Yet another huge week for new tunes, indie fans!
We’ve been gifted tons of new tracks from renowned acts like Arctic Monkeys, MARINA, James Blake, Bleachers, Hannah Georgas, Julien Baker, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
Arctic Monkeys – “505, Live At The Royal Albert Hall”
While gearing up to release Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Royal Albert Hall on December 4th, Arctic Monkeys have shared a live version of “505.” The new live album, which was recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2018, is set to benefit War Child UK “to help fill what could be up to a £2 million deficit they are facing in 2021, caused by the devastating impact of COVID-19 on their fundraising,” Arctic Monkeys explain. “These funds are urgently needed to support those who are worst hit by the virus.”
MARINA – “Man’s World”
MARINA has made her return with a video for her new single “Man’s World.” The new single is subversive, and the video features an all-womxn cast, and was filmed entirely by womxn. The powerful new track puts MARINA’s throaty vocals at the forefront, as she sings lines like, “I don’t wanna live in a man’s world anymore.” The accompanying visuals are just as powerful, with pops of colour as womxn make their way through a stunning landscape.
James Blake – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”
James Blake has announced a new EP called Covers, which is set for release on December 11th. “One of the things keeping me going mentally throughout the lockdown has been the requests from fans for different covers and performing them on Instagram. It’s been a joy to discover new music and new ways of playing songs I’ve already heard,” Blake explains. “I might even throw in a surprise that no one has heard me play on socials before. I”m excited to share it with the people.”
Hannah Georgas – “Pray It Away (ft. Matt Berninger)”
The National’s Matt Berninger has joined Canadian indie artist Hannah Georgas for a new rendition of her track, “Pray It Away.” The solo version of “Pray It Away” comes from Georgas most recent album, All That Emotion, which was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and co-released on his Brassland label. The new rendition stays similar to the original, but Berninger’s crooning vocals give it a new depth.
Bleachers – “Chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen)” and “45”
Jack Antonoff has made his return with his first new singles as Bleachers in three years, “chinatown (feat. Bruce Springsteen)” and “45.” “‘Chinatown’ starts in NYC and travels to New Jersey,” Antonoff explains. “That pull back to the place I am from mixed with terror of falling in love again. Having to show your cards to someone and the shock when you see them for yourself. Thinking you know yourself and where you arm from… Having to see yourself through somebody who you want to stay… I started to write this song with these in my head.”
“To further understand who you are pushes you to further understand where you are from and what that looks and sounds like,” Antonoff continues. “There are pieces in that that are worth carrying forever and pieces worth letting die. ‘chinatown’ and ’45’ are both the story of this – ‘chinatown’ through someone else, ’45’ through the mirror. As for Bruce, it’s the honour of a lifetime to be joined by him. He is the artist who shows me that the sound of the place I am from has value and that there is a spirit here that needs to be taken all over the world.”
Julien Baker – “A Dreamer’s Holiday”
Julien Baker has shared a cover on the festive classic “A Dreamer’s Holiday” as part of the Spotify Singles: Holiday Collection. “I chose ‘Dreamers Holiday’ because I found it incredibly unique as far as holiday songs are concerned,” Baker explains. “It’s a very understated song – both lyrically and musically; while it’s technically about a ‘holiday,’ it doesn’t directly reference any specific holiday theme, it leaves the lyrics a bit more open-ended. It’s the same way with the music – the chord structure is complicated but surprisingly timeless to me even though the song itself is over 70 years old.”
POESY – “Diamonds”
Toronto alternative artist POESY has made her return with the release of “Diamonds.” The empowering track comes packed with powerful vocals and ethereal melodies, as POESY encourages listeners to pull themselves out of the darkness. “‘Diamonds’ is at its core, a song about experiencing a dark time and trying to drag yourself through to the other side,” POESY explains. “It’s about the pressure you put on yourself that leaves you with dark inner turmoil. I’ve dragged myself out of that countless times so I hope ‘Diamonds’ can do that for someone else. I called it ‘Diamonds’ because they’re a substance that is made under huge amounts of pressure, but they’re also so valuable – just like we are. So be gentle with yourself.”
The Dirty Nil – “One More And The Bill”
Hamilton power trio The Dirty Nil have shared “One More And The Bill,” a new single from their forthcoming album Fuck Art, which drops on January 1st, 2021 via Dine Alone Records. “Let’s be clear: social media hates you,” frontman Luke Bentham explains of the track, which is the emotional centrepiece of their upcoming album. “‘One More And The Bill’ is an ode to the primitive, casting off the shackles and enjoying life while you’ve got it. This is one of my favourite songs we’ve ever made and we hope you enjoy!”
Andy Shauf – “You Slipped Away”
Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf has shared “You Slipped Away,” a new demo from The Neon Skyline. “‘You Slipped Away’ was a song that I wrote shortly after moving to Toronto, right after I’d just moved into an apartment and had acquired an ’80s Yamaha CP60 stage piano,” Shauf explains. “This song was an attempt to write something that sounded like an old standard, using big general metaphors and universal themes.”
The Weather Station – “Tried To Tell You”
Following the release of “Robbert” last month, The Weather Station, a.k.a. Tamara Lindeman, has detailed her new album Ignorance, which is set for release on February 5th via Next Door Records/Fat Possum. As part of the announcement, The Weather Station has shared a video for her new track, “Tried To Tell You.” The 10-track album, which was coproduced with Marcus Paquin, sees Lindeman exploring new sonic landscapes. “I saw how the less emotion there was in the rhythm, the more room there was for emotion in the rest of the music, the more freedom I had vocally,” Lindeman explains.
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