It’s Friday, which means it’s time to listen to some new indie tunes!
This week, we’ve been gifted with killer fresh cuts from indie acts like Faye Webster, Ellis, Chastity, Shad, Khruangbin, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
Faye Webster – “A Dream With a Baseball Player”
Atlanta singer-songwriter Faye Webster is set to release her new album, I Know I’m Funny haha, this Friday via Secretly Canadian, and today she’s shared a final preview of the album with a video for “A Dream With a Baseball Player.” The dreamy new track is about Webster’s teenage crush on Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr, as she delivers perfectly slack, groovy vocals.. The accompanying Swinsky-directed video sees Webster making her way through a forest in the dark dressed like she’s ready for a game before she heads to a baseball diamond holding a flaming bat.
Ellis, Chastity – “hell”
The gloomy tune from Ellis and Chastity revolves around a sparse, eerie instrumental line that allows Siggelkow and Williams’ vocals to truly shine. The accompanying video for the track is packed with a sort of painful nostalgia, as Ellis pulls a wagon around rural roads beneath gritty film effects. nothing is sacred anymore is out tomorrow, June 25th. It marks her first new release since her debut album, Born Again. The intimate collection sees Ellis taking complete control, working as a co-producer across its 4 tracks.
Shad – “Storm”
Shad has announced his new album, TAO, which is set for release on October 1st via Secret City Records. As part of the announcement, he’s shared a video for the album’s third single, “Storm.” “‘Storm’ is a feeling. The feeling of a flood of memories,” Shad explains. “In the same way that a storm is the result of forces that gather strength quietly, often invisibly over time – this song is meant to hold a sense of the same sort of process as it relates to the storms in our lives and the storms in our world. The way storms can build up almost imperceptibly in our individual and collective unconscious. The song touches on a range of personal and political storms, both good and bad, through a range of voices, but most importantly it sees them all as inextricably tied.”
Khruangbin, Quantic – “Pelota (Cut a Rug Mix)”
Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin have announced a new compilation, Mordechai Remixes, which is out on August 6th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a “Cut A Rug” remix of “Pelota” from Quantic. The forthcoming album is set to see some killer remixes from renowned artists like Kadhja Bonet, Knxwledge, Felix Dickinson, Natasha Diggs, and more. The new remix collection will see some groove-driven, danceable renditions of the funky psychedelic album, Mordechai, which came out almost exactly one year ago.
Wild Rivers – “Amsterdam”
Wild Rivers, the indie trio from Toronto have shared a wistful new single “Amsterdam”. Co-produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon van Etten), the song offers a taste of what the group has in the works for their new music. The three-and-a-half-minute song sees soft finger-plucking acoustics, piano riffs and captivating vocal harmonies by singers Khalid Yassein and Devan Glover.
Tirzah – “Tectonic”
Tirzah has announced a new album called Colourgrade, which is set for release on October 1st via Domino. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for her new track “Tectonic.” “Tectonic” serves as the forthcoming album’s opening track. The hypnotic tune truly sets the tone for the album, as it opens with eerie, unnerving instrumentals. As the song progresses, it transforms into a beat-driven bop. The accompanying Fleur Melbourn-directed video is just as captivatingly unsettling as the track. The disorienting video will take you on a journey with hazy clips of extreme closeups of a 3D animation of a human body. The new video was shot in Athens and features photogrammetry and 3D animation from Tonio Mundry, Mind & Image.
T. Thomason – “Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Bruce Cockburn cover)”
Toronto pop artist T. Thomason has covered Bruce Cockburn’s “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.” After including the track on his setlist for years, Thomason has finally recorded the song. “I’m so excited to put my interpretation of this song out into the world,” Thomason explains. “Claiming ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’ as a new queer anthem, during what is hopefully our last pandemic Pride season, has been cathartic and brought me closer to my community. I hope this is the coming-out party the song never got but always deserved!!”
Absolutely Free – “How To Paint Clouds”
Toronto’s own Absolutely Free have returned with their long-awaited new album Aftertouch. This will mark their first album since their 2014 self-titled LP. Aftertouch is their second full-length LP as a group, although they have still kept busy with soundtracks, EPs and solo work. The new album features their new single “How to Paint Clouds.” The band explained, they “wanted to create an album that wasn’t bound by a physical ability to perform it live, to not only expand our palette, but also to consider the live performance as something completely separate.”
Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!