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

Featuring Weezer, CHVRCHES, Dave Grohl, and more

A whole slew of new tunes to soundtrack your walk on this sunny day!

This week, we’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from renowned indie giants like CHVRCHES, Weezer, Dinosaur Jr., Angel Olsen, and a cover from Dave Grohl and his daughter Violet.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

CHVRCHES – “He Said She Said”

Scottish electro-pop outfit CHVRCHES have made their return with their new track, “He Said She Said.” The trio deliver catchy synth-heavy instrumentals with a driven beat and wailing electronic vocals from frontwoman Lauren Mayberry, who sings of the modern challenges of being a woman. “He Said She Said” was recorded remotely during the pandemic. “Being a woman is fucking exhausting and it felt better to scream it into a pop song than scream it into the void,” Mayberry explains. “After the past year, I think we can all relate to feeling like we’re losing our minds.”

Weezer – “I Need Some Of That”

Weezer are readying their highly anticipated new album, Van Weezer, which drops on May 7th via Crush Music/Atlantic. While gearing up for the release, the alt rock giants have dropped a new single, “I Need Some of That.” The new tune, which follows previously released singles “Hero,” “Beginning of the End,” and “The End of the Game,” serves as a sort of homage to the metal genre, as most of the album is intended to be. The energetic, guitar-driven track sees frontman Rivers Cuomo delivering lines like, “Now I’m plugging in to a Marshall stack/ I can be anything I want.”

Violet Grohl & Dave Grohl – “Nausea”

Dave Grohl and his daughter Violet have teamed up for a cover of L.A. punk band X’s “Nausea.” The Grohls took to their home studio to record the cover, which will appear in the Foo Fighters frontman’s upcoming documentary, What Drives Us. The cover sees Violet taking lead vocals, as she delivers powerful lines like, “Tonight you’ll fall asleep in clothes/ So late like a candy bar wrapped up/ For lunch that’s all you get to taste/ Poverty and spit.” As the track progresses, Violet is joined by her father on the chorus.

Dinosaur Jr. – “Take It Back”

Dinosaur Jr. released their new album, Sweep It Into Space, today via Jagjaguwar, and earlier this week they dropped a video for their single, “Take It Back.” The Callum Scott-Dyson-directed video is an animated stop-motion clip, which follows the creature on the front of the album sleeve for Sweep It Into Space through a series of flashy, creative scenes.

Angel Olsen – “Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)”

Angel Olsen is gearing up for the release of a new box set called Song Of The Lark And Other Far Memories on May 7th via Jagjaguwar, and today she’s shared a new orchestral version of “Waving, Smiling” called “Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling).” The beautiful, velvety new version of the track sees Olsen joined by an 11-piece orchestra, performing string arrangements by Jherek Bischoff. “Alive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)” will appear on the box set’s bonus album, Far Memory.

Ellis – “Hospital”

Hamilton, Ontario’s Ellis has announced her forthcoming EP, nothing is sacred anymore, and alongside the announcement, she’s shared a visualizer for her new single “Hospital.” The new track comes packed with warm synths and lo-fi instrumentals, as Ellis offers up vulnerable lyrics like, “And in the hospital/ You didn’t come for me/ You wouldn’t come for me/ and so I had to leave.” The accompanying visualizer comes packed with gritty, retro shots of Ellis beneath neon lighting.

Jorja Smith – “Gone”

Jorja Smith has announced a new project called Be Right Back, which is set for release on May 14th. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a new track called “Gone.” “There’s something about being able to write about one thing and for it to mean so many different things to others,” Smith explains. “I love that this song, well any of my songs really, will be interpreted in different ways, depending on the experiences of the people listening. This one is just me asking why people have to be taken from us.”

Jade Bird – “Black Star (Radiohead cover)”

Jade Bird has shared a live performance video of her covering Radiohead’s “Black Star.” The cover was filmed at Nashville, Tennessee’s RCA Studios, where Bird recorded her new EP, RCA Studio A Sessions. Bird has been playing this cover of “Black Star” at her shows for a while, but this is the first time it’s gotten an official release. The performance video sees her and her partner and touring guitarist, Luke, taking center stage, backed by other band members. Bird and Luke deliver beautiful harmonies to the renowned The Bends track.

Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band – “Elastic Band”

Yves Jarvis and Romy Lightman have announced a new collaborative project Lightman Jarvis Ecstatic Band, and they’ll be releasing their debut album, Banned, on June 25th via Flemish Eye. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new track “Elastic Band.” The new track sees Jarvis and Lightman delivering stunning harmonies atop unique, textural instrumentation. The accompanying video sees an animated figure in a bubble bath, as Jarvis and Lightman perform along to the track from inside of bubbles, on top of raspberries, and more.

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