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

Fresh cuts from Arcade Fire, Cage the Elephant, Jade Bird, and more!

Another week, another set of new tunes.

This week has been pretty stacked, with fresh releases from well established artists like Arcade Fire, Cage the Elephant, Karen O and Danger Mouse, The Head and The Heart, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. There also have been some pretty killer fresh cuts from up and coming indie artists like Jade Bird, BAD CHILD, and Daphne and the Fuzz.

Check out some of the best new indie tracks from this week below.

Arcade Fire – “Baby Mine”

After previewing the track last week, Arcade Fire have dropped their new cover of “Baby Mine,” which was created for Tim Burton’s forthcoming live-action remake of Dumbo. Their rendition is a cover of the original tune from Disney’s 1941 animated flick, but this one has a typical Arcade Fire twist, making for an extravagant, slow-building, and cinematic track.

Cage The Elephant – “House of Glass”

Cage the Elephant have released their heaviest track yet with their new single “House of Glass” off of their forthcoming album Social Cues. The track sees the Nashville-based rockers packing the tune with angular notes and an eerie bass line that will creep right into your bones. The jagged track revolves around a dark, menacing collection of notes and an almost mad chorus where frontman Matt Schultz takes on the role of a “soft-spoken murderer,” according to a statement.

Karen O and Danger Mouse – “Turn The Light”

Karen O and Danger Mouse released “Turn The Light” through an interview with Zane Lowe, where they discussed their 90s R&B dance music influences. The track, which comes off their forthcoming record Lux Prima is bouncy, yet brooding, as Karen O lulls atop a groovy bass line and upbeat background vocals. The track is sure to make you want to dance along as the clicky beat pushes “Turn The Light” forward.

Jade Bird – “My Motto”

Following the release of “I Get No Joy” and “Love Has All Been Done Before,” singer-songwriter Jade Bird has dropped “My Motto,” another track off of her forthcoming debut self-titled album. The new tune is more low key than her other raucous track, as she belts atop a tender piano-led tune. Although “My Motto” is pretty straightforward in composition, its power lies in that simplicity as the focus moves from the empowering instrumental to Bird’s throaty, gritty vocals.

The Head and The Heart – “Missed Connection”

The Head and the Heart have announced that their newest album Living Marriage is set for release on May 17th, and as part of the announcement they’ve dropped their first single, “Missed Connection.” The catchy, genre-bending track began as a memory of how frontman Jon Russell met his girlfriend, and then it turned into a metaphor about how the six-piece outfit met at an open mic in Seattle a decade ago, according to a press release.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Fishing For Fishies”

After announcing their forthcoming record, Fishing For Fishies, Australian psychedelic rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have dropped a quirky, partially animated video for the title track off of the album. The Jason Galea-directed music video shows the band, as the title implies, fishing for fishies as they float on an animated raft and zealously sing along to the peculiar, slightly Americana track.

BAD CHILD – “Breathing Fire”

Self-taught singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist BAD CHILD has dropped a smooth new track called “Breathing Fire.” The powerful new tune marks the third song from the up-and-coming artist following the release of “BAD CHILD” and “Payback,” and it feels like a modern pop banger with gritty instrumental twists inspired by artists like Alt-J. “‘Breathing Fire’ is my journey through fleeting romance while also navigating struggles with indulgence in pain versus pleasure,” BAD CHILD explains in a statement.

Daphne & Fuzz – “All These Things”

Last October, Daphne and the Fuzz dropped their sophomore album 2 AM, and now they’re following it up with a gritty new video for their post-punk track “All These Things.” “All These Things” is a dynamic tune, morphing across a variety of genres, making for a distorted, raucous, and rebellious sound that’s sure to keep you coming back for more. The accompanying video follows a teenage girl as she sifts through her wardrobe, flails around, and makes faces in the mirror.