Happy Best New Indie day! Oh, what a week!
Despite all of the gloomy weather, we’ve been gifted with some pretty killer new tunes. This week, we’ve gotten fresh cuts from Billie Eilish, Angel Olsen, Sufjan Stevens, Angelo De Augustine, Arkells, and more.
Check out this week’s Best New Indie below.
Billie Eilish – “NDA”
Billie Eilish has made her return with a video for her new single “NDA.” The delicate, yet dark new tune features plucked strings and a gritty beat. Taking on her quintessential horror pop sound, Eilish’s vocals truly shine on this tune. Lyrically, “NDA” boasts lines like “Had a pretty boy over, but he couldn’t stay/ On his way out I made him sign an NDA.”
Angel Olsen – “Gloria (Laura Branigan cover)”
Angel Olsen has announced a new EP called Aisles, which will see her covering a slew of songs from the ’80s. The EP will be out on her own Jagjaguwar imprint, somethingcosmic, on August 20th digitally and September 24th physically. “I know it’s not really in my history to do something unintentional or just for the hell of it,” Olsen explains of the EP. “But my connection to these songs is pretty straightforward, I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I needed to remember that I could!”
Sufjan Stevens, Angelo De Augustine – “Reach Out”
Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have announced a new collaborative album, A Beginner’s Mind, out September 24th via Asthmatic Kitty Records. To preview the collection, they’ve shared two new tracks, “Reach Out” and “Olympus.” “Reach Out” is a standout, revolving around a soft acoustic guitar line and silky harmonies. “Reach Out” comes accompanied by a video, which was shot by Stevens and De Augustine and edited by Jess Calleiro earlier this year.
Courtney Barnett – “Rae Street”
Courtney Barnett has made her return with the announcement of her forthcoming album, Things Take Time, Take Time, out on November 12th via Mom+Pop. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for her new single, “Rae Street.” The twangy, gloomy new track revolves around Barnett’s perfectly slack vocals and a droning guitar line. The accompanying video sees Barnett performing along to the track, teaching a kid to ride a bike, walking a dog, and more.
Arkells – “One Thing I Know”
Arkells have returned to announce their new album, Blink Once, out on September 30th via Universal Music Canada. To celebrate the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new track, “One Thing I Know.” “This song is about not being ashamed of who you are and where you come from,” frontman Max Kerman explains. “The best version of yourself lets your colours show – to feel free, weird and unburdened by all the things out of our control.”
Amyl and the Sniffers – “Guided by Angels”
Amyl and the Sniffers have announced their forthcoming album, Comfort To Me, which is out on September 10th via ATO Records. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared a video for their new single, “Guided by Angels.” “Guided by Angels” is an explosive track from the Australian rockers. The gritty tune revolves around a driven beat and wailing vocals that will make you want to thrash around. The accompanying carefree, John Angus Stewart-directed video sees frontwoman Amy Taylor singing along to the tune from the backseat of a car.
AURORA – “Cure For Me”
Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA did everyone a favour and has returned with highly anticipated new music. “Cure For Me” is her first proper single following her 2019 album A Different Kind of Human (Step II). In an interview with NME Aurora revealed, “It’s quite a strange song. I think some people may really like it and some people may not. Like always, I got inspired by a really huge, dark and horrible thing that happens in the world. The first seed of inspiration came from thinking about the countries where it’s still legal to do conversion therapy for gay people and lesbians. I just thought that’s so pointless.”
Bad Waitress – “Delusions of Grandeur”
Toronto’s Bad Waitress have shared a video for their rambunctious new track, “Delusions of Grandeur.” The track comes from their forthcoming debut album, No Taste, out September 3rd via Royal Mountain Records. The new track serves as a follow-up to last month’s “Strawberry Milkshake.” The slow-building tune opens with soft, slow vocals and instrumentals, before exploding into an energetic chorus. The accompanying video comes packed with clips of what appears to be a cult, dressed all in white in a field.
Ducks Ltd. – “18 Cigarettes”
Ducks Ltd. have announced their debut album, Modern Fiction, which is out on October 1st via Royal Mountain Records and Carpark Records. To preview the collection, they’ve released a video for their new single, “18 Cigarettes.” The new single sees Eliza Neimi playing cello, making for a gritty jangle pop anthem with a cinematic twist. “18 Cigarettes” was loosely inspired by Oasis’ 1997 performance of “Don’t Go Away.” The accompanying Ali Vanderkruyk-directed video sees Ducks Ltd.’s Tom McGreevy making his way through the streets of Toronto. The video appears to be shot on film, as McGreevy runs around the city and the lyrics flash on screen in yellow.
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