The holidays are fast approaching, but so many great musical acts are still busy making music.
This week, we’ve been gifted some unbelievable tracks from outstanding indie artists like The Dirty Nil, The Voidz, Nada Surf, Rentals, Bombay Bicycle Club, and more! Check out the best new indie tracks from this week below.
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The Dirty Nil – “Christmas At My House”
Hamilton rockers The Dirty Nil have released a gritty new holiday track called “Christmas At My House.” “Let’s be honest folks; unless DMX is singing it, we don’t need to hear ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ again,” frontman Luke Bentham says in a statement. “Let’s do away with some of these old and tired tunes and instead, celebrate Yuletide with a proper stomper. We proudly present: ‘Christmas At My House.’ Crank it up and let the eggnog flow, hail baby Jesus as well as the manufacturers of mid-to-low quality libations. Happy holidays, friends.”
The Voidz – “Did My Best”
The Voidz have released a double music video for “The Eternal Tao 2.0” and their new Mac DeMarco-produced single, “Did My Best.” The track is about “nostalgia and not giving a shit about it personally,” frontman Julian Casablancas explained to the Rolling Stone. Throughout “Did My Best,” Casablancas croons along to the melancholic, nostalgia-tinged tune, lamenting about lost days.
The Rentals – “9th Configuration”
The Rentals have unveiled a lyric video for their new track, “9th Configuration.” The track is inspired by both William Peter Blatty’s book Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane and the film The Ninth Configuration. Frontman Matt Sharp sings of an abandoned castle that has been converted into a military psychiatric hospital, delivering lines from the point of view of the book’s protagonist Colonel Vincent Kane. “9th Configuration” features Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, who creates an eerie instrumental packed with warped electric guitars and synths.
Nada Surf – “Looking For You”
Nada Surf have announced their ninth studio album, Never Not Together, which is set for release on February 7th, 2020. As part of the announcement, the indie rockers have released a video for their new single, “Looking For You.” The track, which opens with a choir, explodes into a rock anthem packed with elaborate string lines and killer guitar solos.
Bombay Bicycle Club – “Racing Stripes”
Bombay Bicycle Club have shared a video for their new track, “Racing Stripes.” The new track strays greatly from the previously releases from their forthcoming album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. Stripped back to a simple, yet expansive instrumental line and powerful harmonies, the track almost feels like a melancholic, yet persevering ballad. “‘Racing Stripes’ is the first song we’ve done where I feel you could have a lighter in the air and sing along to it,” guitarist Jamie MacColl explains of the track.
Caroline Polachek – “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings (A.G. Cook Remix)”
Caroline Polachek has released an A.G. Cook remix of her Pang hit, “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings.” The new rendition of the track feels almost muted, revolving the focus onto a shimmering synth line and energetic beat, as Polachek’s processed vocal lines make their way through the relatable lyrics with ease. The track is something you’ll be sure to play at any party, with an electro-influenced instrumental.