It’s been a huge week for new tunes.
We’ve been gifted with fresh cuts from indie giants like Bright Eyes, The 1975, James Blake, The Killers, Kacey Musgraves, and more!
Check out the best new indie tracks from this week below.
Bright Eyes – “Forced Convalescence”
Bright Eyes have shared a melancholic new track called “Forced Convalescence.” The new track, which was written by Conor Oberst and Nathaniel Walcott, opens with a slow, driven, steady drumbeat before Oberst’s gritty vocals come in. After the track makes its way through a somber melody, things turn around and a choir joins in, singing lines like, “In a daze/ In a doorway/ I stood crying for what was/ In a trance/ In a taxi/ Just keep driving, please don’t stop.”
The 1975 – “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)”
British indie pop giants The 1975 have shared a video for their new track “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know).” The track, which features FKA twigs’ silky croons, is sure to get stuck in your head, as it comes driven by an energetic, emo-driven instrumental. The huge track opens with shimmering synth lines before exploding into guitar-based melodies as frontman Matty Healy sings lines like, “There’s something about her stare that makes you nervous and you say things that you don’t mean.”
James Blake – “You’re Too Precious”
James Blake is back with his first new single since Assume Form, “You’re Too Precious.” The new track is delicate in and off itself, with perfectly chaotic layers of glitchy instrumentals and vocals that feel like they could collapse at any second, as Blake sings lines like, “You’re to precious/ Slow down.” According to Stereogum, Blake first talked about the new song in an interview last October, explaining that it was about “wanting to take a little bit of someone’s load and just loving that person.”
The Killers – “Fire In Bone”
The Killers have released “Fire In Bone,” the second single from their forthcoming album Imploding The Mirage. “Fire In Bone” is an ’80s synth pop anthem, straying from the rock-based lead single “Caution.” While the new track sees the band exploring a new sound, it’s still unmistakably The Killers. Frontman Brandon Flowers delivers grittier vocals than usual, singing lines like, “I felt no good/ I felt low down/ I felt alone/ I felt unknown” atop a gritty bass line.
Kacey Musgraves – “Oh, What A World 2.0 (Earth Day Edition)”
In celebration of the 50th annual Earth Day today, Kacey Musgraves has shared “Oh, What A World 2.0 (Earth Day Edition).” The new rendition of the track moves away from the vocoder vocal lines on the original toward an acoustic guitar line as Musgraves’ silky vocals take the lead. Musgraves is also raising money for the World Wildlife Fund today, with a donate button on her YouTube page here.
Nathaniel Rateliff – “Willie’s Birthday Song”
Nathaniel Rateliff has shared a new song in celebration of Willie Nelson’s birthday on Wednesday, aptly titled “Willie’s Birthday Song.” The new track is the latest instalment in The Marigold Singles, which is a series that aims to raise money for Rateliff’s foundation the Marigold Project. The foundation supports “community and non-profit organizations working for economic and social justice.” Proceeds from this track are set to benefit Farm Aid and StrongHearts Native Helpline.
Danzig – “Lonely Boy Blue (Elvis cover)”
We’ve got Glenn Danzig right where we need him, far away from a B-movie film set and crooning Elvis tunes in that signature baritone voice and aging tenor range. Danzig’s Sings Elvis is about what you would expect, albeit at a higher production value than anything the 64-year-old singer-songwriter has done in recent memory. It’s a goddamn hoot!
Jónsi – “Exhale”
Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi has shared a video for his first solo single in 10 years, “Exhale.” The track, which was co-produced with A.G. Cook, sees Jónsi taking on ambient pop, while maintaining his distinctive art-rock feel. Throughout the track, the Icelandic artist sings of “letting go” in the face of adversity. The accompanying black-and-white video was directed by Jónsi and Giovanni Ribisi, and the stark images are powerful in their simplicity.
Dizzy – “The Magician”
Canadian indie outfit Dizzy have announced their forthcoming album The Sun and Her Scorch, which is set for release on July 31st via Royal Mountain Records. As part of the announcement they’ve shared a video for their new single “The Magician.” “The song is about wanting to magically bring a friend of mine who passed away back to life,” frogwoman Katie Munshaw explains. “To me ‘The Magician’ reeks of naivety and innocence in a way that really hurts my heart.”
Alex McArtor – “Biggest Fan”
Seventeen-year-old Alex McArtor has shared a new track called “Biggest Fan,” which feels almost like a combination of artists like Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave. “I wrote it back when I was very much at the age of when you’re riding the wave of naivety,” says Alex. “I wanted to write a song that expressed the idea that sometimes people or things are better left untouched for the sake of not killing the magic, or the fantasy that surrounds them…the mystery of the unknown.”
Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!