It’s been a huge week for new music!
We’ve gotten some fresh cuts from some of the biggest names in indie rock, including Weezer, the Rolling Stones, The Killers, Sufjan Stevens, Orville Peck, and we’ve even been gifted with a beautiful collaboration from The Japanese House and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
Weezer – “Beginning Of The End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)”
The soundtrack for Bill & Ted Face the Music has been announced, and as part of the announcement, Weezer’s contribution “Beginning Of The End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)” has been released. Weezer’s anthemic hard rock is perfect for Bill & Ted, and their contribution is an edit from Bill & Ted’s band, Wyld Stallyns. Get ready to rock because this track features an air guitar-worthy solo.
Rolling Stones – “Scarlet (War On Drugs remix)”
The Rolling Stones have released the War On Drugs’ remix of their recently released single, “Scarlet.” “I’m so honoured to have gotten to work on this especially since ‘Angie’ was probably the first ‘rock’ song that I asked to be played on repeat when I was really young,” the War On Drugs singer/guitarist Adam Granduciel explains.
The Japanese House – “Dionne (feat. Justin Vernon)”
The Japanese House has shared her new EP, Chewing Cotton Wool. The four-track EP features a collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon called “Dionne,” and it marks one of two new tracks on the EP. The ethereal art pop track feels reminiscent of Bon Iver’s 22, A Million.
The Killers – “Dying Breed”
While gearing up for the release of Imploding the Mirage, which is out on August 21st, the Killers have shared a new track called “Dying Breed.” The triumphant new track revolves around a chugging instrumental line for the first two minutes of “Dying Breed” before it explodes into their quintessential arena rock sound. Frontman Brendan Flowers’ lyricism takes the lead on this track, as he sings lines like, “I was lifted by the sound of a spirit in need/ Baby, we’re a dying breed.”
Orville Peck, Shania Twain – “Legend Never Die”
Two of Canada’s biggest country stars have teamed up for a video for their new track, “Legends Never Die,” which comes from Peck’s Show Pony EP. The video sees Peck and Twain performing together at a drive-in theater as a movie plays in the background. “Working with Shania was a dream come true,” Peck says. “Her music made me feel empowered as a kid and was a huge influence on me.”
Sufjan Stevens – “Video Game”
Sufjan Stevens is set to make his return on September 25th with his new record, The Ascension. Today, he’s shared a music video for his new track “Video Game.” “Video Game” comes packed with a (fitting) video game-style synth line, as Stevens’ silky vocals deliver lines like, “I don’t wanna be a puppet in a theater/ I don’t wanna play your video game.” The accompanying clip stars “Renegade” dance creator Jalaiah Harmon, who dances in a futuristic room as graphics flash across the screen.
IDLES – “Model Village”
Bristol punks IDLES have shared a hand-made video for their new single “Model Village.” The perfectly quirky clip was created by Michel and Olivier Gondry, and it was pieced together over several weeks. Michel carved shaped and characters out of pieces of paper, while Olivier used his CGI skills to bring the clip to life in Paris.
Partner – “Hello And Welcome”
Canadian duo Partner have shared a video for their new track “Hello and Welcome.” The new track stays true to Partner’s stoner rock and quirky sense of humour, as the track comes packed with big, chunky instrumental lines. The accompanying animated video, which was directed by Dustin Apodaca, sees Partner rocking so hard that it blasts them into space.
Bob Moses – “The Blame”
Bob Moses have made their return with a new single called “The Blame.” The catchy new track has a driven beat and dreamy synth lines with perfectly gritty vocals. As “The Blame” progresses, it explodes into a club-worthy anthem, with lines like, “I could tell you that my heart beats all alone/ Tell you that I’ve got no soul/ Tell you that I lost control.”
Listen to our Best New Indie playlist below!