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

Another huge week for new tunes!

This week we’ve gotten some unbelievable fresh cuts from outstanding indie acts like Julien Baker, Foo Fighters, Lana Del Rey, Charlotte Cardin, and more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Julien Baker – “Hardline”

While gearing up for the release of Little Oblivions on February 26th, Julien Baker has shared a video for the album’s captivating opener, “Hardline.” The explosive, slow-building new track serves as a powerful post-rock symphony, building and building until Baker stabs you in the heart with the final lyric, “You say it’s not so cut and dry/ It isn’t black and white/ What if it’s all black baby, all the time?” The devastating follow-up to “Faith Healer” comes accompanied by a stop-motion animation from Joe Baughman.

Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War”

While gearing up for the release of their tenth studio album Medicine At Midnight on February 5th, Foo Fighters have shared a new single “Waiting On A War.” The new track, which follows previously released singles “Shame Shame” and “No Son of Mine,” is inspired by a conversation frontman Dave Grohl had with his 11-year-old daughter, Harper. “Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank as I realized that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago,” Grohl explains.

Lana Del Rey – “Chemtrails Over The Country Club”

Lana Del Rey is set to release her new album Chemtrails Over The Country Club on March 19th, and today she’s shared the album’s title track. The song arrives after Del Rey shared the album’s tracklist and artwork, and preemptively defended the cover on Instagram, saying “My best friends are rappers my boyfriends have been rappers,” and later writing that “these are my best friends […] yes there are people of color on this records [sic] picture and that’s all I’ll say about that.”

Charlotte Cardin – “Daddy”

While gearing up for the release of her debut album later this year, Charlotte Cardin has made her return with a video for her catchy new single “Daddy.” The soulful new track comes packed with groove-heavy instrumentals and stunning, raspy vocals that Cardin makes feel effortless. The accompanying Martin C. Pariseau-directed video comes packed with mesmerizing shots of Cardin singing along and performing in a theatre, from a rooftop, and in front of neon signs.

Haviah Mighty – “Antisocial (feat. Old Man Saxon)”

Haviah Mighty has kicked off the year with a visualizer for her introspective new single “Antisocial (feat. Old Man Saxon).” The new track sees Haviah Mighty reflecting on self-confidence, introspection, and, well, being antisocial, which is especially poignant as we self-isolate amidst the ongoing pandemic. “This song focuses on those emotions of self-confidence that we feel inside, the desire to be alone, the desire to sit with one’s thoughts and to validate oneself,” Mighty explains. “Friends don’t validate you. Once you’ve validated yourself, they can reinforce those feelings – but first, you must validate you.”

Chastity – “Losing A Whole Year (Third Eye Blind cover)”

Brandon Williams — a.k.a. Chastity — has unveiled a cover of Third Eye Blind’s “Losing A Whole Year,” from the latter’s 1997 self-titled debut album. “Although Third Eye Blind released this song in 1997, it was somehow 2020’s theme song,” said Williams in a release. “It was rough for every single person I know… maybe it’s best that we all forget it, and just lose the whole year.”

The Knocks, Foster The People – “All About You”

The Knocks and Foster The People have teamed up once again for a video for their recent single “All About You.” The catchy tune features a soulful sample from Pastor T.L. Barrett’s “Like a Ship,” and comes packed with energetic, groovy instrumentals. The accompanying clip serves as an ode to New York nostalgia. “We had the privilege of being able to safely shoot this video in downtown Manhattan right before the holidays and are so grateful for everyone who came together to make this happen,” The Knocks explain. “The video is about having hope and finding light when the world is at its darkest. It was important for us to shoot in the city that we love so much and we hope that this video and this song brings a little bit of light to everyone.”

Sports – “The Look”

Dream pop duo Sports are set to release their forthcoming project Get A Good Look Pt. 1 on February 12th, and they’ve shared a preview of the collection with their new single “The Look.” The disco-driven track is sure to get you dancing with its groovy bass and stunning guitar lines. “‘The Look’ was inspired by a comment a stranger made to me while I was out eating lunch,” Sports’ Cale Chronister explains. “He interrupted me and asked who my agent was, assuming that I was a model. And then he wanted to help represent me. I just kind of laughed because it seemed like such an LA cliché. But he was serious and told me, ‘You’ve got the look of the moment.'”

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