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 albums from Jack White, Father John Misty, Orville Peck, Wet Leg and more.
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Jack White— fear of dawn
The Last Album We Received From Jack White’s Eclectic 2018 Repo scope. But with his last LP fear of dawn, White rocks harder and leans into his experimental side. Some songs like “Eosophobia” and “Fear Of The Dawn” are interwoven with frantic guitars while other tracks like the Q-Tip collaboration “Hi-De-Ho” try a new sound.
Father John Misty— Chloë and the following 20th century
Over the past decade, father John Misty has carved out a niche for himself in indie music with cerebral ballads and wry social commentary. Now back with her fifth studio album Chloë and the following 20th centuryFJM continues to satirize modern life while drawing inspiration from melancholy film scores.
Orville Peck— Broncos
Famous masked country singer Orville Peck has officially released his album Broncos this week, which he released as a series of EPs. The 15-track project continues its discography of lustful country ballads, trading sparse instrumentation for bold production and colorful percussion.
Wet leg — wet leg
British band Wet Leg proved they lived up to the hype with their long-awaited debut album, wet leg. Overall, the album is playful and infectious, combining shimmering chords with bouncy riffs and seriously funny lyrics.
The Lindas Lindas — Growing up
Teen (and tween) rockers The Linda Lindas became ones to watch after a rendition of their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” went viral. Now signed to Epitaph, The Linda Lindas release their first album Growing up. The ten cathartic tracks are a way for members of The Linda Lindas to release their angst over heartbreaking chords and catchy choruses.
Good paces – Disappointing year
Austin-based four-piece Good Looks debut album Disappointing year is dreamy but honest. As “self-proclaimed blue-collar bad boys being blatantly vulnerable,” the band relies on loss and depression with twangy guitars, washed-out chords and soulful lyrics.
Florist – “Red Bird Pt. 2”
Los Angeles-based band Florist shared the touching track “Red Bird Pt. 2” this week, a tender rumination on love, loss, and the natural world. The song officially heralds Florist’s self-titled LP, which vocalist Emily Sprague says is “a very centered album journey about celebrating the people in our lives and the massive importance of connection.”
Hovvdy – “City”
It’s not long since the duo Hovvdy released their 2021 album True love, but they continued to release new music with the nostalgic track “Town”. The melodic track deliberately focuses on its instrumentals rather than its lyrics, with band member Charlie Martin saying: “With ‘Town’ I wanted the instrumental to do the heavy lifting, relying less on the narration .”
Charlie Hickey – “Dandelions”
Phoebe Bridgers co-signed songwriter Charlie Hickey has proven himself with his recent singles. Now releasing the tender track “Dandelions”, Hickey delivers a thoughtful ballad set to a smooth, rolling beat.
Giant Waste of Man – “Combination”
Los Angeles indie rockers Giant Waste Of Man released upbeat track ‘Jumpsuit’ this week, the second single after their 2019 album The politics of loneliness. The song begins with warm, upbeat tones before turning into a medley of fuzzy guitars.
Porridge Radio – “The Tear”
Following their breakthrough album nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2020 Every badPorridge Radio previewed their forthcoming LP Water slide, diving board, ladder to the sky with a handful of catchy tunes. “The Rip” is no different, combining urgent lyrics with eerie guitar distortion and an explosive bridge to create a punchy song.