Best independent music this week: Beabadoobee, Arcade Fire


Indie music has grown to include so many things. It’s not just music that comes out on independent labels, but speaks to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its own quirky heart. This can take the form of rock, pop or folk music. In a way, that says as much about the people who are drawn to it as it is about the people who make it.

Every week, Uproxx rounds up the best new indie music from the past seven days. This week we received new music from Beabadoobee, Arcade Fire, Toro Y Moi, and more.

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Toro Y Me — mahal

Toro Y Moi, the musical project of musician, visual artist and chillwave pioneer Chaz Bear, has shared its seventh studio album mahal this week. Armed with relaxing electro-pop beats and distorted psych-rock chords, much of the album is secretly inspired by his Filipino culture and unveils the complexities of modern life.

Girls pool — Forgiveness

Girlpool may have started as an acoustic duo in the mid-2010s, but with their latest LP Forgiveness, the group ventures into an electro-twinged sound. The 12-track faith-based effort delves into fantasies, past relationships and new personal truths with electro-pop catharsis.

Kelly Lee Owens— LP.8

Prolific producer Kelly Lee Owens is back with LP.8an experimental sequel to the 2020s Inside edge. The avant-pop project is a dizzying combination of spoken prose and a compelling mix of beats resulting in a raw and poetic effort as a whole.

Faye Webster— Automotive Therapy Sessions

It’s not long since Faye Webster released her favorite of 2021 I know I’m funny Haha. This week, the singer reinvented a handful of tracks from the album with a full orchestra for the 5-track project. Automotive Therapy Sessions. The angelic collection also includes two new tracks, “Car Therapy” and “Suite: Johnny”, which are aching ballads underscored by a throbbing string section.

Tomberlin — I don’t know who needs to hear this

Tomberlin burst onto the indie music scene with his revered debut effort in 2018 At weddings. Now the singer is sharing her ambitious second album I don’t know who needs to hear thisa collection of 11 personal and tenderly minimalist tracks encapsulating a range of emotions from confinement to self-growth, and everything in between.

Melody’s Echo Chamber — Emotional Eternal

Neo-psychedelic pioneer Melody’s Echo Chamber is back with her latest album since acclaimed 2018 have a nice trip. The album explores another side of the singer; A new mother, Melody has a new since of happiness and childlike wonder. She stays playful on nine tracks, combining fuzzy, comforting vocals with groovy compositions and cascading chords.

Beabadoobee – “See you soon”

Give another look at his next album beatopia, Beabadoobee drops the “See you soon” healing track. Contrasting some of his recent rock tracks, “See You Soon” is softer, reflecting the lack of purpose over a laid-back beat. “I want this to sound like a breath of fresh air, like some kind of accomplishment,” Bea said in a statement. “I wrote it at a time when I was away a lot and made a lot of mistakes and did a lot of things to help me understand a lot of things.”

Arcade Fire – “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)”

Arcade Fire is days away from its comeback album We, which they premiered with a few singles and a performance at Coachella. Their new track “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)” is another inspiring anthem from Arcade Fire, a hopeful reminder of our inner power. “‘Lookout Kid’ is a reminder, a lullaby for the end times, sung to my son, but for everyone…Trust your heart, trust your mind, trust your body, trust to your soul,” Win Butler said of the latest single.

Tegan and Sara – “F*cking Up What Matters”

Fresh off their newly signed deal with Mom + Pop, Tegan And Sara features the propulsive power-pop single “F*cking Up What Matters.” Despite their last two successful years (see: their upcoming book, album, and TV show), the song takes a spiritual approach to all the ways their lives didn’t go to plan. Playful and upbeat, “F*cking Up What Matters” is a dynamic glimpse into their new musical era.

The Black Keys – “It’s Not Over”

The Black Keys’ new single “It Ain’t Over” is special in more ways than one. Not only does the rhythmic and fuzzy track point to their next album abandonment boogie, but it was built around a special instrument inspired by drummer Patrick Carney’s late uncle. They used an Optigan, also known as an Orchestron, which is a keyboard that uses pre-programmed disks (much like CDs).

Angel Olsen – “Big Moment”

Angel Olsen is about a month away from releasing his album Highligths, and she just unveiled the title track. Vaporous and nasal, “Big Time” indicates a return to the stripped roots of Olsen. Unlike his synth-laden 2019 All mirrors“Big Time” is an Appalachian-inspired ballad accompanied by slide guitar and Olsen’s haunting vocals.

Muna – “Kind of Girl”

Remarkable trio Muna have been making waves since signing to Phoebe Bridgers’ label and releasing single ‘Silk Chiffon’. Now pointing to an official LP, the group shares the single “Kind Of Girl”. The new track contrasts with last year’s pop-leaning ‘Silk Chiffon’, taking a more country-inspired approach instead. “This song is the country moment of the album, and in some ways we think it’s the heart of the record,” said member Katie Gavin. “This song explores the power of language and the words we use to describe who we are and who we want to be.”

Dehd – “Empty in My Mind”

Muna wasn’t the only indie-rock trio to release music this week. Chicago-based band Dehd have shared rhythm single “Empty In My Mind,” as a preview of their upcoming effort blue skies. Detailing the feeling of being stunned by a crush, the track features clean and sparse instrumentation – reflecting its title.

Some of the artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.


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