Political strife makes for good inspiration. This week on best new indie, two of our most anticipated returning bands marked their comeback to voice their concerns on the heels of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Including Arcade Fire, Gorillaz and more, take a listen to the best new indie tracks of the week.
Fast Romantics – “Why We Fight”
Ever since we heard Fast Romantics’ love-soaked anthem “Julia” back in 2015, we’ve been anxiously awaiting more music. With a lineup change and a SOCAN songwriting prize under their belt, Fast Romantics are inching closer to the release of their sophomore album with “Why We Fight”.
Ryan Adams – “Doomsday”
We couldn’t sum up this week better than the title to Ryan Adam’s latest release, “Doomsday”. Although this track, among the rest of his forthcoming record were written about his painful divorce from Mandy Moore, sets the tone amidst Trump’s inauguration.
Gorillaz ft. Benjamin Clementine – “Hallelujah Money”
Another protest track, this time from the highly anticipated return of animated rock group Gorillaz. Take a listen to “Hallelujah Money” featuring Benjamin Clementine.
Arcade Fire ft. Mavis Staples – “I Give You Power”
Arcade Fire have recently been releasing live tapes from their Earls Court performance, which I suppose has tided us over until now. The band released this politically-charged tune along with a supportive message to fans during this turbulent time.
Spoon – “Hot Thoughts”
The title track from Britt Daniel and Co.’s ninth full-length record is here. The Austin-based band will release Hot Thoughts on March 17 via Matador Records. It’s a homecoming of sorts, as the upcoming album marks Spoon’s first release on Matador since their 1996 debut, Telephono.
Dirty Projectors – “Up In Hudson”
Dirty Projects’ paired the announcement of a new self-titled album coming with the release of a new single “Up In Hudson,” succeeding “Keep Your Name” and “Little Bubble”.
Leif Vollebekk – “Into the Ether”
Take a listen to the latest sample from Leif Vollebekk’s upcoming record Twin Solitude, which is due out February 24, via Secret City Records.
Cloud Nothings – “Enter Entirely”
So far, we’ve heard “Internal World” and “Modern Act” from Cloud Nothings upcoming record Life Without Sound, but their latest might be the best so far. Take a listen to “Enter Entirely” above and try to let some of your rage out.
Ty Segall – “Break a Guitar”
Get your daily dose of fuzz with the latest from American multi-instrumentalist Ty Segall. His latest, “Break a Guitar” sounds straight out of a Queens of the Stoneage record, instead hailing from his forthcoming self-titled record.