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

We’ve kicked off July with some pretty great new tunes.

This week, we’ve gotten some amazing new indie tracks from renowned artists like St. Vincent, Big Red Machine, Jeff Tweedy, Noun, Ed Nash, Lump, and more.

Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.

St. Vincent – “Sad But True (Metallica cover)”

St. Vincent has shared an absolutely captivating new cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True.” The cover comes from Metallica’s 30th anniversary box set reissue of The Black Album. St. Vincent’s cover feels like it stays true to her 2010s art pop sound. With gritty guitars, sultry vocals, and a pulsing beat, the cover feels like it could be a St. Vincent original. Alongside St. Vincent’s cover, Metallica has also released Sam Fender’s piano ballad version of the track.

Big Red Machine – “The Ghost of Cincinnati”

Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner have shared a new single as Big Red Machine, “The Ghost of Cincinnati.” The track comes from the Bon Iver and The National offshoot’s forthcoming album, How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?, which was just announced yesterday. Their sophomore record is set to boast collaborations with Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Howard, and more. Bringing Dessner’s vocal to the lead, the emotive new tune is definitely a must-listen for folk fans. The track also credits orchestration to Aaron’s twin brother, Bryce Dessner.

Jeff Tweedy – “For You (I’d Do Anything) (Roky Erickson cover)”

Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has shared a cover of Roky Erickson’s “For You (I’d Do Anything).” Tweedy’s rendition of “For You (I’d Do Anything)” is sparse and minimal. Revolving around an intimate piano line, Tweedy’s perfectly rough, rollicking vocals take the lead. This melancholic rendition allows the lyrics to shine, as Tweedy sings lines like, “For you/ I’d do anything for you/ For you/ There ain’t nothing I wouldn’t do.”

Noun – “In The Shade”

Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster has announced a new EP as Noun called In The Shade. To preview the collection, Paternoster has shared a music video for its title track. “In The Shade” is a gritty tune with powerful, captivating vocals. Blending a whole slew of genres together, this haunting track is like nothing you’ve ever heard. The accompanying Dawn Riddle-directed music video is perfectly goofy. The clip follows a woman boasting a Bart Simpson-esque mask.

Ed Nash – “Plumes”

Ed Nash is the bassist from the beloved indie-group Bombay Bicycle Club and last Friday (June 25) he returned solo with a new optimistic track, “Plumes.” The single is definitely reminiscent of Bombay Bicycle Club, but with a personal and fresh new twist. It’s charming and filled with Ed’s angelic vocals that flow neatly within the lush instrumentals. Ed Nash, who formerly had another solo project called Toothless, now records his own music under his own name. The single follows a number of releases from 2020, including a cover of “Mad World” featuring Liz Lawrence and three singles, “Say Anything,” “When” and “Think You Feel The Same.”

LUMP – “We Cannot Resist”

Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay are readying their new album as LUMP, Animal, out July 30th via Chrysalis/Partisan. Today, they’ve previewed the album with a video for their new single, “We Cannot Resist.” “We Cannot Resist” primarily revolves around a gritty anthemic instrumental until LUMP eerily whisper the titular line. The accompanying video follows Marling and Lindsay in the woods as they get some coveted glimpses of the bright LUMP creature. Eventually, the colourful monster heads out for an adventure in central London.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Weekend Run”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the psychedelic rock project created by New Zealander Ruban Nielson, are back with another groovy tune “Weekend Run.” The single is a perfect summer song with wavy guitar riffs, bold percussion and smooth laidback vocals. Easy on the ears, the song’s repetitive nature mimics the repetition of the days of the week.

Kandle – “When It Hurts”

Kandle Osborne has shared a new video for “When It Hurts” following the recent release of her new album, Set The Fire. “When It Hurts” is a retro, guitar-driven track full of longing. The Brandon William Fletcher-directed video is a sort of Lynchian portrayal of a love gone wrong. Throughout the video, Kandle is stuck in a time loop with actor/musician Keenan Tracey. Ultimately, the pair is afraid to leave and experience the unknown.

Fleece – “Bodies Lie”

Queer Montreal indie-rockers Fleece have announced their forthcoming third album, Stunning and Atrocious, which is out on August 20th. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a new single called “Bodies lie.” “Bodies Lie” marks a new sound for Fleece, as it is the first time guitarist Megan Ennenberg has taken on lead vocals. With a sparse, yet lush guitar line, Ennenberg’s silky vocals grab you from the get-go. As the track continues and drums kick in, you’re sure to be stunned by the intimate harmonies. Lyrically, the track is an ode to potential energy, as Ennenberg sings of being more powerful than people perceive you to be.

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