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Best New Indie: 9 songs you need to discover this week

There have been some pretty rad new releases this week!

With fresh tracks from indie giants like Violent Femmes, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, Spoon, and more, you won’t be running out of new tracks to listen to all weekend long. There have also been some unbelievable new tunes from up-and-coming artists like The Regrettes, Blick Bassy, and more!

Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.

Violent Femmes – “Another Chorus”

Violent Femmes have released “Another Chorus,” their second single from their forthcoming album, Hotel Last Resort. “Another Chorus” is one of two songs that was literally written a week before going into the studio, which frontman Gordon Gano shared. Gano went on to say that, “No one in the band had heard the song, and we hadn’t played it before recording it. When we were recording it, the general feeling was that there’s something here, and after recording what we thought was the take, our producer Ted Hutt implored us to revisit it because something was missing, and I’m glad we did.”

Father John Misty – “Tell It Like It Is”

At last night’s BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, Misty performed another new tune, “Tell It Like It Is.” He debuted the track in Detroit on Monday, but now we’ve gotten some up close fan-shot footage of the song. The track is dark and ominous, as Misty croons lines like, “If you tell it like it is/ Then lover, I will let you in.” “Tell It Like It Is” almost sees Misty taking on a The National-esque melancholy, with a simple, buzzing instrumental line.

Cold War Kids – “Complainer” and “Fourth of July”

Cold War Kids have just dropped two new tracks, “Complainer” and “Fourth of July,” which mark their first new music since their last album in 2017. “Complainer” is about a person who talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk, or someone who does not put their words into action. “Fourth of July,” on the other hand, is more sentimental in tone, and revolves around remembering the good times before things became difficult, the easy summer nights that were carefree.

Mark Ronson – “Pieces of Us (feat. King Princess)”

Songwriter and producer Mark Ronson, who is best known for his collaborations with Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Adele and more, has collaborated with King Princess on a new track. Ronson has released “Pieces of Us” ahead of his new album, Late Night Feelings. The song is co-produced by the Picard Brothers and features Mikaela Straus, also known as King Princess, who happens to be Ronson’s prodigy. Straus is a New York singer who was signed to Ronson’s record label, Zelig. Her girlfriend is also featured in the song, as she provides the backup vocals for the song.

The Regrettes – “I Dare You”

Los Angeles punk rock band The Regrettes have just announced their new album, How Do You Love, will be out on August 9th via Warner Bros Records. As part of the announcement, they’ve dropped a video for their new track, “I Dare You.” As a sneak peek into the album, the band has dropped “I Dare You” along with an accompanying music video. The song is about the highs and lows of a relationship, through the lens of a fun pop melody. In the clip, the band members are dressed in colorful clothes of bright pastel pinks, greens, purples and more. They dance to the track in a cheerful and upbeat way in a room full of clouds.

Spoon – “No Bullets Spent”

Renowned Austin rock band Spoon have released their first new track since 2017’s Hot Thoughts with “No Bullets Spent.” The tune comes packed with an ominous film-noir style guitar line as frontman Britt Daniel’s gritty vocals truly propel the track forward as he sings lines like, “You picture yourself a star in the furthest sky/ Escape from the mess it’s gone when you close your eyes.” The chorus is a packed with catchy lyrics and a powerhouse, grainy riff that’s bound to get stuck in your head.

Blick Bassy – “Woñi”

Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy is back with a video for his new track, “Woñi.” “With the song ‘Woñi,’ I would like to talk about the feeling of fear that prevailed and still prevails around our colonial history, that contributed to the development of the tribal clichés, and that, today, alters our country,” Blick Bassy explains to Indie88. “That is also because of that fear that nobody dares to stand up to demonstrate or to fight for our freedom. My family grew up in fear. Men, women and children live in fear, and to exist, this beautiful community is getting drunk with alcohol, with fear, uprooted, under the astounded eyes of the ancestors.”

Murray A. Lightburn – “Changed My Ways”

The Dears frontman Murray A. Lightburn just released a video for his new track “Changed My Ways,” which is directed by Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew. “I texted Kevin Drew and said… hey I need to make a music video. The next morning he called me with a great idea,” Lightburn explains of the video in a statement. “We plopped the whole thing into my partner Natalia’s lap, and within a couple of weeks the whole thing was done. And it turned out amazing. That’s how the pros do it. I trusted Kevin completely. He is supremely talented, especially at bringing people together to complete a vision, great or small. I will always have the utmost respect and love for him.”

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