Best New Indie Music This Week: Arcade Fire, 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 a pair of exciting singles from Arcade Fire, a new track and album announcement from Muna, and the start of a new era for Weezer.

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Material — Gothic Georgia

The duo Mattiel released their third album this week, Gothic Georgia. A collection of 11 playful, upbeat tracks sometimes infused with just the right amount of twang, Gothic Georgia pays homage to their home state of Georgia and marks a massive effort by indie rockers.

Hana Vu — Parking lot

New York-based musician Hana Vu released the EP as a surprise Parking lot this week, following on from last year public storage album. Parking lot shows a more intimate side to the musician’s writing, combining introspective ballads and live renditions of her recent songs.

Arcade Fire – “Lightning I, II”

After teasing their new musical era for a few weeks now, Arcade Fire came back strong this week, releasing a pair of new singles, “The Lightning I” and “The Lightning II”. The tracks are exactly what fans hoped the band’s new music would sound like: cinematic and inspiring. The songs are expected to arrive on the band’s next release. Wewhich falls in May and was mainly recorded in 2019 and 2020.

Weezer – “A Little Bit of Love”

Emo music is on the rise among Gen Z, which means it’s the perfect time for Weezer to make a comeback. The band’s new single “A Little Bit Of Love” points to a new batch of uplifting music. The harmonica-focused track is upbeat and carefree, detailing the importance of perseverance and reflecting how far you’ve come.

Alex G – “End of Song”

Alex G is another independent musician who has shared his first new music in several years. But this time the new song was written for a movie. Included in the soundtrack of the next film We’re all going to the world’s fair“End Song” is an intimate and nostalgic acoustic track reminiscent of his albums from the early 2010s.

Muna – “Everything But Me”

Now full members of Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory label, the Muna trio share a track from their upcoming self-titled album. The scintillating indie-pop ballad “Anything But Me” is upbeat and confident and, as one YouTube commenter aptly put it, “gives Manic Pixie Dream Girl some healthy boundaries.”

The Smile – “Skrting On The Surface”

The Smile, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood’s side project with Sons Of Kemet drummer Tim Skinner, has shared its third track in the form of the cinematic single “Skrting On The Surface”. Armed with Yorke’s recognizable falsetto, the dreamlike song features pronounced strings and a heartwarming drum beat.

Hovvdy – “Everything”

It’s only been a few months since Hovvdy released his album True love, which revolved around the themes of marriage and parenthood. Now the duo have shared “Everything,” a tender track written during the True love songwriting sessions that were not cut on the final album. “Everything” is an upbeat track with just the right amount of twang and fits in perfectly with the album’s more understated tracks.

Saya Gray – “If There’s No Seat in Heaven”

Talented and promising, Saya Gray is the newest signee to British label Dirty Hit, and has now released a new song, “If There’s No Seat In The Sky (Will You Forgive Me???).” The single begins on the acoustic side before heading in a more daring and dizzying direction. Gray’s track is set to appear on his next release 19 Masterswhich is “a battle of self-preservation and an ode to the human experience”.

Ethan Gruska, Bon Iver – “So Unimportant”

Bon Iver hasn’t released an album since 2019, but singer Justin Vernon has appeared on a number of collaborative projects lately. His latest is the woozy new track “So Unimportant” with folk songwriter Ethan Gruska. “So Unimportant” is a comforting and electronically relaxed track performed impressively from a distance between the two musicians.

Sudan Archives — “Home Maker”

Sudan Archives have made their triumphant return with “Home Maker”, their first new track in several years. The crisp tune is both immensely fun and captivating, layering Sudan Archives’ honeyed vocals over R&B and pop-inspired beats.

Christian Lee Hutson – “Cherry”

Christian Lee Hutson made a name for himself after writing sweet, brooding tracks on his 2020 album Beginners. Now rolling out a new batch of songs ahead of its second release QuitHutson shares the soothing acoustic number “Cherry,” a ballad about an important but fleeting connection.

Turn signal – “Side”

Sequel to their acclaimed debut album Constant pictureWashington, D.C.-based duo Flasher tease their upcoming LP love is yours with the foggy and quiet “Sideways”. With lively bass licking and dreamy production, “Sideways” gives an exciting taste of what seems like a more danceable project.

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

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