What a musical start to spring!
There have been tons of killer hits from seasoned artists this week, such as Tame Impala, The Cranberries, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Bruce Hornsby and Justin Vernon, Broken Social Scene, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and PUP. There were also some pretty rad tunes from up and coming acts like Tim Baker, Taylor Knox, LISA, and more.
Check out some of the best new indie tracks from this week below.
Tame Impala – “Patience”
Tame Impala are finally back! Today, the Australian psychedelic rockers have dropped a new single called “Patience,” which marks the band’s first new tune since 2015’s Currents. The bouncy groove will transport you back in time with the track’s disco-style instrumentals and frontman Kevin Parker’s smooth, electronic vocals. “Patience” is both distinctively Tame Impala, while veering into a new territory, combining a variety of genres into a unique psychedelic-influenced groove.
The Cranberries – “Wake Me When It’s Over”
The late Dolores O’Riordan’s massive vocals truly serve as the centre of the new Cranberries track “Wake Me When It’s Over.” Lead guitarist Noel Hogan describes the track as “very much a classic Dolores song,” according to the Rolling Stone, as her distinctive vocal tone takes the lead. O’Riordan pushes the track forward with her powerful roars as she belts heart-wrenching lyrics that, after her death, almost feel foreboding, such as: “It’s eating you like cancer/ It’s killing you for sure/ Wake me when it’s over.”
PUP – “Sibling Rivalry” and “Scorpion Hill”
After making their late night television debut on Seth Meyers, PUP have dropped a pair of new sings, “Sibling Rivalry” and “Scorpion Hill,” off of their forthcoming album Morbid Stuff. “Sibling Rivalry” is a punk-influenced, raucous and gritty tune with a catchy chorus that’s sure to get stuck in your head.
“Scorpion Hill” on the other hand opens as a stripped back, with a sweet, slow instrumental line before it explodes into a pounding, yet uplifting track with frontman Stefan Babcock’s vocals taking the forefront.
Calexico and Iron & Wine – “Father Mountain”
Iron & Wine and Calexico have just announced that they’ll be collaborating once again for the release of a new album, Years to Burn. As part of the announcement, they’ve dropped a new track called “Father Mountain.” The tune is pretty jangly, with smooth, gritty vocals atop a bouncy instrumental track. “Life is hard. Awesome. And scary as shit. But it can lift you up if you let it,” Sam Beam explains of the album in a statement.
Bruce Hornsby – “Cast-Off (feat. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon)”
Pianist and singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby has just dropped “Cast-Off,” which was co-written by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, who lends his vocals to the tune. “Cast-Off,” which also features contributions from Sean Carey, Brad Cook, and more, almost feels like it could be plucked off of an older Bon Iver album, with a crisp piano line, catchy drum beat, faint horns, and Vernon’s distinctive vocal lines.
Broken Social Scene – “Can’t Find My Heart”
Broken Social Scene dropped their EP Let’s Try the After – Vol. 1 in February, and they’ve just announced that they’re set to drop volume 2 on April 12th via Arts & Crafts. As part of the announcement, they’ve released “Can’t Find My Heart,” which will serve as the lead single off of Let’s Try the After – Vol. 2. “The theme is to continue. Sickness, suivide, uprise, love, death, betrayal, hurt, joy, sex, communication, battles and divisions,” frontman Kevin Drew explains in a statement. “Let’s just get to their after and start building again.”
Tim Baker – “All Hands”
Former Hey Rosetta! frontman Tim Baker has just dropped “All Hands,” a new track off of his forthcoming debut album, Forever Overhead, which revolves around kinship and connection. “This is a song about my past,” Baker, who grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, explains. “It’s a song of homesickness that grew into a nostalgic anthem. I was thinking of the Newfoundland diaspora (or any diaspora, really). And it turned out celebratory – sort of reveling in the fact that there is this place that is an inescapable part of me.”
Catfish and the Bottlemen – “2all”
While gearing up for their forthcoming album The Balance, Catfish and the Bottlemen have dropped another black and white video for their vulnerable new tune, “2all.” Frontman Van McCann sings about lies, loyalty, and love on this new track, opening up to fans with honest, straightforward lyrics. The accompanying widescreen video picks up the scene where it left off with their January single “Longshot,” as McCann takes the wheel through beaches and clifftops. As the clip progresses, the band performs “2all” live in the middle of an Ampitheatre.
Son of Cloud – “How To Love You Today”
Brooklyn-based indie-folk artist Son Of Cloud has dropped “How To Love You Today,” the latest single from his forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is set for release on April 12th. The sweet, endearing track is sure to make your eyes water with its heartwarming lyrics, raspy vocals, Bon Iver-like instrumental lines. The raw tune follows themes of connection and learning to understand intimacy through others as well as yourself.
Taylor Knox – “City At Night”
Local indie artist Taylor Knox has just dropped a video for his anthemic new single “City At Night.” The upbeat power-pop track is pretty guitar heavy with loud, crunchy guitar lines pushing the catchy track forward. The tune comes accompanied by a Layne Hinton-directed video, which sees Knox performing the track in her art installation, Greenhouse, which explores themes of global warming through lights, fake plants, and stage tricks.
LISA – “Primitive Us”
Montreal-based artist LISA has just dropped her debut single “Primitive Us,” which is captivating with an offbeat style that plays with dreamy synths, nostalgic lyricism, and avant-garde instrumental lines. “‘Primitive Us’ explores the claustrophobic feeling which is sometimes symptomatic of living on the grid in today’s world,” LISA explains to Indie88. “Constantly plugged-in, bombardment from every direction, disconnection from ourselves and each other.”