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

Fresh cuts from Sleater-Kinney, Julien Baker, The Raconteurs, and more!

What a week for new tunes!

With indie giants like Sleater-Kinney, Julien Baker, The Raconteurs, Karen O and Danger Mouse, and Car Seat Headrest, your playlists are sure to be stacked with unbelievable tracks. There were also some killer fresh cuts from up and coming artists like The Dirty Nil, Khruangbin, and Sir Woman.

Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.

Sleater-Kinney – “The Future is Here”

Sleater-Kinney have detailed their forthcoming St. Vincent-produced album, which is set to be called The Center Won’t Hold, and as part of the announcement, they’ve released another single, “The Future is Here.” “We’re always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person — ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness — in the middle of the chaos,” frontwoman Carrie Brownstein explains in a statement.

Karen O and Danger Mouse – “Perfect Day (Lou Reed cover)”

Karen O and Danger Mouse have covered a Lou Reed classic, and it is awesome! Recently, Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Danger Mouse stopped by Sirius XMU to provide a cover of Lou Reeds “Perfect Day.” The duo paired up earlier this year to release a collaborative album Lux Prima, and have done it again with this new tune. Karen O is a huge fan of the late Lou Reed, and even helped to induct him into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The duo sound amazing together and it is no surprise that they recorded yet another great track.

Julien Baker – “Red Door” and “Conversation Piece”

Julien Baker released a 7-inch for this year’s Record Store Day, and now she’s made the tracks, “Red Door” and “Conversation Piece,” available for streaming. A-side “Red Door,” which the Sprained Ankle artist has been playing live for years, sees Baker boasting her technical ability as she’s sure to overwhelm you with her usual powerful rush of emotions. “Conversation Piece,” on the other hand is a slow-building tune that revolves around a simple, yet ambient instrumental line and Baker’s wailing vocals.

The Raconteurs – “Bored and Razed”

“Bored and Razed” follows previously released singles, “Sunday Driver,” “Now That You’re Gone,” “Help Me Stranger,” and a cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness).” The new tune sees singers Jack White and Brendan Benson calling back and forth to each other as they compare their hometowns, California and Detroit. The unique track revolves around a gritty guitar riff, a bouncy drum beat, and wailing vocal lines.

The Dirty Nil – “Astro Ever After”

The Dirty Nil released a new song today called “Astro Ever After.” The song is from the Master Volume sessions, and The Dirty Nil wanted to hold onto the track because “it deserves its own moment to fucking shine.” “‘Astro Ever After’ is by no means an out-take from Master Volume. It’s an accompanying track that we chose to release after the bulk of the material simply because we can,” frontman Luke Bentham explained in a statement.

Car Seat Headrest – “Fill in the Blank (Live Version)”

Car Seat Headrest have announced a new live album called Commit Yourself Completely, which is a compilation from shows they played in 2018. “We recorded every show we did that year, and I went through about 50 of them to get the final tracklist for this album,” Will Toledo explains in a statement. “This isn’t necessarily the best possible version of each track, but it’s some of the most fun we’ve had on stage. I particularly remember the show we did in the small French town of Amiens, maybe the smallest show we did that year, and how great it felt to be up in people’s faces with everyone plugging in to the music right away.”

Sir Woman – “Highroad”

Co-founder and frontwoman of Wild Child, Kelsey Wilson, has dropped her first single as Sir Woman. “Highroad” is an upbeat, emphatic tune that comes accompanied by a lighthearted, vintage-style video. “‘Highroad’ is a song I needed to hear, so the universe gave it to me in a dream,” Sir Woman explains in a statement.

Khruangbin – “Mary Always”

The Texas trio Khruangbin have announced a new dub version of their 2018 album, Con Todo El Mundo, called Hasta El Cielo. The album will be out July 12th and features two extra dubs by Jamaican producer, Scientist. “[Scientist’s] unique mixing style, with the emphasis on space and texture, creates the feeling of frozen time,” the band explained in a statement. “It was hugely influential to us as a band. To be able to work alongside Scientist, a legend in the history of dub, is an honor.”

Metz – “Dry Up”

Canadian rock band METZ returns this summer with their new album Automat, which will feature tracks from 2009. They have offered up a sneak peek at the collection with their new single “Dry Up.” “Dry Up” is explosive, with a mix of guitar and drums, along with a music video that showcases pictures of METZ during live shows, behind the scenes, traveling, and more. It is basically an epic slideshow album of pictures played to the pumped up tune of “Dry Up.”