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

Featuring HAIM, Thundercat, Matt Berninger, and more

It’s been a huge week for new indie music!

We’ve been gifted some amazing fresh cuts from acts like The National’s Matt Berninger, Sharon Van Etten, Interpol, and with the release of HAIM’s deluxe edition of Women In Music Pt. III, we’ve even gotten collaborations from the sister trio with Taylor Swift and Thundercat.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

HAIM – “Gasoline (feat. Taylor Swift)” and “3am (feat. Thundercat)”

HAIM have shared a new deluxe edition of their highly acclaimed 2020 album, Women in Music Pt. III, and it features new versions of “Gasoline,” which features Taylor Swift, and “3am,” which featured Thundercat. “When we were thinking about ways to reimagine some of the tracks from the record, we immediately thought of her,” HAIM wrote on Instagram of the Swift collab. “She brought such amazing ideas and new imagery to the song and truly gave it a new life.”

The new rendition of “3am,” which features revolutionary jazz fusion artist Thundercat, is just as refreshing. The new version comes packed with an even deeper groove than the original, as Thundercat brings a more nuanced, experimental instrumentation to the track.

Matt Berninger – “Let It Be”

While gearing up for the release of the deluxe edition of his 2020 solo album Serpentine Prison, The National frontman Matt Berninger has shared a new track called “Let It Be.” “This is a new song about an old frenemy. Not Paul McCartney or Westerberg,” Berninger explains, adding on Twitter, “this is not a cover, but it was written with Mike Brewer, the Paul McCartney of southern Ohio.”

Sharon Van Etten – “On Your Way Now”

Sharon Van Etten has officially released her track “On Your Way Now,” which was written by Mark McAdam and performed by Van Etten. Van Etten originally recorded the track for a PBS documentary called Made In Boise, which followed four women carrying surrogates in Idaho. When the film premiered, a preview of the track was available, but today marks its first full release.

Interpol – “Mind Over Time”

Interpol have released “Mind Over Time,” which is a bonus track from their third album, Our Love To Admire. The track, which was previously only available on the Japanese CD edition of the album, is now available to stream. The slow-building track, famous among fans for it use of a voicemail, comes packed with powerful lyrics like, “Street of thought/ In all your bones/ Hold Your place/ And save your thrown.”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Pleura”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have detailed their forthcoming album L.W., which is set for release on February 26th via Flightless. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new track, “Pleura.” “Pleura” is a killer new single, with driven, ripping instrumentals and that move from explosive riffs to dreamy interludes.. The accompanying video sees the screen split in six, with a band member in each respective box, as the squares blur together beneath blue lights.

The Aubreys – “Sand In My Bed”

Finn Wolfhard and Malcolm Craig have shared a new surf rock track as The Aubreys called “Sand In My Bed.” The new tune was inspired by summer during COVID-19, serving as a sort of ode to the non-summer that just passed. With retro guitar riffs and a driven drum beat, Wolfhard sings of longing for a different time, delivering lines like, “Wash off the sand before you get into my bed/ One day I will wake to a world that I will dread.”

Bell Orchestre – “IV: What You’re Thinking”

Arcade Fire offshoot and Canadian collective Bell Orchestre have shared a performance video for their swirling new track, “IV: What You’re Thinking.” While gearing up for the release of House Music on March 19th via Erased Tapes/Envision Records, the group have offered up a nuanced, dissonant preview of what to expect from the expansive, highly collaborative collection.

Art d’Ecco – “Head Rush”

Art d’Ecco is set to release Standard Definition on April 23rd, and the art rocker has previewed the album with a colourful video for “Head Rush.” “It’s a song about the head rush of our youth – nostalgia is a powerful drug, it distorts and reframes the past, often reconciling our memories into one place for easy access and to better suit our current disposition or state of mind,” Art d’Ecco explains of the track. “I wanted all the hallmarks of a classic rock song – the kind of music that used to blast from the kitchen radio at the summer jobs I’d worked at as a teen.”

Richie Quake – “Sensitive”

Brooklyn artist Richie Quake has shared his dreamy new R&B-infused indie-pop track, “Sensitive.” The retro tune comes with a bedroom pop twist, as Quake sings about wishing a lover would emphasize with their partner’s feelings. “‘Sensitive’ is about being in love with someone but still feeling like they don’t really understand your needs,” Quake explains. “Despite being very in love and having many beautiful moments with my ex girlfriend, I often felt like she wouldn’t listen to my feelings or be considerate of my emotions. This song is basically the conversation that I wish I’d been able to have with her when we were together.”

Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!