It’s time for Best New Indie!
We’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from huge acts like FKA twigs, Fucked Up, Big Thief, Tanya Tagaq, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
FKA twigs – “Measure Of A Man”
FKA twigs has collaborated with Central Cee on a new track called “Measure Of A Man.” We just recently passed the two-year anniversary of her stunning record MAGDALENE, and fans have been longing for new music. This new release comes from the soundtrack for The King’s Man. That flick is the latest installment in the spy movie franchise, Kingsman. “Measure Of A Man” features British rapper Central Cee. The track is a sultry tune with FKA twigs’ silky vocals taking the lead.
Fucked Up – “Do All Words Can Do”
Fucked Up have announced a new B-sides and rarities album, Do All Words Can Do, out March 25th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared the title track as a digital single. They’re celebrating David Comes to Life with rarities and B-Sides from that era. Do All Words Can Do is a nine-track record compiling David-era rarities and B-sides. All of these tracks were previously only available on 7-inch. To preview, they’ve shared the title track digitally.
Big Thief – “Time Escaping”
Big Thief have shared a new single called “Time Escaping.” The track comes on the heels of the announcement of their fifth studio album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You. The band is exploring a new sound on “Time Escaping.” Revolving around a peculiar, warping percussion, Big Thief channel a grittier sound on this tune. The band is at their most playful, with experimental instrumentals and silky vocal lines.
Tanya Tagaq – “Colonizer” and “Colonizer (Tundra Mix)
Tanya Tagaq has shared two new tracks, “Colonizer” and “Colonizer (Tundra Mix).” Both versions of “Colonizer” appear on Tagaq’s forthcoming album, Tongues, out on March 11th, 2022. The song is all about accountability. “Oh you’re guilty. It’s not a question,” a press release explains. The original version of “Colonizer” emerged out og Tagaq’s improvised live show. While on stage with Nanook of the North in Manchester, overlooking New York City’s Columbus Circle, Tagaq created the track. The song serves as Tagaq’s response to performing in both visibly and symbolically colonial spaces.
The Tundra Mix of the song is quite different from the original. Tagaq created it in collaboration with producers Saul Williams and Gonjasufi. “Colonizer (Tundra Mix)” channels the hypnotic sound of Tongues.
Basia Bulat – “The Garden (The Garden Version)”
Basia Bulat is back to announce The Garden, a new album made up of string quartet reimaginings of past songs. To preview the collection, she’s shared the album’s title track. Out on February 25th via Street City Records, Basia Bulat shared string quartet versions of 16 tracks from her discography. Bulat is no stranger to string instruments, but this forthcoming collection really leans into that ethereal sound. The title track stays pretty true to the original, but thrives with a fuller sound. It features new cello from Robidoux and bass from Ben Whiteley. Violinists John Corban and Tomo Newton add a cinematic twist to the tune.
Kaytranada – “Intimidated (feat. H.E.R.)”
Kaytranada is back with his new EP, Intimidated, which features some pretty big collaborations. On Intimidated, Kaytranada links up with H.E.R., Thundercat, and Mach-Hommy. Kaytra’s H.E.R. collaboration, “Intimidated” is a danceable, beat-driven track that sees H.E.R.’s quintessential silky vocals at the forefront. As the tune progresses, it explodes into a club-ready bop. Listen to the full EP here.
Eddie Vedder – “The Haves”
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has shared his new single “The Haves.” He also announced a release date for his new solo album, Earthling, which will be out on February 22nd. “The Haves” is a pretty soft ballad. With an intimate piano line and gentle melodies, Vedder’s vocals take the lead. I’s all about appreciating what you have in life and learning to be satisfied. Lyrically, Vedder delivers lines like, “We find ourselves reaching for something above/ But we’ve got enough.”
Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!