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

You’re in for a big week for new music.

This week, we’ve been gifted with some amazing fresh cuts from acts like Thom Yorke, Sufjan Stevens, Angel Olsen, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and more!

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Clark – “Isolation Theme (Thom Yorke remix)”

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has shared a remix of Clark’s “Isolation Theme” from the score for the psychological horror thriller, Daniel Isn’t Real. “I took Clark’s score of ‘Isolation Theme’ and simply made it feel like the moment we were entering; being told to stay indoors, entering a new type of silence,” Yorke explains. “I guess I simplified it in a way, into waveforms that were being disrupted. I was surprised how frightening it became.”

Sufjan Stevens – “Sugar”

While gearing up for the release of The Ascension next Friday, Sufjan Stevens has shared a video for his new track, “Sugar.” The trippy new track has building instrumental lines, as Stevens’ silky vocals take the lead, delivering lines like, “Don’t make me wait too long/ Don’t make me sing the sad songs/ Come on baby, give me some sugar.”

Angel Olsen – “Mr. Lonely (Bobby Vinton cover)”

Angel Olsen has covered Bobby Vinton’s 1962 classic “Mr. Lonely” for Miranda July’s upcoming film KAJILLIONAIRE, which arrives on September 25th. “[Miranda July] was working on songs with Emile for the upcoming film KAJILLIONAIRE, which at the time I knew nothing about,” Olsen explains. “I just happened to be in Los Angeles. So I met with them both, and we talked about cadence and we talked about life and we talked about the film. And Miranda directed me to sing the cover in the way she and Emile thought it would represent the feelings behind the film. It was a lovely experience.”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Straws In The Wind”

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have shared a video for their new track “Straws in the Wind.” The primarily acoustic six-minute track is sung by the band’s keyboardist Ambrose Kenny-Smith. The groovy track sees King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard once again exploring new sonic territory.

PUP – “Rot”

Toronto punk rockers PUP have announced their new EP This Place Sucks Ass, which is set for release on October 23rd. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared the EP’s opener “Rot.” The six-track collection will feature the band’s previously released single “Anaphylaxis” in addition to their cover of Grandaddy’s “A.M. 180.”

Lykke Li – “I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor cover)”

Lykke Li has made her return with a stark cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” The new cover sees Li turning Gaynor’s disco anthem into a dark, haunting ballad. Li has narrowed down the arrangement to some trembling vocals, soft piano, and eerie atmospheric instrumentals.

Stephen Malkmus – “Juliefuckingette”

Following the release of Traditional Techniques in March, Stephen Malkmus has shared a new track called “Juliefuckingette.” The new track is a B-side from the Traditional Techniques sessions, which was Malkmus’ third solo album outside of his music with Pavement and The Jicks. The serene acoustic tune sees Malkmus delivering lines like, “Polish the chrome on the ‘Vette/ Romeo and Juliefuckingette, the star-crossed lovers/ You know you wanna be them but you can’t do that quite yet.”

The Darcys – “Off The Deep”

The Darcys have announced their forthcoming album Fear & Loneliness, which is set for release on November 13th, and as part of the announcement they’ve shared a new single called “Off The Deep.” “‘Off the Deep’ is about embracing the unknown and diving into uncertain waters,” The Darcys’ Jason Couse explains. “This ‘no risk, no reward’ motto speaks to the larger narrative arc of Fear & Loneliness and the desire to keep pushing ourselves as artists. We wanted to create a playful sonic space where a hypnotic flute sample keeps the energy afloat while the heavier themes lurk just beneath the surface.”

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