Indie music has grown to incorporate a lot. It’s not simply music that’s launched on unbiased labels, however speaks to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its personal weirdo coronary heart. It could actually come within the type of rock music, pop, or people. In a way, it says as a lot concerning the individuals which are drawn to it because it does concerning the people who make it.
Each week, Uproxx is rounding up the best new indie music from the past seven days. This week we received a Linkin Park remix from 100 Gecs, a collaborative cover from Vagabon and Courtney Barnett, and the latest new solo music from a member of Big Thief. Take a look at the remainder of the perfect new indie music beneath.
Cheekface – Emphatically, No.
On their sophomore LP, Los Angeles trio Cheekface had been impressed by the likes of Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, and Stephen Malkmus, the torch-bearers of nice American talk-singing. Throughout 13 tracks, the album dives headfirst into the break-neck tempo of actuality within the 2020’s, with lyrics about making an attempt to stability all the pieces directly, faltering psychological well being, the fixed barrage of horrific information delivered proper to our mobile phone notifications, and rather more. All instructed, Emphatically, No. serves as a doc of millennial existence.
100 Gecs – “One Step Nearer” (Linkin Park remix)
A couple of months after celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Linkin Park’s debut studio album Hybrid Concept, hyper-pop act 100 Gecs has put their spin on the the album’s second observe. “100 Gecs’ reinterpretation of the track can also be form of a canopy, because the duo presents new vocal contributions in addition to new instrumentation,” writes Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx. “As one would possibly count on, a brand new frenetic digital vitality is launched to the track, and 100 Gecs’ sensibilities play into the track splendidly.”
Vagabon/Courtney Barnett – “Cause To Imagine”
A month earlier than the world went into lockdown, Vagabon and Courtney Barnett shared the stage for a present in Los Angeles, which sparked a long-lasting friendship. Now, the duo has released a twang-heavy cowl of “Cause To Imagine,” which was initially written and recorded by Tim Hardin in 1965 and has existed in many various iterations over time, with many artists taking liberties and masking the observe. For this new model, Vagabon and Barnett elected to provide their tackle Karen Dalton’s 1966 cowl of the track, placing a contemporary spin on a traditional quantity.
The Maintain Regular – “Heavy Covenant”
Only a few weeks out from the discharge of their eighth studio album, Open Door Coverage, The Maintain Regular have shared one other preview of the LP within the type of the driving “Heavy Covenant.” The observe is about expertise and touring, and the methods they work together within the fashionable age. “This track is a superb indication of the place the band’s sound is at in 2021,” vocalist Craig Finn stated in a statement.
Buck Meek – “Candle”
Whereas Huge Thief took a break in 2020, the band’s members had been unable to do the identical. Adrianne Lenker launched two beautiful quarantine albums, and now it’s Buck Meek’s flip. Two Saviors is ready for launch this week, and the guitarist shared one other new observe within the type of “Candle,” which Derrick Rossignol calls for Uproxx “a mid-tempo alt-country tune on which his languid vocals sound contentedly at dwelling.”
Tigers Jaw – “Hesitation”
Tigers Jaw is without doubt one of the most underrated and constant bands within the indie-punk world, and their new album I Gained’t Care How You Keep in mind Me continues a path of spectacular releases over the past decade. “Hesitation” is a observe about realizing that the individual you like is beginning to drift away from you. Regardless of its heartbreaking premise, the track delivers in its unfaltering vitality and pristine vocal hooks.
Rhye – “Come In Nearer”
After rolling out a number of singles all through 2020, Rhye is able to unveil his newest album House, which drops later this month. The upbeat, disco-infused “Come In Nearer” presents how, “as relationships deepen and also you invite somebody into your world, your life, your property, layers of appreciation, vulnerability, and endurance reveal themselves,” stated Michael Milosh in a statement.
Alice Glass – “Undergo & Swallow”
Seven years since departing Crystal Castles and 4 years since her final launch, Alice Glass is again along with her debut solo full-length, which is ready for launch a bit later this 12 months. “Undergo & Swallow” is the primary preview of the album, constructing upon Glass’s penchant for darkish, doomy pop tracks. The observe is constructed upon primary digital percussion, whereas Glass’s modulated vocals oscillate between a near-whisper and a scream.
TV Priest – “Press Gang”
Forward of their debut album Uppers, London post-punkers have shared “Press Gang,” on which they take a flip criticizing the complacency of mass information media and their function in making a “post-truth” world. Vocalist Charlie Drinkwater’s seething vocals actually take the entrance seat right here, anchoring the driving post-punk observe and setting the bar excessive for the rest of Uppers, which is due in February.
Kiwi, JR. – “Ready In Line”
After catching our consideration with the partaking “Cooler Returns,” the title observe from their new album, Toronto’s Kiwi, JR. are again with one other new observe. “Ready In Line” is a enjoyable, lo-fi indie observe full of vitality, a driving organ lead, and a very good singalong refrain.
Solar June – “Every part I Had”
Together with the announcement of their upcoming “promenade file” Someplace, Solar June shared “Every part I Had,” a wonderfully targeted and shimmering observe that serves as an ode to the ever-changing nature of their hometown Austin, Texas. It’s a track about nostalgia, and making an attempt to combat the sensation like your environment are evolving with out you — one thing I feel we will all relate to nowadays.
The Sonder Bombs – “Okay.”
A couple of weeks again, I received an exclusive look at “The One About You,” a brief and candy quantity from The Sonder Bombs that evoked a traditional old style doo-wop act. Now, the band has shared a heavier have a look at their new album Clothbound, which options some chugging riffs and explosive percussion. The total album drops later this month, and I can’t wait to see how the divergent sound of the 2 tracks perform within the sequenced tracklist.
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