25 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…
SZA & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE - "THE OTHER SIDE"
One of Justin Timberlake's biggest songs in recent memory is "Can't Stop the Feeling" from the soundtrack to 2016's Trolls (which he also voices a character in), and now Trolls has a sequel called Trolls World Tour (with a cast including JT, Ozzy Osbourne, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Mary J Blige, Gwen Stefani, J Balvin, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Kenan Thompson, Sam Rockwell, and more) hitting theaters on April 17, and this one also includes a song from Justin Timberlake, and this time that song is a collaboration with SZA. "The Other Side" is a rubberry funk/R&B jam, and SZA and JT make quite the dynamic duo.
JAGA JAZZIST - "SPIRAL ERA"
Norwegian genre-defiers Jaga Jazzist are releasing their first album in five years, Pyramid, on April 24 via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label (their label debut), and the first of its four lengthy tracks to be released is the hypnotic "Spiral Era."
DISCLOSURE - "EXPRESSING WHAT MATTERS"
This is the third single in as many days from UK duo Disclosure all of which have featured liberally sampling at their core. "Expressing What Matters" draws its power from Boz Scaggs' 1976 Grammy-winning #3 hit "Lowdown," which they slice-and-dice and add a slippy beat to.
“We really wanted to try and focus in on those wonderful backing vocals that permeate through the original & give it such soul," Disclosure say in a statement. "They ended up becoming the focal point of the entire track.. bring chopped and skewed to their limit. The whole thing was one big audio science experiment for us.” It's more like a "Lowdown" remix or edit that an original song, but it sounds pretty good.
RZA - GUIDED EXPLORATIONS EP
Wu Tang member RZA takes his love of soundtracks and meditation and has teamed with teamakers TAZO for this EP featuring cinematic grooves and meditational affirmations. "Each new distraction makes us feel less in control — it creates chaos, and at times it feels like we're completely surrounded," RZA tells us during the EP's opening cut. "Now, I'm not gonna tell you you can escape or ignore the chaos — that's fiction. I'm gonna show you how to embrace it."
NERVE SAW - "LIFE GOES ON... NOT"
Finnish death metal/crust punk blenders Nerve Saw (led by Markus Makkonen, who also used to play bass in Hooded Menace and plays in Sadistik Forest, who are working on album #4) formed back in 2010, but they're just now gearing up to release their debut album, Peril, due March 27 via Testimony Records. They recently released lead single "Last Verse for the Buried" (listen below) and now have unleashed "Life Goes On... Not" (listen at Decibel), and both are total beasts.
MARGARET GLASPY - "STAY WITH ME"
Margaret Glasy is headed in a synthy new direction with her upcoming album Devotion, but she hasn't abandoned country-tinged guitar or her singer-songwriter style entirely, which shows on new single "Stay With Me."
AMINÉ - "SHIMMY"
Portland rapper Aminé has been making fun, melodic rap for a few years now, and his new single "Shimmy" proves he's still got something to say.
WORLD DEMISE - "TIME AND AGAIN"
NJ metallic hardcore crew World Demise (who feature former members of Mongoloids, Manipulate, and Suburban Scum) are releasing a new demo on March 6 via Flatspot, and the just-released "Time And Again" is a fuck-your-shit-up scorcher of a track.
BLANCK MASS - "THE DEVERS" & "JACK'S THEME"
Blanck Mass is scoring the upcoming film Calm With Horses, and today he shared two pieces from that score. They're a little more meditative than his usual work, but mostly cut from the same dark, synthy cloth.
BC CAMPLIGHT - "I ONLY DRINK WHEN I'M DRUNK"
Brian Christinzio will release his new album as BC Camplight in April and has just shared a second single off the record. "People that are struggling in life, be it from a stress, loss, or mental illness, are more likely to behave in self-destructive ways," says Brian of the intent behind this odd, moving orchestral track. "The idea of only drinking when you're drunk is the notion that sometimes we hurt ourselves because we are hurting. The verses reflect the feelings some of us have when we are plodding through our everyday lives. The choruses are what happens when these feelings get the best of us.”
MAGDALENA BAY - "AIRPLANE"
The irresistible, sparkling "Airplane" is Los Angeles pop duo Magdalena Bay's latest single from their upcoming EP, A Little Rhythm and a Wicked Feeling, due out March 13 via Luminelle Recordings.
PEEL DREAM MAGAZINE - "EMOTIONAL DEVOTION CREATOR"
Brooklyn baroque shoegazers Peel Dream Magazine have shared another track from their upcoming album Agitprop Alterna which is out April 3 via Slumberland. "Emotional Devotion Creator" chugs along at a quick motorik pace with more than a little Stereolab in there. Frontman Joe Stevens says the song is about "personal liberties and manipulation," explaining, "an 'Emotional Devotion Creator' is a marketer or brand that tries to get you to feel attached to a product in order to get you to buy it. The song is asking, 'where do you draw the line?' Does everything have to be something special? Am I supposed to buy my way through everything now?'"
