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

While there haven’t been many new tunes released this week, what has been released has been amazing.

We’ve been granted fresh cuts from some amazing acts like The 1975, The Beths, Girl In Red, MONOWHALES, and we even got a collaboration from Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme.

Check out this week’s best new indie below.

The 1975 – “Guys”

The 1975 have shared “Guys,” another single from their fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form. The soft, sentimental new track sees frontman Matty Healy singing about his relationship with his bandmates, repeatedly delivering silky lyrics like, “You guys are the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Sharon Van Etten, Josh Homme – “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding)”

Sharon Van Etten and Josh Homme have teamed up and released a cover of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” originally written by Nick Lowe in 1974. The song was made popular by Elvis Costello and The Attractions on their 1979 album Armed Forces.

The Beths – “I’m Not Getting Excited”

New Zealand’s The Beths have released an animated video for “I’m Not Getting Excited” from their upcoming LP, Jump Rope Gazers. Frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes said the song was written last year, well before the recent pandemic, but the video was made during the first month of lockdown in New Zealand, in the band’s laundry room, with stop-motion animation, by directors Sports Team.

Girl In Red – “Say It (Maggie Rogers cover)”

Norwegian musician Girl In Red has shared a cover of Maggie Rogers’ “Say It” as part of a new Spotify initiative. Girl In Red has helped kick off Spotify’s new companion studio program for artists called “Studio Oyster,” which “allows Nordic artists to record and release new music that reflects who they are.”

Caribou – “Never Come Back (Four Tet Remix)”

Caribou’s Dan Snaith released his first album in five and a half years back in late February titled Suddenly. It did not take long for his good friend Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) to remix the standout track, “Never Come Back.” “Kieran is already part of my music before he remixes it,” Snaith explains. “He spent hours listening to drafts of tracks from Suddenly and giving me feedback, as he has done with my previous albums.”

MONOWHALES – “RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down)”

Indie pop-rockers MONOWHALES have shared an acoustic version of their catchy single “RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down).” “We produced the song ourselves in Toronto. We wanted to take the upbeat vibrancy of the original song and create a version of it influenced by the difficulties we’re all facing through the COVID-19 pandemic,” drummer Jordan Circosta explains. “Through this process ‘RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down)(Acoustic)’ ended up showcasing a darker, more somber side of the original.”

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