The end of year/beginning of year music drought is officially over!
This week has been pretty huge for new tunes, with fresh cuts from iconic indie artists like Hozier, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, Karen O, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and more. There were also some great tracks from up and coming artists like Charlotte Cardin, Hannah Georgas, and Homeshake.
Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.
Hozier – “Say My Name (Destiny’s Child cover)
Hozier has just released a cover of Destiny Child’s hit song “Say My Name” as part of the Spotify Singles Series. Hozier’s version of the iconic 1999 tune is stripped back and slower than the original, as Hozier’s deep vocals add a little more blues to the R&B original. “During rehearsals for the recent tour, the band and I would throw around a few progressions and grooves while on break,” Hozier said in a statement.
Charlotte Cardin – “Drive”
Charlotte Cardin has just released a simple, yet powerful video for her groovy new track “Drive.” The tune is smooth and sultry, with Cardin’s distinctive raspy falsettos and deep, throaty verses. “Drive” has a catchy hook as the iconic Montreal singer lulls, “Baby if you let me be/ the birthday to your party,/ I’ll say don’t ever leave me, be/ the always to my maybe.”
Billie Eilish – “When I Was Older”
17-year-old sad indie pop icon Billie Eilish has just shared a new track called “Roma,” which was inspired by Alfonso Cuarón’s acclaimed new movie Roma. Eilish generally writes from perspectives other than her own, so this seems like a perfect fit. “I write in characters a lot, so it’s not necessarily anything that I’m going through at all,” the teen sensation told Consequence of Sound. “It’s just art.”
Lana Del Rey – “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it”
Preparing for the release of her upcoming fifth record, Norma Fucking Rockwell, Lana Del Rey has released another new track called “hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it.” The extremely-long-titled-track is a Jack Antonoff produced ballad with a powerful, yet simple piano line and beautifully pained vocals. Del Rey sings vulnerable lyrics on the track like, “24/7 Sylvia Plath/ Writing in blood on my walls/ ‘Cause the ink in my pen don’t work in my notepad.”
Karen O – “Anti-Lullaby”
Karen O has just released a new track called “Anti-Lullaby,” which will serve as the soundtrack to an Amazon Prime series called Hanna. The eerily acoustic track serves as Karen O’s first release since “Lux Prima,” her collaboration with Danger Mouse. “Anti-Lullaby” is heartbreaking, yet slightly creepy as Karen O lulls along and sings lyrics like, “Do not sleep/ She waits for you to sleep/ Do not sleep, my starling, do not sleep.”
Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Longshot”
Catfish and the Bottlemen have released a dramatic new video for “Longshot,” their first new tune in three years. The four-piece band hinted at the announcement when they put up a countdown on Instagram that ended tonight, promising to deliver highly anticipated brand new music.
Deerhunter – “Plains”
Following the release of “Death In Midsummer” and “Element,” Deerhunter have released “Plains,” the latest single off of their forthcoming album Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? The groovy, bouncy track was inspired by James Dean and his performance in the movie Giant, which was filmed in Marfa, Texas where Deerhunter recorded a large chunk of their album.
Fidlar – “By Myself”
Fidlar has just shared a webcam-style video for their new track “By Myself” off of their highly anticipated new album, Almost Free. “I called up all my homies to have a drink with me and no one showed up. What a bunch of kooks,” lead singer and guitarist Zac Carper explains about the ironic anthem he wrote in Hawaii.
Homeshake – “Just Like My”
Homeshake, the project of Mac DeMarco guitarist Peter Sagar, has just released a trippy video for “Just Like My,” the latest single off his forthcoming album, Helium. “Just Like My” is another track that reinforces Sagar’s commitment to groovy, dreamy tunes with his soft vocal melodies, easy going beat, and groovy instrumental lines.
Girlpool – “What Chaos Is Imaginary”
Following the release of “Where You Sink,” “Lucy’s,” and “Hire,” Girlpool have returned to share the title track from their upcoming album What Chaos Is Imaginary. The album, which is set for release on February 1st, will be the follow up to 2017’s Powerplant. “What Chaos Is Imaginary” is a slow, dreamy track with eerie falsettos and a sweet, steady beat pushing the track.
Royal Canoe – “77-76”
Winnipeg band Royal Canoe have just released “77-76,” the latest single from their forthcoming album, Waver. The smooth new track is part of a new sound Royal Canoe is heading toward, as they play with the idea of the absurdity of modern life. “’77-76′ is about seeing a storm approaching on the horizon,” the band’s Matt Peters explains in a statement. “The ship is beginning to rock back and forth violently, but the captain is drunk. Your last captain was alright, but this new one is an idiot.”
Hannah Georgas – “No Need To Argue (The Cranberries cover)”
Juno nominated musician Hannah Georgas is set to be releasing Imprints, a collection of covers by influential women in her life, on March 8th in celebration of International Women’s Day. In honour of the announcement, Georgas has released a cover of The Cranberries’ “No Need to Argue.”