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

Fresh cuts from Tame Impala, Caribou, Alanis Morissette, and more!

It’s been a huge week for new tunes!

There have been some unbelievable releases from renowned indie artists like Caribou, Tame Impala, Holy Fuck, and we even saw the return of Canadian legend Alanis Morissette. We also got some amazing new tunes from up-and-coming artists like Khruangbin, Leon Bridges, Lido Pimienta, Soccer Mommy, and more!

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Caribou – “You And I”

Caribou has shared “You And I,” another dreamy new track from his forthcoming album Suddenly. “‘You and I’ was one of the first tracks on the album that I started and one of the last tracks I finished – it existed in some form or throughout the whole arc of making the record,” Dan Snaith explains of the track. “It also captures a lot of what the record, and the title of the album, are about – the track changes suddenly and unpredictably and it is about a change in my life that happened out of the blue.”
 

Tame Impala – “Porthumous Forgiveness”

While gearing up for the release of The Slow Rush, Tame Impala have shared a fourth track from the album with “Posthumous Forgiveness.” The track, which stretches more than six minutes, is like two songs in one. Opening up with a sort of hazy, laidback track based in psychedelic instrumentals from the ’70s. About halfway through, the song explodes into an airy synthpo track with a booming beat, as the vocal lines change to processed falsettos.
 

 

 

Holy Fuck – “Free Gloss (feat. Nicholas Allbrook)”

While gearing up for the release of Deleter, which is set for release on January 17th, 2020, Holy Fuck have unveiled a video for their new single “Free Gloss,” which features Pond frontman Nicholas Allbrook. “Our music can be dark and pummeling at times, unrelenting even,” Holy Fuck explains in a statement. “‘Free Gloss’ was designed as a way for us to shed some light, and bring some bliss and buoyancy to the table whilst still maintaining that ecstatic energy and intensity that we love. We started tinkering with the main riff and structure on this one as an idea to take the listener on a euphoric sonic journey and explore the push/pull, tension and release you can take people with on the dance floor.”
 

Alanis Morissette – “Reasons I Drink”

In celebration of next year being the 25th anniversary of Jagged Little Pill, Canadian queen Alanis Morissette has announced that she’ll be releasing her first new album in eight years, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. Morissette has released “Reasons I Drink,” the lead single from the forthcoming album, which is the follow up to 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. The track is quintessential Alanis, packed with bouncing keys and an anthemic instrumental as Morrissette’s throaty vocal lines take the lead
 

Khruangbin and Leon Bridges – “Texas Sun”

Texan artists Khruangbin and Leon Bridges have joined forces to release a new four-track EP called Texas Sun, which is set for release on February 7th, 2020. As part of the announcement, they’ve released the EP’s title track. “We try not to have too much of an intention, because it gets in the way of what the music wants to do,” Khruangbin bassist Laura lee explains. “If you just let the music do what it’s supposed to do, it will reveal itself. We tried to take that same approach with Leon. For us, it was opening up our world to have another person in it. But all of it feels like Texas to me.”
 

Soccer Mommy – “Feed”

Soccer Mommy has released her new track “Feed,” which was written for the new horror film, The Turning. “I’ve always wanted to do a song for a horror movie so I loved getting to write ‘Feed,’” Soccer Mommy explains in a statement. “It’s a song about letting a demon feed off your body. It was really fun to get to write something a little more imaginative than my other songs.” The gritty, dark new tune revolves around a distorted, weaving instrumental that almost has a Doppler effect to it as sounds wail in and out.
 

of Montreal – “Polyaneurism”

In 2020, Kevin Barnes’ long-running glam-pop group of Montreal will release their new album, UR FUN. The band has released a dog-filled video for their new track, “Polyaneurism.” The track marks the second song from the new record after the released of “Peace To All Freaks.” The new track is bright and bouncy, as Barnes sings about meeting someone new, but then finding out she’s already in an open relationship. The new Clayton Rychlik-directed video tells the lyrics’ story, but instead of actors, of Montreal uses dogs.
 

Algiers – “Void”

Algiers are gearing up for the release of forthcoming album, There Is No Year, and as part of the announcement they’ve dropped a video for their new track, “Void.” The new track “Void” is part of the Adult Swim Singles series, and it feels like a noisy garage rock track, as frontman Franklin James Fisher howls lines like, “Got to find a way to get out of it!” The accompanying Ian Cone-directed video sees the band performing the raucous track in a flickering black-and-white clip.
 

Lido Pimienta – “No Pude”

Colmbia-born, Toronto-based musician Lido Pimienta has made her return with a video for her new track called “No Pude.” “No pude means: I could not. In the context of the song it means something to the effect of, ‘I am tired of trying,’” Pimienta explains in a statement. “The words speak directly to the sense of dread and constant anxiety my home country gives me. ‘No Pude’ sums up the love / hate relationship I have with Colombia. I hold Colombia close to my heart and my soul, but that love turns into rage and shame as fast as a match takes to burn.”
 

Luna Shadows – “practice”

Former touring member of The Naked and Famous Luna Shadows has released a video for her new song “practice.” “Like all songs in this series, this song involves a breakdown or barrier in communication both in the digital and physical worlds,” Shadows explains of the track. “In the most literal interpretation, ‘practice’ is an imaginary conversation with a bridge jumper, beginning with a retroactive plea for them to check their Twitter mentions as they might’ve seen the outpouring of love left for them before they made an irreversible decision.”
 

Ducks Unlimited – “Gleaming Spires”

Toronto jangle pop outfit Ducks Unlimited have released a new track called “Gleaming Spires” off of their forthcoming debut EP, Get Bleak. The energetic new track comes packed with a driven instrumental line abd jangly guitar riffs, as frontman Tom McGreevy’s smooth vocals take the lead. The track revolves around its lyricism, as McGreevy delivers lines like, “But at the end of everything/ You stood there like gleaming spires.”
 


 
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