Get ready for some amazing new tunes, indie lovers!
This week we’ve truly lucked out, with some amazing fresh cuts from indie giants like Dinosaur Jr, Julien Baker, Green Day, Bright Eyes, Spoon, and more!
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
Dinosaur Jr – “I Ran Away”
Dinosaur Jr have announced their 12th full-length album, Sweep it Into Space, which is set for release on April 23rd. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a laidback new track called “I Ran Away.” The trio began recording the album in the fall of 2019 alongside co-producer and tourmate Kurt Vile, with the intention of releasing it in mid-2020 until COVID-19 hit. Dinosaur Jr ended up finishing the album during lockdown without Vile, but frontman J Mascis explains that he ended up “mimicking a few things” Vile had began. The first preview of the collection, “I Ran Away,” features Vile on a 12-string guitar before it moves into some twin-lead instrumentals and a chorus you’ll want to play on repeat.
Julien Baker – “Heatwave”
Julien Baker shared Little Oblivions today, and earlier this week she released a lyric video for her melancholic new track, “Heatwave.” The new track slowly builds into an explosive ending, as Baker delivers absolutely devastating lyrics like, “On a long spiral down/ Before I make it to the ground/ I’ll wrap Orion’s Belt around my neck/ And kick the chair out.” “Maybe it’s a trite or well-trod topic, but ‘Heatwave’ is really just about being confronted with how much time I spend worrying about things that are trivial,” Baker explains. “I was stuck in traffic because a car had randomly combusted, and it made me feel so stupid for being concerned with the things I had been anxious about earlier that day.”
Green Day – “Here Comes The Shock”
Green Day have made their return with their first new music since the release of 2020’s Father of All…: a video for their new track, “Here Comes The Shock.” The new track premiered as part of the National Hockey League’s outdoor games in Lake Tahoe. “Here Comes The Shock” sees the rock trio delivering motivational lyrics atop a raucous, fast-paced instrumental, with lines like, “We got the numbers/ Gonna rumble in the street/ We’re screaming bloody murder/ We’re gonna take it to the grave.” The accompanying video sees Green Day whipping fans into shape, as “Punk Rock Aerobics” co-founder Hilken Mancini leads viewers through a series of punk-inspired moves like Iggy’s punch, the whack jack, you be the star air guitar, pogo, and more.
Bright Eyes – “Flirted With You All My Life (Vic Chesnutt cover)”
Bright Eyes have shared a cover of late Georgia artist Vic Chesnutt’s “Flirted With You All My Life.” “I had the pleasure of seeing Vic perform many times over the years and from a young age,” frontman Conor Oberst explains. “I can truly say he deeply changed my worldview and what it meant to write a really unique and thought provoking song. One of the greatest ever. Always missed. Here is our humble version of one of his best.” The moving cover has a slow build, opening with a sparse piano and percussion line before bringing in a full acoustic guitar riff, as Oberst wails lines like, “Oh, death you hector me/ Decimate those dear to me/ Tease me with your sweet relief.”
Noname – “Rainforest”
Noname has returned with her first new track of 2021, “Rainforest.” The catchy new tune, which was produced by The Kount and features some vocals from Adam Ness, sees Noname once again delivering a perfect flow as she touches on the dangerous effects of capitalism, with lyrics like, “Dyin’ on stolen land for a dollar like that ain’t fucked up” and “How you make excuses for billionaires, you broke on the bus?” In 2020, the Chicago rapper revealed that she was working on a new album called Factory Baby, but she has yet to announce a release date.
Jade Bird – “Open Up The Heavens”
Jade Bird has made her return with her first track of 2021, “Open Up The Heavens.” The catchy new tune sees Bird at her grittiest, weaving her raspy vocals through dark, driven instrumentals, as she delivers lines like, “Do you really know/ What it feels like/ Ending up alone/ In the middle of the night.” “‘Open Up The Heavens’ was written and recorded two days before I had to fly home from recording in Nashville,” Bird explains. “I’d heard stories about the last song you write for a record being the best, so I was searching for that in the vocal booth of RCA that evening. Halfway into the riff Dave (Cobb) pops his head in and says ‘You should really do something with that.’ So I did.”
Spoon – “Lines In The Suit (Demo)”
Spoon’s third album, Girls Can Tell, turned 20 last weekend, and the band have shared a demo of “Lines In The Suit” to mark the occasion. Girls Can Tell really put Spoon on the map, with the catchy hooks of “Everything Hits at Once,” “Lines in the Suit,” “Anything You Want,” and more. The new demo version of “Lines in the Suit” is from 1999, and it sees frontman Britt Daniel alongside a guitar and a few overdubs.
Bachelor – “Anything At All”
Jay Som’s Melina Duterte and Palehound’s Ellen Kempner have collaborated on a new project called Bachelor, and today they’ve shared their debut single, “Anything at All.” “We’re so excited to finally share this song with y’all and announce our new band!” Bachelor explain. “We’ve been dear friends and huge fans of each other for years and were lucky enough to get to work together in January 2020 before quarantine. We feel that ‘Anything at All’ is an even blend of our tastes and writing styles and to release it feels very hopeful and joyous to us.”
Slothrust – “Cranium”
LA alt-rockers Slothrust have made their return with a video for their new track, “Cranium.” While Slothrust haven’t released an album since 2018’s The Pact, they had a couple singles throughout 2019. “Cranium” reaches a perfect blend between the grunge-driven rock sound of their earlier work, while leaning into the the alt-rock sound of The Pact. Frontwoman Leah Wellbaum’s lyricism truly takes the lead on this track, as she delivers lines like, “Empty out my cranium/ And eat some cereal/ Cut my sweet angelic face into a pie/ Are you hungry?”
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