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Best New Indie: 12 Songs You Need To Discover This Week

You might already have your ears full this weekend with new albums from The Killers, Metz and Cold Specks, but there’s more great music coming your way.

Before we get to the best new music, it’s worth noting a couple of great covers that came out this week; Arcade Fire’s cover of John Lennon’s “Mind Games” and Depeche Mode’s version of David Bowie’s “Changes“.

Also, we’d be remiss if we didn’t highly recommend watching Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton’s absolutely gorgeous Black Box session.

Now that you’re caught up on the week, check out our favourite new indie tracks of the week:

Maggie Rogers – “Split Stones”

Maggie Rogers has been performing “Split Stones” at new live shows for a while now, but never got around to officially releasing it. The new song came with a heartfelt letter posted to her social media, thanking her fans and announcing she’ll be taking a short break.


Weaves & Tanya Tagaq – “Scream”

Toronto rock group Weaves and Nunavut-born throat singer Tanya Tagaq debuted this song together at the Polaris Prize Gala this week. Both artists were nominated for best album of the year.

The Barr Brothers – “Queens of the Breakers”

The Barr Brothers are preparing to release their new album Queens of the Breakers on October 13th. This week the Montreal folk group shared the title track fro the upcoming album.

Stars – “Alone”

The fifth and potentially last single from Stars’ forthcoming record was released today before There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light comes out October 13. Singer Torquil Campbell said he wrote “Alone” in response to his disappointment at not being the one to write “Waterloo Sunset” (by the Kinks).

Outsider – “Míol Mór Mara”

Irish multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, released “Míol Mór Mara” this week. The song’s title translates to giant beasts of the sea from Gaelic, and according to the artist is about a child with downs syndrome who he said “had a profound influence on my life.”

Angel Olsen – “Special”

Angel Olsen announced her plans to release a collection of rarities coming this fall, titled Phases. The album will feature demos spanning the last seven years, including “Special,” which the artist released this week.

Liv – “Hurts to Liv”

Indie pop supergroup liv are in no rush to release a full album, but have been sharing new singles slowly for the past two years. Take a listen to the latest from Lykke Li, Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), Björn Yttling (Peter Bjorn and John), Pontus Winnberg (Bloodshy & Avant) and Jeff Bhasker, “Hurts To Liv”.

In My Coma – “Beautiful Mind”

Toronto band In My Coma are gearing up to release their new album Next Life, which is scheduled to release on October 6. In support of the album’s presale, the band has created a new music video for their single “Beautiful Mind,” which also can be heard on the new album.

Wye Oak – “Wave Is Not The Water”

Maryland rock duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak shared two new songs out of nowhere this week. The band shared the dizzying “Wave Is Not The Water” and groovy “Sprials” with a set of American tour dates.


Matthew Good – “Days Come Down”

Full details for beloved Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Good’s next album have finally been revealed. Following “Decades”, Good shared “Days Come Down” ahead of his next LP Something Like a Storm October 20th.

Allan Rayman – “Word of Mouth”

Allan Rayman performed this track for CBC a while back and had no idea when or if it would ever reach the light of day. Luckily for us, the Canadian songwriter finally got around to recording and releasing it. Listen to “Word of Mouth” above.

Hey Ocean! – “Amsterdam”

Canadian indie-pop trio Hey Ocean! returned from a short break to release a double single this week, “Amsterdam” and “Can’t Let Go”. The group have also announced a national tour this fall with a date in Toronto Nov. 16th.

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