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

Featuring The Strokes, Hayley Williams, Phoebe Bridgers, and more

It’s been a huge week for new tunes.

Tons of indie giants have had some major releases this week, including The Strokes, Hayley Williams, Phoebe Bridgers, Gorillaz, Laura Marling, and more. Your playlists are going to be stacked with all these new tunes that’ll definitely help you get through some social distancing.

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

The Strokes – “Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus”

The Strokes have shared another new single called “Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus.” Like previously released tracks “At The Door” and “Bad Decisions,” this new tune sees The Strokes exploring new sonic territory, this time taking a deep dive into ’80s synth pop. The song revolves around a jumpy keyboard line that feels more reminiscent of frontman Julian Casablancas’ band The Voidz.

Phoebe Bridgers – “Kyoto”

Phoebe Bridgers has announced that her second solo album Punisher is set for release on June 19th via Dead Oceans. As part of the announcement, Bridgers has shared a video for her new track “Kyoto.” “This song is about impostor syndrome,” Bridgers explains in a statement. “About being in Japan for the first time, somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, and playing my music to people who want to hear it, feeling like I’m living someone else’s life. I dissociate when bad things happen to me, but also when good things happen.”

Gorillaz – “Aries (feat. Peter Hook, Georgia)”

Gorillaz have shared the third instalment of their Song Machine series with a video for their new track “Aries.” The new song sees the Gorillaz teaming up with Joy Division and New Order’s Peter Hook on bass, as the single takes on more of a new wave sound than previously released tracks “Momentary Bliss (feat. slowthai and Slaves)” and “Désolé (feat. Fatoumata Diawara).” The song also sees English synth pop producer Georgia offering up a contribution.

Hayley Williams – “My Friend”

While gearing up for the release of Petals for Armor, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has released another new single called “My Friend.” The new tune marks the eighth song from Williams’ solo debut album, following the release of Petals for Armor I, which featured five tracks, in addition to “Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris (feat. boygenius)” and “Over Yet.” The song even comes accompanied by a lyric video, which provides some behind-the-scenes glimpses at official videos for the other tracks.

Laura Marling – “Held Down”

Laura Marling has released a new track called “Held Down.” “It’s strange to watch the facade of our daily lives dissolve away, leaving only the essentials; those we love and our worry for them,” Marling explains. “An album, stripped of everything that modernity and ownership does to it, is essentially a piece of me, and I’d like for you to have it. I’d like for you, perhaps, to hear a strange story about the fragmentary, nonsensical experience of trauma and an enduring quest to understand what it is to be a woman in this society.”

Tash Sultana – “Pretty Lady”

Australian guitar god Tash Sultana has shared a sultry new track called “Pretty Lady.” The single comes packed with silky guitar slides and a catchy beat, as Sultana delivers their quintessential silky vocal lines with an unbelievable finesse. The accompanying video features crowdsourced clips of friends, family, and fans dancing to the new track from self-isolation.

The Dears – “Heart Of An Animal”

While gearing up for their forthcoming album Lovers Rock, which drops on May 15th, Montreal’s The Dears have shared a new track called “Heart of An Animal.” “I’ve been trying to get ‘Heart of An Animal’ on a Dears album for a very long time, but for whatever reason it just never fit,” frontman Murray Lightburn explains of the track. “Now it kicks off and sets the overall tone of Lovers Rock. It was by far the most difficult song to sing for me, as it hits the very top of my range.”

The Beths – “Dying To Believe”

The Beths have announced their new album Jump Rope Gazers, which is set for release on July 10th via Carpark Records. As part of the announcement, the New Zealand indie outfit have released a video for the album’s lead single “Dying to Believe.” The forthcoming album “grapples with the uneasy proposition of leaving everything and everyone you know behind on another continent, chasing your dreams while struggling to stay close with loved ones back home,” according to a statement.

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