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Your First Listen: 15 songs you need to discover this week

It’s time for Your First Listen, where we show you songs you need to discover this week!

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 Monday to Friday during the following times: 1:50pm / 6:50pm / 8:50pm.

Online, we expand the list with a couple more tunes. This week, we’ve gotten some amazing fresh cuts from PUP, Big Thief, Muse, and Khruangbin and Leon Bridges.

Check out 15 songs you need to discover this week below.

PUP – “Robot Writes A Love Song”

Punk rockers PUP are back with a brand new single called “Robot Writes A Love Song.” The track comes in celebration of the announcement of their new album, THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND, out April 1st via Little Dipper/Rise. The upcoming record marks their highly anticipated fourth full-length. “Robot Writes A Love Song” is a perfect preview of the record. It’s a catchy, rowdy PUP anthem. With gritty guitars and wailing vocal lines from frontman Stefan Babcock, this new tune is a quintessential PUP track with a lo-fi twist.

Big Thief – “Simulation Swarm”

Big Thief are back with a new single called “Simulation Swarm.” “Simulation Swarm” comes from Big Thief’s forthcoming album, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, out February 11th, 2022. It’s is a powerful track that’s been a fan favourite at Big Thief’s live shows. The track revolves around wavering, circular instrumentals as it slowly builds into an explosive chorus. Lyrically, frontwoman Adrienne Lenker delivers lines like, “From the 31st floor/ Of the simulation swarm/ With the drone of fluorescence/ Flicker, fever, fill the form.”

Khruangbin, Leon Bridges – “Chocolate Hills”

Khruangbin and Leon Bridges have linked up for another new single, “Chocolate Hills.” “Chocolate Hills” is a bit more of a sensual slow jam than their other collaborative releases. Leaning further into Bridges’ soulful sound, Khruangbin round out the track with a deep funk. Bridges delivers lovestruck lyrics, singing lines like, “Who cares, let’s get lost in the flow.” The smooth lines fit the steady groove of the track perfectly, and you’re sure to find yourself swaying along.

Muse – “Won’t Stand Down”

UK rock trio Muse are back with their first new song in four years, “Won’t Stand Down.” The anthemic arena rocker is all about “standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere,” Muse frontman Matt Bellamy explains. “Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence, and aggression.”

Lucius – “Next To Normal”

Indie pop outfit Lucius are back with a video for their new single, “Next To Normal.” The track comes in celebration of the announcement of their new album, Second Nature, out April 8th via Dine Alone (Canada), Mom + Pop Music (US & Mexico) and Second Nature Records/Secretly Distribution. “It is a record that begs you not to sit in the difficult moments, but to dance through them,” Lucius’ Jess Wolfe explains. “It touches upon all these stages of grief–and some of that is breakthrough, by the way. Being able to have the full spectrum of the experience that we have had, or that I’ve had in my divorce, or that we had in lockdown, having our careers come to a halt, so to speak.”

Animal Collective – “Strung With Everything”

Animal Collective have shared a trippy video for their new single “Strung With Everything.” The track comes from their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Time Skiffs, out February 4th. “Strung With Everything” is a sunny, bouncy, psychedelic anthem. With big harmonies, the nearly seven-minute-track is about two people getting together to watch the world fall apart. The accompanying video is a trippy animated clip from Avey Tare’s sister, Abby Portner.

Nilüfer Yanya – “midnight sun”

Nilüfer Yanya has shared a captivating visualizer for her new single, “midnight sun.” The track comes from her forthcoming sophomore album, PAINLESS, out March 4th via ATO. “It’s a song about recognizing what it feels like to be pushed down, but wanting to resist,” Yanya explains. “I really like the imagery of ‘midnight sun’ as a lyric as it insinuates a light guiding you through darkness. The wings carry their own symbolism–freedom, lightness, flight, fantasy. If I could pick what people saw & heard it would be seeing the beauty of confrontation and the necessity of rebellion.”

Eddie Vedder – “Brother The Cloud”

Eddie Vedder’s emotional new single, “Brother the Cloud,” comes from his forthcoming solo album, Earthling. Lyrically, Vedder wails lines like, “If I could wish, wish it away/ I would bleed on my knees and pray/ If I could give all that I have/ To bring him back today/ These are the dreams, sad as it seems/ I’m always wide awake.”

Girlpool – “Lie Love Lullaby”

Girlpool have announced their new album Forgiveness with the release of “Lie Love Lullaby.” Forgiveness marks Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s fourth studio album as Girlpool. Today’s preview, “Lie Love Lullaby,” sees Girlpool teaming up with Yves Rothman. According to a press release, the song is at the “intersection of Hollywood futurism and post-grungy sincerity.” Alongside the track, Girlpool released a captivating video directed by Amalia Irons.

OMBIIGIZI – “Cherry Coke”

Zoon and Status/Non-Status have shared a new single, “Cherry Coke,” under their collaborative project, OMBIIGIZI. The track comes from their forthcoming debut album, Sewn Back Together, out February 10th via Arts & Crafts. “Cherry Coke” is a dreamy, shoegazy tune with smooth instrumentals that allow OMBIIGIZI’s smooth vocals to take the lead. Lyrically, the song is about Zoon’s Daniel Monkman’s childhood.

Spoon – “Wild”

Spoon have shared a black-and-white video for their new track, “Wild.” “Wild” is set to appear on their forthcoming album, Lucifer On The Sofa, out February 11th via Matador. On the new single, frontman Britt Daniel delivers deep grunts and croons atop slowly building instrumentals. Today’s release is a huge rock song that doesn’t feel confined to the restrictions of the genre.

Bob Moses – “Love Brand New”

Bob Moses are readying the release of their third studio album, The Silence in Between. They’ve previewed the collection with their single, “Love Brand New.” the track “is about being newly in love and trying not to lose yourself as you navigate the world feeling as though you’re seeing everything for the first time, as if it’s brand new,” Bob Moses explain.

Hollow Graves – “Borderline”

Toronto band Hollow Graves have shared a new single, “Borderline,” premiering now on Indie88. The track comes from Hollow Graves’ brand new album, Mid-Century Modern, out today. “Borderline” is the perfect preview of the album. It’s all about someone whose personal struggles have been affecting their friends and family negatively. The track boasts a gritty, layered instrumental line and captivating, dreamy vocals.

Basement Revolver – “Circles”

Hamilton shoegaze outfit Basement Revolver have shared a new dream pop track, “Circles.” Frontwoman Chrisy Hurn-Morrison captures the feeling of “trying to do everything in your power to get better, but there is just that one thing that it always comes back to – knowing that it is a slow and long journey,” she explains. “As much as it is about this heavy, shitty thing that happened, I feel resilient. I feel a little bit stronger every time I hear it – a little bit more like I can stop hiding parts of myself.”

Georgia Harmer – “Austin”

Toronto singer-songwriter Georgia Harmer is back with a grungy new single, “Austin.” On the new track, Harmer sings of the ways that brief moments can create beautiful bonds. The gritty tune is inspired by a day on tour with Alessia Cara in Texas. On “Austin,” Harmer sings of a moment when she was homesick, feeling connected to her father and his own experiences on as a touring musician.

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