Your First Listen: 13 songs you need to discover this week

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There's a Moon On on Your First Listen
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It’s time for Your First Listen, where we show you songs you need to discover this week!

This Indie88 feature is presented with Bay Bloor Radio.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen on air. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs every day in Indie88 beginning at 10 a.m.

Online, we expand the list with a couple more tunes. This week, we’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from the Pixies, Metric, Jack White, and more!

Check out 12 songs you need to discover this week below.
 

Pixies – “There’s A Moon On”

Pixies have returned with a new single, “There’s a Moon On.” The track serves as the lead single from their forthcoming eighth studio album, Doggerel, out September 30th via BMG. Today’s release, “There’s a Moon On” is a pretty lively, upbeat single that’s got a killer solo from guitarist guitarist Joey Santiago. “This time around we have grown,” Santiago explains. “We no longer have under two-minute songs. We have little breaks, more conventional arrangements but still our twists in there.”
 


 

Metric – “What Feels Like Eternity”

Toronto rockers Metric are back with a video for their new single “What Feels Like Eternity.” The track comes from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Formentera, out July 9th. Today’s release, “What Feels Like Eternity,” serves as the third song from the album thus far. With gritty guitar lines, a deep bass groove, and pulsing synths frontwoman Emily Haines’ haunting, ominous vocals take the lead. Directed by Justin Broadbent, the accompanying “so 90s” live performance video recalls that of MTV and alt-rock. The band performs the anthemic tune in a dimly lit room as the camera weaves in and out of quick cuts.
 

Jack White – “If I Die Tomorrow”

Jack White is back with a video for his new single, “If I Die Tomorrow.” The new acoustic track serves as the second single from White’s second album of 2022, Entering Heaven Alive, out July 22nd via Third Man Records. With haunting woodwinds and driven acoustic guitar lines, White sings of his mortality in the melancholic tune. Directed by Brantley Gutirrez, the accompanying video sees White dragging what seems to be his own wooden coffin through a field to a shallow grave. Drenched in blue-and-white hues, the dreary video is pretty haunting, fitting the track perfectly.
 

Soccer Mommy – “newdemo”

Sophie Allison has shared her new single as Soccer Mommy, “newdemo.” The track comes from her forthcoming album, Sometimes, Forever, out June 24th via Loma Vista. Today’s preview is her most vast, spacious tune yet, with ambient, atmospheric synths and a grand, ballad-like chorus that’ll have you ready to wave a lighter in the air. Soccer Mommy’s vocals offer up her signature edge to the track, with melancholic, yet sweet melodies. “I didn’t want to make something super depressing without any sense of magic,” Soccer Mommy explains. “We played around with the space to make the song feel vast, so ‘newdemo’ had a huge transformation in the studio. It’s one of my favourites off of the record.”
 

Courtney Marie Andrews – “Satellite”

Courtney Marie Andrews is back with the announcement of her new album, Loose Future, out October 7th via Fat Possum. Alongside the announcement, she’s shared a video for her new single, “Satellite.” The new preview sees Courtney Marie Andrews taking her signature twangy country synths and adding in some dreamy synth lines for a more alternative sound. The track is all about a love that’s out of this world, as Andrews sings of a heart in orbit. The accompanying video channels that dreamy, ethereal sound, as Andrews bikes through a forest in alien-like holographic clothes.
 

Tomato Flower – “Construction”

Baltimore outfit Tomato Flower have announced their new EP, Construction, out August 5th via Ramp Local. As part of the announcement, they’ve shared the collection’s title track. The dizzying new tune is a future-pop anthem. While melodically they channel the sound of the future, lyrically they sing of the past, looking at the technologized world through a critical historical lens. The track revolves around twisting, disorienting instrumental lines and perfectly dissonant vocals.
 

J3M – “SPACE AND TIME”

Toronto singer-songwriter J3M has shared a video for his new single J3M. The new track is a funky disco-pop banger that’s sure to make you want to dance. From J3M’s forthcoming EP, AFRONAUT, the track has dark undertones with a catchy, energetic shine. “SPACE AND TIME is AFRONAUT deciding that maybe both he and The Alien need to take a step back from the situation,” J3M explains. “After all, it takes two people to create a conflict in the first place. Though it’s easy to pick sides in any dispute, sometimes we must agree to disagree,” J3M says of this chapter in the story. “Flying back to earth in his ship alone, AFRONAUT realizes that self love is the most important kind of love. And that love in action, is showing up for himself and asking for what he needs.
 

La Femme – “Sacatela”

French psych-pop outfit La Femme made their return with “Sacatela,” their first new music since 2021’s Paradigmes. The track represents not only a sonic shift, but a spoken language one as well, as the song is sung entirely in Spanish. “Sacate La” is an infectious tune, inspired by La Femme’s trips around South America and Spain. The accompanying video is a live performance clip that sees La Femme performing to a huge crowd.
 


 

The War On Drugs – “Change”

The War on Drugs’ six-minute single “Change” was the final preview of their recent album I Don’t Live Here Anymore. The track is all about how difficult it can be to move forward and make changes. Throughout the track, frontman Adam Granduciel sings lines like, “There are so many ways/ Our love could make it through/ But it’s so damn hard to make the change.”
 

Beabadoobee – “Talk”

UK artist beabadoobee has shared a video for her new single “Talk.” The track comes from beabadoobee’s freshly announced album, Beatopia, out July 15th via Dirty Hit. “Talk” is a gritty, early aughts anthem. With distorted guitars and catchy, bubbly vocals, “Talk” is about doing things that you know are bad for you. Directed by Alexandra Leese and Luke Casey, the accompanying video sees beabadoobee performing for a crowd in an all-white room. “I wrote ‘Talk’ just after my first album,” beabadoobee explains. “I was obsessed with Tuesday because I thought it was the best night to go out, not too much chaos but just enough to have a good time. Generally, it’s about doing things that aren’t necessarily healthy or great for you, but you can’t help indulging. It’s like that unavoidable feeling that you get. You can’t get rid of it, and you know it’s bad, but you love it really, and it’s whatever, so you do it anyways.”
 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “I’m On Your Side”

Nathaniel Rateliff’s “I’m On Your Side” is a standout tune from his most recent album, The Future. The Future was recorded in frontman Nathaniel Rateliff’s Colorado studio where they wanted to shed light on diverse observations and reflect on the current times. In a press statement Rateliff revealed:

“I look at the album overall as a big question. When I was writing the record we were in the middle of a pandemic and our future looked pretty bleak. I just continue to try to write from a place of hope. Then my own neurosis, and maybe being a libra gets in the way, and I can’t make up my mind. There is this constant back and forth battle in me personally and I am sure that comes out in my writing.”
 

Matt Maeson – “Blood Runs Red”

Matt Maeson has returned with a new song called “Blood Runs Red.” “‘Blood Runs Red’ is a song about being a successful artist and the narcissistic tendencies that come along with it,” Maeson explains. “I toured for three years straight and received copious amounts of validation but when that ends and you go home, you’re left with yourself and who you’ve bceom while everyone else around you has remained the same.”
 

Housewife – “Patrick Bateman”

Toronto duo Housewife (f.k.a. Moscow Apartment) are back with the first single under their new name, “Patrick Batemen.” The new pop-rock tune is all about romanticizing evil. Lyrically, the anthemic tune is all about anti-capitalism. “The ultra-capitalist business imagery fell into place once we started writing the song,” Housewife explain. “We wanted to tell a story of someone who is a ‘bad actor’ and hides parts of themselves to appeal to others, but their true intentions are slowly revealed.”
 

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