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 two more songs from Big Thief, a great Nada Surf cover from Pom Pom Squad and a new track from Waxahatchee. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.
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Big Thief – “No Reason” / “Spud Infinity”
Big Thief’s massive 20-track album Dragon New Warm Mountain I believe in you is a few months away, and we’ve already heard about half of it. “No Reason” and “Spud Infinity” are the latest additions to the roster, and both show completely different sides of the band. “Spud Infinity” is a relatively funky affair with an epic jaw harp section, while “No Reason” features an equally epic flute solo.
Pom Pom Squad – “Popular” (Nada Surf cover)
In March of this year, Mia Berrin of Pom Pom Squad tweeted, “I will recreate the video for popular Nada Surf but I will play all the characters.” Nine months later, Berrin delivered on her promise with coverage so faithful that she even recreated the original video almost shot for shot. For added effect, Nada Surf vocalist Matthew Caws even contributed backing vocals to the track.
Waxahatchee – “Tomorrow”
In a few weeks, AppleTV+ will release its animated adaptation of Cece Bell’s 2014 graphic novel. El Deaf. The show features a soundtrack by Waxahatchee, and this week we got our first look at what to expect from the accompanying music. “Tomorrow” doesn’t sound too far removed from Katie Crutchfield’s recent work as Waxahatchee, with a bit of extra punch to go along with the show’s animation.
Band Of Horses – “In Need Of Repair”
It’s been over five years since Band Of Horses’ last album, but that’s all about to change with the release of their sixth LP, things are big, early next year. “In Need Of Repair” is the latest taste of the album, which Derrick Rossignol describes for Uproxx as “an easy-going, heartfelt single”, and continues the band’s narrative seeking to return to their musical roots.
Cat Power – “I’ll See You” (Billie Holiday cover)
Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) is no stranger to cover albums. Next year she will follow The cover albumreleased in 2000, with a brand new collection titled Blankets. Alongside the album announcement, Marshall shared a sparse and emotional rendition of Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” which Marshall described in a statement as “a conversation with those on the other side. .. and it’s really important to me to reach out to people that way.