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

It’s time for Best New Indie!

We’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from huge acts like Mitski, Tame Impala, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Cat Power, and many more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Mitski – “Working for the Knife”

Grab your tissues and get ready because Mitski is back with her brand new single, “Working for the Knife.” The comes packed with eerie, almost mechanical instrumentals. “Working for the Knife” revolves around Mitski’s stunning vocal lines. The track perfectly balances gloomy, dark sounds with bright synths. In fact, it feels like it could come right off of her most recent album, Be The Cowboy. Lyrically, Mitski sings of the disheartening process of chasing your dreams. The accompanying video opens with disorienting, blurry shots before focusing on Mitski, decked out in black leather and a cowboy hat.

Tame Impala – “Breathe Deeper (Lil Yachty remix)”

Tame Impala have officially announced a deluxe box set edition of their 2020 album, The Slow Rush, out February 18th, 2022 via Interscope. The deluxe edition of The Slow Rush features two previously unreleased B-sides, the original and remix versions of “Patience,” and more extended versions and remixes. They’ve previewed the collection with a video for Lil Yachty’s remix of “Breathe Deeper.” “It was so amazing to work with Kevin [Parker] as I’ve been a big fan since high school so it was a pleasant surprise and honor to be a part of such an incredible song,” Lil Yachty explains.

Robert Plant, Alison Krauss – “High and Lonesome”

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have shared an all-new tune, “High and Lonesome.” On their 2007 Grammy-winning album, Raising Sand, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss exclusively recorded covers. Now, on their forthcoming sequel, Raise the Roof, 1 of the 12 tracks is a new single. Co-written by Plant and producer T Bone Burnett, “High and Lonesome” is a bluesy, chugging tune. The single sees Plant singing phrases like, “I must find my love” and “Does she still think of me.” Throughout the song, Krauss and Burnett deliver haunting backup vocals.

Cat Power – “Bad Religion (Frank Ocean cover)”

Cat Power has announced her third covers album, aptly titled Covers. As part of the announcement, she’s shared her own renditions of Frank Ocean’s “Bad Religion” and The Pogues’ “A Pair of Brown Eyes.” On her cover of “Bad Religion,” Power takes the R&B hit and turns it into a dreamy, ethereal rocker. In a statement, she explains that her cover began when she was having a hard time performing her own track, “In Your Face,” on tour. “That song was bringing me down,” Power says. “So I started pulling out lyrics from ‘Bad Religion’ and singing those instead of getting super depressed. Performing covers is a very enjoyable way to do something that feels natural to me when it comes to making music.”

Big Thief – “Change”

Alternative folk act Big Thief have shared another new single, “Change.” On “Change,” Big Thief try to find moments of peace in the midst of chaotic times. You can hear that both in the lyrics and in the intimate, dreamy melodies. Frontwoman Adrianne Lenker’s tender vocals take the lead on this tune. Lyrically, she sings lines like, “Would you live forever, never die, while everything around you passes?/ Would you smile forever and never cry, while everything you know passes?”

Porches – “Back3School”

Aaron Maine has shared a video for his new single as Porches, “Back3School.” The ecstatic, crashing new single is a must-listen. The accompanying video for “Back3School” comes packed with retro shots of Maine performing along to the tune in an eerily white classroom. Throughout the clip, Maine performs for a teacher wearing a nylon mask. “This song is a mystery to me, impending doom mixed with total bliss,” Maine explains. “The ‘back to school’ trope, but with an underlying anxiety that something might be terribly wrong, or maybe everything is just fine.”

NOBRO – “Better Each Day”

Montreal rockers NOBRO are back with their new single, “Better Each Day,” via Dine Alone Records. The anthemic new single comes packed with raucous, quintessential NOBRO instrumentals. The explosive tune features pounding drums and killer riffs that’ll make you want to thrash around. Lyrically, “Better Each Day” opens with the line, “I spend my whole life running away,” before bursting onto the scene with rowdy melodies.

Keys N Krates – “Pull Up (feat. Haviah Mighty)”

Toronto trio Keys N Krates have collaborated with Haviah Mighty on their new single, “Pull Up.” “Pull Up” follows the release of “Original Classic (feat. Juicy J, Chip and Marbl)” and “Brazillian Love Song.” The pulsing track revolves around an industrial, dance-worthy instrumental line. Haviah Mighty’s lyrics and killer vocals add even more dimension to this dynamic track. “We were channel-ing everything from baile funk and Miami Bass, to Missy Elliot with this one,” Keys N Krates explain. “We were already in touch with Haviah at the time before making this. When we came up with the initial ‘Pull Up’ demo, we knew she would be perfect on it, and we knew it would be perfect to show how special she is as an artist.”

Sloppy Jane – “Jesus and Your Living Room Floor”

Haley Dahl has shared her new single as Sloppy Jane, “Jesus and Your Living Room Floor.” The haunting track comes from her forthcoming album, Madison, out on November 5th via Saddest Factory Records. “Jesus and Your Living Room Floor” is a stunning ballad that, like the rest of the album, was recorded in the Lost World Caverns in West Virginia. The accompanying video for the orchestral tune was also recorded from within the caves.

Lala Lala – “Utopia Planet”

Lillie West has shared a video for her new track as Lala Lala, “Utopia Planet.” The new tune features a spoken word section from West’s own grandmother and saxophone from Sen Morimoto. The ominous, yet ethereal tune comes packed with silky vocals and atmospheric instrumentals. Meggie van Zwieten directed the accompanying animated video, which is full of colourful, other worldly clips. “‘Utopia Planet’ was born because my friend Kara Jackson and I challenged each other to write a song about ‘Utopia,’” West explains. “I tried to imagine a great expanse, abundance, an open door. It’s an invitation to surrender. I used a recording of my grandmother to take you further into another world.”

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