Winter is upon us, and we’re not about to let you hunker down indoors without refreshing your indie playlists.
We’ve gotten some pretty outstanding tunes this week from heavyweights Beck and The Shins, along with some very fine offerings from the likes of Lucy Dacus, Born Ruffians’ Luke Lalonde, PONY, and more.
Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.
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Beck – “Dark Places”
Beck has shared another song from his upcoming album, Hyperspace. A lyric video for “Dark Places” arrives today, following previous advance tracks “Saw Lightning” (with Pharrell Williams), “Hyperlife,” and “Uneventful Days.” Hyperspace arrives on November 22, via Capitol Records.
Lucy Dacus – “Fool’s Gold”
Lucy Dacus has been sharing holiday-themed songs at a steady clip this year, with a New Year’s Eve-inspired ballad coming out this week.
“Fool’s Gold” is the final release leading up to the new record, following “In The Air Tonight,” “Forever Half Mast,” “My Mother And I,” and covers of “La Vie En Rose,” “In The Air Tonight,” “Dancing In The Dark” (Bruce Springsteen’s birthday is apparently its own holiday!)
Beach Slang – “Tommy in the 80s (Feat. Tommy Stinson)”
Beach Slang has morphed into a James Alex solo project of sorts since we last heard from them, but Alex will release a new LP, The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City, on January 10th via Bridge Nine Records. Alex recruited former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson to play on the record. Stinson’s now iconic antics while a member of the Replacements are the subject of the latest Beach Slang advance single, “Tommy in the 80s.”
PONY – “Limerence”
Toronto grunge pop band PONY are set to release their debut full-length next year. They’ve given us a sample of what’s to come with the unveiling of the single “Limerence” today. “The song is inspired by the all consuming/crushing feeling you get when you initially feel drawn to another person,” the band told Indie88.
Luke Lalonde – “Dusty Lime”
Luke Lalonde, frontman for Canadian indie-rock mainstays, Born Ruffians has shared a second single, “Dusty Lime”, today from his forthcoming sophomore solo album The Perpetual Optimist. The Perpetual Optimist arrives November 22 via Paper Bag Records/Warp Publishing.
Marlaena Moore – “Imposter”
Edmonton, Alberta-based singer-songwriter Marlaena Moore has announced a new album and shared a video for her single “Imposter.” The video was shot in her hometown of Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall which comes replete with a boat and a waterpark and a shopping mall.
Moore will release her Chad VanGaalen-produced new album, Pay Attention Be Amazed next year. “Imposter” deals with Marlaena’s personal struggle with imposter syndrome.
The Shins – Fug Yep No. 2
After the passing of musician Richard Swift, many of his friends and former collaborators came together for a series of 7″ releases. The second volume arrived today, and it sees Swift’s former band the Shins sharing two songs, “Waimanalo” and “Trapped By The Sea.” The songs were both written and produced by James Mercer, and represent the Shins’ first new music since 2017’s Heartworms.