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

Get your playlists up, because you’re going to have a lot of new additions this week.

With killer new tracks from huge indie artists like Bon Iver, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Beck and The Bird and The Bee, and Joseph, you’ll be playing new hits from some of your favourite artists all week long. There are also some outstanding fresh cuts from up-and-coming musicians like Dizzy, The Dreamboats, and Mauno.

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

Bon Iver – “Faith” and “Jelmore”

After releasing “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)” last month, Bon Iver has dropped “Faith” and “Jelmore,” and announced the forthcoming album, i, i. The first track, “Faith,” is an expansive, anthemic track sweeping with electronic instrumentals, and featuring contributions from The National’s Bryce Dessner, Francis Starlite, Jenn Wasner, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

“Jelmore,” on the other hand, feels more reminiscent of 22, A Million with glitchy, weaving instrumental lines and silky, processed vocals. A press release reveals that i, i, which drops next month, is the final album in a quadrilogy that sees For Emma, Forever Ago as winter, Bon Iver, Bon Iver as spring, and 22, A Million as summer.

Ben Gibbard – “Keep Yourself Warm (Frightened Rabbit cover)”

Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard has dropped an emotional cover of Frightened Rabbit’s “Keep Yourself Warm” for their forthcoming covers project, Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’. The forthcoming album, which was released today, celebrates the 10th anniversary of Frightened Rabbit’s seminal album The Midnight Organ Fight, and proceeds go toward Tiny Changes, a mental health charity in honour of the late frontman Scott Hutchison.

Beck and The Bird and The Bee – “Hot For Teacher (Van Halen cover)”

The Bird and The Bee have covered Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher,” and their rendition features none other than Beck himself. The track comes from The Bird and the Bee’s upcoming Interpreting the Masters Volume 2: A Tribute to Van Halen, which drops on August 2nd. The Bird and The Bee’s “Hot for Teacher” is a surprisingly jazzy rendition that sees Beck delivering a spoken word cameo, even smoothly delivering lines like, “We’ll be reviewing the text from Moby Dick, so please turn now to page 69.”

Joseph – “Good Luck, Kid”

Portland sister trio Joseph have announced their forthcoming album Good Luck Kid, which is set for release on September 13th. Alongside the announcement, they’ve dropped a new single called “Fighter.” “That song’s about how our band almost broke up,” frontwoman Natalie Schepman explains in a statement. “It’s the story of the three of us wanting different things and dealing with that conflict, and eventually deciding to just keep going.”

Dizzy – “Heavy”

Dizzy has just dropped “Heavy,” the second track from their forthcoming EP, which drops on July 12th. The new track revolves around a powerful, dynamic melody as frontwoman Katie Munshaw really hammers home a sort of bittersweet melancholy with her silky vocal lines and hard-hitting lyricism. With layers and layers of slowly building instrumental lines, this track constantly evolves until eventually exploding into a dreamy, yet forlorn anthem.

The Dreamboats – “Water Under The Bridge”

The Dreamboats have dropped a retro new video for their track, “Water Under The Bridge.” The ’50s and ’60s-inspired track comes with a wailing guitar line, melancholic crooning vocal lines, and catchy, layered harmonies. The accompanying clip portrays that retro style perfectly with the band heading to Palm Springs in an old school car with the top down, as the clip comes coloured with a cool vintage tinge.

Mauno – “Take Care”

Mauno has dropped a colourful, peculiarly jarring video for their track, “Take Care”. “‘Take Care’ is a play on words,” frontoman Eliza Niemi explains in a statement. “It’s about caregiving as a woman, and also about saying goodbye. It is about filling the role of taking care of someone and self-identifying through that, while simultaneously resenting the expectation of having to do so. The chorus begins hinting at waiting for a relationship to finally feel reciprocal, and ends with the reveal of me actually waiting for it to fall apart / knowing all along that it was doomed.

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