Best New Indie: 8 songs you need to discover this week

Fresh cuts from Beck and Cage the Elephant, Modest Mouse, Interpol, and more!

What better way to enjoy the upcoming spring weather than by checking out some of the week’s best new tunes?

It’s been a pretty music heavy week, with rad fresh cuts from seasoned indie artists like Beck, Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant, Marina (formerly Marina and the Diamonds), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Tallest Man On Earth, and more!

Check out some of the best new indie tracks from this week below.

Beck and Cage The Elephant – “Night Running”

Ahead of their co-headlining tour together this summer, Beck and Cage the Elephant have dropped a new collaborative track called “Night Running.” Beck and Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz’s vocals compliment each other perfectly, as their digitized voices call to each other back and forth atop a groovy guitar line. “Night Running” is a smooth and silky, yet heavier track with a catchy drum beat, echoing instrumental lines, and unique guitar tones.

Modest Mouse – “Poison The Well”

After teasing the new single by sending a cryptic puzzle out to fans, Modest Mouse have dropped “Poison The Well,” which is the A-side to their Record Store Day release. “Poison The Well” marks the band’s first new music since 2015’s Strangers To Ourselves, and it’s set to be issued on a triangular mint green vinyl that will feature a yet-to-be-released B-side. The track is perfectly raucous, with gritty guitar lines, hooky lyrics, and frontman Isaac Brock’s distinctively grainy vocals.

Interpol – “The Weekend”

Six months following the release of Marauder, Interpol have announced a new 5-track EP called A Fine Mess, which is set for release on May 17th. As part of the announcement, the seasoned indie band have released “The Weekend.” The new track is perfectly noisy, with upbeat guitar lines, a pounding drum beat, and gloomy, crooning vocals.

Marina – “Orange Trees”

Marina, formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, has just dropped a summery new single called “Orange Trees.” This danceable track is sure to be a song of the summer, with a catchy drum beat that you can’t help but sway to. Marina’s really dropped an upbeat jam with this one, and although it’s got her distinctive, throaty vocals, shes made a move toward pop with a layered instrumental track you’d hear on the beach.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Boogieman Sam”

Following the release of “Cyboogie” and “Fishing For Fishies,” Australian psych rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have dropped another new single called “Boogieman Sam.” The new track feels like it could be right out of the 70s, as it’s filled with distorted, soulful guitar licks, soft vocal lines and harmonies, and a killer harmonica riff.

The Tallest Man On Earth – “I’m A Stranger Now”

The Tallest Man On Earth has just dropped a new upbeat folk track “I’m a Stranger Now” off of his forthcoming album I Love You. It’s a Fever Dream. The track is a balance of frontman Kristian Matsson’s folky, crackled vocals and an upbeat, feverish acoustic guitar line, while the lyrics revolve around the album’s exploration of loneliness and how we look at important moments in our lives.

Greys – “Arc Light”

The heavy track is perfectly distorted, with a balance of guitar feedback, raucous drum lines, and fuzzy layered vocals. “If there were one song to communicate everything Greys is about, it would be ‘Arc Light,’” frontman Shehzaad Jiwani explains in a statement. “This is the first song we recorded for Age Hasn’t Spoiled You at the top of 2018, and each song we wrote over the year we spent making the album could trace a piece of itself back to this one.”

Panda Bear and Paul Maroon – “I Don’t Need A Crowd”

Panda Bear, who is credited under his real name Noah Lennox on this track, has joined forces with the Walkmen’s Paul Maroon on a new 7″ single called “I Don’t Need A Crowd,” which has just been made available online. The track steps away slightly from Panda Bear’s typical psychedelic style, while still staying true to his experimental instrumentals and layered vocal lines. “I Don’t Need A Crowd” features a distorted intro, simple guitar lines, dreamy vocals, and a slow build as the track explodes into a disorienting, full-sounding tune.