Best New Indie: 8 Songs You Need To Discover

Required weekly listening from Charlotte Day Wilson, Born Ruffians and more

Whether you’re in dire need of music, or just need to top up your weekend playlist you’ve come to the right place.

But before we get into all that, make sure you do yourself a favour and take a look at Alt-J’s incredible short film for “Pleader“, as well as Amy Shark’s phenomenal performance of “Adore” in the Collective Arts Black Box. We also highly recommend getting out your calendars to mark down the arrivals of this wint’ers most anticipated albums, — trust us, you’ll thank us later.

Now onto the new stuff, here are our picks for the best new indie songs of the week:

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “It’s A Beautiful World”

Ahead of next week’s release of Who Built The Moon?, Noel Gallagher shared “It’s A Beautiful World”, following “Holy Mountain” and “Fort Knox.”

shy kids – “The Middle

Toronto’s shy kids announced their sophomore album in a state today, sharing with it “the middle.” Written last year around the time of the U.S. presidential election, the song “heralds the fake utopia of not being on the left or right, but square in the middle.”

Charlotte Day Wilson – “Doubt”

Toronto crooner shared her first new track since the 2016 EP CDW, “Doubt,” this week. CDW wrote the track when she was “reflecting on my relationship and realizing I’d been taking it for granted.” she said. “This song was me trying to confront the things that I felt were holding me back and making it hard to feel deserving of love.”

Born Ruffians – “Forget Me”

Born Ruffians shared “Forget Me” from their forthcoming album Uncle, Duke & The Chief this week, following “Love Too Soon”. The video gets bonus points for being directed by July Talk singers Peter and Leah. Their new album is due out February 16th, 2018 on Paper Bag Records.

Penny Diving – “Stella”

Penny Diving is a new project from Chantal Ambridge (The Muscadettes), joined by her partner Thomas Augustin, twin sister Kathleen, and Jonathan Lafrance, The group have been making their rounds in the Montreal scene recently, working on their debut album with producers Adrian Popvich (Solids, Priestess) and Joseph Donovan (The Dears, Sam Roberts). Check out their propulsive new single “Stella”, premiered on Indie88 earlier this week.

Bjork – “Blissing Me”

Bjork’s next album Utopia is coming later this month, and to build the hype the Icelandic singer shared a second track, “Blissing Me” following “The Gate”.

Jazz Cartier – “How Did I Get This Deep?”

Jazz Cartier is certainly taking his time to release his next album Fleurever. Cartier started sharing new tracks back in January with “Tempted,” and dropped his second track “How Did I Get This Deep?” today. As for when we to expect his upcoming album, we’ll defer to his note written to fans:”Thank You For Your Patience. FLEUREVER 2018.”

The National – “Maybe Not” (Cat Power Cover)

If you were lucky enough to catch The National in London earlier this fall, you might have seen this cover live — otherwise the Brooklyn-based indie rock group performed the song during their Spotify session for the whole world to listen. Listen to The National covering Cat Power’s “Maybe Not” from the 2003 album You Are Free above.