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

New tunes from Aurora, Dan Mangan, Pkew Pkew Pkew, and more!

It’s been a crazy week for new tunes this week, your new music playlists are going to be stacked!

There have been fresh cuts from outstanding indie powerhouses like Aurora, Dan Mangan, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, Interpol, Billie Eilish, Cage The Elephant, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard! Additionally, there have been amazing new tracks from up and coming artists like Partner and Lucy Dacus that are sure to get you grooving.

Check out the best new indie from this week below.

Aurora – “Animal”

“I spend a lot of time thinking about humans,” Aurora explains of the track according to DIY. “And I wanted to make a song wrapped in a blanket of obliviousness whilst speaking the wonderful and horrible truth that I see in us. We are always thriving for something.” The carnal clip fits the grand, savage style track perfectly as Aurora moves in an almost animal-like way, featuring visuals from director Tim Mattia.

Dan Mangan – “Losing My Religion (R.E.M. Cover)”

Mangan’s rendition of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” is heartfelt and stripped-back, powered by a guitar picking melody and Mangan’s melancholic, gritty vocals. “I remember air guitaring to this song with my brother and sister,” Mangan explains in a statement. “It was such a massive hit but also so unlikely a candidate to be so. The chorus isn’t really a chorus. It’s long. It’s repetitive. It’s like a hypnotic cyclical trance of words that stick with you even if you have no idea what they’re about.”

Pkew Pkew Pkew – “I Don’t Matter At All”

Following release of “65 Nickels,” Pkew Pkew Pkew have released “I Don’t Matter At All” as part of the announcement for their forthcoming album Optimal Lifestyles. The raucous new track has powerful, gritty vocals layered on top of a steady, yet rock-heavy guitar track. “Is this good or is this bad?” Warne wonders about Pkew Pkew Pkew’s lifestyle. “It’s fun to live like an idiot, but it’s probably bad, also. We’re all constantly wondering if we’ve ruined our lives forever or not, being in a band.”

Avey Tare – “Saturdays (Again)”

Avey Tare has released a trippy cow-filled video for his new track “Saturdays (Again)” as part of an announcement for his forthcoming album, Cows on Hourglass Pond. The low key first single “Saturdays (Again)” comes sprinkled with a series of vocal contortions, making for a smoother tune than the songs off of his sprawling solo album Eucalyptus. Avey Tare brings back acoustic sounds for this new track, laying down acoustic guitar lines on top of a synth bass making for a dub-based mix.

Interpol – “Fine Mess”

After the release of Marauder last summer, which was their first album in five years, Interpol have dropped a new track called “Fine Mess” just six months later. The crunchy, gritty new tune follows frontman Paul Banks as he sings about a strong, yet chaotic chemistry with someone from years ago. On top of the distorted, powerhouse instrumentals, Banks sings the brutally honest hook, “You and me make a fine mess.”

Partner – “Long and McQuade”

Lovable East Coast rockers Partner have just dropped a hilarious video for their quirky new track “Long and McQuade” in honour of the announcement of their forthcoming EP, Saturday the 14th. Any instrument-playing Canadian will love this track, which is an ode to the infamous music store chain. The song, which is full of comically blunt one liners, comes accompanied by a hilarious video that follows the duo as they sing and perform in one of the store’s location, occasionally being joined by staff members.

Billie Eilish – “bury a friend”

Billie Eilish has released another mildly disturbing video with the release of “bury a friend.” The eerie album artwork is inspired by the singer’s horror movie obsession, and that theme seems to trickle into the tracks on the record. The new single, “bury a friend,” definitely reflects this maniacal theme that’s set to control the songs, with a disorienting melody and suitably off-putting accompanying video, this rad track will definitely give you the heebie jeebies.

Cage The Elephant – “Ready To Let Go”

Cage The Elephant have dropped a video for their first single, “Ready To Let Go.” This deceptively upbeat track revolves around frontman Matt Shultz as he processes the final stages of a breakup, and gets ready to move on with his life. Directed by Shultz, the video shows the band taking part in some eerie, slightly disturbing underground rituals as they perform in black and white.

Lucy Dacus – “La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf cover)”

Lucy Dacus has just released a modern rendition of Edith Piaf’s classic tune “La Vie En Rose” for Valentine’s Day. The young American singer put a 21st century twist on the 70-year-old classic love song. Dacus first performs the tune in French, and then transfers to English as she croons on top of a fast pace, pulsing instrumental line. “I want someone to listen to this while running at top speed to the doorstep of the person they adore, ready to profess their deep, undying love,” Dacus explained in a press release.

Karen O – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings (Smashing Pumpkins cover)”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O has just dropped a spine chilling cover of “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by the Smashing Pumpkins. The eerie track comes off the soundtrack for Amazon Prime’s latest series, Hanna, which also features her previous release “Anti-Lullaby.” The hollow, yet echoing track varies pretty substantially from the original, as Karen O’s meloday is purposefully disquieting, with her wailing vocals atop a waning electronic instrumental.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Cyboogie”

Australian psych rock legends King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have made their return with a retro lo-fi video for their new single, “Cyboogie.” The space-like, synth based tune is sure to be a cult classic, with a catchy hook as frontman Stu Mackenzie repeats “Cyboogie.” The vintage style, Jason Galea-directed clip fits the catchy psychedelic track perfectly, as the band rock out in silly looking space suits in the middle of a flashing control room.