It’s time for Best New Indie!
This week, we’ve been gifted with some unbelievable fresh cuts from huge acts like Kacey Musgraves, Japanese Breakfast, Courtney Barnett, and a collab between Big Red Machine and Taylor Swift. Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
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Kacey Musgraves – “justified”
Kacey Musgraves is back with her second new single of the week, “justified.” The track comes from her forthcoming album, star-crossed, out September 10th and it serves as the follow-up to the title track. The poignant new track sees Musgraves reflecting on her divorce from country singer Ruston Kelly. “justified” is an emotive track filled with punchy percussion and dreamy synths. Musgraves croons some catchy lines like, “If I cried just a little, and then laughed in the middle / If I hate you, and I love you, and I change my mind.”
Big Red Machine – “Birch (feat. Taylor Swift)”
Big Red Machine have shared a new collaboration with Taylor Swift called “Birch.” The duo, made up of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner, have shared their new album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? A definite standout is the heady new Taylor Swift collaboration, “Birch.” The radiant new tune sees Swift and Vernon sharing the spotlight vocally.
Japanese Breakfast – “Glider”
Michelle Zauner has shared a new single as Japanese Breakfast, “Glider.” The track comes from the forthcoming soundtrack for the video game Sable. “Glider” is one of only three songs on the soundtrack to have lyrics. While the song definitely isn’t a typical Japanese Breakfast tune, Zauner channels an amazing new sound. The ethereal new tune comes packed with dreamy, floating melodies. “Glider” is perfect for Sable, as it teleports you to somewhere new altogether. Zauner says that she was inspired by film scorers like Alan Menken and Joe Hisaishi.
Caribou – “You Can Do It”
Dan Snaith has shared a new one-off single as Caribou called “You Can Do It.” After returning from a six-year gap between albums with Suddenly last year, Caribou is back once again. Ahead of his forthcoming tour, Snaith has shared a dog-filled video for this new single. “You Can Do It” opens with a voice saying the title before it ripples off into an echo. The warm synth-based track fits this era of Caribou perfectly.
Courtney Barnett – “I’ll Be Your Mirror (The Velvet Underground and Nico)”
Courtney Barnett has released a new cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror.” The cover comes from Verve Records’ forthcoming tribute compilation of the same name. Barnett truly pares back “I’ll Be Your Mirror” on this cover. With just an acoustic guitar and soft percussion, Barnett’s stream-of-consciousness vocals take the lead. This twangy cover shines the track in a new light entirely.
PORCHES – “Lately”
Aaron Maine has shared a video for his new track as Porches, “Lately.” The track comes from his forthcoming album, All Day Gentle Hold !, which is out on October 8th. It serves as the follow-up to “I Miss That” and “Okay.” The gloomy opening line is a bit of a red herring before PORCHES launches into layers of crashing symbals and dreamy guitars. Thorughout the tune, Maine delivers stream-of-consciousness style lyrics.
Ada Lea – “partner”
Montreal’s Alexandra Levy has shared a video for her new single as Ada Lea, “partner.” The track comes from her forthcoming album, one hand on the steering wheel the other sewing a garden, out September 24th via Next Door Records. “partner” serves as the follow-up to “damn” and “hurt,” but this single sees Levy at her most introspective. Ada Lea sings of being wide awake during a late night as the evening unfurls. The accompanying Erica Orofino-directed video follows Levy as she makes her way through the city reminiscing.
Rina Sawayama – “Enter Sandman (Metallica cover)”
Rina Sawayama has shared a striking cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Rina Sawayama truly adds her own twist to the track. While maintaining the original distinctive melody and gritty feeling, Sawayama makes the track her own. With industrial instrumentals and powerhouse vocal lines, get ready to hear “Enter Sandman” in a new light completely.
My Morning Jacket – “Regularly Scheduled Programming”
My Morning Jacket have returned to announce their first album of new material in six years. The forthcoming self-titled album will be out on October 22nd via ATO Records. My Morning Jacket previewed the album with a video for its lead single, “Regularly Scheduled Programming.” Alongside the track, they’ve shared a video that was directed by James and George Mays. The dreamy clip sees My Morning Jacket making their way on a picturesque roadtrip.
IDLES – “The God That Failed (Metallica cover)”
IDLES have shared a punky new cover of Metallica’s “The God That Failed.” The Bristol punks added their own twist to the 1991 track. Produced by IDLES’ lead guitarist Mark Bowen, the cover arrives as part of the 52-track tribute album, The Metallica Blacklist. Of course, IDLES rip through the single with their distinctive rowdy sound. Frontman Joe Talbot brings his distinctive growl atop driven guitars and unbelievable drum lines. This is “The God That Failed” like you’ve never heard it before, and it truly feels like an IDLES original.
Dehd – “Desire (Lala Lala remix)”
Chicago trio Dehd have shared a Lala Lala remix of their song “Desire”. The original track is from their sophomore album Flower of Devotion that was released last year. The LP will be remixed in entirety for a new record, Flower of Devotion Remixed out in full on September 17 via Fire Talk. “Lillie from Lala Lala really cut this one down to just the vocals and built it back from there. The first time I heard it I was amazed at the intensity of the vocals, it was like hearing the song for the first time. I think sometimes there’s this impulse in music making that more equals intensity, but I’d say this remix is an argument against that kind of logic.”
Chastity – “Dying To Live”
Whitby, Ontario’s Brandon Williams has shared a video for his new single as Chastity, “Dying To Live.” The soaring new single sees WIlliams once again leaning into his quintessential emo-tinged sound. On “Dying To Live,” Chastity sings about being unable to continue on without someone. The accompanying video is quite celebratory, following someone roller skate down the street in slow motion.
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