Oh, what a week.
This week, we’ve been gifted with some rad fresh cuts from huge artists like Coldplay, Maggie Rogers, HAIM, Destroyer, Peter Bjorn and John, Basia Bulat, and we’ve even seen the return of Nada Surf and The Rentals. There were also some killer new tracks from up-and-coming musicians like Weaves and Braids.
Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.
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Coldplay – “Daddy” and “Champion of the World”
Coldplay have released two new tracks, “Daddy” and “Champion of the World” from their forthcoming double album Everyday Life. The first track, “Daddy,” comes accompanied by an animated video by Aardman Animations, which was directed by Åsa Lucander.
While “Champion of the World” does not come with a video, it does feature a co-writing credit for the writers of “Los Angeles Be Kind” by Owl John, which includes late Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison.
Maggie Rogers – “Love You For A Long Time”
Maggie Rogers has released her new single “Love You for a Long Time.” The new track sees Rogers singing about enamourment and falling in love, as she delivers lines like, “I saw your face and I knew it was a sign/ And I still think about that moment all of the time.” “Love You for a Long Time” has more of a country twang than the tracks on Heard It in a Past Life, and it features a shimmering acoustic guitar line, driven drums, and Rogers’ distinctive vocals.
HAIM – “Hallelujah”
HAIM have released a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video for their new track, “Hallelujah.” The new song, which was co-written with Tobias Jesso Jr., is a tribute to Alana Haim’s friend Sammi Kane, who passed away at age 20. “It was a loss that changed my life forever,” Alana explains in a statement. “Sammi was my everything, and coming to terms with the fact that she wasn’t here, that I couldn’t call her, I couldn’t hug her, I would never see her bright smile and sparkling eyes ever again broke me.”
Destroyer – “It Just Doesn’t Happen”
Destroyer has released a video for “It Just Doesn’t Happen,” another song from his upcoming album Have We Met. The video for the track is almost pitch black, with a small beam of light that comes from a snowmobiler. The snowmobiler drives through a snowy field, where his light shines on people and things he stumbles across.
Basia Bulat – “Your Girl”
Basia Bulat is returning with a new album called Are You in Love?, and as part of the announcement, she’s released a video of her new track “Your Girl.” The upbeat track revolves around an energetic, guitar-driven instrumental line with a booming bass, as Bulat’s almost twangy vocalstake the lead. The accompanying video is picturesque, as Bulat sings in a beautiful field and two characters struggle through a tensely silent conflict.
Nada Surf – “Something I Should Do”
Nada Surf have announced their return with their highly-anticipated new album, NEVER NOT TOGETHER, which is set for release on February 7th, 2020. As part of the announcement, the indie rockers have released a video for their new single, “Something I Should Do.” The new track is a perfect preview of the record, with a gritty, driven instrumental line and silky vocals, as Caws sings lines like, “Hold still/ Limit what you see/ Be free for a while/ Lie in your room like you’re lying on a hill.”
Peter Bjorn and John – “Reason To Be Reasonable”
Peter Bjorn and John have released a new power-pop track called “Reason to be Reasonable.” “It’s about when you’ve been in a relationship for a really long time, and you feel like it’s worth fighting for through the ups and downs,” Peter Morén explains in a statement. “That can be applied to the band, too – a really long thing that keeps on giving.” The rowdy new tune comes packed with a catchy beat, driven bass line, and upbeat acoustic riff.
Braids – “Eclipse (Ashley)”
Montreal indie art rock outfit Braids have made their return with a video for their new track, “Eclipse (Ashley).” The new track, which serves as a first glimpse of a new album they’ll be releasing next year, is dedicated to frontwoman Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s best friend, exploring themes of nature, platonic love, and personal reflection.
The Rentals – “Forgotten Astronaut”
The Rentals have made their return with a new track called “Forgotten Astronaut.” The song is inspired by Michael Collins, who was the Command Module Pilot of Apollo 11 that had to wait 21 hours alone while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. “Forgotten Astronaut” truly revolves around frontman Matt Sharp’s lyricism, with lines like “We’re high above the tranquil sea/ I take a deep breath and set the Eagle free/ Oh, I know, what I know and I know it’s all up to me/ But, I feel what I feel and I feel the history.”
Weaves – “Internet Tears”
Weaves have released a video for their new single, “Internet Tears.” The energetic new tune comes packed with funky instrumental lines as frontwoman Jasmyn Burke wails lines like, “Sometimes the internet/ Makes me cry at night/ Sometimes I cry at night/ looking at the Internet.” The accompanying clip is packed with hilarious meme-worthy content, and is self-aware in its subject matter as the band perform in front of delightfully cheesy gifs.