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

Get ready for some amazing new tunes!

This week, we’ve been gifted some stunning fresh cuts from renowned acts like Hayley Williams, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Haviah Mighty, Cherry Glazerr, and more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Hayley Williams – “Simmer (Acoustic)”

Paramore frontwoman shared a new acoustic version of “Simmer” this week. The song comes off of her forthcoming three-track EP Petals For Armor: Self-Serenades, which features acoustic renditions of tracks from the album alongside an unreleased track “Find Me Here.” On the acoustic version of “Simmer,” you can hear Williams’ dog Alf sigh dramatically during the track’s opening line. “Like mother, like son,” Williams wrote on Twitter.

Dave Grohl, Greg Kurstin – “Sabotage (Beastie Boys cover)”

December 10th marked the first night of Hanukkah, and to celebrate the holiday, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are covering tracks from Jewish artists for each of the eight nights. First, the duo have shared a cover of The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” The new tune comes with a clip of Grohl and Kurstin recording the track in studio, as Grohl sings and takes to the drums while Kurstin plays the keys.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “If Not Now, Then When?”

Just a month after the release of K.G., King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are back with an animated video for their new single “If Not Now, Then When?” “The song made me consider how individual action or inaction affects the world,” director Dr. D Foothead explains. “What happens when our repressed pain, darkness and confusion manifest and influence our surroundings and relationships? I wanted to explore the journey of a character who has neglected their inner shadow, and how this energy manifests physically and becomes a force of its own.”

Haviah Mighty – “Occasion”

Polaris Music Prize-winning artist Haviah Mighty has shared a visualizer for her second new single of 2020, “Occasion.” “On this record, I focus on the conquest to continue working towards dominating as a music creator,” Haviah Mighty explains. “I’ll continue to create through honest introspection, and a desire to lead rather than follow – even if it makes others uncomfortable. Essentially, this song is about the low expectations that people have of those who don’t follow or fit the status quo, and how I’ll push to overcome those doubts and surpass those expectations. The ‘occasion’ is my downfall, and in this song, I fight its existence.”

Cherry Glazerr – “Rabbit Hole”

Cherry Glazerr have made their return with their new single, “Rabbit Hole.” “‘Rabbit Hole’ is about clawing back my identity,” frontwoman Clementine Creevy explains. “I often find myself acting a certain way to get someone else’s approval. Then it’s hard for me to find myself again. That’s what I was meditating on with this song.”

Julia Jacklin – “baby jesus is nobody’s baby now”

Following the release of Crushing and a handful of singles, Julia Jacklin has shared a melancholic new holiday track, “baby jesus is nobody’s baby now.” The soft new solo-acoustic tune chronicles a quiet, internalized sadness, as Jacklin sings lines like, “The family asked me to sing them all a song/ Get up in the lounge while they keep the tv on/ Pick a fun one, everybody claps/ Play to cold cuts, trembling their last.”

Claud – “Soft Spot”

Claud has announced their debut album Super Monster, which is set for release on February 12th, 2021 via Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a new single called “Soft Spot.” “… Sigh. I have a soft spot for lots of people, places, and things,” Claud explains. “This song is about knowing I can’t be with this one specific person, but my feelings won’t go away… I still hope I run into them, or they randomly test me about something. It’s just me romanticizing what I can’t have and being like ‘but what if…’”

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