There are so many new indie tracks for you to enjoy heading into the long weekend.
Your playlists are going to be stacked with fresh cuts from indie giants like Green Day, FKA twigs, Phantogram, Caribou, and Sufjan Stevens. There were also some killer releases from up-and-coming acts like Lucy Dacus, Ellevator, and more!
Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.
Green Day – “Fire, Ready, Aim”
Green Day has released “Fire, Ready, Aim,” which is set to be the opening theme song for the NHL’s Wednesday game broadcasts. The rowdy new tune is a raucous rock banger packed with gritty, wailing guitar lines, a driven drum beat, and rowdy vocals as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sings lines like, “Stick a hammer in your mouth/ You’re a liar/ Knock your teeth out to the ground/ You’re a liar.” The track premiered as part of a video montage yesterday before the hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils.
FKA twigs – “Home With You”
While gearing up for the release of Magdalene, FKA twigs has released a video for her new track “Home With You.” “‘Home with You’ is a record that I’ve written from the heart, and it talks about really just me going home to the suburbs where I’m from in Gloucestershire,” FKA twigs explains in an interview with Zane Lowe. “When in doubt, I just follow my gut and try to be around nature, go back to the Cotswolds, and get in touch with my family.”
Phantogram – “In a Spiral”
Phantogram are back with a cyclical new single called “In a Spiral.” “In a Spiral” is a glitchy, beat-driven track full of analogue synths, layered samples, and a dark, eerie production. The cyclical nature of the tune not only applies to the instrumental lines, but also to the lyricism, with lines like “I can see the end is going round/ Every day, every day in a spiral.”
Caribou – “Home”
Dan Snaith has released “Home,” his first new track in five years under the moniker Caribou. The silky new tune revolves around a groovy, processed melody and gritty, yet dreamy falsettos. The almost jazzy track has a cyclical nature to it that, instead of making “Home” feel disorienting, provides a comforting sense of familiarity.
Julien Baker – “Tokyo” and “Sucker Punch”
Julien Baker has released “Tokyo” and “Sucker Punch” on streaming services for the first time ever. The two tracks first were released in a vinyl collection of singles for Sub Pop last year, but now you can listen to the tunes online. “Tokyo” is a distorted, yet ambient track, driven by a piano line as Baker’s wailing vocals take the lead. “Sucker Punch,” on the other hand, is more remniscent of Baker’s older tunes, with an acoustic guitar as Baker belts lines like, “Handed you a knife with the handle out/ I could see you throw a sucker punch/ A broken floating rib/ Permanent Scar.”
Sufjan Stevens – “IV”
Sufjan Stevens has released a new instrumental piano track called “IV.” The tune comes from his score to The Decalogue, and while composed by Stevens, it’s performed by pianist Timo Andres. A few years ago, Stevens scored the ballet The Decalogue, which was choreographed by Justin Peck. Now, the full score is set to be released online on October 18th.
Cigarettes After Sex – “Falling In Love”
Cigarettes After Sex have dropped a new single called “Falling in Love.” The dreamy new tune is quintessential Cigarettes After Sex, with a slow, booming bass line, ambient instrumentals, and frontman Greg Gonzalez’s wavering vocals. “I think there’s something cosmic about this one,” Gonzalez explains in a statement. “I wrote the music before our relationship started. I wasn’t in love at all then, I was just writing about love and what it’d be like to be in love again. Two years later I actually fell in love again, and that’s what it took to finish the song.”
Lucy Dacus – “In The Air Tonight”
Singer-songwriter and boygenius member Lucy Dacus has released the latest installation of her holiday singles series with an epic cover of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” for Halloween. Dacus’ rendition of “In The Air Tonight” is pretty true to the original, with the addition of some eerie, ambient textures that truly allow the track to explode after its quintissential drum break. The track still has Dacus’ warm, dreamy, melancholic feel to it as her intimate vocal lines truly shine on this powerhouse cover.
Ellevator – “Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush cover)”
Hamilton’s Ellevator have released a cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” The band’s cover of the 1985 hit adds a modern twist to the gritty tune, with synths and layered, resonating guitar lines. Frontwoman Nabi Sue Bersche’s throaty vocals stay true to the original tune as she sings lines like, “And if I only could/ I’d make a deal with God/ And I’d get him to swap our places.”