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

Fresh new tracks from Stars, Charlotte Cardin, LCD Soundsystem, Conor Oberst, AND MORE

It’s been a great week for new music with recently released tunes from indie icons like Stars, LCD Soundsystem, Cut Copy, Conor Oberst, and Thundercat feat. BADBADNOTGOOD.

There are also some unbelievable new singles from up and coming artists like Charlotte Cardin, Phoebe Bridgers, and Dizzy Spells. Listen to all of the fresh new cuts that came out this week below.

Stars – “Are You With Me”

Stars have rounded out their recent one-off releases with the haunting ballad, “Are You With Me?” Part of the song was inspired by Canadian legend Gord Downie, who died last year after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. “The words to this song came about after Torq spent one liquidy night sending text messages to Gord’s old cell phone number,” the band explained in a statement.

Charlotte Cardin – “Double Shifts”

Charlotte Cardin released a new single “Double Shifts” about yearning for someone’s attention. The song features Cardin’s iconic, throaty vocals atop a catchy and powerful piano ballad as she sings about seeking attention from someone she loves.

LCD Soundsystem – “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang”

LCD Soundsystem have just released a cover of Heaven 17’s “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang,” which is their first release since 2017’s highly anticipated American Dream. The tune was recorded at New York’s Electric Lady Studios less than a week before the American midterm elections, which doesn’t seem like a coincidence considering the original Heaven 17 track was banned by the BBC in 1981.

Phoebe Bridgers – “Powerful Man”

Phoebe Bridgers has just released a cover of (Sandy) Alex G’s “Powerful Man.” The heartwarming acoustic cover revolves around Bridgers’ throaty vocals accompanied by endearing guitar lines. The track marks her first tune after the release of the joint boygenius EP and her feature on Conor Oberst’s “LAX.”

Cut Copy – “Ocean Blue”

This week, Cut Copy followed up their fifth studio album Haiku from Zero with a new outtake from the recording sessions called “Ocean Blue.” The track is definitely another hit from the iconic Australian electronic band, floating on a steady beat and dreamy waves of synthesizers.

Dizzy Spells – “Retrograde”

Hamilton-based surfy psych pop band, Dizzy Spells, have just released their latest track “Retrograde.” The new tune focuses in on the otherworldly experience of creativity, and the importance of reaching an uncomfortable state of mind in order to reach new levels artistically. “The spirit of creativity is our biggest muse,” the band explains. “‘Retrograde’ carried with it an emotional directness that put us in a trance-like state.”

Conor Oberst feat. Phoebe Bridgers – “LAX”

Conor Oberst has just released his latest track “Lax” featuring additional vocals from Phoebe Bridgers and produced by Simone Felice. The track is stripped back, with Oberst’s shaky vocals layered on top of a soft piano melody, and Bridgers’ dreamy harmonies accompanying him. Bridgers and Oberst have collaborated in the past when they worked together on Bridgers’ Stranger in the Alps album.

Lana Del Rey – “How To Disappear

Lana Del Rey gave a surprise performance at an Apple Event in Brooklyn, where she performed the new track “How to Disappear” with producer, Jack Antonoff. The powerful new ballad is the most vulnerable we’ve seen the powerful jazzy pop singer to date. The song is off of Lana’s upcoming album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, set to be released in 2019.

Thundercat feat. BADBADNOTGOOD – “King Of The Hill”

A new collaborative track between Thundercat and BADBADNOTGOOD has surfaced with the upcoming anniversary box set from Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder, which is supposed to contain a bunch of unreleased material. The new song, “King of the Hill,” has a great groove with Thundercat’s dreamy falsetto and guitar playing on top of BADBADNOTGOOD’s sinister jazzy background.