There have been some huge returns to music this week!
With indie giants like City and Colour, Bon Iver, and The Pixies making a comeback, your playlists are sure to be stacked with unbelievable tracks. There were also some killer fresh cuts from up and coming artists like the Glorious Sons, The Darcys, and Jeremie Albino.
Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.
City and Colour – “Astronaut”
Superfans grab your tissues, because Green is back with his sweet, crooning vocals as he sings lines like, “All wayfaring hearts/ They take to the roads/ There’s poison, there’s silver/ That’s home,” atop a sprawling six-minute-long instrumental. The driven tune revolves around a slow-building, yet sweeping melody that’s sure to drill its way right into your bones. “I always think of the relationships in my life that have been fractured because I ended up doing what I do for a living,” Green explains of the track in a statement.
Bon Iver – “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)”
Bon Iver have made their return with “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like),” their first new tunes in three years. “Hey, Ma” is a shimmering, nostalgic track that revolves around memories of a mother’s love for her child. The intimate track is simple, yet powerful, and comes accompanied by a lyric video that’s packed with home videos of frontman Justin Vernon’s family.
“U (Man Like),” on the other hand, is a piano-centric, gospel-influenced ballad that features a variety of artists like Moses Sumney, Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Elsa Jensen, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus with The National’s Bryce Dessner. “This project began with a single person,” Vernon explains in a press release. “But throughout the last 11 years, the identity of Bon Iver has bloomed and can only be defined by the faces in the ever growing family we are.”
The Pixies – “On Graveyard Hill”
The Pixies have just announced their forthcoming album Beneath The Eyrie, which is set for release on September 13th, and as part of the announcement they’ve dropped a new track called “On Graveyard Hill.” The first single from the indie giants is a spooky, raucous rock track that revolves around a roar of heavy guitars, squalling instrumentals, and monotonous, crooning vocals. The delightfully eerie tune references all things mysterious, like “the witching hour,” “potions,” and “the poisonous forest.”
Glorious Sons – “Panic Attack”
Canadian rock band Glorious Sons drops their new single “Panic Attack” with a powerful video to match. During a press release, the band had said that the song is about “anxiety’s all-encompassing grip.” This is represented by frontman Brett Emmons being strapped to a chair as the walls shake surrounding him and caving in, giving the feeling of being enclosed. Emmons also has a bag over his head, representing the feeling of being unable to breathe. The video accurately symbolizes the tight grasp of anxiety, and what it feels like to endure a panic attack.
The Darcys – “Better Days”
The Darcys have just dropped their anthemic new tune, “Better Days,” which sees the Toronto-based duo looking toward a brighter future amidst moments of failure. The groovy, summery track revolves around a booming bass line, wailing guitar chords, a fuzzy synth line, and dynamic vocals as singer Jason Couse sings lines like, “I know it’s hard and you feel like running/ But I’ve seen better days and I know they’re coming.” The new track explores “redemption and past failure,” drummer Wes Marskell explains to Billboard.
Jeremie Albino – “Hard Time”
Jeremie Albino has released his new single “Hard Time” along with an official music video! “This song is about doing someone wrong having to live with what you’ve done, hoping one day they’ll forgive you,” Albino explains in a statement. The Toronto-based artist also announced that he will be opening for St. Paul and The Broken Bones later this fall as well as joining Mt. Joy, Great Lake Swimmers, Dan Mangan and JD McPherson on tours throughout the summer.