Best New Indie: 6 songs you need to discover this week

Fresh cuts from Greys, IDLES, Mac DeMarco, and more!

Get ready, music lovers. There’s some awesome new tunes coming your way.

Although this week wasn’t a big music week based on the number of new tunes, the quality of it was unbelievable, with outstanding releases from genre-bending indie artists like Greys, IDLES, and Krief. There were also new releases from some music giants like IDLES and a posthumous track from Tom Petty.

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

Greys – “Arc Light”

Greys have just dropped their gritty, distorted new record Age Hasn’t Spoiled You, which sees the Toronto four-piece on their most adventurous endeavour yet. “Arc Light” is definitely a standout track, with the feedback heavy, industrial punk rock instrumentals that send the song hurling into an eerie, disorienting cycle.

Mac DeMarco – “On The Square”

Mac DeMarco has dropped a particularly outlandish video for his new track “On the Square.” The track is quintessential Mac DeMarco with a smooth groove as the goofy indie artists croons atop a silky instrumental. The accompanying William Sipos and Sean Campos-directed video, however, is strange, even by DeMarco’s standards. The clip sees a bizarre stage performance, a basin filled with milk that creates a portal into another world, and a variety of bizarre flesh-coloured creatures.

IDLES – “Mercedes Marxist”

Bristol punks IDLES have made their return with their first new track of 2019, “Mercedes Marxist.” The track, which marks their first original release since 2018’s Joy As An Act of Resistance, sees the band going back to their raucus sound, with pounding drum lines, dynamic and distorted guitar riffs, and frontman Joe Talbot’s gritty vocals. The track, like most IDLES tunes, revolves around Talbot’s quirky lyricism as he sings lines like, “Forgive my crippled head” or “They’ve gambled all our pride/ They want money instead.”

Tom Petty – “For Real”

Last year, Tom Petty’s daughter Adria was reviewing some of the songs her father left behind with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, when she first heard “For Real,” and today we’ve been gifted with a touching new video for the heartwrenching ballad. The track explores why Petty was a musician for a living, as he croons lyrics like, “I didn’t do it for no magazine/ Didn’t do it for no video/ Never did it for no CEO/ But I did it for real.”

Dwayne Gretzky – “S.O.S. (ABBA Cover)”

Seasoned Toronto indie rockers Dwayne Gretzky have just dropped an animated video for their cover of ABBA’s “S.O.S.” In addition to the cover, they’ve announced their forthcoming self-titled debut album, which is set for release on August 23rd. Dwayne Gretzky’s cover of the legendary hit is more gritty and distorted than the original, with ominous keys, grainy vocal lines, and a pounding, driven drum beat.

Krief – “Tonight”

Former Dears member Patrick Krief is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album Dovetale under the moniker Krief, and today he’s shared a video for his bluesy, poetic single “Tonight.” The lively, dynamic track builds beautifully with layered, bouncy, guitar-driven instrumentals as Krief’s vocal lines weave in and out of dreamy falsettos. The track revolves around a gritty guitar line that eventually morphs into an elaborate, twangy solo.