Best New Indie: 14 songs you need to discover this week

Fresh cuts from Billie Eilish, Charly Bliss, Robyn, and more!

It’s a pretty wild week for new tunes.

A couple of indie giants have marked their return with new tunes like Kindness, Mac DeMarco, The National, The Black Keys, The Get Up Kids, and Local Natives. There have also been some other outstanding tunes from some of the biggest players in the indie scene right now including Billie Eilish, Charly Bliss, Calpurnia, and more!

Check out some of the best new indie tracks from this week below.

Billie Eilish – “wish you were gay”

This week, young singer-songwriter Billie Eilish dropped a new track called “wish you were gay.” 17-year-old Eilish croons lyrics like “I can’t tell you how much I wish I didn’t want to stay/ I just kind of wish you were gay,” as her vocals are packed atop a bouncy, whooping bass and a ticking drum beat. The track is in typical Eilish fashion, with a dynamic, catchy instrumental and honest, relatable lyrics.

Kindness – “Cry Everything (feat. Robyn)”

Kindness has just dropped “Cry Everything,” their first new tune since 2014, and it comes as a duet with their recurring collaborator, Swedish pop superstar, Robyn. This new track, “Cry Everything,” sees the pair working off of a sample of Todd Rundgren’s “Pretending to Care.”

Mac DeMarco – “Nobody”

Beloved indie goofball Mac DeMarco has just announced a new album called Here Comes the Cowboy, which will mark the debut release on Mac’s Record Label. As part of the announcement, DeMarco has shared a video for the record’s first single, “Nobody.” The video sees DeMarco starring as a peculiar lizard/cowboy hybrid as he smokes a cigar, bops around, and sings along to the track.

Stef Chura – “Method Man”

After sharing some new material in 2018, Detroit-based singer-songwriter Stef Chura has formally announced her sophomore album, Midnight, will arrive on June 7 via Saddle Creek. The record was produced by Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo. Chura rolled out a new song, “Method Man,” this week.

The National – “You Had Your Soul With You”

The National have just announced I Am Easy To Find, their forthcoming album that is set to be accompanied by a short film. As part of the announcement, the seasoned indie band have dropped a trailer for the film alongside “You Had Your Soul With You,” which is the first track off of the new record. The album’s opening track, “You Had Your Soul With You,” consists of a digitally manipulated guitar line, quick skittering drums, and Berninger’s distinctive crooning vocals.

Charly Bliss – “Chatroom”

“I was sexually assaulted by someone I dated and I wrote ‘Chatroom,’ and most of ‘Young Enough’ as a way of processing that experience and explaining it to myself,” frontwoman Eva Hendricks explains in a statement. “‘Chatroom’ is a song about reaching ecstatic joy through consuming rage. Simply put, it’s a colossal ‘fuck you’ and a celebration of reaching the point of ‘fuck you’ that isn’t diluted by self-blame or apologies.”

Pile – “Bruxist Grin”

Boston-based post-punk heroes Pile announced that their seventh LP, Green and Gray, will arrive on May 3. The band shared a taste of what’s to come with the panic attack-inspired song “Bruxist Grin.”

Calpurnia – “Cell”

“Cell” marks the first new tunes from the Vancouver band since last year’s release of their debut EP Scout. “This song is about being taken advantage of in anyway,” Wolfhard explains in a statement. The accompanying video follows the young indie band on tour as they amp themselves up for shows, play in the snow, and rock out on stage.

Greys – “These Things Happen”

“These Things Happen” revolves around experimental studio techniques, with effect heavy guitar loops, a variety of sonic textures, and a sample from a PBS documentary about the Black Panthers. “This song is about perspective and understanding during chaotic times,” frontman Shehzaad Jiwani explains to The FADER. “You can feel incensed to rebel against something while also yearning for a deeper understanding of your neighbours at the same time.”

Vampire Weekend – “Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)” and “Big Blue”

Vampire Weekend have been rolling out advance tracks from their forthcoming double album in pairs. They’ve already released “Harmony Hall” and “2021,” and for this round they’ve dropped “Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)” and “Big Blue.” “Big Blue” has a psychedelic, bending guitar riff with frontman Ezra Koenig’s distinctive vocals layered atop an acoustic instrumental.

The A-side track, “Sunflower,” will soon be accompanied by a Jonah Hill-directed music video filmed at Manhattan’s Zabar’s. The track is pretty groovy with a clicky guitar riff and bouncy, almost prog rock style vocals.

The Black Keys – “Lo/Hi”

The Black Keys have finally made their return. The garage rock duo have just dropped their first track in five years with their new single, “Lo/Hi.” The new tune is their first new music together since 2014’s Turn Blue, but it sounds like the pair never left. It’s got that distinctive gritty Black Keys vibe, with a distorted, catchy guitar lines and some edgy, bold howling.

Local Natives – “Cafe Amarillo”

The new tune marks their first release since 2016’s Sunlit Youth, and it revolves around a catchy guitar line, bouncy piano chords, and the band’s distinctive vocal harmonies. The upbeat tune comes accompanied by a Van Alpert directed video, as Local Natives play the track in the middle of a deserted mountain range.

The Get Up Kids – “Satellite”

The Get Up Kids have just announced Problems, their first album in eight years, and as part of the announcement they’ve dropped a video for their first single, “Satellite.” “I started writing ‘Satellite’ about my son who’s 14 and a total introvert – not antisocial, he just genuinely likes to keep to himself,” frontman Matt Pryor explains in a statement. “But then somewhere down the line I started singing about myself – about how even when you’re playing a show to a room full of people, I can still feel anxious and isolated.”