Best New Indie: 10 songs you need to discover this week

Featuring Karen O, Willie Nelson, Smashing Pumpkins, and more!

The weather’s getting colder, and what better way to spend your time inside than by listening to some new tunes?

We’ve been gifted some fresh cuts from renowned acts like Karen O, Willie Nelson, Smashing Pumpkins, Hayden, and more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Karen O, Willie Nelson – “Under Pressure (Queen cover)”

Karen O and Willie Nelson have collaborated for a cover of David Bowie and Queen’s Under Pressure.” “Willie’s daughter Amy very supportively said, ‘Have her send him the song and he’ll sing on it!” Karen O explains. “At this point my mind was melting but I had to focus and pull a song out of the ether that was worthy of a living legend and spoke to the people in troubled times, not an easy assignment. Then like a bolt out of the blue ‘Under Pressure’ came to mind — I’ve heard this song countless times without processing the gravity of what Bowie and Freddie were singing about, maybe because their performances are so exhilarating you get swept away in the high of that duet.”

Smashing Pumpkins – “Ramona” and “Wyttch”

While gearing up for the release of Cyr on November 27th, Smashing Pumpkins have released two new tracks, “Ramona” and “Wyttch.”

The alt rock giants have been sharing a pair of tunes at a time leading up to the release of their upcoming double album. “Ramona” is a synth-driven track, while “Wyttch” feels more reminiscent of the Smashing Pumpkins’ darker singles.

Hayden – “Under The Stairs”

Veteran Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden Desser has unveiled a brand new song and video ahead of next week’s presidential election in the United States. “Under The Stairs” highlights the importance of voting, all while Desser wears a mask.

Nilüfer Yanya – “Crash””

Nilüfer Yanya has announced her forthcoming three-track EP Feeling Lucky?, which is set for release on December 11th via ATO. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for its lead single “Crash.” “The video for ‘Crash’ takes place on a flight,” Yanya explains. “Last year, doing a lot of touring I found myself becoming more and more anxious each time I boarded a plane, something which was new for me as I’ve never had a fear of flying.”

Like A Motorcycle – “Punk Two”

Halifax-based punk outfit Like A Motorcycle have returned with a follow-up to their 2016 debut High Hopes. Dead Broke arrives today, via Known Accomplice. The foursome recorded the album in Vancouver with producer Howard Redekopp (Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother). Like A Motorcycle have also unveiled a brand new video for the song “Punk Two” to go along with the album’s arrival.

Dizzy – “Light Years”

While getting ready for the release of Basement Covers, which is set for release on November 13th, Dizzy has shared a cover of The National’s “Light Years.” “I Am Easy To Find was released as we started writing our sophomore record The Sun and Her Scorch,” Dizzy’s Katie Munshaw explains. “‘Light Years’ was one of my favourite tracks from the album and sounded sick sped up.”

Khruangbin – “Summer Madness”

Houston trio Khruangbin have announced that they’ve curated an instalment of the long-running mix series Late Night Tales, which is set for release on December 4th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a cover of Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness.” “We definitely wanted to cover as much global territory as possible,” Khruangbin explains. “So it was the globe and then home.”

Strawberry Pills – “The Voyeur”

Gothy Athens synth duo Strawberry Pills have shared a video for their new track “The Voyeur.” “Love and hate walk holding hands in the dystopian playground that is the basement of a maniac,” the band’s Antonis Konstantaras explains. “‘Porcelain Face’ is (in our mind) an audio horror film set in the ’70s and we treat it that way. It’s narrated by the perpetrator while the victim is caught in his/her web.”

Safeword – “Sway”

New Halifax foursome Safeword have begun rolling out music via Bandcamp and streaming services. Check out “Sway” from this East Coast outfit.

Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!