Courtney Barnett, Angel Olsen and more

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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 had the official return of Courtney Barnett, an 80s cover from Angel Olsen and a snarling punk number from Aussie punks Amyl And The Sniffers. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.

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Half Waif – Mythopoetics

On her fifth full-length album as Half Waif, Nandi Rose channels her unique brand of dark pop to break down family patterns passed down to her. Mythopoetics transforms the pain of breaking tradition into something truly beautiful, a feat that Rose has managed to achieve effortlessly throughout her growing catalog.

without core – Agor

It’s been ten years since Welsh producer Lewis Roberts released his first single as Koreless, although Roberts has kept his time busy with collaborations alongside artists like FKA Twigs and Rita Ora. Agor unlike any of his more pop-oriented recent work. Instead, it takes an all-experimental approach that exemplifies just how far Roberts is willing to go to perfect his craft.

The goon sax – Mirror II

Australian indie-pop band The Goon Sax have been around for most of the past five years, but Mirror II really sees the trio come into its own for something addictive. Melodic and intelligent, the LP is what Steven Hyden described as “infectious and introspective” in a recent issue of the Indie Mixtape newsletter.

Love Museum – The life of mammals

For the first time in nearly a decade, LCD Soundsystem spin-off project Museum Of Love is back with a brand new album. The life of mammals sees core members Pat Mahoney and Dennis McNany find ways to incorporate their affinity for the visual arts into their music, with a mix by James Murphy making the songs sound absolutely massive.

Courtney Barnett – “Rue Rae”

It’s always good news since Courtney Barnett announces a new project. ‘Rae Street’ is the Australian singer-songwriter’s first original music after a year of cover releases, and reminds us of exactly what made Barnett so special when she burst onto the scene in the mid-19s. 2010. The single is the first taste of Barnett’s forthcoming LP Things take time, take timewhich is due out in November.

Deafheaven – “The Squeak”

With the first single from their new album infinite granite, Deafheaven reported a sonic shift away from their black metal roots. “The Gnashing” continues the journey, a track that, as Derrick Rossignol for Uproxx describes it “continues the band’s tradition of their epic guitar-driven sound, [while] apparent [to confirm] that Clarke’s less hardcore voice is here to stay.

Sprig of Oaks – “Galacticana”

Timothy Showalter’s upcoming eighth album as Strand Of Oaks was “created with so much love and my greatest hope is that it connects with people and provides a momentary space for reflection, joy, catharsis and everything someone might be looking for in their life”. life,” he said in a statement. Debut single “Galacticana” is a contemplative new track that’s sure to get you into the headspace for reflection and joy.

Angel Olsen – “Gloria” (Laura Branigan cover)

After the praise for his 2020 effort Whole new messAngel OIsen looks to the past for an EP of 80s covers. aisles is previewed by “Gloria”, a synthesized and modernized interpretation of Laura Branigan’s track originally composed in Italian by Umberto Tozzi. “I just wanted to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous, and I think I had to remind myself that I could!” Olsen wrote in a statement.

Amyl and the Sniffers – “Guided by Angels”

There’s not a lot of snotty punk rock these days. Aussie rockers Amyl And The Sniffers are here to change that with their upcoming second album comfort me. The album is preceded by “Guided By Angels,” a rumbling affair that stems from the foursome being quarantined in a three-bedroom house after two years on the road.

A big fat pile of leaves – “Beat Up Shoes”

Eight years after their last release, emo idols A Great Big Pile Of Leaves are back with a brand new full album. The scintillating, math rock-inspired “Beat Up Shoes” are the first taste of ponowhich may or may not be named after Neil Young’s short-lived high-fidelity MP3 player.

Kississippi – “Moonover”

I’ve written in the past about how exciting it is to see an artist emerge from the DIY basement scene with a vision that could propel them into the pop stratosphere. Kississippi’s next album mood ring is a pop project in its own right, reminiscent of Taylor Swift’s Red or 1989. “Moonover” is one of the most propulsive tracks on the record, and it won’t take long to understand why I’ve been raving about it ever since the project was announced.

Yasmin Nur – “My favorite t-shirt”

Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Yasmin Nur’s new track tries to find the balance between wanting to be accepted and feeling good about yourself. “My Favorite T-Shirt” spends its opening seconds building a cathartic explosion of a full band assault with distorted guitars and melodic vocals infused with pop punk.

Career Woman – “La Petite Ourse”

I’ve had my eye on Career Woman since “Balcony” came out earlier this year. “The Little Dipper” is a more contemplative affair than its predecessor, existing almost like a diary entry by 17-year-old songwriter Melody Caudill that illustrates the early months of quarantine in Los Angeles. With just acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies delivering heavy emotional weight, “The Little Dipper” is reminiscent of early Phoebe Bridgers at best.

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

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