Best New Indie: 8 Songs You Need To Discover This Week

Required weekly listening courtesy of Broken Social Scene, The National, Mappe Of, and more.

You can’t head into a long weekend without a handful of new cuts from some of indie rock’s heavyweights. Keep it here for new music from the likes of Broken Social Scene, The National, Arcade Fire, Mappe Of, and more.

Here is this week’s Best New Indie.

The National – “Guilty Party”

The latest offering from The National is “Guilty Party,” and it’s as morose at they come, using Matt Berninger’s signature low and gutty voice to cast a dark shadow. They also shared a music video, directed by minimalist artist Casey Reas. Their ninth studio album, Sleep Well Beast, arrives in September.

Broken Social Scene – “Stay Happy”

Broken Social Scene will release Hug of Thunder on July 7, and they’ve delivered another taste of what’s to come from their first record since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record. The band shared “Stay Happy” over the weekend, featuring lead vocals courtesy of new permanent member Ariel Engle.

Mappe Of – “Peaceful Ghosts”

Just a few days after the release of his cover of Feist’s “Pleasure”, Mappe Of has shared his debut album’s third single, “Peaceful Ghosts.”

Low Sun – “Into Sun”

Toronto-based indie rockers Low Sun have shared a new song from a forthcoming split, Human Sun, which features tracks from fellow Toronto band HUMANITIES. “Into Sun” rides fuzzed-out and fractured guitars in front of a deliberately sparse beat, as the band “experiment with how we could dissect and ultimately expand on the seemingly mundane experiences people tend to let pass them by.”

Mogwai – “Party in the Dark”

With some semblance of a chorus / verse structure and voices (they actually sing), Mogwai shared “Party In The Dark,” and it might be their most accessible song ever.

Arcade Fire – “Signs of Life”

Arcade Fire have shared another track entitled “Signs of Life” from their new album Everything Now, out July 28. The band has already played the song life in the UK and now we get the first listen to the official album release.

St. Vincent – “New York”

The first new song from Annie Clark, “New York,” was released a week after she announced a fall North American tour called “Fear the Future.” Along with the release of the song, she’s shared the cover art for the single. Her critically acclaimed eponymous album St. Vincent was released in 2014 and three years later she’s returned.

RALEIGH – “Ivy”

Calgary quartet RALEIGH premiered a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Ivy” this week, which will arrive as a cassingle with the first album cut, “Costume Party” (feat. Scott Munro of Preoccupations), on July 21st. RALEIGH’s new album, Powerhouse Bloom, drops this fall.