Best New Indie: 12 songs you need to discover this week

Fresh cuts from Sleater-Kinney, Sufjan Stevens, The Flaming Lips and more!

Wow, what a huge week for indie lovers.

There have been some crazy fresh cuts from renowned musicians like Sleater-Kinney, The Voidz, Sufjan Stevens, Vance Joy, Phantogram, The Flaming Lips, Albert Hammond Jr, King Gizard & The Lizard Wizard, and more! There were also some pretty amazing new tracks from up-and-coming artists like King Princess, Fast Romantics, and KT Tunstall.

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

Sleater-Kinney – “Hurry On Home”

Sleater-Kinney has released “Hurry on Home,” a new track produced by St. Vincent. It appears that Sleater-Kinney’s sound has changed drastically, as the trio explored a new sound palette on this tune. “I think for [guitarist/vocalist] Carrie [Brownstein] and [guitarist/vocalist] Corin [Trucker] it was liberating to explore a different sound palette,” drummer Janet Weiss explained in a press release. “Instead of just going into the studio to document what we’d done, we were going in to explore and to find the essence of something. To dig in deeper.”

The Voidz – “Eternal Tao”

Julian Casablancas is quite the busy man. While he’s been out touring with The Strokes, the frontman has just dropped a new dance jam with The Voidz called “Eternal Tao.” Casablancas does a great job at making The Voidz sound unique and different from The Strokes, and this distinctive sound shines on the new loopy, upbeat dance track. With 90’s influences and a great mini-guitar solo, the song starts off with a montage of ’80s video dating personals.

Sufjan Stevens – “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart”

Sufjan Stevens is celebrating the start of Pride Month by releasing “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart.” The first track, “Love Yourself,” is a slow-building, euphoric tune with lively, empowering instrumentals as Stevens sings intimate lines like, “Love, can you love yourself/ Show me everything, every reason to believe in yourself.”

The second tune, “With My Whole Heart,” will tug you forward through the entirety of the song through its unique, powerful, and slightly groovy instrumentals. In a press release, Stevens explains that he wanted to “write an upbeat and sincere love song without conflict, anxiety or self-deprecation.”

Vance Joy – “What About Us (Pink cover)”

While gearing up to embark as an opener for Pink on her European stadium tour this summer, Vance Joy has dropped a warm, intimate cover of the punk pop star’s “What About Us.” Joy dropped a stunning acoustic cover of her hit track as he plays a simple, yet powerful acoustic guitar line and allows his vocals to shine at the forefront. The accompanying video is just as heartfelt, as the folky indie artist sits in the middle of a studio, guitar in hand, and allows himself to truly feel the emotion of the acoustic tune.

King Princess – “Cheap Queen”

Up-and-coming star King Princess is gearing up for her debut full-length album, and she’s now given fans a first glimpse at the record with the release of her groove-worthy new single, “Cheap Queen.” The brief tracks clocks in just under three minutes, and sees the artist truly paving the way for a new, subversive genre of pop music. King Princess weaves her way through brooding verses as her vocals lean toward a ballad, while the instrumentals make for for a catchy, upbeat, light bop.

Phantogram – “Into Happiness”

After announcing their North American tour, Phantogram have made their return with a new track titled “Into Happiness.” Upon making their return, the band wrote on Facebook, “It’s been a long path, coming out of the darkness and into the light.” The song marks the duo’s first new music since 2016’s Three, and it definitely marks a change in sound. Although it’s still reminiscent of Phantogram’s quintessential qualities like eerie atmospheric instrumentals packed with spacey synth lines, the new tune is much brighter and feels like something completely new.

The Flaming Lips – “Giant Baby”

Last month, the Flaming Lips released their new album King’s Mouth: Music And Songs as a Record Store Day exclusive, which was limited to 4000 gold vinyl copies. Next month, the album is getting a full wide release. The lead single “All For The Life Of The City” has already been released and now, we are getting another new track. In addition to the Flaming Lips’ quirky musical style, the new song, “Giant Baby,” features narration from Clash’s Mick Jones.

Albert Hammond Jr – “More to Life”

Albert Hammond Jr, lead guitarist and co-founder of The Strokes, has released a video for his new song called “More to Life.” The accompanying music video stars Jason Ritter, and features footage from a student film Hammond Jr directed in the ’90s. Hammond Jr released his latest album Francis Trouble last year, and The Strokes are headlining Lollapalooza and Governors Ball this year.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Self Immolate”

Australian rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have just released a John Angus Stewart-directed music video for their new song “Self Immolate.” Known for their psychedelic, heavy metal rock, this tune will definitely get your head banging. The heavy metal track is paired with a fuel-fired video. The clip opens with a group of people lined up on a deserted road, as they drink gasoline while waving a flare stick.

Fast Romantics – “Do No Wrong”

Toronto indie rock band Fast Romantics have released a fun new single “Do No Wrong.” The new track holds an overall sunny vibe thanks to its fun guitar riff and opening lyric “I’m waking up,” launching listeners into the joys of summer. “Do No Wrong” serves as a fun single for the band’s upcoming album, due this coming fall, which was self-produced by Fast Romantics.

KT Tunstall – “Little Red Thread”

KT Tunstall has dropped a lyric video for the acoustic version of “Little Red Thread” off of her recently released album, WAX. “What if there was something physical that showed the connection between people; millions of red threads between our hearts – people on airplanes connected to people on the ground, all crisscrossing,” Tunstall explains of the track. “You’d end up with a gigantic knot in the middle where we all tangle up with one another, and when you pull on one little thread it moves everything…”