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

Fresh cuts from Robyn, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, and more!

It’s been a pretty heavy week for new music, with tons of tracks surfacing that you’ll want to play on repeat.

From rad fresh cuts from indie icons like Robyn, Muse, and Death Cab for Cutie to killer new tunes from up and coming artists like Charlotte Cardin, Boygenius, and Phoebe Bridgers, you’re in for a treat this week.

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

Robyn – “Last Christmas (Wham! Cover)”

The holidays are just around the corner, and during her appearance on BBC Radio I’s Live Lounge on Tuesday, Robyn got in the festive spirit by covering Wham!’s classic holiday track, “Last Christmas.” Her rendition is stripped back compared to the Swedish pop star’s usual songs, led by a tinny drum track and a simple piano line.

Muse – “Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran Cover)”

Back in September, Muse recorded a cover of Duran Duran’s iconic 1982 track “Hungry Like The Wolf” for French music show Taratata, and the audio has finally been made widely available on YouTube. The synth-pop powerhouse track fits perfectly with the tunes off of their latest album Simulation Theory, which are tinted with nostalgia and 80s style melodies.

Deerhunter – “Element”

Following the release of “Death in Midsummer,” the first single off of their upcoming album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, Deerhunter have shared “Element.” The dreamy, experimental, and endearingly deadpan new track is “an elegy for ecology (a landscape done in toxic watercolors),” frontman Bradford Cox explains in a press release.

Boygenius – “Read My Mind (The Killers Cover)”

After covering The Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away” last week, indie powerhouse Boygenius, made up of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, and Lucy Dacus, performed The Killers’ track “Read My Mind” at their recent show in San Diego on November 29th. Each member of the supergroup take turns singing the verses before they harmonize together for an intimate, stripped-back chorus.

Kid Koala ft. Trixie Whitley – “All For You”

This week, Kid Koala released “All For You,” the first single off of his upcoming ambient/vocal collaboration record Music To Draw To. The album is full of transportive tracks just like this one, and every song on the record will feature singer Trixie Whitley’s bold, powerful vocals.

Charlotte Cardin – “Les Jupes”

Following her recent release of “Double Shifts,” Montreal’s Charlotte Cardin has just released another new French track called “Les jupes,” which translates into “The skirts” in English. The sultry track features the French singer’s distinctive throaty vocals on top of a simple melody with a slightly more experimental production than her other recent songs.

Death Cab For Cutie – “Summer Years (Jimmy Tamborello Remix)”

In 2003, Ben Gibbard teamed up with Jimmy Tamborello to create their indie electro-pop outfit, Postal Service, and now they’ve reunited for a Tamborello remix of Death Cab For Cutie’s “Summer Years.” The new rendition of the Thank You For Today track sounds just like a Postal Service song with Gibbard’s iconic vocals and Tamborello’s upbeat electronic instrumentals.

Christine and the Queens – “No Ordinary Love (Sade Cover)”

Christine and the Queens have just release a cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” for Spotify’s Singles Series. The groovy rendition is smooth and sultry, with an update to the original soulful R&B track using a bass heavy melody and frontwoman Héloïse Letissier’s distinctive vocals.

Homeshake – “Nothing Could Be Better”

Homeshake, the project of Mac DeMarco guitarist Peter Sagar, just shared a video for their new single “Nothing Could Be Better.” The song is about how “sometimes on the way to a social function you gotta ditch and hang out with your sweety instead because love is beautiful,” Sagar explains in a statement.

The Staves – “Home Alone, Too”

‘Tis the season for festive tracks, and The Staves have just joined the likes of dozens of other indie artists releasing holiday tracks with their new tune “Home Alone, Too.” The folk-rock track is a soft ballad that’s sure to make the snow swirl and Christmas lights flicker. The melancholic holiday tune is about being heartbroken during the holidays, with the narrator wondering if their ex is living the same sorrowful festive activities she is.

Phoebe Bridgers – “Friday I’m In Love (The Cure Cover)”

Phoebe Bridgers recently recorded a bleak, melancholic cover of The Cure’s uplifting track “Friday I’m In Love” for Spotify’s Singles Series. The echoing, stripped back track is heartbreaking as Bridgers uses her gloomy vocals atop a reverb heavy acoustic guitar melody to sing The Cure’s iconic 1992 tune.