It’s been another excellent week of music releases, leading to a jam-packed Best New Indie list for the week.
But before we get into it, be sure to check out the new music videos from both Alvvays, Feist and Alt-J. Speaking of Alvvays, they made our list of Weird Band Name Trends You Never Noticed. You’ll also want to congratulate PUP in your preferred method for winning the 2017 Socan Emerging Songwriting Prize, because they definitely deserved it.
Anyway, let’s get to what you came here for, the best new indie tracks of the week featuring Arcade Fire, Garbage and Nine Inch Nails.
Nine Inch Nails – “Less Than”
Late last year, NIN shared Not the Actual Events, an EP the band’s Trent Reznor said would be the first of a trilogy. The second EP is set to be released next week, and will be called ADD VIOLENCE, of which Reznor’s shared a first taste: “Less Than”.
Vance Joy – “Lay It On Me”
You may recognize a familiar face from Vance Joy’s new video (for the new song) “Lay It On Me,” Angela Sarafyan from HBO’s Westworld. As always, it’s smooth sailing when it comes to the Australian crooner’s stirring voice. Listen to “Lay It On Me” above.
Arcade Fire – “Electric Blue”
Regine Chassange takes lead in Arcade Fire’s latest, ABBA-esque track “Electric Blue”. Their new album Everything Now drops July 28th.
Foster the People – “Sit Next To Me”
We’re only a week out from Foster the People’s upcoming album Sacred Hearts Club and the band have shared a fourth track, “Sit Next To Me.”
Matthew Good – “Decades”
The king of melancholy, Matthew Good is back with another moving track, “Decades.” He shared with it a beautifully shot music video of a boy struggling with his demons.
Manchester Orchestra – “The Moth”
Manchester Orchestra have taken a slight bend away from their love of “crunchy guitars,” and taken a new direction for their upcoming album A Black Mile To The Surface. Ahead of the album’s release July 28th, the UK group shared a melodic new tune “The Moth.”
METZ – “Cellophane”
Toronto trio METZ have returned and are gearing up to release a new record Strange Peace September 22nd. METZ’s Alex Edkins says the new songs are “about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.” Take a listen to the first new track “Cellophane” above and hear for yourself.
Lana Del Rey – “Summer Bummer”
This week, Lana Del Rey gifted us with two new songs in one day. Both “Groupie Love” and “Summer Bummer” were released earlier on Wednesday, both featuring A$AP Rocky. The latter also features Playboi Carti. Check out “Summer Bummer” above.
Aron D’Alesio – “Diamond Ring”
Chances are you’ve heard of Aron D’Alesio, or at the very least his voice before. The Hamiltonian is known for his work in Young Rival, but is now sharing new music from his solo project. D’Alesio is released a Walkmen-esque track “Diamond Ring” from his upcoming self-titled, debut project on August 25, 2017.
Ben Gibbard – “The Concept”
Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard revealed today he is the latest artist to take on Turntable Kitchen’s ‘Sounds Delicious’ series where artists cover their favourite albums in full. Gibbard’s choice is Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque, of which he’s shared the first taste, “The Concept” where he stays rather close to the original.
Sam Coffey & the Iron Lungs – “Ragnarok”
Not to be confused with the next entry in Marvel’s Thor film series, or the lore associated with Norse mythology, or Final Fantasy video game…”Ragnarok” is the title of the latest cut from Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs’ forthcoming self-titled LP.
Garbage – “No Horses”
Nothing like hot garbage on a warm summer’s day — except this is the kind of Garbage you’ll actually enjoy. The rock veterans surprise released “No Horses” today and boy it is a heavy-hitter.
Dead Leaf Echo – “Strawberry Skin”
Brooklyn shoegaze/psych quartet Dead Leaf Echo, who will perform July 29th at Baby G, in support of their new EP, Strawberry Skin, which arrived earlier this spring.
Still here? For more music appreciation, check out our list of albums from the past 25 years that helped define indie music.