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

Featuring Hayley Williams, Julien Baker, The Weather Station, and more!

We’ve gotten some pretty amazing releases this week!

Get ready indie fans, as we’ve been gifted some fresh cuts from renowned acts like Hayley Williams, The Weather Station, Cloud Nothins, Pussy Riot, and a collaboration between Julien Baker and her boygenius bandmates Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

Hayley Wiliams – “My Limb”

Today, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams released her surprise sophomore album, FLOWERS for VASES / descansos. The new record features “My Limb,” which Williams intentionally leaked by hand-delivering it to one of her Nashville superfans, Carly Butler. “Did Hayley Williams drive to your house and drop off a candle and a CD with her new song on it or are you having a normal night,” Butler tweeted.

Julien Baker – “Favor (feat. Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus)”

While gearing up for the release of Little Oblivions on February 26, Julien Baker has reunited with her boygenius bandmates Lucy Dacus and Phoebe Bridgers on her new track “Favor.” The melancholic new tune sees Baker taking the lead on vocals, with Bridgers and Dacus delivering sweet harmonies, as they sing lines like, “And what right had you/ Not to let me die/ Oh but did I even know/ What I was asking for?”

The Weather Station – “Parking Lot”

Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman has shared her fifth album as The Weather Station, Ignorance, which sees her adding a disco flare to her folk-pop sound. The album features “Parking Lot,” which Lindeman released earlier this week alongside a video. “‘Parking Lot’ is my strange gentle disco song about a humble encounter with a bird and being tired and being in love, and being heartbroken in ways I didn’t quite yet understand,” Lindeman explains. “I don’t fully know how everything connects in this song other than it obviously does. I wanted to make the recording very passionate and beautiful while also being very muscular while also being very gentle, and so I did.”

Cloud Nothings – “Nothing Without You”

While gearing up for the release of The Shadow I Remember in a couple of weeks, Cloud Nothings have shared a new track “Nothing Without You” alongside an accompanying video game. The fuzzy rock track comes packed with a fast flurry of instrumentals, as Dylan Baldi deliver power-pop vocals while OHMME’s Maci Stewart sings the hook. Alongside the track, Cloud Nothings have shared a video game where you make a cartoon character do some psychedelic stuff as the song plays in the background.

Pussy Riot – “Rage”

Pussy Riot have shared a video for their new track “Rage,” which arrives amid Russian protests over the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “Imagine that Trump stayed in the office for the 2nd time and he jailed [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and her supporters,” Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova explains. “What’s happening in Russia is outrageous and unacceptable. Putin must go. He’s one insane, sad, lonely, and corrupt man who is dangerous for society.” The track sees Pussy Riot calling for the release of Navalny and all political prisoners, including their own band member Masha Alekhina, who is under house arrest and facing two years in jail for posting about and participating in protests.

The Hold Steady – “Spices”

The Hold Steady is readying the release of Open Door Policy on February 19th, and this week they’ve shared a new single called “Spices.” “‘Spices’ began with the intro riff that guitarist Tad Kubler brought in, and it unfurled quickly when the band got together,” singer Craig Finn explains. “It’s probably one of the heaviest songs on the record, but it achieves some levity with the horn section that arrives at the chorus. Like a number of others on the record, ‘Spices’ speaks of technology – the way texts, social media, DMs, etc. allow acquaintances to pop up into our lives and potentially disappear again just as quickly.”

Fucked Up – “Year Of The Horse – Act One”

Raucous Toronto punk outfit Fucked Up have been dropping some epic experimental records as part of their Zodiac series, which started in 2006 with Year Of The Dog. Fucked Up have been releasing a slew of expansive singles, each based on years in the Chinese calendar, and now we’ve been gifted with Act One of Year Of The Horse. The monster of a track marks the first installment in the four-part release, and it clocks in at a whopping 19 minutes. Buckle in for “Year Of The Horse,” as it ranges from riff-metal to wailing hardcore to psychedelic folk for a truly genre-bending journey.

Pale Waves – “You Don’t Own Me”

Pale Waves are set to release their new album Who Am I? on February 12th via Dirty Hit, and today they’ve shared a new single “You Don’t Own Me.” The new track sees frontwoman Heather Baron-Gracie rejecting gender roles and the patriarchy, as she sings about the music industry boys’ club. Baron-Gracie says that “You Don’t Own Me” is “a song for women about what it’s like to be a woman in this world.”

Ben Howard – “Crowhurst’s Meme”

Ben Howard has previewed his new album Collections From The Whiteout, which is set for release on March 26th via Island Records, with a new track called “Crowhurst’s Meme.” “This song was firstly inspired by a wonky synth guitar part that I had which had a kind of seasick quality to it, which in my head had a tenuous link to the Donald Crowhurst story – the famous tale of the amateur British sailor who dies whilst sailing around the world,” Howard explains. “These two things seemed to marry and so it became a sort of exploration of the undocumented universal side of the story.”

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