Best new independent music this week: Sky Ferreira, Wilco, Muna

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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 Sky Ferreira, Wilco, Bright Eyes, and more.

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Sparkling eyes – EP companions

Not only are Bright Eyes back on tour, but they’ve also recently embarked on the ambitious project of re-releasing their nine studio albums. Each will be accompanied by an EP that will see the band reworking older songs while inviting contributors like Phoebe Bridgers and Waxahatchee to lend their vocals. This week the Companion EP A collection of songs written and recorded from 1995 to 1997: a companion, Letting go of happiness: a companion and feversand Mirrors: a companion came out, giving day one fans a way to connect with their music in a unique way.

Wilco— cruel country

Despite nearly three decades as a group, Wilco still remains hugely prolific, as seen on their recent 12th studio album cruel country. The 21-track album shows Wilco at its creative best and returns to the core of its previous releases. Recorded mostly live, cruel country is confusing yet concise American music that examines our country through a critical lens.

Dehd — blue skies

Chicago post-punk trio Dehd released their fourth studio album blue skies this week. The cheerful album is full of sunny melodies, loud chords and playful refrains, highlighting the band’s refined songwriting and tangible chemistry.

Hai — Baby we ride

After honing his sound over the past five years with a handful of singles and a 2020 EP, Haai’s technical skills are on full display in his euphoric debut album. Baby we ride. The UK-based producer has incorporated glitchy, euphoric beats into this 13-track effort, working with Hot Chip’s Jon Hopkins and Alexis Taylor.

Hovdy — Billboard for my feelings

Last year, Austin-based duo Hovvdy released the extensive album True love. Now compiling a handful of songs written during that era that didn’t quite make it to the album, the band releases the four-track effort. Billboard for my feelings. The collection of tracks features bright melodies paired with the band’s washed-out vocals.

Sky Ferreira – “Don’t Forget”

Keeping their promise to release new music this year, Sky Ferreira has released the shimmering new single “Don’t Forget”. Her second song in nine years, “Don’t Forget” marks a pop-leaning return and points to her next album. Masochism. Combining smooth synths and a smashing beat, “Don’t Forget” plays an 80s-inspired sound.

Beabadoobee – “Love Song”

Returning to its acoustic roots, Beabadoobee shares the tender lullaby “Lovesong”. Providing a contrast to her recent rock-leaning tracks, “Lovesong” displays the British singer’s versatile songwriting. It was originally written for her second EP, but it was the last track she recorded for the upcoming album. Beatopia.

MUNA – “Home Now”

Muna is about a month away from releasing her self-titled album on Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records. Sharing their fourth single before the album, the group releases the shimmering track “Home By Now”. Pulsating beats and ’80s-inspired synths color the track as vocalist Kate Gavin sings about questioning choices after a relationship ends. “Although so much of this album seems to be about trusting my instincts, this song acknowledges the pain of not knowing if I’ve left a relationship I was meant to be in,” Gavin said of the single. .

Ganser – “People Watching”

Chicago band Ganser are known for creating dark and driving punk music, which they refined on their acclaimed second album of 2020 Just look at this sky. Now entering a new era with the upcoming EP, Nothing you do matters, Ganser share the propulsive track “People Watching”. A dizzying mix of moody guitars are layered over apathetic lyrics about the state of the world, indicating the kind of cheerfully nihilistic music Ganser should release on his new project.

Alex G – “Blessing”

After writing the film’s soundtrack We’re all going to the world’s fair, Alex G shows his experimental side with the new track “Blessing”. Departing from its catalog of singer-songwriters, the new song opens with a wall of discordant guitars before whispering vocals deliver lines that are surprisingly upbeat compared to the track’s haunting instrumentals.

Gordi – “The Way I Go”

When we last heard from Australian songwriter Gordi, she teamed up with pop star Troye Sivan for an electrifying single. But now the singer is back to promote a new EP Inhuman, which will be released later this summer. The first single from the project is the soulful tune “Way I Go,” colored by the soft strumming of an acoustic guitar and Gordi’s soft, resonant voice.

JayWood – “Thank You”

Winnipeg musician JayWood prepares for the release of the next album slingshot by sharing the upbeat new track “Thank You.” Co-produced by Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Thank You” is both sunny and celebratory, blending a driving beat with lyrics about focusing on the positive. Dedicated to his late mother and others no longer in his life, JayWood said the song “kinda wrote itself, it was so easy to put together because I knew the heart of what I was trying to pass.”

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