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 the new album from Band Of Horses, a new era for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a catchy new track from Haim.
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Herd of horses – things are big
Band Of Horses were undoubtedly one of the most talked about bands of the mid 2000s and they have now made a triumphant comeback with things are big, their first album in six years. The 10-track release saw the band return to their roots, with vocalist Ben Bridwell unafraid to play their “sloppy, weird guitar style”. Bridwell told Uproxx in a recent interview that things are big was his chance to lead the production and finally make the record he wanted.
Nilufer Yanya — Painless
British musician Nilüfer Yanya took the world by storm when she released her debut album Miss Universe in 2019. Now armed with a new perspective, Yanya brings her refined sound to her second album Painless. Through groovy licks and vibrant synths, the record revolves around emotion. Yanya faces loneliness and isolation as she plunges headlong into emotional vulnerability.
The weather station — How come I should look at the stars
After making waves with the 2021 album IgnoringThe Weather Station drops the companion LP, How come I should look at the stars. The piano-laden album as a whole examines similar themes to the previous one, seeing singer Tamara Lindeman share thoughts on disconnection, conflict, love and climate anxiety. Lindeman herself calls the project “a quiet, eerie ballad album”.
MICHAEL — AFTER DINNER WE TALK ABOUT DREAMS
New York collective MICHELLE proves they live up to the hype with their LP AFTER DINNER WE TALK ABOUT DREAMS, which beautifully infuses soulful melodies with R&B-inspired beats and tender lyrics. The connection of the six-piece band is tangible on every song, capturing the soaring harmonies of each of the four singers and their ability to write tender yet invigorating songs.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Poster Child”
Last month, Red Hot Chili Peppers teased a comeback when they announced the next Rick Rubin-produced album. Unlimited love, which is due out in April. After noting that their sole focus on the project was to get lost in the music, the band released “Poster Child”, their funkiest single to date. It proves that the Red Hot Chili Peppers can still have fun making music after nearly three decades, spotlighting the recognizable voice of Anthony Kiedis spitting enigmatic and hilarious lyrics.
Haim – “Lost Path”
After Haim, sister Alana starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Licorice Pizza, the musical trio shared the tune “Lost Track,” an impromptu song that originated during a photoshoot with the director. The catchy single came out naturally, laying Danielle’s urgent vocals over sparse but shimmering instrumentals. “We were inspired by the idea of someone doing something so drastic to get out of a situation they felt uncomfortable in,” the band said in a statement.
Bartees Strange – “Heavy Heart”
Recently signed to 4AD label, indie favorite Bartees Strange celebrated the new home of his music with the track “Heavy Heart.” The song is Strange at its most vulnerable, delivering lyrics about coping with guilt; guilt towards his family; guilt about touring; and guilt over his musical success. All these emotions leave him with a heavy heart, which he explores on striking electric guitars.
Wet Leg – “Angelica”
With only a handful of singles, Wet Leg continue to prove that their witty, offbeat music makes them one of the most compelling bands in indie music. Their new track “Angelica” fits perfectly into their catalog, combining shimmering guitars and a catchy chorus with tongue-in-cheek lyrics and anticipation for their self-titled debut album.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Tidal River”
Aussie rockers Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever bring their explosive, exuberant sound to a new musical era with their upcoming album Endless pieces. Their new track “Tidal River” gives fans a taste of what’s to come with propelling guitars and lyrics that convey a sense of confusion and urgency. “‘Tidal River’ is a little taste of life in a place in a time when it feels like there’s no one behind the wheel,” singer Tom Russo said of the song.
Sharon Van Etten – “Regular”
With her second ambitious single of the year, Sharon Van Etten shares the ethereal number “Used To It”. The song expands on the singer’s signature acoustic guitars, composing a sprawling mix of keys and harmonies to create a heartwarming soundscape. The song was originally written for baby godan HBO documentary centered on a fertility specialist who impregnates women with his own sperm.
Alex Cameron – “K-Hole”
Alex Cameron is known for adopting a new persona with each album release and with his next LP. Oxy Music, the singer criticizes the culture of self-care. His single “K-Hole” is a dreamy, earnest neo-lounge track that takes aim at our world’s addiction to the internet, and how it’s certainly not helping our collective sanity.
Kevin Morby – “This is a photograph”
Sequel to his 2020 pastoral LP Sunset, Kevin Morby announces his upcoming seventh studio album with the nostalgic title track, “This Is A Photograph.” The song was inspired by him flipping through a box of old family photos and is a poetic ballad that pulls together imaginary narratives from faded imagery.
The Linda Lindas – “Talking to Myself”
Teen rockers The Linda Lindas had their breakout moment when their song “Racist, Sexist Boy” went viral. Now armed with a debut album about the joys and pitfalls of growing up, the band has dropped new track “Talking To Myself.” Like many of their other music, the song is both playful and edgy, showing off the girl group’s natural talents.
SALES – “Going Backwards”
It’s been a few years since Orlando duo SALES released a full project, but after having an unexpected viral moment on TikTok with their oft-misquoted song “Pope Is A Rockstar,” the band are back with the tune endlessly. dreamy “Moving By Backwards.” With warm-toned guitar creating the backbone of the song, the band wrote a heartwarming, lush melody.