Last week’s Best New Indie was a toughy to beat, but this week saw no shortage of incredible new tunes.
But before we get to our favourite new tracks of the week, it’s worth mentioning both our Hidden Studio Session with Father John Misty that aired this week, as well as Phoenix’s Collective Arts Black Box Session, — both are required watching at some point this weekend.
Many of the artists that dropped new music this week made our Most Anticipated Album Releases of the summer list, so take a look at these fantastic new songs on Best New Indie:
Emily Haines & The Soft Skelton – “Fatal Gift”
Metric’s Emily Haines dropped “Fatal Gift” today, a haunting song that questions why we choose to live in monotony. “Fatal Gift” starts with soft piano and builds with stirring bass synths and dance-inducing drums.
liv – “Heaven”
Swedish/American supergroup liv dropped third track, from their unannounced debut album following “Wings of Love” and “Dream Awake.” The band have been taking their time dropping these songs, and while there’s no formal date in mind, seeing as the band is composed of Lykke Li, Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow, Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, you know whatever this band puts out will be worth a solid listen.
Gorillaz – “Sleeping Powder”
Shortly before Gorillaz released Humanz, Damon Albarn announced that he had somewhere between 40 and 45 extra tracks to be released over the coming months, in addition to the new album. This week Albarn shared the first bonus track, “Sleeping Powder” to much delight.
Alvvays – “Undertow”
Alvvays took the world by storm with the release of their fantastic debut album Alvvays, and they’re back at it. The Toronto-based group shared the first new song “Undertow” this week, announcing with it their sophomore album Antisocialites, which is coming September 8th.
Lorde – “Sober”
We’re one week away from from the release of Lorde’s sophomore album Melodrama, one of this summer’s most anticipated releases. She dropped this club banger this week, so take a listen above.
Phoenix – “Goodbye Soleil”
Keeping with the Italian summer theme, Phoenix dropped “Goodbye Soliel” this week ahead of their new album Ti Amo, that hits shelves today.
Death From Above – “Freeze Me”
To our surprise (and delight) Canadian rock vets Death From Above dropped “Freeze Me” this week. It’s blistering, fuzzed out rock track. DFA might have dropped the ‘1979’ from their name, but they certainly didn’t skimp out on the noise.
Royal Canoe (feat. Begonia) – “Fussin'”
Royal Canoe and Begonia have teamed up to deliver a fantastic new video for “Fussin,” which features hundreds of cyclists riding around Winnipeg as part of a “Bike Jam” organized by the Rainbow Trout Music Festival.
Fleet Foxes – “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me”
One week away from the official return of Fleet Foxes. The follow up to 2012’s Helplessness Blues, Crack-Up is due out June 16th. The band released the gorgeous “If You Need To, Keep Time On Me” this week.
Iron & Wine – “Call It Dreaming”
Wipe your eyes and have the tissues ready, Sam Beam returned with a soft, uplifting tune “Call it Dreaming” this week. Iron & Wine announced with the new single an album coming soon, Beast Epic due out August 25th.
Common Deer – “Settle”
A hooky track from Common Deer about when you realize all your friends are starting to get married, have kids and “Settle Down”.