Another week of amazing indie tunes this week!
Get ready for some amazing fresh cuts from renowned indie acts like St. Vincent, Japanese Breakfast, Big Red Machine, and some collaborations like No Rome, Charli XCX, and The 1975, and Iggy Pop featuring on a Dr. Lonnie Smith tune.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
St. Vincent – “Pay Your Way In Pain”
Annie Clark has announced her forthcoming sixth album as St. Vincent, Daddy’s Home, which is set for release on May 14th via Loma Vista Recordings. As part of the announcement, she’s made her return with a video for her new single, “Pay Your Way In Pain.” The new track is a unique form of a sort of sweaty funk, as Clark weaves between crooning and shredding vocal lines. While calling upon a sort of ’70s stomp rock, “Pay Your Way In Pain” sees St. Vincent making familiar sounds feel new and revolutionary.
No Rome – “Spinning (ft. Charli XCX, The 1975)”
Charli XCX and The 1975 have joined No Rome for a catchy new single, “Spinning.” The song, which was produced by No Rome alongside The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel, sees Charli XCX taking the lead on vocals with harmonies from Healy and a verse from No Rome, making for a dance-worthy, club-ready anthem. This song is sure to make you wish you were dancing with some friends, screaming along to the tune with lines like, “24/7 in Heaven/ But nothing compares/ Thought you’d get over the feeling/ But you just keep spinning over there.”
Dr. Lonnie Smith – “Sunshine Superman (ft. Iggy Pop)”
Iggy Pop has teamed up with jazz icon Dr. Lonnie Smith for a cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” The cover, which comes from Smith’s forthcoming album Breathe, sees them reworking the classic psych-rock track into a loungey jazz anthem. Smith and his bandmates give the track a jazz makeover, as Pop strays from his usual gritty sound to deliver some sweet vocal lines. “I was playing with my trio at Arts Garage in Delray Beach in Florida,” Smith explains of the collaboration. “Iggy would come by and say he wanted to play with me. I let him play slaparoo and he lover it. He enjoyed playing with us. We thought about recording a few songs, so we went in with my trio backing us up, and it worked.”
Chance The Rapper – “The Heart & The Tongue”
Chance The Rapper has returned with his first new tune in almost two years, “The Heart & The Tongue.” The introspective new track sees Chance The Rapper trying to tackle some internal battles, delivering lines like, “My heart and tongue are fightin’/ My mind is undecided/ It’s not like Trump and Biden/ It’s more like it’s something private.” “The Heart & The Tongue” marks Chance’s first official single since the release of his debut album, The Big Day.
Big Red Machine – “A Crime (Sharon Van Etten cover)”
Last year, Sharon Van Etten’s epic turned 10, and this year she’ll be celebrating its now 11th anniversary with an equally epic reissue. The album will be reissued as a double anniversary edition called epic Ten, with the first half featuring the original album and the second featuring some pretty amazing artists covering it. Now, Van Etten will be sharing another cover from the collection every Thursday, and this week we’ve gotten Big Red Machine’s cover of “A Crime.”
Japanese Breakfast – “Be Sweet”
Michelle Zauner has announced a new album as Japanese Breakfast, Jubilee, which is set for release on June 4th via Dead Oceans. The bubbly new indie track revolves around a shimmering instrumental and shining vocals, as Zauner deliversl ines like, “Be sweet to me baby/ I want to believe in you/ I want to believe in something.” The hilarious, quirky new video sees Japanese Breakfast hunting for aliens, plotting out their path and shooting neon rays from a cornfield. “After spending the last five years writing about grief, I wanted our follow up to be about joy,” Zauner explains. “For me, a third record should feel bombastic and so I wanted to pull out all the stops for this one. I wrote ‘Be Sweet’ with Jack Tatum from Wild Nothing a few years ago. I’ve been holding onto it for so long and am so excited to finally put it out there.”
girl in red – “Serotonin”
Norwegian indie artist girl in red has announced her highly anticipated debut album, if i could make it go quiet, which is set for release on April 30th via AWAL. As part of the announcement, she’s previewed the album with a new single, “Serotonin.” “Serotonin,” which was co-produced by FINNEAS and Matias Tellez, sees girl in red’s quintessential sound at the forefront interspersed with some rapping, as she delivers vulnerable, conversational lyrics like, “I’m running low on serotonin/ Chemical imbalance got me twisting things/ Stabilize with medicine/ There’s no depth to these feelings.”
Perfume Genius – “Describe (A. G. Cook Remix)”
While gearing up for the release of his IMMEDIATELY Remixes collection on March 12th, Perfume Genius has shared an animated video for A. G. Cook’s new remix of “Describe.” Where the original version of the track was a feedback-heavy rock-driven tune, A. G. Cook works some magic to turn it into a skittering drum and bass-driven tune full of some quintessential bleeping and futuristic sounds.
Middle Kids – “Stacking Chairs”
Australian trio Middle Kids are gearing up for the release of their forthcoming album, Today We’re The Greatest, on March 19th via Domino, and today they’ve previewed the album with a sentimental new single called “Stacking Chairs.” “Stacking Chairs” is all about the relationship between bandmembers Hannah Joy and Tim Fitz. The emotional new tune slowly builds into a powerful guitar line, as frontwoman Hannah Joy delivers loving lines like, “When the wheels come off, I’ll be your spare/ When the party’s over, I’ll be stacking the chairs/ When the world turns on you, I will be there.”
Shakey Graves – “I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)”
Shakey Graves is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming double album, Roll The Bones X, on April 2nd, 2021, and today he’s shared a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire.” Shakey Graves’ cover of the famous track revolves around a gritty, deep instrumental line and stomp-worthy percussion, as Rose-Garcia’s raspy vocals take the lead. “I am a total sucker for an out of context cover,” frontman Alejandro Rose-Garcia explains. “Inevitably when you strip back the original production of any song and frame it in a new light, alternate meanings tend to emerge.”
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