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

Fresh cuts from Bishop Briggs, Tegan and Sara, The 1975, and more!

It may not be a huge week for quantity of songs, but the quality of new tunes we’ve gotten is unbelievable.

With killer tracks from renowned artists like Bishop Briggs, Tegan and Sara, The 1975, The Lumineers, Blink-182, and Stranger Things star Joe Keery’s project Djo. There were also some pretty rad new tunes from up-and-coming Canadian artists like Art d’Ecco and iskwē.

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

Bishop Briggs – “Tattooed On My Heart”

Bishop Briggs has released a video for her new single “Tattooed On My Heart,” which follows the first chapter of her earlier released track “Champion.” The hit was produced by Jonny Coffer and is sentimental to Briggs, as it holds the memories from her tattoos. “I have lots of tattoos – too many to count,” the artist explains in a statement. “I have tattoos that remind me of him or tattoos we got together but I truly don’t regret any of them. Seeing them on my body brings back countless memories and lessons – they’re reminders of my being.”

Tegan and Sara – “I’ll Be Back Someday”

Tegan and Sara have announced their new album Hey, I’m Just Like You, which is made up of tracks that the twins wrote in high school, and revisited and rerecorded this year. As part of the announcement, they’ve dropped the record’s first single, “I’ll Be Back Someday.” “We had been begging for an electric guitar, and on our 16th birthday, we got one,” Sara explains of the origins of the track. “Of course, we had to share it, so it became a weapon that we stole from each other’s rooms, barricading ourselves behind locked doors with a guitar in hand. Screaming over the small amplifier, we tested our voices by writing punk songs, shredding our thumbs on the strings.”

The 1975 – “The 1975”

The 1975 have dropped a new track with Swedish teen climate change protester Greta Thunberg. The self-titled tune serves as the lead song off of their forthcoming album, Notes On A Conditional Form, and it revolves around climate change, calling for societal and political reform. The song comes packed with Thunberg’s inspiring speech layered atop a sparse, atmospheric, piano-based instrumental line.

Blink-182 – “Darkside”

After announcing their forthcoming record NINE, Blink-182 have dropped a new track titled “Darkside.” The new track is sugary, with a punk pop tinge filled with Blink-182’s quintessential upbeat, yet gritty sound. With powerhouse guitar lines, a frantic drumbeat, and frontman Mark Hoppus’ silky, slightly processed vocals singing lines like, “I don’t care what you say/ No, I don’t care what you do/ I’m going to the darkside with you.”

Djo – “Roddy”

Joe Keery, well-known for his role as Steve Harrington in Stranger Things, has dropped his debut solo track “Roddy” as part of his new musical project, Djo. The track is a dreamy, psychedelic groove with a wailing electric guitar line, steady drum beat, and low-key synths. “Roddy” sees Keery’s vocals taking the forefront as he layers his processed voice, singing lines like, “Out on my own/ Kicked out of the show/ I’ll take what’s mine and I’ll go.” This killer tune feels almost like a combination between Tame Impala and Mac DeMarco, making for a fun-loving, groove-heavy summer song.

Art d’Ecco – “This Flight Tonight (Joni Mitchell cover)”

Art d’Ecco has dropped a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “This Flight Tonight.” The track was recorded for The Strombo Show‘s Joni 75, which was a celebration of Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday. “At first I was very apprehensive about covering such an icon, especially one so diametrically opposite from where I come from musically,” d’Ecco explains in a statement. “But the more I dove into the song’s lyrical meaning, the more it made sense to me.”

The Lumineers – “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You”

The Lumineers have dropped a new video for “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You” from their forthcoming EP, Junior Sparks. The Kevin Phillips-directed video is a gloomy clip that follows the video’s protagonist Junior Sparks as he meets a peculiar mysterious woman, who ends up being imaginary. The video opens with Sparks smoking a joint on his car beside the imaginary woman in the middle of a field before she eventually walks off into the fog.

iskwē – “Breaking Down”

iskwē has dropped a video for her new track, “Breaking Down,” which explors the process of leaving a toxic relationship, while discovering yourself and your strength. “This video is about finding my way back to my clan, the butterfly clan, which represents my family in the spirit world,” iskwē explains in a statement. “I wanted to show the emergence of self, by shedding layers of the past while discovering strength in being true to who I am. Our vision was to be as inclusive as possible, with each of the dancers representing different communities – indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ, as a way to honour our various stages of emergence and growth in finding comfort in who we are.”