Best New Indie: 13 Songs You Need To Hear This Week

Required Weekly Listening

The hits keep on coming! We didn’t need to look far to find a cornucopia of great new songs from Indie’s best artists this week.

We’ve been treated to new albums from Strand of Oaks, Ryan Adams and Jens Lekman Friday, as well surprise tunes from Passion Pit, The Shins and much more.

Check out our selection of Best New Indie tracks from the week of February 13th:
 

Jens Lekman – “Evening Prayer”

Start off your weekend with Swedish romantic indie-pop musician Lens Lekman. His latest LP Life Will See You Now arrived after months of teases and it’s a total delight.
 

Mount Eerie – “Ravens”

Another devastating song from Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum. “Ravens” follows “Real Death”, both of which were written after the passing of his wife and longtime collaborator Geneviève Castrée from Pancreatic cancer this summer.
 

Passion Pit – “I’m Perfect”

Synth-pop king Michael Angelakos, who writes and records under Passion Pit, has released a new song every day this week. On Monday, he announced his new company The Wishart Group, aimed to provide musicians with healthcare, legal, and education services. Take a listen to “I’m Perfect” above.

 

Mew – “85 Videos”

Danish Alternative group Mew shared “85 Videos” this week, expanding on the kaleidoscopic aesthetic from their upcoming album Visuals. Stay tuned for more from Mew before the new LP drops April 28th,
 

Mac DeMarco – “On The Level”

“On This Level” is a hazy, synth-heavy, slow dance tune that sounds like it was adapted from an 80s smooth rock ballad. It follows “My Old Man” and “This Old Dog”, though it wasn’t officially released by Mac’s label, so listen while you still can.
 

The Shins – “Mildenhall”

James Mercer follwed-up the Halloween-themed “Dead Alive” and “Name For You” this week with another track from Heartworms, “Mildenhall”. The Shins were also announced to be playing WayHome Music & Arts Festival this summer in Oro Medonte as a part of their first tour in four years.
 

Animal Collective – “Jimmy Mack”

Animal Collective shared a companion EP this week to 2016’s Painting With, called The Painters EP. Check out the video for “Jimmy Mack” among three other new wild tunes from the American experimental group.
 

San Fermin – “No Promises”

Brooklyn’s baroque pop troupe San Fermin have been experimenting with new sounds with their latest releases. “No Promises” is no exception, with added prominence of synth textures on top of their well-groomed orchestral band all building to an exciting climax.
 

Thundercat – “Friend Zone”

Certainly the funkiest song on this list, the immensely talented Thundercat followed-up his 80s-style, Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald collaborative track “Show You The Way” with “Friend Zone” on Valentines’ Day.

 

Strand of Oaks – “Rest of It”

Taken from Strand of Oaks’ brand new record Hard Love, “Rest of It” is another example of Timothy Showalter’s fine songwriting abilities.
 

Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Prisoner is a gut-wrenching collection of songs written around and after his recent divorce from Mandy Moore. If heartbreaking track titles like “Do You Still Love Me,” “To Be Without You,” and “Broken Anyway” don’t send a message as is, the songs will surely paint a picture of the desolation he experienced. Take a listen to the title track from the album that arrived Friday, “Prisoner” above.
 

The Wooden Sky – “You’re Not Alone”

The Wooden Sky have released their second single off of upcoming album Swimming in Strange Waters, following the release of their title track earlier this year.

 

Why? – “One Mississippi”

Yoni Wolf shared a stunning new single under his Why? pseudonym from his upcoming fifth studio album Moh Lhean due out March 3rd.