Indie music has grown to include so many things. It’s not just the 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 last seven days. This week we received new music from Alvvays, Sharon Van Etten, Blood of Weyesand more.
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Alvvays — blue rev
The new album of this Canadian group blue rev is something of a comeback, seeing as their last LP arrived over five years ago. They picked the perfect time to share the lush 14-track project as it arrived just in time for jersey time. Tracks like “Very Online Guy” and “Tom Verlaine” make it clear that the band is clinging to the fuzzy, dream-pop sound that fans know and love, but updated for the year 2022.
Sorry – everywhere except here
DC Fountains Singer Grian Chatten called this British post-punk band “genius” and their second album everywhere except here prove why. It swings between moody, somber jams like “Key To The City,” stripped-down ballads like “Quit While You’re Ahead,” fuzzy jams like “There’s So Many Who Want to Be Loved,” and upbeat anthems like “Let the lights on.
Daylight — people in motion
It may be the time of year when we start to pull out the blankets and get cozy, but daylight just released a celebratory album worthy of the Sunnier Days soundtrack. His third LP people in motion is groovy, danceable and well titled since it makes you want to get up and move. With tracks like “Then It All Goes Away” and “Radio,” Dayglow’s new release is just the kind of upbeat music we need to ward off seasonal affective disorder.
Disk — Desperately imagining a quiet place
Five Pieces based in Buzzy Wisconsin Disk first stood out from the pack with their 2020 debut album, but now they’re showing off their playful and dynamic approach to songwriting with their second effort, Desperately imagining a quiet place. The album as a whole combines driving riffs, pastoral anthems like “Prize Contest Life” and simmering power chords on tracks like “(With Respect To) Loyal Serfs.”
Jean Dawson— Chaos now*
John Dawson has already positioned himself as a pop-punk innovator with his 2020 album Pixel Bathbut this week’s new LP Chaos now* cements its pioneering status. The album is filled with biting hooks on tracks like “Glory*” and hits like “Pirate Radio*” that carry both a swagger and a vulnerable edge.
Will Sheff – Nothing in particular
It might come as a surprise that Will Sheff dropped his Okkervil River moniker two decades after debuting, but his new album Nothing in particularThe haunting, stripped-down sound of gives a clear reason for the name change. The album is a sprawling reflection on past ambitions and the realignment of a sense of self, with heartbreaking prose and atmospheric production.
Sharon Van Etten – “I Will Never Change”
Sharon Van Etten released her outstanding album We got it all wrong earlier this year, but now the venerable indie musician is readying a deluxe release with some new singles. One of them is “Never Gonna Change”, a cathartic ballad that shows the singer’s ability to create an enveloping and emotionally charged melody.
Sigur Rós — “Untitled #7”
Icelandic Sigur Rós breathe new life into their past songs and celebrate the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking album () by remastering it. The new version of the album features previously unreleased B-sides and singles as well as new versions of classic tracks from the album, including the soulful number “Untitled #7”. The 12-minute epic takes the band’s boundary-pushing catalog to new heights and recalls the band’s avant-garde sound.
Weyes Blood – “Vine”
Blood of Weyes, aka songwriter Natalie Mering, has a unique ability to translate social ills into captivating ballads. His album 2019 Rise of the Titanic was aimed at climate catastrophe, but his latest song “Grapevine” relies on his recognizable and poignant voice to unpack stubbornness in a relationship. “Technology takes our attention away from each other,” she says of the song. “We all have a ‘vine’ tied to our past with unresolved wounds and pain. Being in love does not necessarily mean being together. Otherwise, why do so many love songs yearn for connection? »
Fever Ray – “What They Call Us”
Karin Dreijer, the pioneering spirit behind Fever rayreturned this week with their first new music since 2017. The single, “What They Call Us,” blends an industrial beat with reverberating cello and, like previous Fever Ray works, is enchanting, eccentric, and just a little unsettling.