Best New Independent Music This Week: Black Keys, Orville Peck


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 have new tracks from The Black Keys, Rex Orange County and Florence + The Machine.

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Orange Rex County — We do not care?

Rex Orange County returned after the resounding success of his 2019 album Pony with the new LP We do not care?. The 11-track release features a number of inspired tracks, including Tyler The Creator’s collaboration “Open A Window”. Rex credited Tyler’s faith in him for launching his career, saying: “He taught me a lot, but also just that he gave me a mirror to look at what I did – that I had succeeded there and that I had done it myself.”

Orville Peck— Bronco Chapters 1 and 2

Famous masked country singer Orville Peck takes inspiration from Beach House and releases his new project Broncos in four-song installations. Chapters 1&2 are officially here, continuing Peck’s atmospheric, desperate ballads that flip the script on the media archetype of a lonely cowboy.

Sun of Orion — Go

After releasing two albums in 2020, Mom + Pop signee Orion Sun stuns on his new EP Go. Produced by Rostam, Nascent and Rodaidh McDonald, Go features Orion Sun’s gripping R&B-influenced songs that are about self-healing and discovery. Writing at a time when she has seen her community plagued by COVID-19 and police brutality in 2020, Orion Sun said, “The Go EP was written during my time in quarantine and served as a form of escape – not just from where I was physically in the world, but from some of my emotions that I was feeling as well.

Winery — broken equipment

Brooklyn-based post-punk band Bodega have shared their long-awaited second album broken equipment this week, which they recently told Uproxx in an interview that they were inspired by French new wave films. The album is a collection of propulsive and intoxicating songs with heartbreaking instrumentals that are sure to have you dancing.

Florence + The Machine – “My love”

Florence + The Machine continues to unleash a new musical era with the catchy track “My Love” this week. The upbeat tune is the most danceable single from the band’s upcoming albums. dance fever LP so far, which drew heavily on choreomania, a Renaissance phenomenon in which groups of people – sometimes thousands – danced wildly to exhaustion, collapse and death.

The Black Keys – “Wild Child”

Last I heard from the Black Keys, they had released an album of blues covers titled Delta Kream. But now they’re set to return to their rock roots on their announced new album. abandonment boogie, which they premiered with lead single “Wild Child”. The song is OG Black Keys, pulling influences from soul and classic rock with a heartbreaking guitar solo.

Father John Misty – “Goodbye Mr. Blue”

Father John Misty is back with another ballad ahead of his next Chloë and the following 20th century album due out next month. The twangy new track is inspired by an old cat of his, apparently named Mr. Blue, who was the only thing keeping his relationship with a partner going at the time.

Aldous Harding – “Fever”

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding announced his upcoming album, Warm Chris, in January. The LP drops at the end of March and so far Harding has only shared one single. But this week, the singer returned with the toned down track “Fever,” a whimsical track featuring an enchanting array of wind and string instruments.

Horsegirl – “Anti-Glory”

Teenage trio Horsegirl prepare to release their debut album Modern performance versions on Matador, which draws heavily on 90s shoegaze sounds like Sonic Youth. Their new single “Anti-Glory” is a delightfully hazy anthem with deadpan drumming, wispy guitars and an endlessly catchy hook.

Automatic – “New start”

Los Angeles-based post-punk trio Automatic kicked off a “New Beginning” this week with the announcement of an album and a new single. The song translates themes of alienation and escapism into a compelling song that carries 70s-inspired extravaganza and 80s-inspired synths.

Pillow Queens – “No Good Wife”

Dublin indie rockers Pillow Queens have delivered the reflective number ‘No Good Woman’ from their forthcoming album Leave the light on. The song marks a departure from some of their previous rowdy tracks, swapping disruptive guitars for cascading melodies and room-filling arrangements. In a statement on the new single, singer Pam Connolly said: “It’s written more from the perspective of someone looking at the scripts of those around them. It tries to convey the perpetual despair of debt and the struggle for an ideal that can never be achieved.

Oliver Sim – “Romance with a Memory”

You might recognize the name Oliver Sim from 2010s band The xx, but now he’s releasing his first music under his own name. “Romance With Memory” is a groovy, synth-infused track that comes with a perfectly bizarre video and marks the start of Sim’s solo career.

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


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