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

Fresh cuts from PUP, Cherry Glazerr, Dan Mangan, and more!

This week has been stuffed to the brim with new tunes, so your playlists are going to be packed!

With fresh cuts from some of the best indie artists around, including PUP, Cherry Glazerr, Dan Mangan, Avey Tare, Morrissey, Foals, Wintersleep, and more, you’re never going to run out of new tracks to listen to.

Check out some of the best new indie tracks from this week below.

PUP – “Free At Last”

Local Toronto punk heroes PUP are set to release their third full-length record, Morbid Stuff, on April 5th via Little Dipper / Universal Music Canada. The band recently shared the lyrics and chords for the track “Free At Last,” with a challenge for fans to submit their own cover of the song. They wound up with 253 submissions and a damn good $25 music video, shot entirely on an iPhone in one night.

Cherry Glazerr – “Time To Get Away (LCD Soundsystem cover)”

Following the release of Stuffed & Ready, Cherry Glazerr have stopped by SiriusXM to cover LCD Soundsystem’s hit track, “Time To Get Away.” Cherry Glazerr’s rendition keeps the original tune’s funk aspects, while adding in the band’s signature lo-fi vibe, making for a bouncy, yet gritty cover of the Sound Of Silver track. The tune is sure to get you grooving with a danceable drum beat, catchy guitar lines, and smooth vocals.

Dan Mangan – “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)”

Beloved Vancouver indie rock artist Dan Mangan has released a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s iconic track, “In the Aeroplane Over The Sea.” Mangan’s rendition of “In the Aeroplane Over The Sea,” which follows the release of his “Losing My Religion” cover, is endearing and soulful, with a stripped back, unplugged instrumental as he sings and whistles atop an endearing acoustic guitar line. The delicate rendition is sweet and intimate, which will keep you playing this tune on repeat.

Avey Tare – “Taken Boy”

Following the release of “Saturdays (Again),” Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, also known as David Michael Portner, has just released “Taken Boy,” another new track off of his forthcoming album, Cows on Hourglass Pond. The perfectly low-key track has the distinctive Portner touch, revolving around a psychedelic instrumental accompanied by lyrics about dogs, youth, and life in nature. Throughout the three and a half minute song, the hypnotic tune warps and changes, making for an almost intoxicating sonic experience.

Big Thief – “UFOF”

Big Thief has just announced their highly anticipated third record, U.F.O.F., and as part of the announcement they’ve released their first single, “UFOF.” The last “F” in “UFOF” stands for “Friend,” and the track is reflective, while also looking forward into the unknown. “Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this,” frontwoman Adrianne Lenker explains in a statement. “If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortable awake in that truth than lost in denial.”

Morrissey – “It’s Over (Roy Orbison cover)”

Morrissey has released a cover of Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over,” which features backing vocals by LP, as he has detailed his forthcoming covers album, California Love. The album, which was produced by Joe Chiccarelli, features a stacked handful of guests including Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Broken Social Scene’s Ariel Engle, Young the Giant’s Sameer Gadhia, LP, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, Petra Haden, and the Regrette’s Lydia Night.

Foals – “Sunday”

Foals have dropped “Sunday,” a triumphant new tune from their forthcoming album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1. The dreamy tune sees the indie giants making a move toward a more fluid musical territory, as they derail from traditional linear songwriting and allow the new track to morph into something completely new. As you make your way through the 6-ish minute track, it turns from a lonely, almost gloomy vocal line into a euphoric, percussion heavy anthem.

Wintersleep – “Into The Shape Of Your Heart”

The new tune is about celebrating and diving fully into love, while moving on from past mistakes. “Lyrically, it’s a loose narrative of someone showing up to the house of someone he loves and trying to win her heart for the first time or to get it back,” vocalist Paul Murphy explains in a statement. “I guess there’s room for interpretation but it’s maybe also just trying to capture a snapshot of a moment of two people trying to have a conversation that ends in a dance.”

Mobina Galore – “Zoë (It Ripped Me Apart)”

The track was created as a way to reconcile the loss of an unborn baby, with an accompanying video that aims to shine a light on Pregnancy Loss Awareness. “In November 2016 my cousin Brooke’s world turned upside down when doctors told her, just a few weeks shy of her baby Zoë’s due date, that there was no heartbeat,” band member Jenna Priestner explained of the track. “I wrote this song to honour and cherish little Zoë forever.”