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…
JAYE JAYLE - "GUNTIME" (PROD. BEN CHISHOLM)
Jaye Jayle, the solo project of Young Widows' Evan Patterson, will release his new album Prisyn on August 7 via Sargent House. He made this one with longtime Chelsea Wolfe collaborator Ben Chisholm, and the first taste is the dark, brooding, Nick Cave-y "Guntime," which apparently is about Evan "having a car full of teenagers point an Uzi at the Jaye Jayle tour van as they drove into Paris." "I thought this was the city of romance / I thought this was where I’d be safe," Evan sings.
ED ASKEW - "LITTLE EYES"
As mentioned, the great, veteran folk singer Ed Askew is releasing London -- a studio session that Ed recorded in London while on tour with The Incredible String Band's Mike Heron -- on June 19 via Tin Angel, and you now can stream the album's lovely rendition of "Little Eyes."
CARLY RAE JEPSEN - DEDICATED SIDE B
It’s been roughly one year since the release of Carly Rae Jepsen’s Dedicated, and to celebrate, the singer has released a handful of songs in a compilation LP called Dedicated Side B. Each of the tracks were recorded some time in between E•MO•TION and Dedicated, but scrapped from the record’s official release for whatever reason. Regardless, now we get to enjoy them and the work contributed by people like Jack Antonoff (who guests on the track “Comeback” as Bleachers), Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange), and Ariel Rechtshaid.
HAIM - “DON’T WANNA”
Yet another contribution from star producer Ariel Rechtsaid (alongside Rostam and Danielle Haim) comes the HAIM sisters’ latest single, “Don’t Wanna.” The band's upcoming record, Women In Music Pt. III, is set to be released on June 26, following delays caused by the current pandemic. This is the third single off the album they’ve released thus far (following “The Steps” and “I Know Alone”), and it's a bass-ridden and ultimately fun summer-y romp, despite discussing a tumultuous relationship that might just be worth saving. “I don’t wanna give up on you,” the track proclaims,” chiming in with an explosion of brass. It feels triumphant and sure.
RYLEY WALKER - "THE GO IN THE GO FOR IT" (GRANDADDY COVER)
Ryley Walker is a big Grandaddy fan and has shared this acoustic cover of their song "The Go in the Go for It" from 2003's Sumday. it's a lovely version, lightly psychedelic, especially at the end with some trippy backwards guitar.
MAXWELL STERN - "TYING AIRPLANES TO THE GROUND" (ft. RATBOYS & MORE)
Maxwell Stern (of Signals Midwest and Timeshares) collaborated with members of Modern Baseball, Ratboys (including singer Julia Steiner, who harmonizes with Max on this song), Into It. Over It., and Sincere Engineer on this heartfelt charity single, “Tying Airplanes To The Ground,” inspired by the late, great John Prine.
Of the track, Stern said,
I wrote this song on April 8th, 2020, the day after John Prine died. I spent the whole day doing nothing but listening to his music. There’s such incredible beauty and humor in his songs but there’s also a definite darkness, a somber quality that can exist in that same space. I was wondering about what he might write for these current times, and then I tried to write my own personal version of that song.
Bandcamp proceeds will be donated to the Independent Venue Association for the foreseeable future.
DADI FREYR - WHERE WE WANNNA BE
Daði Freyr’s newest single, “Where We Wanna Be,” is an infectious, electro-infused jam, expressing that it doesn’t matter what’s happening, even if it’s bad, as long as he’s with someone special. In regard to the current global pandemic, this sort of idea is all the more relevant. This single follows the Hot Chip remix of his viral single “Think About Things.”
“These days may blend together / That’s okay as long as we’re where we wanna be,” he expresses in a more somber moment of the track, relaying a sentiment that's all too relatable. Though we’re forced into isolation at the moment, we may not be able to physically be "where we wanna be," but we can at least find comfort in the significant (though distanced) relationships we have with people, and in listening to fun songs like this.
"And I know when it's all over, we'll be stronger than before."
