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

New tunes from Catfish And The Bottlemen, Broken Social Scene, Alexisonfire, and more!

It sure has been a packed week for new tunes!

Your new music playlists are sure to be stacked with outstanding tracks from alternative music giants like Catfish And The Bottlemen, Alexisonfire, Broken Social Scene, Foals, Tim Baker, Rex Orange County, and more! There have also been some fresh hits from up and comping artists like iskwē and KLIFFS.

Check out the best new indie tunes we’ve been graced with this week.

Catfish And The Bottlemen – “Fluctuate”

Last month, Catfish And The Bottlemen released “Longshot,” their first new tune in three years. Now, the band has shared another taste of their forthcoming record Balance with “Fluctuate.” “Fluctuate” is full of powerhouse guitar and vocal lines that (much like the song title) fluctuate vastly throughout the 3 minutes and 12 seconds of the track, and the pounding drums provide a sort of frantic property to the hype new tune.

Broken Social Scene – “Boyfriends”

Broken Social Scene are back with a standard gritty BSS track that revolves around themes of nostalgia and staying young. The track has a strong build, leading up to some belting vocals at the end of the track. The accompanying video is entirely composed of colourful gifs of people looking in the mirror, a pinky promise, and animated cell phones. In addition to the tune, the band has made a website in honour of Valentine’s Day, which allows you to send off e-cards with lyrics from the track to someone special.

Alexisonfire – “Familiar Drugs”

Legendary Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire have finally made their return with their comeback single “Familiar Drugs.” The track marks their first new material in more than nine years. The track is perfectly heavy, with a balance between snarling screams and pained vocals alongside a killer guitar line and a raucous drum beat.

Foals – “On The Luna”

The upbeat, bouncy new tune, “On The Luna,” has a keyboard line that rivals synths from the 80’s, with wide ranging vocal lines and a powerhouse guitar line. The video looks like it was recorded on both film and an old handheld video camera, and it follows the band behind the scenes as they prep for performances and play a variety of gigs.

Tim Baker – “Dance”

“Dance” is the opening track on Forever Overhead, Tim Baker’s forthcoming debut album that centres on kinship and connectivity, showing of Baker’s elaborate, vulnerable songwriting style. Today’s release sees Baker longing for connection, with hollow, yet buoyant piano chords alongside his raw, gritty vocal lines.

Rex Orange County – “New House”

Alongside the release of this track, Rex Orange County said “whether you’re in love today or not, this one is for you, from me,” which is exactly what you need on February 14th. The English musician is giving everyone heart eyes with his new single “New House,” his first release since 2017’s “Loving is Easy.” With very relatable lyrics filled with love and an unpredictable instrumental background, this song is a breath of fresh air and perfect for anyone on this rad Thursday.

Filthy Friends – “Last Chance County”

Supergroup Filthy Friends, featuring Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, will be releasing a new album called Emerald Valley. As part of the announcement, the group has released a new track called “Last Chance County,” which sees Tucker singing about feeling down and out as Buck plays along with raucous, demanding riffs atop heavy drum beats.

Lizzo – “Cuz I Love You”

Minneapolis-based powerhouse Lizzo shares her struggles with being in love with someone in this deep and strong tune. With the powerful instrumental and her lyrics right from the heart, you can feel her pain in this vulnerable tune. Following the release of her new album, Lizzo will be coming to Toronto on May 16, 2019 at the Danforth Music Hall. Check her out if you can!

iskwē – “Little Star”

Indigenous alternative artist iskwē has just dropped an animated video for her new track, “Little Star.” “‘Little Star’ reminds listeners that we still need to act on the lessons learned from the Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie tragedies,” iskwē explains in a statement. “It also gives birth to a new direction for me, as I’ll be digging deeper into the astrology teachings of my Cree ancestors and amplifying the work of thought leaders like Wilfred Ruck.”

KLIFFS – “Cliffs”

Berlin-based Canadian duo KLIFFS have just released a vintage style video for their new track called “Cliffs” alongside the announcement of their forthcoming debut self-titled EP. The bouncy new duet revolves around a break-up narrative, with a theme of redemption. With bright, whispy vocal lines and a catchy drum beat, this track is sure to get you dancing.