Best New Independent Music This Week: Phoebe Bridgers, Kurt Vile


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 Kurt Vile, Phoebe Bridgers, Faye Webster, and more.

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Kurt Vil — Watch my moves

It’s been four years since Kurt Vile last released an album, which is quite unusual as the former War On Drugs guitarist usually drops a new project every year or two. But with his last LP Watch my moves, Vile shows that it was worth the wait. The sprawling album is packed with laid-back melodies and meandering melodies. “I think my records are always enough of something new in my evolution,” Vile told Uproxx in a recent interview. “I always have new things to say.”

Alex G— We’re all going to the world’s fair

Alex G just released his first new collection of songs since his 2019 album sugar house. The singer’s project is the soundtrack of the next film We’re all going to the world’s fair, and as such, it’s not your typical Alex G album. For one thing, the album is almost entirely instrumental in addition to the closer “End Song” album. Some songs like “Stitch” feature jarring ambient chords while others like “Are You In Trouble” sound more like the rest of Alex G’s tender catalog.

Prince daddy and the hyena — Prince daddy and the hyena

Prince Daddy & The Hyena, four musicians based in Albany, NY, have quickly become one of the hottest bands in modern emo, and their self-titled new album shows why. The 13-track LP oscillates between relentlessly heartbreaking tunes and impassioned power ballads, drawing inspiration from singer Kory Gregory’s fear of death, which was compounded by a frightening car accident in 2018. “I think the record as a whole, like a journey, feels bittersweet and hopeful in a way,” Gregory said of the self-titled effort.

Phoebe Bridgers – “Sidelines”

Ahead of her captivating performance at Coachella last weekend, Phoebe Bridgers returned with brand new track “Sidelines.” News of the new song quickly crashed her website thanks to cheering fans, but the soulful single doesn’t point to an upcoming project anytime soon. Instead, ‘Sidelines’ was written for Sally Rooney’s upcoming adaptation. Conversations with friends (she’s a longtime fan of the author) and features Bridgers’ serious thoughts on mortality and emotional vulnerability.

Faye Webster – “Car Therapy”

Atlanta indie songwriter Faye Webster announced the new project Automotive Therapy Sessions, an EP of new and reimagined songs backed by a full orchestra. Its debut single “Car Therapy” showcases Webster’s versatile songwriting, transforming a contemplative ballad into a nostalgic, cinematic masterpiece.

Built to Overthrow – “I’m Gonna Lose”

After decades of success as a band, Built To Spill have announced their eighth studio album and Sub Pop debut, When the wind forgets your name. The album isn’t out until September, but they’re keeping fans excited for the release with new track “Gonna Lose,” a frenetic tune that combines catchy choruses with feverish guitar riffs.

Saya Gray – “Saving Grace”

Musician Saya Gray has positioned herself as someone to watch with a pair of singles already released. Now offers another look at his upcoming debut album 19 MastersGray drops the captivating track “Saving Grace,” a song that features intricate chords and Gray’s soulful vocals for an overall soothing single.

Bruce Lee Band – “I Hate This!”

The Bruce Lee Band first made a name for themselves with witty ska-punk hits when they debuted in 1994. Decades later, the Bruce Lee Band are still kicking in and a year after their EP Heartland Divisionthe group is back to preview the next LP One step forward, two steps back. The new track “I Hate This!” gives a taste of the raucous week-long session in which the album was recorded, with propelling choruses and catchy lyrics over blazingly fast beats.

The Walters – “A Million Little Troubles”

Indie-pop band The Walters make their Warner Records debut with Try again, an album that marks a new direction for the LA-by-way-of-Chicago band. Lead single “Million Little Problems” shows what made fans fall in love with the Walters’ platinum-selling track “I Love You So,” complete with playful melodies and dreamy guitars.

Tomberlin – “Sunny”

Tomberlin is just over a week away from releasing its second album I don’t know who needs to hear this…, sharing a final look at the album with the serene and confident new song “Sunstruck.” Tomberlin explained that the song has similarities to a love song, but is not exactly a love song. “It’s more of a forced distance love song, time alone with yourself, letting go, finding yourself and healing that happens when you make these things an active focus in your life. ”

Wild Rose – “Q. Degrease”

One year after Wild Pink’s most acclaimed album A billion little lights, the band is back with another captivating track, “Q. Degrease. The pastoral track features heavily distorted guitars and lyrics that mirror the distorted instrumentals. “This song is about my experiences with certain health issues and how an extremely stressful situation can help you focus on what’s important in life,” singer John Ross said. “It’s also about how that stress can sometimes cause you to disassociate from yourself.”

Mt. Joy – “Orange Blood”

Five-piece indie band Mt. Joy announce their third studio album with the carefree title track “Orange Blood.” The passionate song was inspired by a transformative journey the band embarked on in Joshua Tree, which is reflected in the single’s sunny chords and airy melodies.

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


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