So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week, we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie” and talk about what’s coming out of metal. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We update a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.
FALSE – “THE MIDDLE”
PHONY – aka former Donovan Wolfington member Neil Berthier, who is also a current live member of Joyce Manor and opening their upcoming tour – has shared a new song from his upcoming LP At some point you stop. Not a Jimmy Eat World cover or a Zedd/Maren Morris cover, “The Middle” deviates from the indie-punk vibes of previous singles in favor of a dreamy emo that sounds a bit like Peripheral vision-era Turnover.
CARA NEIR – “Wickedness”
Cara Neir (one of many Garry Brents projects, also from Gonemage, Homeskin and Sallow Moth) has a new LP called fantasy due out this Friday (07/29) via Zegema Beach Records, and here’s the jarring chiptune-grind of new single “Unkindness.”
SUNFLO’ER – “STRAIGHT TO VHS”
As mentioned, Sunflo’er is gearing up for their third LP, All these darlings and now me (due 9/2 via Dark Trail Records), and now they’ve shared new single “Straight to VHS”. It starts with Sunflo’er shouting the hook to “Drift Away” written by Mentor Williams and popularized by Dobie Gray (the song “Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul”), then it turns into riffy metalcore worthy of an Every Time I Die record. The band also calls it “a Thin Lizzy song written by Cursed”.
ED ASKEW – CROSSING BRIDGES
Ed Askew has been particularly prolific of late, with several Bandcamp releases this summer, including the new five-song collection Crossing bridges. Ed says, “Here are 5 simple songs for vocals, keyboards, harmonica and harmonium, made in July. Cool everyone. Cover photo from an old postcard.”
TALLIES – “MEMENTO”
Toronto dreampop band Tallies have shared another track from their upcoming album, Patina, it comes out this week. “I’m a firm believer in ‘what happens must happen’, people usually say otherwise, but it’s a motto I’ve used throughout my life,” says vocalist/guitarist Sarah Cogan. “When things aren’t going well, they tend to bounce back. ‘Memento’, to me, is my favorite song. When I sing ‘gotta get you on your way now’, I say it’s time to move on and move on. I’ve had many times in my life where I lost momentum and felt directionless like I’d fallen into a black hole. It’s hard to crawl out of out of the hole and get back on track. I think there are a lot of people who spend their time thinking about how they need to get back on track. Listen to this song and remember that it It’s time to look ahead and lean into the future.
COLOGNE TAN – “BLUE SWIM”
New Mexican duo Tan Cologne release new album Terrestrial visions of aquatic spaces in September via Swedish indie label Labrador and they shared another languorous bit of it. The band calls “Blue Swim” their “lowrider lullaby to world’s end”.
DANNY ELFMAN FT. TRENT REZNOR – “NATIVE INTELLIGENCE (GHOSTEMANE NATURAL SELECTION REMIX)”
Danny Elfman has shared another track from his upcoming remix album, Bigger. Sir. “Ghostmane” takes “Native Intelligence,” originally a collaboration with Trent Reznor, and gives it a wild jungle/drum-n-bass breakbeat remix, and it comes with a manga-inspired video.
JUNE MCDOOM – “THE CITY”
Temporary Residence LTD has signed singer-songwriter June McDoom and released her beautiful and haunting debut single. “‘The City’ is a song I wrote in college at a time when I was realizing a lot about who I was and how much all the family and friendships in my life had shaped me”, explains June. “I thought a lot about my ancestry, the strong matriarchs of my family, and the impact and courage it took for my entire extended family to uproot themselves from Jamaica and move to New York in the 1970s. When I wrote that song, I was listening to a lot of artists like Joan Baez and Judee Sill, and later when I started working on demos of the song, I started getting into The Delfonics and The Supremes , then former reggae artists like Alton Ellis and Phyllis Dillon. We recorded countless versions of the song in a home studio that my partner Evan Wright and I had slowly formed. Around this time, we met Gabe Wax, who started working with us on the track and then ended up doing the final mix. Working with him was a great experience because he understood all the nuances of what I wanted this track to be and he also taught us a lot We sat down and the r We were looking to mix the song, which eventually led us to mix my next EP ourselves.
THE ORIELAS – ‘LA VITA OLISTRICA’
The Liverpool band just released this reinvented album Disco Volador in a soundtrack for a non-existent film. “We have always shared an interest in writing film music and so used the lockdown as an opportunity to rewrite Disco Volador into one continuous score, which gave rise to the idea of ’La Vita Olistica’.”
FLOSSING — HEART OF HEARTS
Heather Elle, who played bass in Bodega and The Wants, will release on world of joy EP as FLOSSING on August 26 via Brace Yourself. “Heart of Hearts” hits some lovely 80s synthpop notes and Heather says of it, “Asking for an open relationship at the start of a global pandemic was the comically intense first step to figuring out I was Queer.”
THICK – “TELL ME”
Brooklyn punks THICK will release a new album happy now on August 19 via Epitaph. “This song is an anthem for anyone who feels overshadowed and neglected by the people around them,” the band says of their new single. “Ultimately it’s about using that chip on your shoulder to do better and realizing that you’ll never be a winner if you keep using other people as your yardstick.”
TWO MINUTES TILL LATE – “NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP” (RICK ASTLEY COVER)
With a little help from 311’s Pnut, the Kaiju Big Battel monsters, and more, the Two Minutes to Late Night team rickrolled.
Sylvan Esso – “Don’t Fear It”
Sylvan Esso announces new album No rules Sandy performing it in full at Newport Folk Fest on Sunday. It comes out on August 12 and here is the new single.
TURNOVER – “MYSELF IN THE WAY” (ft. TURNSTILE’S BRENDAN YATES)
Turnover announced a new album, Myself on the way, and the just-released title track features Turnstile singer Brendan Yates. Learn more here.
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