It’s time for the best new indie!
We’ve got some cool and amazing cuts from huge artists like Robyn, Smile, Tori Amos, Haviah Mighty, Damon Albarn, and more. We also received posthumous pieces from Prince and David Bowie.
Check out this week’s best indie news below.
Smile – “Call My Name (feat. Robyn)”
Swedish duo Smile have recruited Robyn for their new single, “Call My Name”. Smile is made up of Teddybears and Joakim Åhlund from Caesars and Peter Bjorn and Björn Yttling from John. Yttling called the track a “pretty straightforward song about unconditional love and the willingness to try and protect your loved one from a chaotic and threatening outside world.” On the upbeat and energetic single, Robyn takes the route of the lead vocals. The chorus of “Call My Name” sees Robyn uttering phrases like, “This world may seem like a lonely place / But all you need is call my name.” “
Prince – “Do Me, Baby (Demo)”
The Prince estate has shared a brand new demo, “Do Me, Baby”. The 1979 demo was then reworked to appear on the 1981 album, Controversy. October 14 marked the 40th anniversary of this record. This new version of “Do Me, Baby” was mixed by Chris James and mastered by Bernie Grundman. Although it has been reworked, the raw sound of the original is still anchored in the track. Today’s demo is about three minutes shorter than the final version of the album. It also has simpler instrumentation and quite different voices.
David Bowie – “Karma Man”
An unreleased track by David Bowie, “Karma Man”, is here. Along with the release, an alternate version of “Silly Boy Blue” is now available. Bowie’s 2001 album, rumored to be, Toy, is expected to receive its very first commercial release on November 26. It will be released as part of an archival box set, Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001). Bowie originally recorded “Karma Man” in September 1967. He then made his debut on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show in 1968. The track was not officially released until 1970 on The World Of David Bowie. Now the track has secured an official release alongside an alternate version of its 1967 track, “Silly Boy Blue”.
Tori Amos – “Spies”
Tori Amos has shared a new orchestral single titled “Spies”. The lush song comes from her upcoming album, Ocean to Ocean, released on October 29 via Decca Records. The song opens with strange clicks and scratching noises. Amos beings, chanting, “Knowing that it can help you spend the night on lullabies / Knowing that it can help you open your eyes / Spies!” Although the track is quite astonishing, it has some original lyrical content. The song is actually inspired by Amos’ home in Cornwall, England, where “bats and other creepy crawlers terrorize” his daughter Tash.
Haviah Mighty – “Coulda Been U (feat. Astrokidjay)”
Haviah Mighty is back with “Coulda Been U”, a new collaboration with fellow Toronto rapper Astrokidjay. The bass-rich tune comes from Haviah Mighty’s upcoming album stock Exchange mixtape, released on November 12 via Mighty Gang Inc. “Coulda Been U” originated from an Instagram correspondence between Mighty and Astrokidjay which led to a collaboration. Haviah Mighty, Denise De’ion and Mighty Prynce produced the single. “Coulda Been U” comes with a visualizer from BlackPowerBarbie. “It’s inspired by the new and different kinds of encounters I find myself having with people – be they fans, strangers, existing friends – and realizing that some of the investments these people in me weren’t coming from the right place, ”Haviah Mighty explains.
Damon Albarn – “The Tower of Montevideo”
Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz has shared a live performance video for his new single “The Tower Of Montevideo”. The track is taken from his next album, The closer the fountain, the purer the stream, released on November 12 via Transgressive. “The Tower Of Montevideo” follows the release of the album’s title track, “Polaris”, “Particles” and “Royal Morning Blue”. The lush orchestral song is inspired by a building in the capital of Uruguay, built in the 1920s.
Aurora – “Give in to love”
Norwegian artist Aurora has announced her upcoming album, The gods we can touch, which will be released on January 21, 2022 via Decca. As part of the announcement, she shared a new single, “Giving In To The Love”. Aurora’s new album is inspired by Greek gods and gods of the ancient world. Today’s preview, “Giving In To The Love,” is entirely dedicated to Prometheus. “I was thinking about Prometheus and how he stole fire to sculpt us – humans,” says Aurora. “I have the impression that we sometimes forget that we are living beings, capable of so many beautiful things. And the current human obsession with beauty makes us forget and devalue the fire that inhabits us. Our inner self, and the most important part.
Snail Mail – “Ben Franklin”
Lindsey Jordan shared a video for her new single under the Snail Mail name, “Ben Franklin”. The new single is from Snail Mail’s upcoming album, Valentine, released on November 5 via Matador. “Ben Franklin” is a love track with a powerful bassline and shimmering synths. In the song, Jordan sings of lingering grief that will not end. The accompanying video directed by Josh Coll shows Snail Mail donning a giant python around his neck. Throughout the clip, Jordan plays Nintendo 64 with friends and dances to the beat of the air.
Faye Webster – “If you need it, save the time on me”
Faye Webster shared a cover of Fleet Foxes’ Fall for you single, “If you need it, save the time on me.” The cover comes from Webster’s new EP, Living at Electric Lady, for the titular series. Each release in the series includes a cover of a song related to Electric Lady, and Webster selected the Fleet Foxes tune for its release. “Recording at Electric Lady Studios was a rare experience, especially because I was able to bring musicians who have accompanied me since my beginnings in Athens and Atlanta,” explains Faye Webster. “It was special, and I’m still processing it.”
Isaac Symonds, Loryn Taggart – “Carved in Stone”
Former Half Moon Run member Isaac Symonds and Loryn Taggart have shared a video for their new movie single, “Carved Into Stone”. The stunning new collaborative single channels the sounds of the 50s, while focusing on a modern twist. From the meticulous instrumentation of Isaac Symonds to the warm and heartwarming voice of Loryn Taggart, this haunting track is sure to move you. The video captures the recording process of the track. Throughout the clip, Symonds and Taggart capture the dreamlike string sounds and discuss the direction of the song.
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