Get ready to stack up your new music playlists this week!
We’ve been gifted a ton of great new tunes, with fresh cuts from Tame Impala, James Blake, The Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Kaytranada and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
Tame Impala – “On Track (Acoustic Live)”
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker has released a live acoustic rendition of “On Track” from the band’s most recent album The Slow Rush. The release comes from the Music From The Homefront concert back in April, with Parker performing alone with an acoustic guitar from his home in Perth, Australia.
James Blake – “Are You Even Real”
After sharing “You’re Too Precious” back in April, James Blake has shared a new song called “Are You Even Real.” The new song sees Blake exploring new sonic landscape, making it feel almost experimental for the artist despite actually veering from his experimental route. With more of a pop production, this track still lyrically stays close to Assume Form, while allowing instrumental moments and violin lines to shine.
The Flaming Lips – “Dinosaurs On The Mountain”
The Flaming Lips have released a video for another new track from their forthcoming 16th album American Head. The new song, which is called “Dinosaurs on the Mountain,” follows previously released singles “Flowers of Neptune 6” and “My Religion is You.” The track feels reminiscent of Soft Bulletin / Yoshimi, as Wayne Coyne sings lines like, “I wish dinosaurs were still here now, it would be fun to see them play up on the mountain.”
Sufjan Stevens – “My Rajneesh”
Sufjan Stevens is gearing up for the release of his first album in five years The Ascension, and today he’s dropped a new non-album track called “My Rajneesh.” Stevens recently released a twelve-and-a-half minute single from the album called “America,” and today it’s out as a digital single backed by “My Rajneesh.” The ten-and-a-half minute song is named after Indian guru Rajneesh.
Beck – “No Distraction (Khruangbin Remix)”
For Beck’s birthday, Khruangbin remixed his track “No Distraction.” The Houston psych-rockers stripped the track of its pop instrumentals, amplifying the bass for a dub version of the Colors track. In the remix, which was originally planned to debut on an exclusive Record Store Day 7-inch single, Beck’s vocals are more of a fuzzy echo, making for an ambient feel.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – “DO THE DIAL TONE”
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) have announced a new EP Certified Heavy Kats, which is set for release on July 31st. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for “Do the Dial Tone.” “This is us exploring the outer edges of what we do,” frontman Nic Offer explains in a statement. “We try a lot of different things with the hopes of coming up with something fresh by getting it wrong. How wrong did we get it this time?”
Kaytranada – “Look Easy (feat. Lucky Dave)”
Following the release of BUBBA, it looks like Kaytranada has a lot more tracks on the way, including today’s shimmering synth-heavy track. “There’s just so many tracks that just didn’t make [BUBBA],” Kaytranada explains to Zane Lowe. “I intended to put out in two parts. I’m definitely going to do something kind of different on the next one … So that’s going to be a more personal one.”
Doves – “Prisoners”
British trio Doves have announced their first album in 11 years, The Universal Want, which is set for release on September 11th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for a new track called “Prisoners.” “It’s about continually chasing something and not being satisfied when you eventually get it,” the band’s Andy Williams explains of the track. “You’ve got ‘that thing’ and you find you’re not any happier. Be careful what you wish for.”
Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!