It’s Friday, which means it’s time for Best New Indie!
This week, we’ve gotten fresh cuts from HAIM, Caroline Polachek, Thom Yorke, CHVRCHES, a collab between Tycho and Ben Gibbard, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
HAIM – “Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache”
HAIM have shared a new single called “Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache.” The upbeat new track appears on the soundtrack to the forthcoming film The Last Letter From Your Lover. “After finding a trove of love letters from 1965, a reporter sets out to solve the mystery of a secret affair – while embarking on a romance of her own,” Netflix’s official synopsis of the film reads. The uplifting sounds of “Cherry Flavored Stomach Ache” contrast the lyrics completely. Throughout the track, HAIM sing of how “I’m not gonna see you anymore/ ‘Cause you’re not strong enough/ And you’re not smart enough/ And you’re not cool enough.”
Tycho, Benjamin Gibbard – “Only Love”
Tycho has collaborated with Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard for a new single called “Only Love.” The lush, synth-driven single revolves around Gibbard’s distinctive vocals. Throughout the track, Gibbard sings of how love is what we need amidst climate change, delivering lines like, “Only love will save this place.” Tycho designed the colourful, animated visualizer himself. According to a press release, the duo created the track after Gibbard invited Tycho to remix Death Cab’s “The Ghosts of Beverly Hills.”
Caroline Polachek – “Bunny Is A Rider”
Former Chairlift member Caroline Polachek has shared a summery new single “Bunny Is A Rider.” Polachek has burst back onto the hyperpop scene with her first new proper single since 2019’s Pang. The new track is glitchy, yet smooth, as Polachek delivers her quintessential futuristic vocals. Throughout the song, Polachek repeats the refrain, “Bunny is a rider/ Satellite can’t find her” atop catchy whistles. Polachek worked on the tune with Danny L Harle.
Thom Yorke feat. Radiohead – “Creep (Very 2021 Rmx)”
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has shared a “Very 2021” remix of the band’s hit track, “Creep.” Back in March, Yorke’s remix soundtracked Jun Takahashi’s Undercover Fall 2021 fashion show. That version was a shortened edition called “Creep Very.” Now, Yorke has dropped the full 9-minute-long track, “Creep (Very 2021 Rmx),” in all its glory. The dark new version of the tune is slowed down so much that it almost sounds as though a record is being dragged.
CHVRCHES – “Good Girls”
Today (July 12) CHVRCHES shared their brand new single, “Good Girls.” The single will be featured on their upcoming album Screen Violence that will be out in full next month. In a statement, lead singer Lauren Mayberry gave a rundown on the new song: “The opening line (killing your idols is a chore) was something I wrote after listening to some friends arguing about the present day implications of loving certain problematic male artists — I was struck by the lengths that people would go to in order to excuse their heroes and how that was so juxtaposed to my own experiences in the world.”
Wavves – “Caviar”
Wavves are releasing their new album, Hideaway, this Friday (July 16th) via Fat Possum. As one last preview of the record, they’ve shared a new single called “Caviar.” “‘Caviar’ is about two selfish people in a shitty relationship unwilling to change,” frontman Nathan Williams explains. “A bad situation that continues to get worse but you stay anyways. You’ll see this theme of ‘change and ‘comfort’ throughout the whole record.” The new tune calls on Wavves’ early lo-fi indie-punk sounds with a bit of a twist. Much like the rest of the album, it was produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.
Soccer Mommy – “rom com 2004”
Sophie Allison has returned with an animated video for her new single as Soccer Mommy, “rom com 2004.” Last year’s color theory made it onto our Best Albums of 2020 list. Now, Soccer Mommy is back with a new one-off single. The gloomy track was produced by Grammy nominated producer and songwriter BJ Burton. The track comes accompanied by a 3D animated video from Fustic Studio. The eye-catching clip follows a vampiric Mii-style version of Allison through a futuristic city.
Jim James – “Seasons (Steve Miller cover)”
Last Friday (July 9th) My Morning Jacket’s Jim James shared a beautiful rendition of Steve Miller Band’s ballad “Seasons.” The cover is a part of Secretly Canadian’s anniversary series SC25 Editions, that initially launched in April. The proceeds from music sales and more will go to New Hope for Families, a non-profit that aids homeless families in Bloomington, Indiana. In a statement James revealed: “[Secretly Canadian co-founder] Chris Swanson and I started out in the music world around the same time and I have always appreciated his friendship and support.”
Turnstile – “Alien Love Call (feat. Blood Orange)”
Turnstile have formally announced their forthcoming album Glow On. The LP will be out August 27th via Roadrunner and to celebrate they have released their featured single “ALIEN LOVE CALL” featuring Blood Orange. The new single is relaxed with smooth soaring vocals that fly all over the track. It’s an interesting and lively blend of genres that ultimately transcends their previously concrete punk-rock sound. In addition, they have shared the accompanying music video. The clip, directed by Yates and Pat McCrory, will have you missing shows as it is three-minutes of vibey concert film.
Lala Lala – “Diver”
Lala Lala has returned to announce her new album, I Want The Door To Open, out October 8th via Hardly Art. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for her new track, “Diver.” The new single is “the thesis of the album,” Lala Lala explains. “I think it’s easy to feel like we keep making the same mistakes over and over again, that we’re Sisyphus. The key is falling in love with the labor of walking up the mountain.” “Diver” is an electric tune that sees Lala Lala explode into a captivating chorus. Throughout the moody tune, Lala Lala sings about a constant struggle.
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