SECH - 1 OF 1
Panamanian R&B singer Sech has been on a roll. After following his great 2019 album Sueños with an appearance on Bad Bunny's YHLQMDLG, he put out the new single "Relación," and today he dropped the new album 1 of 1 featuring "Relación" and 20 other songs. Guests include Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Farruko, Zion & Lennox, Arcangel, Myke Towers, and more.
SHILPA RAY - "MANIC PIXIE DREAM CUNT"
“I wrote this song as an anthem to myself," says Shilpa of her first new song in three years. "It's my ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ much like ‘Rebel Girl’ by Bikini Kill or ‘Edge of Seventeen’ by Stevie Nicks. I wanted to reclaim two derogatory phrases describing women/ femininity and combine them into something powerful. Nobody wants to be a pussy but everyone wishes they were a dream cunt.” Watch the video, directed by Amos Poe:
DISCLOSURE - "ENERGY"
Disclosure announced a new guest-filled album, Energy, and the lead single/title track samples Eric Thomas, the same person whose voice appeared on Disclosure's classic "When a Fire Starts to Burn." Read more here.
WILCO - "TELL YOUR FRIENDS"
Wilco released this new benefit single (and premiered the music video on Colbert) and you can purchase it at Bandcamp (for $1 or more), with all proceeds going to World Central Kitchen. Read more here.
THE BOUNCING SOULS - "WORLD ON FIRE"
NJ punk vets The Bouncing Souls are back with a new single (their first for Pure Noise) and you can read more about it here.
THURSTON MOORE - "THE LORDS AND THE LADIES"
Thurston Moore continues to put out previously-unreleased songs from his vault during quarantine. This one's a lovely acoustic instrumental called "The Lords and the Ladies" that Thurston debuted on his 2013 UK tour with legendary folk singer Michael Chapman and recorded in London in 2015. Read more here.
LOCAL NATIVES W/ SYLVAN ESSO - "DARK DAYS"
March in early March, right before the whole country went in lockdown, Local Natives taped a performance for Jimmy Kimmel Live featuring a revamped version of their single "Dark Days" (from 2016's Sunlit Youth) with help from Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath. That version of "Dark Days" has now been released as a single.
SEASICK STEVE - "CARNI DAYS"
Blues musician Seasick Steve, whose past was maybe not as colorful as he once led folks to believe, will release a new album, Love & Peace, on July 24. The first single is "Carni Days" which showcases Steve's slide skills on acoustic and seems to paint a picture of a bygone time when the circus came to town, but is actually about a more modern event -- summer music festivals.
MIKE - "NOTHIN' 2 SAY (NEVER FORGET)"
The great, prolific, underground New York rapper MIKE has announced his new album Weight of the World and shared this song from it, which you can read more about here.
SOCCER96 - "THE CHILDREN WILL DANCE"
Soccer96 is the synth/drums duo of the two non-Shabaka Hutchings members of The Comet Is Coming -- Danalogue [Dan Leavers] and Betamax [Max Hallett] -- and , their collaborative EP with Alabaster dePlume, Tactics, comes out June 26 via Moshi Moshi. Read more about new single "Children Will Dance" here.
KALL - "ELD"
Kall, the band who formed out of the ashes of Swedish depressive black metal vets Lifelover in 2012, are releasing their second album (and first in six years), Brand on June 19 via Prophecy Productions. Their genre-defying new single fuses together black metal, slowcore, grunge, psychedelia, and more, and you can read more about it here.
SOCCER MOMMY - "I THINK YOU'RE ALRIGHT" & JAY SOM - "LUCY"
Soccer Mommy and Jay Som cover each other for the first edition of Soccer Mommy's single series, which we wrote more about here.
BAILTERSPACE - "CONCRET SQUARE," "DELTA" & "MDOF"
New Zealand noise rock band Bailterspace are back. Thier first post to their Facebook in five years was a link to a new Bandcamp page, writing "This exists now," and the've been posting rare and unreleased tracks there. Amongst those, however, are three brand new songs with matching artwork. Is an album on the way?
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive.