10 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…
MOLLY NILSSON - "DAYS OF DUST"
Molly Nilsson will release new album Twenty Twenty on November 2. She says the title came from being stranded at the Tokyo airport. "Between my interrupted bench naps the surroundings found their way into my dreams, particularly the big banners in the departure hall stating: 2020. Not aware that they were announcing upcoming Olympic games, my imagination wandered," Molly says. "2020, a leap year. The year of the rat, the election. Perfect vision. The year of hindsight. The repetition, the ritual of the superstitious. A spell cast on the approaching future; not yet there, but close enough to be seen with full clarity. The year itself seems to draw a circle around its followers, as to protect anyone who dares enter." The first single is "Days of Dust," which has a little more guitar (and straightforward emotion) than we usually get from the icy synthpop artist. Watch the video:
ERIKA SPRING - "SCARS"
It's been a while since Erika Spring, of Au Revoir Simone and Nice As Fuck, released a solo single. (Six years, actually.) She's back with the Scars EP which she made with writing partner Homer Steinweiss (drummer for The Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, producer for Monika, Paul Spring, Diane Birch, Holy Hive) and will be out October 5 via Cascine. The very pretty title track came out of personal tragedy. "We wrote the track ‘Scars’ around the time that I had an early miscarriage. The song came together so naturally at the piano, and the words just spilled out,” Erika says. “The lyrics address that experience of loss, but I don't think I realized it at the time. There was just a general intensity to life which hasn't slowed down since having my son in November of 2016 — so trying to keep moving while hanging on to some hopefulness is part of the spirit of this song, too."
JACCO GARDNER - "VOLVA"
Dutch wunderkind Jacco Gardner is back with his first album in three years, titled Somnium and out November 23 via Polyvinyl. This is his first record since moving to Lisbon, and the city proved to be a big inspiration. "The city has a very mystical quality to it,” he says. “Especially in the older parts of the city, but also because of the hills it’s built on, wandering through the streets can feel almost like wandering through nature." The first single is a short instrumental titled "Volva," full of the baroque psych sounds we've come to expect from Jacco.
BUKE & GASE - "NO LAND"
Experimental Brooklyn duo Buke & Gase have returned with a new single, "No Land." About the song, they say, "lyrically speaking ‘No Land’ is our response to the ignorance of human and other habitat destruction by rising waters, drought, displacement from war/famine, the subsequent separation of families and how it’s going to get you, too, somehow, when you least desire it."
SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE - "HYPNIC JERKS"
Spirit of the Beehive's new album Hypnic Jerks comes out this week (9/14) via Tiny Engines, and they've now shared the title track. The band's sound is impossible to pin down, and it's all over the place on this song, which has bits of quirky math rock, Parquet Courts-y speak-singing, trippy atmosphere, and more.
BEN FOLDS - "MISTER PEEPERS"
The Washington Post asked Ben Folds to write a song about anything, and he chose Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Deputy Attorney General. Donald Trump reportedly called Rosenstein "Mr. Peepers" while talking to aides, and from that detail, this song's title was born. It also references a "tense exchange" between Rosenstein and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.
JADE HAIRPINS - "MOTHER MAN"
Jade Hairpins is a mysterious new project signed to Merge, and today they released "Mother Man," which we wrote more about here.
MELVINS & AL CISNEROS (of SLEEP) - "SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH" (BLACK SABBATH COVER)
Melvins and Sleep frontman Al Cisneros are streaming a cover of Black Sabbath's "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" from their upcoming EP, Sabbath, which we wrote more about here.
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS - "FRESH START"
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts have released their first new song in five years, "Fresh Start," which is from the upcoming Bad Reputation soundtrack. More info here.
MARGO PRICE - "LEFTOVERS"
Margo Price teamed with producer Matt Ross-Spang for a new song for Amazon Music's new "Produced By" series, and we wrote more about it here.
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