOLDIER"
Walter Martin is releasing The World At Night, a tribute to his late Jonathan Fire*Eater bandmate Stewart Lupton, on January 31, and he's shared two more songs off of it. One of them, "The Soldier," he describes as a "sprawling real life fourteen-verse multigenerational story song (my first in this genre)." He continues, "you need seven full minutes of quiet, uninterrupted time to listen to it, otherwise it won’t do what it is suppose to do."
FLATBUSH ZOMBIES - "MONICA" (ft. TECH N9NE)
Flatbush Zombies and Tech N9ne are both known for making in-your-face rap that has both an underground/abstract mindset and a wide appeal, so it's a well-matched pairing that they teamed up for this new song.
NOSEBLEED - "NO BITE" & "BREAK THE HABIT"
Richmond's Nosebleed make no-frills, fuck-your-shit-up hardcore, and they've got a new EP called Outside Looking In dropping on Triple B Records soon. Two rippers from that EP are streaming now.
ANTI-FLAG - "UNBREAKABLE"
Anti-Flag have shared a new song and video off their upcoming album 20/20 Vision, and as you'd probably expect, it's a super catchy punk song with a powerful message and an equally powerful video to match. Anti-Flag made the video with a viral group of Nigerian teens called the Critics Company, who make short sci-fi films on their smartphones. "Their work just connected with us so hard because they're doing this stuff in such a DIY spirit -- like punk rock DIY," Justin Sane told Billboard. "Our bass player (Chris "#2" Barker) reached out to them, not thinking they would have any idea who we were, and they said, 'Well, send us a song' and we did a Skype call and it was so cool."
YUSSEF DAYES - "FOR MY LADIES" & "OTHELLO"
Yussef Dayes was one half of the great, now-defunct, modern-day UK jazz duo Yussef Kamaal (with Kamaal Williams), and he's now got a new video out called "Duality" which combines two new songs, "For My Ladies" and "Othello." The former is chilled-out and atmospheric while the latter is chaotic, and both are pretty psychedelic.
RICO NASTY - "HARD"
Rico Nasty remains on an unstoppable rise, and as you'd probably guess from the title, this new song goes hard.
BIG SCENIC NOWHERE - "HIDDEN WALL"
Desert rock collective Big Scenic Nowhere (members of Yawning Man, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, and more) have shared another single off their upcoming debut album Vision Beyond Horizon, and this one is the kind of hazy psychedelia you'll want to break out your lava lamp for.
SHARON VAN ETTEN - "SILENT NIGHT" & BLEACHED - "JINGLE BELLS"
Two indie greats covered classic Christmas songs for Amazon, and you can read more about them here.
PEGGY SUE - SURF XMAS EP
UK band Peggy Sue aren't kidding with the title of their Surf Xmas EP, bringing a twangy, coastal vibe -- and their distinctive harmony style -- to five holiday standards, including “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Blue Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bells,” and “White Christmas.” They've got an album of their own (non-holiday) music due out next year.
PORRIDGE RADIO - "LILAC"
UK band Porridge Radio have been part of Brighton’s fertile indie scene for the latter half of this decade, making melancholic, rainy day music with Dana Margolin’s strong songwriting and impassioned delivery at the forefront. The band have just signed to Secretly Canadian and this is the first single for the label.
OF MONTREAL - "POLYANEURISM"
It may be a cheap ploy but it works — put cute dogs in your video and we’ll watch. Making the part of a story involving a love triangle between Instagram-famous dogs, all the better, which is the plot of of Montreal‘s video for “Polyaneurism,” the new single from their forthcoming album, UR FUN.
SHOPPING - "INITIATIVE"
Shopping are back, with new album All or Nothing out February 7 via FatCat. The band made it in London with producer Davey Warsop and it was mixed by Nick Sylvester, and finds them incorporating disco and new wave elements into their spiky sound.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.