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’re featuring new songs from Feist, The New Pornographers, and more.
Check out 9 songs you need to discover this week below.
Feist – 3 songs from upcoming album Multitudes
Canadian singer-songwriter Feist has announced her sixth studio album, Multitudes, available April 14 on Fiction Records/Universal Music Canada. It’s Feist’s first record since 2017’s Pleasure. The album announcement arrives with three new songs released last week with “In Lightning”, “Love Who We Are Meant To”, and “Hiding Out in The Open”.
Canadian indie rock icons The New Pornographers have shared “Angelcover” in anticipation of their forthcoming album Continue as a Guest, arriving March 31st via Merge Records.
“I pictured this one as a weird little George Saunders-esque sketch, a snapshot,” explains frontperson A.C. Newman. “I found myself a lot more concerned with performance and/or delivery, changing melody and phrasing to get a better performance, less concerned, less precious about the original melody or lyric that I wrote. With that in mind, I had the idea of angels visiting me in the night with the message that ‘melody ain’t got nothing on delivery.’ Kind of a fever dream, where feelings take on their own personality and shape.”
Eamon McGrath – “Teenager”
Canadian singer-songwriter Eamon McGrath will release yet another album on March 31st, with A Dizzying Lust. The forthcoming record’s first single, “Teenager,” arrived late last week. In an email, McGrath described the track as a “Robert Pollard-esque indie rock ballad.” McGrath’s output over the past year has been Pollard-esque as well, with A Dizzying Lust marking his eighth full-length release in that span.
FIDLAR – “Centipede”
FIDLAR will release their long-rumoured new EP on March 17. The band shared a fourth track, “Centipede,” from the upcoming album last week.
The Juan MacLean – “Low Trance State”
“Low Trance State” is the Juan Maclean’s contribution to a compilation celebrating the 10th anniversary of Barcelona-based dance label Playground Records.
Fast Romantics – “Euphoria”
Fast Romantics have shared a new single titled “Euphoria.” The band, fronted by Matthew Angus and Kirty will release a new record later in 2023.
Phoneboy – “What A Coward”
Phoneboy recently shared their new single “What a Coward,” from their forthcoming album Moving Out, arriving March 24.