Your First Listen: 7 songs you need to discover this week

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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 Paramore, Gorillaz, Weezer, and more.

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

Paramore – “The News”

Paramore have unveiled another new cut with “The News,” the latest release from their upcoming album, This Is Why. It’s the second single, following the arrival of the record’s title track. Check out the music video directed by Mike Kluge and Matthew DeLisi. This Is Why arrives on February 10.


Andy Shauf – “Catch Your Eye”

Andy Shauf’s Norm is set arrive on February 10 via Arts & Crafts, and the singer-songwriter has unveiled another advanced track from the forthcoming album with “Catch Your Eye.”

Gorillaz – “Skinny Ape”

Gorillaz will drop Cracker Island in February, and they have released yet another single from the upcoming record with “Skinny Ape.” The animated Damon Albarn-led outfit has big plans for the single.

Gorillaz are plotting immersive Times Square performances of the single this weekend. “To all our followers, get ready for the biggest Times Square takeover since that other gorilla smashed the place up,” Murdoc said in a statement. “Bigger in fact cos there’s four of us. Thanks to the techies at Google, we’ve created the music video event of the century, so don your pink robes and come see Gorillaz like you’ve never seen us before. The future is nigh!”

Weezer – “I Want A Dog”

Weezer have shared “I Want A Dog” from their upcoming Sznz: Winter EP. The band will release the fourth and final instalment of their seasonal records for 2022 to mark the Winter Solstice on December 21.

Caroline Polachek – “Welcome To My Island”

Caroline Polachek has released multiple songs this year, with the latest being “Welcome To My Island,” and has formally announced her next record. Desire, I Want To Turn Into You is slated for a Valentine’s Day release.

Lana Del Rey – “Did You Know There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd”

Lana Del Rey’s follow-up to a pair of 2021 albums, Chemtrails Over The Country Club and Blue Banisters, will be released on March 10, 2023. The singer-songwriter unveiled the title track last week, and spilled some details on the forthcoming record, which will feature guest spots from Bleachers, Father John Misty, SYML, and more.

Begonia – “Cold Night”

“Cold Night” is the second single from Winnipeg’s Begonia (Alexa Dirks) sophomore LP, Powder Blue, which arrives on February 24. The single release was accompanied by a Tyler Funk-directed video.

“This song is the breakdown of a horrible life-changing relationship in three parts,” explains Dirks. “Like…stages of grief I guess? Verse One is when you’re not ready to let go and just the thought of being “left behind” makes you feel so desperate and detached, like you’re not even human anymore. Verse Two is reflecting on the reality of the relationship itself and particular stories that come up only with time to reveal the truth. The last part of the song after the strings hit is all about accepting it for what it is and moving forward. Like sitting in your despair and sadness, but also knowing that it needed to be over and that you did the right thing by walking away.”

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