13 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, track premieres, and more all day. In these concertless times, that includes daily livestreams and live concert videos we love. 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…
GORILLAZ - "FRIDAY 13TH" (ft. OCTAVIAN)
Gorillaz have released a new song in their Song Machine series, and this one features the great UK rapper Octavian, who both raps and sings on the track, while Gorillaz supply a backdrop of big, rubbery synths.
CARLOS NIÑO & MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON - "PART VI - INTO ETERNITY"
Carlos Niño and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, who worked together on Makaya McCraven's Universal Beings, also ended up opening one of the Universal Beings shows in Chicago with a 44-minute improvised duo set that they dubbed Chicago Waves. They're now releasing the recording of that set as an album on June 26 via International Anthem, and here's the stunning first taste.
THE BUILDING - "GODDAMN... (I AM)"
The Building is Anthony LaMarca of The War On Drugs, and he wrote this song that takes on America's police system and benefits the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM). He writes:
This song is intended to be convicting; a realization (Goddamn…) and acceptance (I am). Taking a moment to say, “fuck…that is our country.”
I fully acknowledge that this moment doesn’t need a song from a white guy. I simply want to use my ability as a musician to hopefully be helpful in this moment.
More than anything, the reason for releasing this song is to be a fundraiser.
All money raised from this song is being donated to BEAM, an organization whose mission is “to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing.”
Saying that Black lives matter is the absolute minimum.
Black lives are to be loved.
Black lives are to be cherished.
BPMD (mem OVERKILL, VIO-LENCE, ex-DREAM THEATER) - "WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND" (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD COVER)
BPMD is the new band of Bobby Blitz (Overkill) on vocals, Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) on guitar, Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) on bass, and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) ond rums, and their debut full-length album of '70s rock covers, American Made, comes out this Friday, June 12 via Napalm Records. Here's the metalfied version of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band."
MANTAR - "100%" (SONIC YOUTH COVER)
Speaking of metal covers albums, MANTAR have shared the Sonic Youth cover off their upcoming '90s covers album Grungetown Hooligans II. It's a pretty faithful rendition, just a little more evil, and it sounds great.
CONSTANTINES - "CALL ME OUT"
Canadian indie band Constantines are back with their first new music since 2009. Their new single "Call Me Out," they write, "was written in 2017. It’s an acknowledgement of the need for open listening, active learning, inward study and accountability towards personal and social change. It’s an owning of our privilege and responsibilities. We’re not looking to take up a lot of space with this release, but thought it might do some good to put it out now, rather than hiding it away any longer. It won’t be available on spotify, applemusic, etc, or as a physical release. Please don’t post it on youtube. The purpose of this release is to raise money for the folks mentioned above."
CAMBATTA - "BONES OF OSIRIS"
Cambatta has shared another single off his upcoming album LSD: Lunar Solar Duality (due 7/21 via Mello Music Group), and the song -- which includes lyrics about systemic racism -- comes with a video full of footage of recent protests. "when I wrote this song, the moment I heard the beat I was inspired to write something that was wickedly witty yet motivational in a revolutionary sense," Cambatta says. "This song represents frustration and aggression but also knowledge of self and eagerness to nullify in the burning hunger in my soul."
GLEN HANSARD - "COLD COMFORT"
Glen Hansard is back with this new single that was written during and about pandemic lockdown. It's also about his experience as the 4th oarsman in a small hand-built wooden boat called a curragh that became the subject of 2018 documentary The Camino Voyage. One of the other oarsmen, Danny Sheehy, died three years ago when the curragh capsized off the Iberian Coast. "I wrote this song in Paris while in residence at the Irish Cultural Centre,” Hansard says. “It’s a tribute to the life of bards and troubadours on their lifelong march through the towns and villages of the world, singing and drinking, expressing the sorrows and the joys of the age as they court darkness and light with equal knowing. A song of gratitude for the gift of singing. I raise it here to the memory of our boat captain Danny Sheehy.” The song comes with a "a handmade video for a homemade song written for the time that's in it."
WESLEY GONZALEZ - SPORTS MEN (HARUOMI HOSONO COVER)
Onetime Let's Wrestle frontman Wesley Gonzales has left shambolic indie behind in favor of lush synthpop on his new album Appalling Human that's out this Friday. It was heavinly influenced by Yellow Magic Orchestra's Haruomi Hosono and Wesley has now shared a cover his song "Sports Men." "Haruomi Hosono has become my most enduring influence, since discovering his music towards the end of my time in my previous band Let's Wrestle, it informed so much of what kind of artist I wanted to be on my own. Not just in terms of songwriting and production but even in the aesthetics of the artwork and videos he did either on his own or with Yellow Magic Orchestra. I was recommended the album Philharmony and that's what got me gripped, to find someone who makes abstract experimental gamalean-esque tracks and covers Italian opera but can also write a song as fantastically pop as 'Sports Men' enthralling and his entire discography has been an absolute gift."
STARLIGHT GIRLS - ENTITLED EP
Brooklyn band Starlight Girls are back with a new EP of lightly gothy indie pop and they're donating all Bandcamp sales of it this month to the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund.
THE DALAI LAMA - "COMPASSION"
The Dalai Lama is releasing an album, Inner World, on July 6 which is also the Tibetan spiritual leader's 85th birthday. The album is a collection of chants and mantras, set to music for the first time. The project came about when Junelle Kunin, a New Zealand practicing Buddhist, realized no album like this existed, and managed to get a meeting with the Dalai Lama about it. He agreed. "I’d never heard him speak like this,” Kunin told the Associated Press. “He really was so excited … he actually proceeded to explain to me how important music is. He leaned forward and his eyes were sparkling, and his fingers were rubbing together and he [talked] about how music can help people in a way that he can’t; it can transcend differences and return us to our true nature and our good heartedness.” The album, which was made with Kunin's husband, Abraham, was made over the last five years and features contributions from sitar player Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi Shankar). You can listen to "Compassion" now.
FONTAINES D.C. - "I DON'T BELONG"
Powered by a descending bassline played high on the neck and slashing guitars, "I Don't Belong" is a brooding, smoldering track that owes just a little to Joy Division. It's the opening song on Fontaines D.C.'s new album A Hero's Death.
POPULAR MUSIC (PARENTHETICAL GIRLS + PRUDENCE) - "PHILADELPHIA" (NEIL YOUNG COVER)
Popular Music (aka Parenthetical Girls leader Zac Pennington and Prudence Rees-Lee) have an album of cover songs from 20th century cinema on the way, and today we premiered this cover of Neil Young's "Philadelphia" from the soundtrack of the 1993, Jonathan Demme-directed, Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington-starring drama Philadelphia, a film which fought against homophobia and has been considered Hollywood's first serious movie about AIDS. All proceeds from the song benefit the Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund.
Looking for even more new songs? Browse the ‘New Songs’ archive and keep scrolling down for more new songs from earlier this week.