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

Featuring Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, The Black Keys, and more!

We’re starting 2021 off right with some amazing new tunes!

We’ve been gifted with some fresh cuts from renowned acts like Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, London Grammar, and more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Foo Fighters – “No Son Of Mine”

While gearing up for the release of Medicine At Midnight on February 5th, Foo Fighters have kicked off 2021 with the release of their new single, “No Son Of Mine.” The new track, which marks the album’s second release, is a colossal arena rock anthem that sees the Foos tapping into some punky instrumentals. The new tune feels perfect for a summer festival, so get ready to daydream about concerts with “No Son Of Mine.”

PJ Harvey – “This Mess We’re In (Demo)”

As part of her ongoing reissue series, PJ Harvey has announced that she’s going to release a vinyl reissue of 2000’s Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a demo of “This Mess We’re In.” The reissue of her fifth album will be released alongside a collection of unreleased demos of every track on the album, aptly titled Stories from the City, Stories From the Sea: Demos. Both collections are set for release on February 26th.

The Black Keys – “Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth” and “Black Mud Part II”

The Black Keys have shared a pair of new tracks, “Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth” and “Black Mud Part II.”

The new tunes are set to arrive on the 10th anniversary reissue of Brothers, which features a couple of outtakes from the sessions that yielded the original album. These previously unreleased tracks have been made available online for the first time, so get ready to check out the gritty new tunes.

Kings of Leon – “The Bandit” and “100,000 People”

Kings of Leon have announced their eighth album When You See Yourself, which is set for release on March 5th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared two new tracks “The Bandit” and “100,000 People.”

The new tunes mark Kings of Leon’s first new music since the release of 2016’s Walls. The four-piece announced their new album in a surprise t-shirt mailer that was sent out to fans, and it unveiled the album’s tracklist and some of its lyrics.

London Grammar – “Lose Your Head”

While gearing up for the release of Californian Soil on April 9th, London Grammar have shared an epic video for their new track, “Lose Your Head.” The new track, which follows previously released singled “Baby It’s You” and the title track, is about “femininity and power,” according to frontwoman Hannah Reid. “‘Lose Your Head’ is about power and control in relationships,” Reid explains. “The lyrics are quite dark, but I wanted to show the song in an upbeat way.”

Vagabon, Courtney Barnett – “Reason to Believe (Tim Hardin cover)”

Vagabon and Courtney Barnett have covered Karen Dalton’s folk version of Tim Hardin’s 1965 track “Reason to Believe.” “I recently discovered the Karen Dalton version of ‘Reason to Believe’ for the first time,” Vagabon’s Laetitia Tamko explains. “I became obsessed and so a few days after discovering it, I was encouraged to record a cover of it in my garage. The decision to have Courtney sing it with me came after we performed it together live at the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day 2020, a month before lockdown. It was fresh in our brains then so not long after the show, CB came over and we recorded her parts. Oliver Hill plays slide guitar on it.”

The Weather Station – “Atlantic”

While gearing up for the release of Ignorance on February 5th via Fat Possum, The Weather Station has shared a video for “Atlantic.” “Trying to capture something of the slipping feeling I think we all feel, the feeling of dread, even in beautiful moments, even when you’re a little drunk on a sea cliff watching the sun go down while seabirds fly around you; that slipping feeling is still there, that feeling of dread, of knowing that everything you see is in peril,” Lindeman explains. “I feel like I spend half my life working on trying to stay positive. My whole generation does. But if you spend any time at all reading about the climate situation circa now, positivity and lightness are not fully available to you anymore; you have to find new ways to exist and see, even just to watch the sunset.”

Small Sins – “Andre”

Small Sins have returned with their first new music in over a decade, “Andre.” “Originally I was doing some writing sessions with Jordan from Dear Rouge,” Small Sins’ Thomas D’Arcy explains. “I was trying to write songs their singer might sing, thinking that if I were writing to my husband Andrew, I would call him Andre in a song to not be so – I don’t know – something. Somewhere along the way, I realized the song would be perfect for my own needs and stole the thing back.”

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