Best New Independent Music This Week: Arcade Fire, Tim Heidecker

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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 Arcade Fire, Sharon Van Etten, Tim Heidecker, Beach Bunny, and more.

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Arcade Fire – We

With their latest album We, Arcade Fire returned to form by creating danceable music with a message. The succinct 10-track effort comments on the idea of ​​impending doom while moving from liberation to full-length ballads like “Apocalypse I, II” that recall their early catalog, and shimmering, avant-garde tunes like the Peter Gabriel-with number “Unconditional II (race and religion)”.

Sharon Van Etten— We got it all wrong

Sharon Van Etten did not release any singles before her album We got it all wrong, but the monumental effort was worth it. Departing from his rocking album 2019 Remind me tomorrowVan Etten’s latest effort is far less guitar-driven and revolves around themes of coexistence and caring.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever — Endless pieces

Following their 2018 album Hope DownsAustralian band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever delivers the slow-burning project Endless pieces, balancing euphoria and despair across 12 laid-back tracks. With the group’s signature upbeat guitars and washed-out sounds, Endless pieces is the band’s first self-produced effort and, in their own words, is their version of an “anti-concept album”.

War Paint – shine like this

Almost 12 years after their Warpaint debut, the band return from their busy lives and side projects (which include producing an album for Courtney Barnett and performing with Kurt Vile) to share their fourth LP, shine like this. Brimming with confidence, the dynamic version displays the band’s tangible chemistry, flowing effortlessly between swirling melodies and danceable tunes.

Sunflower seed – A head of sugar

New York trio Sunflower Bean remain optimistic as they navigate the torment and ecstasy of modernity on their third LP A head of sugar. Filled with both cathartic ballads and cutting social commentary, the album is a response to the fact that nothing in this life is promised. “Why not do what you want to do on your own terms?” singer Julia Cumming said of the album. “Why not make a record that makes you want to dance? Why not make a record that makes you want to scream?

Beach Bunny — “Karaoke”

After winning hearts with their serious power-pop, Chicago-based band Beach Bunny premiered their second album emotional creature with the catchy and sunny single “Karaoke”. Actor Bob Odenkirk makes a cameo in the song’s video after meeting Beach Bunny in 2019 and calling them his “new favorite Chicago band.”

Tim Heidecker – “Punch In The Gut”

Following his 2020 album Fear of deathcomedian-turned-musician Tim Heidecker releases twangy track “Punch In The Gut” to announce his upcoming album High school. Produced by Mac DeMarco, the song is a catchy chronicle of youth. “This one started off thinking about how Warren Zevon might approach a high school parking lot, noon-style showdown,” Heidecker said of the track. “But while I was working, I remembered an incident where a friend of mine was visiting my school and was falsely accused of theft. He was black and it was like profiling for me. There’s also a lot of him in the song ‘Buddy’.

Charlie Hickey – “Gold Line”

Before his first album Nervous at night, released via Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory label, Charlie Hickey showcased his relatable songwriting with the scintillating ballad “Gold Line.” The single is a great start to Mental Health Awareness Month as it provides insight into how Hickey copes with OCD and anxiety. “It’s a song about being overwhelmed by a feeling that you know is bigger than you,” Hickey said of the track. “It’s scary, but also very exciting and joyful.”

Hovvdy – “Hide”

Prolific duo Hovvdy are hot on the heels of last year’s album True love and are already considering their next project. Dropping Captivating Track “Hide” This Week, Hovvdy Shares Details Of His Upcoming EP Billboard for my feelings, which will be released later this month. With relaxed chords and soft vocals, “Hide” signals what should be another laid-back, contemplative effort.

Florist – “Spring In Hours”

The four-piece group Florist are gearing up for their long-awaited debut album Spring in hours along with a handful of singles, the last being the project’s title track. It’s a sweet and tender love song that celebrates “cycles, seasons, growth, insects, flowers, friendship, all the atoms in the universe, the chaos that created us and the emptiness where it all goes,” according to singer Emily Sprague.

Porridge Radio – “End of Last Year”

After quickly proving themselves with their first two albums and some recent propelling singles, Porridge Radio are taking things in a softer direction with “End Of Last Year”. The glowing song is injected with genuine emotion born out of a painful time for the band. “‘End Of Last Year’ is a love song for my bandmates and myself,” said singer Dana Margolin. “It’s about not trusting my intuition, not trusting my body to heal itself, not trusting the people closest to me, but it’s also an ode to all those people. , and difficult platonic love.”

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