Best New Indie: 11 songs you need to discover this week

Featuring Courtney Barnett, Hayley Williams, Gorillaz, and more!

What a week for new music!

Indie lovers have been gifted with some unbelievable tracks from renowned artists like Courtney Barnett, Anna Calvi, Hayley Williams, Noel Gallagher, Gorillaz, and Caribou. We’ve even gotten some rad new tunes from up-and-coming indie artists, and saw the return of Austra, with her first new track in three years. Check out the best new indie from this week below.

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Anna Calvi and Courtney Barnett – “Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy”

Anna Calvi has announced that she’ll be releasing a new, stripped-back rendition of her 2018 album Hunter, and she has released a rework of “Don’t Beat The Girl out of My Boy,” which features Courtney Barnett. Calvi and Barnett collaborate for the album’s lead single, which sees the pair taking the original tune and making a lo-fi, fuzz-filled reimagining.


Gorillaz – “Momentary Bliss ft. slowthai & Slaves”

Gorillaz have dropped a lively track called “Momentary Bliss,” the first song from their new music and video series Song Machine. The song, which features British MC slowthai and punk duo Slaves, is a synth pop-infused track that’s gentle at times, yet rowdy at others, yet again showcasing the talent Gorillaz have in balancing various sounds. The accompanying music video is a clip of the artists and the animated members of the Gorillaz working passionately on the song, with dynamic animations embellishing the video.

Hayley Williams – “Leave It Alone”

Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has shared a video for another new track, “Leave It Alone.” The Warren Fu-directed clip sees Williams waking up in a cocoon and eventually strolling through the woods as she delivers lines like, “Well everybody around me is dying/ Now that I finally want to live the ones I love are dying.” “It really sucks that you do have to dig through the dirtiest shit to find like the diamonds,” Williams told Zane Lowe of the track. “Like you’ve got to burn all of it off.”

Noel Gallagher – “Blue Moon Rising”

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have shared a new video for their new single “Blue Moon Rising.” “How it manages to combine the influences of Metallica, The Jesters Of Malice, Mantovani, Robinson Crusoe as well as Bob Marley AND The Wailers is literally beyond me,” Gallagher explains of the track in a statement. “Oh, and it’s not about City by the way.” The accompanying Dan Cadan and Jonathan (Scully) Mowatt-directed video stars Jack O’Connell and Gala Gorden at Scala, as they dance together in the London venue.

Caribou – “Never Come Back”

Producer Dan Snaith has released his latest track as Caribou with “Never Come Back.” “‘Never Come Back’ was the first track from Suddenly that I finished,” Snaith explains in a statement. “It came together very quickly and was one of those tracks that is a lot of fun to make. As soon as I landed on the main synthesizer chords and the repeated refrain the rest came together very quickly and naturally. I felt like it was my job to get out of the way and not over complicate or over think it. Sometimes the best pleasures are the simple ones.”

Austra – “Risk It”

Austra has made her return with a video for “Risk It,” her first new music in three years. The powerful new track sees Austra pitching her voice up, delivering vulnerable lines like, “I feel ashamed/ It feels insane to seek you endlessly/ Late night Remedy/ But girl, I just can’t let you go.” “I wanted to construct a narrative piece that takes place over the course of one night, focusing on a protagonist caught at the inevitable crossroads that exist when love falls apart,” director Jasmin Mozzafari explains of the video. “Ultimately, I saw ‘Risk It’ as a song about the feat of being vulnerable.”

Tycho – “Outer Sunset”

Chillwave electronic artist Tycho has announced his new LP Simulcast, and as part of the announcement he has dropped the sweet and dreamy new single “Outer Sunset.” “A simulcast is the transmission of a program across different mediums and in different languages,” Tycho said in a statement. “With these two albums I wanted to present the same ideas in two languages, one more literal and the other more open to interpretation. Simulcast expands on the concepts laid out in Weather but shifts into the abstract with instrumental soundscapes in place of lyrics, opening up a visual space and translating the message into a new language.”

Sofi Tukker – “Ringless”

This week, Sofi Tukker dropped her dream-like music video for her new track, “Ringless.” The new tune is a gritty, eerie electro-pop track with pulsing drum beats, ominous synths, and silky vocal lines from Tukker. The accompanying clip is just as dark, with shots of Tukker in a dimly lit room, swinging on an abandoned swingset, and staring at the moon.

Nathaniel Rateliff – “What A Drag”

Nathaniel Rateliff has released a video for his new track “What a Drag.” “What a Drag” is the second song that has been released from his highly anticipated forthcoming album, And It’s Still Alright. It’s a moody track that showcases loneliness in a beautiful way, as Rateliff wails lines like, “I love feeling alone.”

Braids – “Young Buck”

Montreal’s Braids have announced their fourth album Shadow Offering, and as part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new track called “Shadow Offering.” “We wrote this song to capture the nervous anticipation of desire, the delicate chase of seduction, the highs and lows of obsession, and the humour in between,” Braids’ Raphaelle Standell-Preston explains in a statement. “To want to possess someone, make them desire you, fall for you, only to learn that to lust is not to love.”

The Rentals – “Great Big Blue”

The Rentals have released a video for their new track “Great Big Blue,” which is a song based on the Challenger disaster. Frontman Matt Sharp wrote the song in honour of the fallen Space Shuttle Astronauts. The inspiration for the track came after Sharp accidentally discovered a video of raw, uncut CNN news footage that showed families of the seven astronauts as they watched the take-off, and the tragic aftermath that ensued.

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