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Best New Indie: 7 songs you need to discover this week

It’s been an epic week for new tunes!

With fresh cuts from unbelievable indie giants like Foals, Oh Wonder, Grimes, Spoon, and M83, your playlists are sure to be stacked. There were also some amazing releases from up and coming artists like Overcoats and Nallo.

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

Foals – “The Runner”

Foals have dropped a guitar-driven new tune, “The Runner,” which is the second single from their forthcoming album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2. The new album is set to move toward a heavier direction, and this new track makes that move apparent. The track feels like a back and forth between the gritty guitar lines and frontman Yannis Philippakis’ wailing vocals. “It’s a call to find a sense of purpose and perseverance despite the odds and despite the troubles we may find inside or outside ourselves,” Philippakis explains in a statement.

Oh Wonder – “Hallelujah”

Oh Wonder have made their return with a one-shot video for their new track, “Hallelujah.” “‘Hallelujah’ is a song of defiance that we wrote for anyone that has ever been told they can’t do something,” Oh Wonder explains. “As music-making teenagers, we were both discouraged by naysayers who declared that we would never be successful, that we weren’t good enough, and that we could never be superstars, so we should just give up.”

Grimes – “Violence”

Grimes has just released a video for her new track “Violence,” which is a collaborative tune with producer i_o. “Violence” revolves around an eerie, bass-heavy instrumental line and Grimes’ processed, robot-like falsettos. The Grimes-directed clip opens with the artists reading Sun Tzu’s The Art of War before eventually jumping into elaborate choregraphy with a set of backup dancers. In a typical Grimes fashion, the video features swords, surgical masks, battle scenes.

Spoon – “Shake It Off”

Following the release of Everything Hits at Once, Spoon have just dropped a rare b-side titled “Shake It Off.” The rollicking new track is definitely a looser, more fun-loving tune than we’re used to from Spoon. With a bop-worthy rhythm, panning guitar lines, and frontman Britt Daniel’s gritty vocal lines, you’re sure to be playing this indie rock track on repeat.

M83 – “Temple of Sorrow”

M83 are gearing up for the release of a new instrumental album called Digital Shades Vol. 2 or DSVII, and now they’ve offered up a new single, “Temple Of Sorrow.” The ambient new track comes accompanied by the first part of a Bertrand Mandico-directed short film called Extazus, which was inspired by the video game-style tunes of DSVII.

Overcoats – “The Fool”

Overcoats have released a powerful Ted Lovett-directed video for their new track, “The Fool.” The upbeat, dynamic track comes packed with an empowering instrumental line as Overcoats’ vocals truly shine, shouting lines like “My road, my home/ Everything I know.” The accompanying vintage-style clip sees the duo cycling through a variety of hairstyles as they cut each other’s locks, and eventually shave their heads entirely, mirroring each other as they sing along to the upbeat track.

Nallo – “Anger and Figureheads”

Minneapolis psych sludge-pop outfit Nallo have released a trippy video for their new track, “Anger and Figureheads.” “I wrote this while navigating some messy personal relationships and trying to survive in the current American swirl of anger, mental unhealth, internet trolls and violence,” Ranallo explains to Indie88. “The video is an attempt at trying to create something as chaotic and uncomfortable as the experience itself.”

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