Best New Indie: 7 Songs You Need To Discover This Week

Essential weekly listening, with new tracks from Fucked Up, Kurt Vile, Cat Power, and more

It’s been an especially great week for music lovers, with new records dropping from the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Mitski. We also saw the arrival of new singles from Fucked Up, Kurt Vile, and Cat Power, which means there’s a lot more to look forward to in 2018.

Here’s your weekly roundup of notable new indie tracks.
 

Fucked Up – “Normal People”

Fucked Up will release Dose Your Dreams on October 5 via Arts & Crafts, and it’s shaping up to be one of the year’s most highly-anticipated records. The latest single, “Normal People,” is a conversation featuring characters David (a.k.a. Damian Abraham), who once came to life, and Joyce Tops. It hits like an ASMR recording for emo kids and the hardcore set, inciting goosebumps and somehow combining elements of Dire Straits, Cheap Trick, and Fucked Up’s unequalled storytelling. Clear a spot on your personal best of 2018 list.

 

Kurt Vile – “Loading Zones”

We still don’t have any info on a new album, but Kurt Vile fans can enjoy new solo work for the first time in three years. “Loading Zones” will please fans of his previous work while also adding some interesting new elements like group shouting in the background and new guitar effects.

 

Cat Power featuring Lana Del Rey – “Woman”

Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power, will release Wanderer on October 5. It’s her first new album since 2012’s Sun, and the latest single “Woman” features Lana Del Rey providing some backing vocals.
 

Vampire Weekend – “California English Pt. 2” B-Side

Vampire Weekend kinda-sorta released new music this week. The group have shared a b-side from the 2010 album Contra, “California English Pt. 2”. The b-side is similar in style to the first version, playing around with the effects of the background voices. You know what… we’ll take it!
 

Richard Reed Parry – “Song of Wood”

Multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry is probably best known for his work in Arcade Fire, but he’s readying a collection of “gently psychedelic songs inspired by Japanese death poems and the folk music of the British Isles,” that you’re going to want to check out. Quiet River of Dust Vol. 1 will be released via Secret City Records in Canada, “Song of Wood” is Parry’s latest single from the forthcoming record.
 

FIDLAR – “Are You High?” (ft. The 90s)

It’s been three years since Los Angeles-based punk band FIDLAR released their sophomore album, Too. While they’ve announced a North American tour and released a handful of songs over the last year, there’s still no official word on a forthcoming record. “Are You High?” is their latest single, and it whips arse like you’d expect it to.
 

Cloud Nothings – “The Echo of the World”

Cleveland punk rockers Cloud Nothings announced their fifth full-length, Last Building Burning, will arrive on October 19. They also rolled out a rollicking new single, “The Echo of the World,” which effectively signals that Dylan Baldi and Co. are settling back into the controlled chaos sound of the earlier work.