It’s time for Best New Indie!
This week we’ve gotten fresh cuts from Alt-J, James Blake, Lowell, Parquet Courts, Andy Shauf, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
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Alt-J – “U&ME”
Alt-J have announced their fourth album, The Dream, which is out on February 11th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new single “U&ME.” The track marks the band’s “most honest song to date,” according to a release. The new single came out of Alt-J soundchecks. Joe Newman says that the song then “gathered momentum on its own.” The accompanying Prosper Unger-Hamilton-directed music video comes packed with gritty footage of Alt-J performances, fireworks, and skateboarding.
James Blake – “Hope She’ll Be Happier (Bill Withers cover)”
James Blake has taken part in Spotify’s Singles series with a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier.” James Blake is known for performing “Hope She’ll Be Happier” live in concert over the years. He often performs it alongside his own track, “Radio Silence,” which is based off a sample of the Withers tune. The intimate cover revolves around a stripped back, soothing instrumental as Blake delivers captivating, silky vocals.
Lowell – “Caroline”
Lowell has made her return with a dreamy, nostalgic new single, “Caroline.” The piano-driven pop ballad sees Lowell reflecting on her youth. Throughout “Caroline,” she paints pictures of memories of grass stains and pool parties. The new tune serves as the perfect glimpse of a coming-of-age moment, and it comes from her forthcoming full-length album.
Parquet Courts – “Black Widow Spider”
Parquet Courts are back with a video for their new single, “Black Widow Spider.” The song comes from their forthcoming album, Sympathy For Life, out October 22nd via Rough Trade. “Black Widow Spider” sees frontman Andrew Savage singing about a trying to forget about someone who broke your heart. The track comes accompanied by a retro claymation video, made by Shayne Ehman. Throughout the clip, characters reminiscent of Gumby perform the track.
Andy Shauf – “Jaywalker”
Andy Shauf has announced his new album Wilds with a video for a track from the record, “Jaywalker.” “Jaywalker” tells the tale of someone who doesn’t look where he’s going while crossing the street. Today’s ballad serves as the follow-up to the recently released “Spanish On The Beach.” On a deeper level, Shauf looks at the idea of a lost soul making their way through life.
Ada Lea – “can’t stop me from dying”
Montreal’s Alexandra Levy has shared a video for her new single as Ada Lea “can’t stop me from dying.” The track comes from her forthcoming album, one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden, out this Friday via Next Door Records. Today’s preview, “can’t stop me from dying,” is a subtle tune with a 70’s flourish. With shimmering synths and silky vocals, this stunning tune is a must-listen. The accompanying Katerine DM-directed video follows a Sims character-version of Ada Lea as she wanders through a town.
Damon Albarn – “Royal Morning Blue”
Gorillaz and Blur’s Damon Albarn has shared a black-and-white live performance video for his new single, “Royal Morning Blue.” The track comes from Albarn’s forthcoming solo album, The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows, out November 12th via Transgressive Records. The forthcoming album was written and recorded in Iceland. This song, specifically, was inspired by Albarn’s position at the piano looking out over the sea. “Royal Morning Blue” follows previously released singles “Particles” and “Polaris.” The accompanying video is a beautiful, poignant live performance clip.
Said The Whale – “Sweetheart”
Vancouver’s Said The Whale have shared a video for their new single, “Sweetheart.” The track comes from their forthcoming album, Dandelion, out on October 22nd via Tyler Bancroft’s EVERYTHING FOREVER. The gritty, yet upbeat new single is all about secrets. The accompanying video is fun-loving, as Said The Whale perform in a living room with a fisheye effect.
Absolutely Free – “Epilogue (After Touch)”
Absolutely Free are gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Aftertouch, tomorrow with a video for their new single “Epilogue (After Touch).” The new single serves as the album opener, and sets the tone with wistful synths. The retro-futuristic instrumentals bring out an electro-psych sound. The accompanying glitchy video captures that same maximalist, post-apocalyptic energy. It comes packed with colourful, punchy clips of spacey scenes.
Basement Revolver – “Transatlantic”
Basement Revolver have shared a video for their new single, “Transatlantic.” The track follows the release of their recent single, “Skin.” Both of those singles come from Basement Revolver’s forthcoming sophomore album, Embody, out in early 2022. “Transatlantic” was influenced by Death Cab for Cutie’s “Transatlanticism.” The anthemic pop tune is definitely a must-listen.
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