It’s been a huge week for new releases.
We’ve been gifted with fresh cuts from indie giants like Florence + The Machine, Fiona Apple, Bon Iver, Christine and The Queens, Hayley Williams, and more. There have also been some amazing releases from up-and-coming acts like Maya Malkin and Evening Hymns.
Check out the best new indie tracks from this week below.
Florence + The Machine – “Light of Love”
Florence + The Machine has shared an introspective outtake from High as Hope called “Light Of Love.” The track has a simple, yet powerful message as frontwoman Florence Welch hums lines like, “Don’t go blindly into the dark/ In every one of us shines a light of love.” The track opens as a soft piano ballad, with Welch’s lyrics shifting from a late night of partying that goes off track toward some valuable introspection.
Fiona Apple – “Fetch the Bold Cutters”
Fiona Apple has released Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her first album in eight years, and it’s an artistic masterpiece of beautiful, heart-wrenching and often hilarious stories. Each track is a journey unlike the other. The title track explores the intricacies of girlhood, including not getting along with the “cool kids,” losing friends and the power of Kate Bush songs
Bon Iver – “PDLIF”
Bon Iver have shared a new track called “PDLIF” (“Please Don’t Live in Fear”) to provide support to frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Proceeds from the song will go toward Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization that delivers “personal protective equipment to responders across the US and the world.”
Christine and The Queens – “I Disappear In Your Arms”
Christine and The Queens has shared a new track called “I Disappear In Your Arms.” The new tune, which is listed as a bonus cut from her recently released surprise EP La vita nuova, is about questioning how sincere compliments from a partner are. Chris delivers her quintessential throaty vocals atop a soaring synth instrumental line that feels reminiscent of early 90s pop.
Hayley Williams – “Why We Ever”
Paramore frontroman Hayley Williams has shared yet another new track from her forthcoming album Petals for Armor called “Why We Ever.” “I was at the lowest point I’d been in some time,” Williams explains of the track on Instagram. “Now I look back and credit this night as being the beginning of a new season of my life, where I hold myself accountable for learning to love better. I’ve let myself down a lot in love. This was the start of recognizing my bad patterns and acknowledging that I’m ready to grow out of them.”
Austra – “Mountain Baby (feat. Cecile Believe)”
While gearing up for the release of HiRUDiN, which is set for release on May 1st, Austra has shared a new track called “Mountain Baby (feat. Cecile Believe).” The new track is a perfectly peculiar pop song, with gritty, yet bouncy instrumental lines. The track juxtaposes Austra’s throaty, powerful vocals with that of a children’s choir, making for an interesting balance of melodies.
July Talk – “Governess Shadow”
Toronto-based rock outfit July Talk recently announced their first new record in four years, Pray For It. Today, the band has unveiled a new single, “Governess Shadow,” along with a Cosette Schulz-directed video, with additional animation and VFX by Shy Kids.
The Streets, Tame Impala – “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing”
Tame Impala and The Streets have shared a video for a new collaborative track called “Call My Phone Thinking I’m Doing Nothing.” The gritty new tune has a synth-based instrumental line with driven percussion as The Streets’ Mike Skinner and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker deliver killer vocal lines.
Evening Hymns – “I Can Only Be Good”
Canadian artist Evening Hymns have shared a new track called “I Can Only Be Good.” The new tune features Destroyer’s Joseph Shabason on saxophone, and it lyrically revolves around the end of a relationship as a lover pleads against the inevitable end. “It was difficult to write this while in a relationship,” Jonas Bonnetta explains. “I was writing from the perspective of someone falling out of love and with the end in sight.
Maya Malkin – “Hostage”
Montreal singer-songwriter Maya Malkin has shared a new track called “Hostage” which comes with a bubbly, energetic instrumental line as Malkin’s silky vocals take the lead. The catchy indie pop tune is definitely a track you’re going to want to play on repeat.
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