Wow, what a week.
We’ve gotten some pretty outstanding tunes this week from huge indie artists like Sleater-Kinney, Bishop Briggs, the Pixies, Wilco, Iggy Pop, and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard. We also got an interesting new release from Jack Antonoff’s latest project, Red Hearse, which came accompanied by a St. Vincent-starring video.
Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.
Sleater-Kinney – “The Center Won’t Hold”
Gearing up for the release of The Center Won’t Hold, which drops on August 16th, Sleater-Kinney have dropped the album’s title track. The tune comes as the first song shared from the record after drummer Janet Weiss announced that she was leaving the band. “‘The Center Won’t Hold’ drops you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election,” frontwoman Carrie Brownstein explains in a statement. “And almost like a mission statement, at the end of that song, it’s like the band is finding its way out of that space by becoming a rock band.”
Bishop Briggs – “Champion”
Alt-pop artist Bishop Briggs has made her return with a video for her energetic new single, “Champion.” “‘Champion’ is a song that I wrote when my self-esteem was at an all-time low,” Briggs explains in a statement. “As a woman, I feel like I have been socially trained to be so many things at once – sexy yet sweet, confident yet humble, independent yet submissive, smart but not too smart – the list is never-ending. Writing this song helped me look at the question – what if I could just be myself? What if there was a world where my vulnerability was what made me powerful?”
Pixies – “On Graveyard Hill”
The Pixies have dropped a video for their new track “On Graveyard Hill,” which sees the band soundtracking a psychedelic horror show. The video, which was directed by Kii Arens and Bobbi Rich, revolves around a young woman who gets pressured into seeing a fortune teller after hearing a radio ad. The eerie late-’60s style clip features a montage of scenes where the woman rides in a hearse, meets with a psychic, and goes on what appears to be a bad trip.
Wilco – “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)”
Wilco have announced that they’ll be releasing their 11th studio album Ode To Joy on October 4th, and as part of the announcement, they’ve dropped “Love is Everywhere (Beware).” “The record is, in a weird way, an ode,” frontman Jeff Tweedy explains of the forthcoming album in a statement. “This terrible stuff is happening, this deepening sense of creeping authoritarianism that weighs on everybody’s psyche on a daily basis, and you’re allowed to feel a lot of things at once. And one thing that is worth feeling, that is worth fighting for, is your freedom to still have joy, even though things are going to s***.”
Red Hearse – “Half Love”
Red Hearse, made up of Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew, and Sounwave, have dropped a video for their new track “Half Love.” The clip, which was directed by Grant Singer, sees St. Vincent wandering around an old, abandoned Toys ‘R’ Us, eventually stumbling upon figurines of the band and purchasing them via cheque. The delightfully peculiar video comes soundtracked by the groovy track, which revolves around a catchy falsetto vocal line and processed harmonies.
Brittany Howard – “Stay High”
After releasing “History Repeats,” Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard has dropped a new hit single called “Stay High,” along with an accompanying music video starring Terry Crews. The “Stay High” music video was shot in Howard’s home town, Athens, Alabama, and features her family and friends as the actors. The song and video were inspired by Howard’s father, who is very important to her and her family. The video beams with the culture and love found in a small town, as Crews does an amazing job at embracing the environment in the short film.
Iggy Pop – “Free”
Iggy Pop has just announced his forthcoming album Free, which is set for release on September 6th, and as part of the announcement, he’s dropped the title track to the album. “This is an album in which other artists speak for me, but I lend my voice,” Iggy Pop explains in a statement. “By the end of the tours following Post Pop Depression, I felt sure that I had rid myself of the problem of chronic insecurity that had dogged my life and career for too long. But I also felt drained. And I felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away. I wanted to be free.”