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

Featuring the Flaming Lips, The Cranberries, Tame Impala, and more!

It looks like tons of artists are ringing in the warmer weather with new music.

We’ve been gifted with some killer new tunes from outstanding indie giants like The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala, Beck, The Cranberries, Hollerado, and more this week. In addition to brand new tracks, we’ve even gotten a handful of unique covers, with The Raconteurs’ gritty rendition of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)” and Kurt Vile’s twangy cover of The Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations.”

Check out the best new indie tunes from this week below.

The Flaming Lips – “All For The Life Of The City”

“All for the Life of the City” is off of the band’s latest album King’s Mouth, which saw a limited release on Record Store Day, with 4,000 fans purchasing an early limited-edition vinyl edition of their fifteenth studio album. The follow up to 2017’s Oczy Mlody is set to be a concept record that follows a community mourning the death of a monarch.

Tame Impala – “Borderline”

After debuting the song on Saturday Night Live, Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala have dropped “Borderline,” which is packed with a catchy beat, groovy guitar lines, and frontman Kevin Parker’s silky, slightly electronic vocals. “Borderline” is distinctively Tame Impala, with its psychedelic pop vibes and dreamy, synth-based instrumentals that are sure to get you swaying along.

Beck – “Saw Lightning”

The new track is party-ready, with a bouncy mix of gritty vocals, wailing harmonicas, slide guitar lines, and hip-hop based beats. Beck isn’t the only musician who worked on this track, as Pharrell co-wrote and co-produced “Saw Lightning,” and he even contributes mumbles, drums, and keyboards to the groovy tune.

The Cranberries – “In The End”

“In The End” was the final song the band recorded, and the gorgeous track comes with a lyrical and instrumental emotional punch, as O’Riordan sings heartwrenching lyrics. The track sees O’Riordan’s vocals at the forefront, with her gritty, floating tone searching for a way through the stripped back, acoustic guitar-based melody. “What a way to finish the record. To have ‘In The End’ as the last song is just perfect,” drummer Feral Lawler explains in a statement.

The Raconteurs – “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)(Donovan cover)”

The Raconteurs have dropped a cover of Donovan’s 1965 single “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)” off of their forthcoming record, Help Us Stranger. Jack White’s gritty four-piece band have taken the twangy, acoustic original and turned it into a grungy crunch-rock banger. With a speedy drum beat, crisp and clangy guitar lines, and distorted vocals, this song is going to make you want to jump along to its heavy, bouncy melody.

Hollerado – “Straight To Hell”

“Straight To Hell” is an intimate, acoustic guitar driven track that follows vulnerable themes of fleeting moments, mistakes, and religion, featuring lyrics like, “Do you feel a judgment for loving who you love/ Or what you’re choosing for your body/ Or what you think is up above?” The accompanying video is delivered as a hand crafted pop-up book, with lyrics leaping from the video’s pages.

Kurt Vile – “No Expectations (The Rolling Stones cover)”

Vile has re-worked this Beggars Banquet hit in his own style, featuring his distinctive country twang, monotonous croons, and bouncy guitar lines. This rendition revolves around a new found vulnerability that the original doesn’t quite seem to have, while still maintaining Keith Richards’ passion for country as Vile downbeats the original track, bringing it somewhere new entirely.

Goodbye Honolulu – “U Got It”

“‘U Got It’ started as a rough demo I recorded late at night while listening to songs by Le Tigre, Blood Orange, and random U.K. punk,” band member Jacob Switzer explains in a statement. “I was trying to capture the feeling of inner city nightlife. The slick downtown vibes you get walking around a metallic metropolis, surrounded by people trying to show off, and being around folks with that ‘rock star’ energy. It can bring out the best and worst in people, fuelled by drugs and alcohol, or just the energy of the bustling city.”

Anna Wiebe – “Fortune”

“Fortune” is a textured, guitar driven track packed with grungy riffs, a driving drum beat, and smooth, wailing vocal lines. Throughout the tune, Wiebe howls vulnerable lyrics like, “I never got the ending that I always thought I would/ So I circle over and over.” “‘Fortune’ is about trying to break free of a cycle; about growing up and the feelings of frustration that come with that process,” Weibe explains to Indie88.