While we anxiously wait for voters to rank the best of the Top 150 Canadian Songs of All-Time, it’s a good time to look back on the week and reflect on the best new music we were treated to.
But before we get to that, it’s also worth checking out some of the many new music videos of the week, including: HAIM’s “Want You Back“, Odesza’s “Line of Sight“, Radiohead’s “Man of War“, and Arcade Fire’s “Creature Comfort“, plus an excellent acoustic performance from Jeff Tweedy of “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” on Seth Meyers. It’s also worth noting that LCD Soundsystem announced a new album, American Dream, is coming this fall, and legendary frontman of The Tragically Hip Gord Downie was awarded the Order of Canada.
Here are the best new indie tracks of the week:
HAIM — “Little of Your Love”
“Little of Your Love” is the third track HAIM has shared from Something To Tell You, following the release of “Right Now,” which included both a studio version and live in-studio video shot by Paul Thomas Anderson, and the first single from the album, “Want You Back.” The new album is out on July 7.
Tanya Tagaq — “Frostbite”
Quite the impressive year for Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. First becoming a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture, and then being selected for the Polaris Prize Long List for her album Retribution.
Mappe of — “Pleasure” (Feist Cover)
Mappe Of, whose sound has been described as “an ethereal avant-folk tour de force that belongs to no time or place,” has released a cover of the title track from Feist’s fantastic 2017 album. “Pleasure” arrives courtesy of Paper Bag Records, and it’s certainly true to Mappe Of’s mysterious and haunting style.
Chad VanGaalen — “Old Heads”
Alberta born musician Chad VanGaalen will be releasing his sixth studio album Light Information on September 8th. VanGaalen will also be heading out on a world tour with a Toronto stop November 30 at Massey Hall.
RAC — “The Beautiful Game” ft. St. Lucia
Frequent music collaborator RAC has shared yet another stunner of a song, which could be the best one yet from his upcoming album EGO. This time he borrowed the voice of St. Lucia aka Jean-Philip Grobler for “The Beautiful Game”.
Grizzly Bear — “Four Cypresses”
One of the most influential indie bands of the 2000s, Grizzly Bear are set to release their fifth studio album, Painted Ruins this summer, on August 18. The band shared a third new song following “Mourning Sound” and “Three Rings” with “Four Cypresses” that touts Daniel Rossen’s voice with Ed Droste providing backing harmonies.
Cold Specks — “Wild Card”
Toronto’s Cold Specks is set to perform at NXNE this weekend, ramping up towards her European tour this fall. She shared “Wild Card” from her upcoming album recently, inspired by the selflessness she saw in her mom who was assisting a Somalian refugee.
Fitz and the Tantrums — “Fool”
Masters of dance, Fitz and the Tantrums shared this summer anthem today and it’s a hell of a good time. It’s the first new single from the band that dropped their well-received self-titled album only last year.