New week, new tunes!
Round your week off right by checking out some fresh cuts from renowned acts like FKA twigs, The Killers, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and a collaboration between Julia Stone and Matt Berninger.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
FKA twigs – “Don’t Judge Me (feat. Headie One, Fred Again)”
After announcing her forthcoming album earlier this week, FKA twigs is back with a video for her new track “Don’t Judge Me,” which features Headie One and Fred Again. The new video, which was co-directed by Emmanuel Adjei and twigs, sees twigs delivering extravagant choreography alongside other Black British influential people in melancholic settings as Headie One performs along to the tune.
Julia Stone – “We All Have (feat. Matt Berninger)”
Julia Stone is gearing up for the release of her first solo album in eight years, Sixty Summers, and today she’s teased the collection with a video for her new Matt Berninger collaboration, “We All Have.” “This song is about how everything transforms and moves; even though you feel so shitty at one point, it might shift into something new,” Stone explains. “Love is all that we really need to be here for – not love with someone else but love in your heart.”
The Killers – “C’est La Vie”
The Killers have surprise released a deluxe edition of Imploding The Mirage, which features three new bonus tracks. Rounding out the tracklist with stripped-down renditions of two album tracks “Caution (Wasatch Style)” and “Blowback (Acoustic),” The Killers have also shared a new track called “C’est La Vie.” The jittery new tune sees The Killers exploring new sonic territory, and feels like it was probably inspired by the Talking Heads.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “O.N.E.”
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are back once again with yet another new track, “O.N.E.” The new psych-rock track comes accompanied by an Alex McClaren-directed video. “The song itself feels as if it’s constantly moving along so I tried to keep the visuals continually moving forward and sliding into different visual styles and landscapes,” McClaren says. “I felt the mix of stop motion and collage through the use of found imagery and the band would help compliment the track’s lyrics and themes as I interpreted them, of dreams, nightmares, climate change, dystopias, and utopias, as well as referencing events that took place during the making of the video over 2020.”
Arlo Parks – “Hope”
Arlo Parks has shared her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams, and earlier this week she shared a video for the album’s single, “Hope.” “This video to me is a warm, vibrant exploration of friendship and introversion,” Parks explains of the new tune. “I think there’s something so powerful about the saturated, filmic textures, the human portraits and depictions of euphoria… The song surrounds isolation, being present in your pain and knowing that you’re not the only one on the planet feeling low. I think especially in times like these it’s important to focus on the inevitability that things will get better.”
Charlie Hickey – “Ten Feet Tall (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)”
Phoebe Bridgers and Charlie Hickey have shared a fun-loving clip for their new collaborative track “Ten Feet Tall.” The soft new track revolves around a pulsing guitar line and silky harmonies, as the pair deliver lyrics like, “I thought I was ten feet tall/ Thought I was above it all/ But I was just standing on your shoulders.” In the lo-fi clip Hickey performs a slew of skateboarding tricks for his friends as they hang out and play games before Bridgers joins him on a scooter.
The Aubreys, Lunar Vacation – “No Offerings”
Finn Wolfhard-fronted band The Aubreys and Lunar Vacation have linked up for a new collaborative track called “No Offerings.” The new indie pop track was created during lockdown, and it comes with a psychedelic tinge. The accompanying clip, which was edited by Wolfhard, echoes the ghostly, trippy twist to the track.
Jenny Lewis, Serengeti – “Vroom Vroom”
Following the release of “Unblu,” Jenny Lewis and Serengeti have teamed up again with a video for their new collaboration “Vroom Vroom.” The new tune maintains the duo’s retro sound, while moving toward a slower, pulsing instrumental and adding in a modern twist. “Vroom Vroom” comes accompanied by a Lewis-directed video that was shot on a phone.
Shovels & Rope – “In My Room (The Beach Boys cover) (feat. Sharon Van Etten)”
Sharon Van Etten has linked up with Shovels & Rope for a cover of The Beach Boys’ hit “In My Room.” “My heart swelled when Cary Ann & Michael reached out to me to sing ‘In My Room’ for their Busted Jukebox series,” Van Etten explains. “As a mom, there are ‘go-to’ songs that help calm my son down and there are nights where I just sing the same song over and over. This is a song that is so personal to me, as we have listened to a lot of The Beach Boys’ music with our child and to share a sentiment of calm and exhaustion, sleep and frustration – this cover embodies it all.”
Justin Rutledge – “Jellybean”
JUNO award-winning artist Justin Rutledge is set to share his forthcoming album Islands on March 26, 2021, and this week he’s shared its lead single, “Jellybean.” The track is known as a sing-along staple at Rutledge’s shows, so the track features friends like Dan Mangan, Matthew Barber, Rebecca Hunt, and more. “i’ve always been cautious about recording ‘Jellybean’ on an album because it is such a ‘live’ song,” Rutledge says. “I’ve tried a few times in the past, but it never made the cut. I think I finally captured the essence of the song with this recording.”
Jane Inc. – “Steel”
Toronto-based artist and U.S. Girls, Ice Cream, and Darlene Shrugg member Carlyn Bezic is back with her fuzzy new single as Jane Inc., “Steel.” The new track, which follows the release of “Gem,” marks the second new single from her forthcoming album, Number One, which drops on March 19th, 2021 via Telephone Explosion Records. With shimmering synthesizers, gritty guitar riffs, and thumping rhythms, this catchy track sees Bezic singing of the imbalanced work-life pattern we find ourselves in.
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