LA ARMADA - "PLAGUED"
Chicago-via-Dominican Republic hardcore band La Armada have launched a new song series called Songs of the Exiled, "a series of upcoming digital releases, 'each dedicated to one of the places we were born, or have lived in, that have shaped us and our political stances.'" The first song is the searing "Plagued."
S.H.I.T. - "HIDDEN IN ETERNITY" & "ERASER III"
Toronto-based makers of grimy hardcore, S.H.I.T. have dropped two new singles which -- as Stereogum points out -- were mixed by Jonah Falco (of Fucked Up and Career Suicide) and mastered by Power Trip collaborator Arthur Rizk, and they're both as raw and fast and disgusting and awesome as you'd hope.
KENNY MASON - "METAL WINGS"
Kenny Mason hails from Atlanta, but the raging rock-tinged rap of "Metal Wings" sounds more like Florida rapper Denzel Curry than the reigning trap of Kenny's home city. Cool stuff.
JESS WILLIAMSON - "WIND ON TIN"
Jess Williamson released her third album, Cosmic Wink, in 2018, and she's preparing to follow it with a new one, Sorceress, due out on May 15 via Mexican Summer. About the first single, a folky, psychy singer-songerwriter track, she says, "grief has a way of making the veil between worlds very thin. Prior to the memorial service, I was sitting on a porch passing around a guitar and drinking beers with a few very dear people in my life who I look up to greatly and who were very close to the person who had passed. We heard an unexplainable sound in the wind that made us all pause. Like a flute, but more angelic. It kept going. We tried, unsuccessfully, to record it. The sound was indescribably beautiful and heavenly. “Were the angels singing just for us, or is that what the wind out here does on tin?” Regardless of the answer, I know that for that brief moment we were lucky initiates into the mystery realm, and I’m deeply grateful."
THE SUICIDE MACHINES - "ANARCHIST WEDDING"
We named "Awkward Always" off The Suicide Machines' first album in 15 years one of the best punk songs of January, and now here's the second single. "Awkward Always" was on the band's ska-punk side, but this one's just straight-up punk, and it rips.
PHOEBE BRIDGERS - "GARDEN SONG"
The first single off Phoebe Bridgers' TBA sophomore album has finally arrived. Read more here.
SHABAZZ PALACES - "FAST LEARNER"
Shabazz Palaces announced a new album and released this lead single, which you can read more about here.
DIRTY PROJECTORS - "OVERLORD"
"Overlord" is Dirty Projectors' first new song in two years and it features new-ish member Maia Friedman on lead vocals. Read more here.
RUBBER BLANKET (WOUNDED LION, THE INTELLIGENCE) - "SCENTED CANDLES"
Rubber Blanket is a new group comprised of former Wounded Lion members Brad Eberhard and Jun Ohnuki, and The Intelligence‘s Lars Finberg. The trio pull from a bunch of weirdo influences, including skronky no-wave and robotic cling-clang post-punk, free jazz, spoken word cult artist Ken Nordine, The Television Personalities (who they cover) and more. Here's the new single from their debut album which is out next week.
THE DREAM SYNDICATE - "THE REGULATOR"
Steve Wynn says "The Regulator" is a microcosm of The Dream Syndicate's new album The Universe Inside. “It was just a formless, trippy mass as we all started playing together,’ says Wynn. “There was an early 70’s drum machine—a Maestro Rhythm King, the same model used on “There’s A Riot Goin’ On”—with Dennis locking in and setting the pace. Stephen grabbed an electric sitar because it was the first thing he saw. Jason and I were kicking pedals on like lab monkeys in a laboratory and Mark was a lightning rod, uniting all of those elements into one tough groove. I collected a list of random, unconnected lyric ideas that I kept on my phone. I tried them all out in random order in my home studio just to see how they would feel and that one-take test run is the vocal you hear! There’s just so much lightning-in-a-jar, first take excitement on this record.”
PALE LIGHTS - "YOU AND I"
There's more than a little Orange Juice in this jangly song from Brooklyn's Pale Lights (which features members of Comet Gain, Crystal Stilts, The Ladybug Transistor and more). It's a new 7" that's part of Slumberland Records' 30th Anniversary singles series.
ODD HOPE - "ALL THE THINGS"
Also part of Slumberland's SLR30 series, this is a terrific bit of twee powerpop courtesy San Francisco's Odd Hope.
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