It’s time for Best New Indie!
This week we’ve gotten fresh cuts from St. Vincent, James Blake, Sharon Van Etten, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
This Indie88 feature is presented in partnership with Go Rogue.
St. Vincent – “The Nowhere Inn”
St. Vincent has shared a new track called “The Nowhere Inn.” The song comes from the forthcoming mockumentary of the same name, which stars St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein. The film is out later this week on September 17th via VOD and in theatres via IFC Films. Annie Clark did the soundtrack and score, which is out two days later on September 19th. Today, she’s previewed the soundtrack with “The Nowhere Inn.”
James Blake – “Famous Last Words”
James Blake has shared a new single called “Famous Last Words.” This new slowly building track opens with pulsing synths until the track swells into something new entirely. Exploding into a stunning orchestral tune, this dynamic tune is a must-listen. Throughout the single, Blake sings lines like, “That feeling/ I should’ve lost it/ I should’ve lost it by now.”
Sharon Van Etten – “Femme Fatale”
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen have shared a cover of the Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale.” The droning rendition revolves around a simple, pulsing instrumental line and powerful vocals. On “Femme Fatale,” Sharon Van Etten’s vocal lines strike a perfect balance between melancholy and eeriness. On the chorus, Angel Olsen comes in with some stunning harmonies.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Earthlings”
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have shared a previously unreleased track, “Earthlings.” The single comes from their forthcoming B-Sides & Rarities Part II, which is out on October 22nd. Following the release of “Vortex,” “Earthlings” is a melancholic synth-based track. Equal parts sadness and celebration, “Earthlings” truly channels the sounds of the Ghosteen sessions. Lyrically, Cave sings lines like, “I thought that love would one day set me free/ I think my friends have gathered here for me.”
The War On Drugs – “I Don’t Live Here Anymore (feat. Lucius)”
The War On Drugs are readying the release of I Don’t Live Here Anymore, which is out on October 29th via Atlantic. Today, they’ve previewed the album with its title track. “I Don’t Live Here Anymore” features backing vocals from Lucius. Throughout the tune, The War On Drugs reflect on the days of classic rock. Frontman Adam Granduciel sings lines like, “I know it ain’t like I remember/ I guess my memory runs wild/ Like when we went to see Bob Dylan/ We danced to ‘Desolation Row.’” The song is an anthemic tune that sees the band leaning into their love of big sounds.
Frank Turner – “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”
Frank Turner has officially announced his forthcoming album, FTHC, out February 11th via Xtra Mile Recordings / Polydor. As part of the announcement, he’s shared his new single “Haven’t Been Doing So Well.” FTHC marks his first new album since 2019’s No Man’s Land. Today’s preview truly encapsulates some of the emotions we’ve been experiencing throughout the pandemic. “Haven’t Been Doing So Well” is a cathartic punk rock anthem that serves as an emotional release.
Snail Mail – “Valentine”
Lindsey Jordan has returned with the announcement of her new album as Snail Mail, Valentine, out November 5th via Matador. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for the album’s title track. The new single comes packed with gritty guitars as Snail Mail wails, “So why’d you want to erase me/ Darling valentine.” “Valentine” takes more of an early 2000s emo pop twist than that of her debut album Lush.
Grouper – “Ode To The Blue”
Liz Harris has shared a video for her new single as Grouper, “Ode To The Blue.” The song comes from her forthcoming sophomore album, Shade, which is out October 22nd via Kranky. “Ode To The Blue” serves as the follow-up to the album’s lead track, “Unclean Mind.” The stripped-back tune is an intimate recording that revolves around Harris’ voice and an acoustic guitar line. The accompanying Dicky Bahto-directed video is packed with black-and-white clips of people kissing in a graveyard.
Chastity – “Pummeling”
Whitby, Ontario’s Brandon Williams has announced his new album as Chastity, Suffer Summer, with a video for “Pummeling.” The album will be out on January 13th via Dine Alone Records/Deathwish. To preview the album, Williams has shared a video for his new single, “Pummeling.” He says that the track is about “getting jumped mentally.” “I’ve always done my best to try to out-run these things before they catch up to me, but now I’m trying to just become stronger, to not let them fuck me up so bad.”
Ducks Ltd. – “Under The Rolling Moon”
Ducks Ltd. are back with a video for their new single “Under The Rolling Moon,” which features backing harmonies from The Beths. “‘Under The Rolling Moon’ is about trying to be there for a friend who is in a moment of crisis,” McGreevy explains of the track. “Some of the frustration maybe of witnessing someone else’s extremely recognizable self-defeating behaviour, but mostly just the feeling of caring for them, knowing they can be ok and hoping that they can find their way to seeing that.”
Hubert Lenoir, Bonnie Banane – “OCTEMBRE”
Montreal’s Hubert Lenoir has previewed his forthcoming album with a video for his new single “OCTEMBRE.” The track comes from Lenoir’s new album, PICTURA DE IPSE : Musique directe, which came out this Wednesday, September 15th. The new single, “OCTEMBRE,” features Bonnie Banane. It’s more of a laidback R&B song than the other previews of the album like “DIMANCHE SOIR” and “Secret.”
Le Ren – “I Already Love You”
Montreal’s (/Tiohtià:ke’s) Le Ren is back with a video for her new single “I Already Love You.” The tender new song comes from her forthcoming debut album, Leftovers, out October 15th via Royal Mountain Records and Secretly Canadian. “I Already Love You” is a gentle contemplation of motherhood. Just like her last single “Dyan,” this new song is a delicate, moving exploration of love. The accompanying Ali Vanderkruyk-directed video comes packed with warm shots of Le Ren and her mother, Dyan.
Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!