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

Featuring Matt Berninger, New Order, James Blake, and more

Another big week for new tunes!

Get ready to stock up your new music playlists, considering there’s fresh cuts from indie giants like Matt Berninger, New Order, James Blake, Gorillaz, and more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Matt Berninger – “One More Second”

While gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated album Serpentine Prison, Matt Berninger has shared a new track called “One More Second.” Berninger co-wrote the song with Lost Lander frontman Matt Sheehy, and the idea behind the track was for it to be “a kind of answer to Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You,’ or sort of the other side of that conversation,” the song’s YouTube description explains. “I just wanted to write one of those classic, simple, desperate love songs that sound great in your car.”

New Order – “Be A Rebel”

New Order have made their return with their first new single in five years, “Be a Rebel.” “In tough times we wanted to reach out with a new song,” New Order’s Bernard Sumner explains. “We can’t play live music for a while, but music is still something we can all share together. We hope you enjoy it… until we meet again.”

James Blake – “Godspeed (Frank Ocean cover)”

Earlier this year, James Blake covered Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed” on his Instagram, and today he’s shared an official studio version of the cover. Blake, who produced and arranged the track, strips it back to an intimate piano performance. Staying true to Ocean’s version, Blake adds his own distinctive twist, removing the studio flourishes for a sparse, evocative rendition of the tune.

Gorillaz – “Strange Timez (ft. Robert Smith)”

Gorillaz have shared a video for their new Robert Smith collaboration “Strange Timez,” which comes from their Song Machine project. The new track will feature on the forthcoming Song Machine album, which is set for release on October 23rd. Both the standard and deluxe editions of the album will feature new tracks, with the standard version clocking in at 11 tracks and the deluxe running 17 tracks in length.

Beabadoobee – “Worth It”

Beabadoobee is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming album Fake It Flowers, and today she’s shared a new single called “Worth It.” “Worth It” is “simply about teenage infidelity and the mistakes one can make when they’re tempted to do things,” Beabadoobee explains. “It’s a bit of a confession song but also an understanding that it’s a part of life.”

Sylvan Esso – “Frequency”

Electropop duo Sylvan Esso are gearing up for the release of their third studio album Free Love on September 25th. Today, they’ve shared a Moses Sumney-directed video for their new track, “Frequency.” Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath delivers silky vocal lines over glitchy synths, as she sings about being drawn to someone’s energy. The accompanying video clearly has a distinctive Sumney feel to it, with quirky choreography and cinematic shots.

Austra – “Risk It (India Jordan remix)”

Following the recent release of HiRUDiN, Austra has shared a new India Jordan remix of the album’s lead single “Risk It.” “India Jordan recently put out one of my favourite records in a while (complete with a very on point Tipping The Velvet reference) so I was very honoured they agreed to do this mix,” Stelmanis explains. “The new track is sunny and euphoric and everything I dreamed it would be!”

The Staves – “Trying”

The Staves have released a reflective new track called “Trying.” “I wanted to write a song about the state of things in the world and how broken our ability to communicate with each other had become as a society, but it became impossible as I was writing to separate my personal life from the broader message,” The Staves’ Camilla Staveley-Taylor explains. “I was living in America away from my family in a relationship that was failing. The state of America (and in Britain for that matter) and the state of my relationship seemed to become one and the same. The song became far more about my own situation.”

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