We hate to pick favourites, but this might the strongest week yet on Best New Indie.
As we gear up for Field Trip this weekend, both of the festival’s headliners, Broken Social Scene and Phoenix, shared new music. Plus, after months of teasing, Arcade Fire returned with their first new single and announced a world tour with stops in Toronto. As an honourable mention, fans of Alanis Morissette will be happy to hear that her beloved album Jagged Little Pill is going to be brought to the musical stage in 2018.
Take a listen to the rest of this week’s best new indie releases including Lorde, War on Drugs and more:
Lorde – “Perfect Places”
“Green Light” wasn’t a total departure from Lorde’s breakthrough album Pure Herione, but for her recent release the 20-year-old New Zealand singer gets back to her “roots” with the very “Royals”-sounding “Perfect Places.”
Arcade Fire – “Everything now”
Arcade Fire have officially marked their return with the release of “Everything Now”. The new track picks up on their iconic indie-disco sound, taking a page out of ABBA’s songbook. Everything Now, their new album drops July 28th.
Portugal. The Man – “So Young”
Portugal have taken a slower pace with their latest release “So Young” that follows the song of the summer contender “Feel It Still.” Their new album Woodstock drops today!
Radiohead – “I Promise”
While it’s not technically a new song, Radiohead dropped this nugget from OK Computer days this week. The band plans on releaseing a number of old tunes, including eight B-sides, and three previously unreleased and long sought after OK Computer era tracks: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man Of War”, calling the collection OKNOTOK.
Walrus – “Family Hangover”
Halifax’s Walrus are set to release their debut LP Family Hangover on June 9, via Dan Mangan’s Madic Records/Arts & Crafts. Their latest release, “Family Hangover” is a soulful build to a 60s psychedelic rock-inspired tune with a fuzzed-out finish.
War on Drugs – “Holding On”
War on Drugs haven’t shied away from what landed them critical acclaim, their Bruce Springteen-inspired Americana rock for their latest release “Holding On.” A new record from the Philly band is set to release August 25th, A Deeper Understanding.
Liam Gallagher – “Wall of Glass”
This week, former Oasis frontmant Liam Gallagher shared a song from his forthcoming solo project, “Wall of Glass.” It’s the first taste of Gallagher’s solo album that is set to release later this year (most likely October). He told Pitchfork that the video was inspired by James Bond and Bruce Lee films
Broken Social Scene – “Skyline”
Toronto’s house band have returned with yet another blistering new single from their new record Hug of Thunder. The band previously “Halfway Home” and the title track “Hug of Thunder” ahead of the album release July 7th. “Skyline” is a dreamy, power anthem with swirling synth and reverb-drenched guitars.
Big Thief – “Mary”
Very few artists have the ability to bring you to tears upon a first listen (okay, Mount Eerie too), but of that short list Big Thief is one of them. The Brookyln-based band is set to release their new album Capacity June 8th, and they’ve shared this wretched slow tune, “Mary.”
Todd Terje – “Maskindans”
Indie electronic artist Todd Terje dropped this spicy cover of “Maskindans,” enlisting the help of the original artist Det Gylne Triangel. The new song comes from the follow-up to Terje’s fantastic 2014 album It’s About Time, that hasn’t been officially announced.
Phoenix – “Goodbye Soleil”
Phoenix have taken a page out of their French counterpart, Daft Punk’s playbook, and released a seriously funky new song, “Goodbye Soleil.” This latest song follows “J-Boy” and the title track from the Parisian band’s upcoming album Ti Amo, that is for release June 9th.