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 Bartees Strange, Soccer Mommy, The Smile, Fontaines DC, and more.
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Fountains DC — Lean fia
This week marked the release of Lean fia, the anticipated third studio album from the DC Fountains of Dublin. At times haunting and propulsive, Fontaines DC proves the post-punk genre is still alive, packing radically honest lyrics and unsettling instrumentals into an inventive 10-track effort.
Spiritualized — Everything was beautiful
Although they’ve been making music for over three decades now, Spiritualized are still at their peak with the new album. Everything was beautiful. The space rock album harkens back to the band’s early days, mixing experimental soundscapes with tender lyrics that built on a wall of psychedelic melodies on tracks like “Always Together With You” and “I’m Coming Home Again.” .
Hatchie— give the world
Australian dream-pop artist Hatchie flaunts her refined confidence on her second album give the world. The LP drifts between wispy chords and airy synths, proving that Hatchie writes more than love songs; ponder aging, second chances and addiction in 12 thoughtful, sometimes dance-oriented tracks.
Kate Bollinger— Look at it in the light
This week also graced us with Kate Bollinger’s lovely EP Look at it in the lighther first project since the 2020 indie EP A world becomes a sound. On his new effort, Bollinger leans into his lingering, breezy melodies with pensive songs like “Connecting Dots” and upbeat tunes like “Who Am I But Someone.”
Soccer Mommy – “Unholy Affliction”
Soccer Mommy has started releasing new singles ahead of their upcoming third studio album Sometimes forever. His latest, “Unholy Affliction,” is one of his most experimental to date, with buzzing synths and a deadpan lyrical delivery that marks one of his grittiest songs to date. “‘Unholy’ was really fun in the studio because the end result was totally different from what we expected,” Soccer Mommy said of the single.
Bartees Strange – “Cosigns”
This week marked a new musical era for Philadelphia artists Bartees Strange. His new title “Cosigns” officially announces his new album From farm to table and leans into his genre sound. Mixing self-tuned raps and a hard-hitting breakdown of electric guitars, “Cosigns” points to an inventive second effort.
The Smile – “Free in Knowledge”
The Smile, the new band featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood alongside Sons Of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner, have released a number of tantalizing singles ahead of their first outing as a band, A light to attract attention. The last song, “Free In The Knowledge”, is their most low-key song to date. With an orchestral arrangement and Yorke’s voice in the foreground, “Free In The Knowledge” is a beautiful and moving ballad.
The Wonderful Years – “Elder Daughter”
Not to be confused with the 80s sitcom or recent reboot, Philadelphia emo band The Wonder Years have been releasing music for over a decade and show no signs of slowing down. This week, they kicked off a new musical era alongside a nearly sold-out tour with the latest track “Oldest Daughter,” a kinetic and compelling track about understanding that you can’t save everyone yourself.
Young Guv, James Matthew VII – “Change Your Mind”
Prolific songwriter Young Guv has announced his next project Gov IV this week with the swirling, melodic melody “Change Your Mind”. Armed with warm tones and a fitting harmonica chorus, the song is Young Guv’s version of a psychedelic lullaby.
Mom – “Speeding 72”
The duo Momma have proven themselves with their first album of 2020 two of me. Now gearing up for their second effort household name, the band shares the fuzzy track “Speeding 72.” In the new track, Momma flexes a catchy guitar riff and references their love for Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” while singing to find love at a local concert.
Tell Sue Me – “To Dream”
Korean Indie Group Say Sue Me Drops Quiet Number “To Dream,” Announcing Upcoming LP The last thing left. Reflecting the title, the song is a dreamy number filled with cascading guitar sounds, mixing elements of shoegaze with 90s indie and surf rock sensibilities.