9 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…
THE BIG MOON - "CAROL OF THE BELLS"
UK indie rockers The Big Moon have put their unique spin on the classic Christmas carol "Carol of the Bells," turning it into something that's almost a little psychedelic. "MERRY CHRISTMAS MOONERZ! Or, merry whatever is giving you hope and warmth and helping you get through these cold, dark days! We wanted to record you guys a wintry treat," they say.
BAT FOR LASHES - "DESERT MAN (PIANO VERSION)"
Here's an alternate version of "Desert Man" from Bat for Lashes' recent album Lost Girls. Stripped back almost entirely to just Natasha Khan and her piano, the song may be be all the more powerful for it.
JAMES RIGHTON (EX-KLAXONS) - "DEVIL IS LOOSE"
Former Klaxons frontman James Righton will release his solo debut, The Performer, in March and here's a second single from the record, a woozy pop number that flirts with the dark side. "Devil is Loose is my take on the worrying rise of extremism/populism/nihilism," says James. "Musically I wanted it to sound like a bad acid trip with the devil." Actually it kinda sounds heavenly.
OATH OF CRUELTY - SUMMARY EXECUTION AT DAWN (ALBUM STREAM)
Texas death/thrash revivalists Oath of Cruelty put out a few EPs during the first half of this decade, and they only just now got around to releasing their first full-length album, Summary Execution At Dawn. It's not far removed from early thrashy death metal in the vein of Morbid Angel, and Oath of Cruelty sound as filthy as you need to, to pull off this kinda thing.
HARKIN - "DECADE"
"This is a song about the dance of love, shame and time," says Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin/Sleater-Kinney/Courtney Barnett) of her shimmering, soaring new single. "Milestones stir up flurries of memories, we evaluate and re-evaluate the categorization of our own histories. The deals brokered, promises made, threats forgiven. Lines are drawn. That which ought to be sealed in the past, or that which is beloved yet relegated. The dance moves to many different tunes, but this one is mine."
OKAY KAYA - "ASEXUAL WELLBEING"
Kaya Williams, aka Okay Kaya, is releasing a new album, Watch This Liquid Pour Itself, on January 24. About its newest single "Asexual Wellbeing," she says:
island mud house
horses and stringy apple tree
blood of beet meals
baby in a moth suit clipping the
clothing-rack soon dry
look out for a field
be fire and dv’s and shitty driving good music
imitate algae in the coolest jacket to exist
loving your loved ones like it’s never going to end don’t let the hand deject you
except the shadow it gives
paint face true Scandinavian inappropriate
hang out by historical landmarks and feeling
ANNIE HART - "LONGING TO CARE LESS"
Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone will release her second solo album, A Softer Offering, this week and here's another sample before the whole thing drops on Friday. "Longing to Care Less" begins mournful and spare, just annie, a piano and an arpeggiated synth line, before opening up wide halfway through the song.
KAYTRANADA - "10%" (ft. KALI UCHIS)
Kaytranada will release his just-announced sophomore album Bubba this Friday, and you can read more about the Kali Uchis-featuring lead single here.
THE HADEN TRIPLETS - "EVERY TIME I TRY" (SPAIN COVER)
The Haden Triplets (Petra, Rachel and Tanya) have shared a new song off their upcoming album The Family Songbook, which is a cover of a song their brother Josh Haden originally wrote in the '90s for his band Spain. It comes with a Rachel Lichtman-directed video that stars Nick Offerman, and you can read more about it here.
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