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 City and Colour, Arkells, two from Lowest of the Low, K.Flay and more.
Check out 9 songs you need to discover this week below.
City and Colour – “Meant To Be”
The first new City and Colour song since 2019, “Meant to Be,” arrived last week via Dallas Green’s own Still Records imprint under Dine Alone Records. It’s a tribute to Green’s friend and City and Colour producer Karl Bareham, who died in 2019.
Arkells have unveiled a new addition to their recent album Blink Twice with the surprise arrival of a new track, “Floating Like.”
“‘Floating Like’ is about trying to free yourself of the allure and pull of material things and finding happiness in the simple wonders of life,” says frontman Max Kerman in a release. “It was written around a sample we cut up from The Impressions and their song ‘Seven Years.’ We added as many Motown soul tricks to the production with the goal of finding the joy and lightness of those classic tunes. It’s a special song for us, so we wanted to give it its own release and runway. Blink Twice is now complete.”
Lowest Of The Low – “Landslide” and “Last Last Lost Generation”
In the studio. Making tracks. pic.twitter.com/CMTegLwN1B
— Lowest Of The Low (@LowestOfTheLow) November 14, 2022
Lowest Of The Low have signed with Brian Hetherman’s indie label, Sonic Envy, who will release the band’s next album. The iconic Toronto outfit shared two new songs, “Landslide” and “Last Last Lost Generation,” currently available via download with Indie88.
K.Flay – “Body Paint”
K.Flay has shared a euphoric new single titled “It’s Been So Long,” which arrives with a video directed by Eliot Lee.
“There’s that moment after heartbreak or loss or pain when you emerge from the wreckage and finally feel good again – ready to go out dancing, ready to be yourself, ready to feel handsome – and it’s like you’ve been waiting all your life to get back to that place and it feels so so so good when you do get there. ‘It’s Been So Long’ is about that feeling,” K.Flay explains in a release.
Dizzy – “Barking Dog”
Canadian band Dizzy has returned with a new video for their single “Barking Dog,” a track where vocalist Katie Munshaw laments her family dog that suffered abuse prior to the family’s ownership.
The Dirty Nil – “Bye Bye Big Bear”
The Dirty Nil have returned with a new single, “Bye Bye Big Bear,” which is a tribute to a Hamilton conveniences store that helped sustain the energetic rockers for five years.
It’s the band’s first release since their celebrated third full-length album, Fuck Art.
Andy Shauf – “Wasted On You”
Andy Shauf has announced a new album, Norm, set for a February 10 release. Shauf has shared its lead single “Wasted On You,” with a music video directed by V Haddad.
Fucked Up – “Found”
Fucked Up have delivered another advance track from their forthcoming record, One Day, which arrives January 27 via Merge Records. Check out the latest from Fucked Up, “Found”.