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 surprise new album from Typhoon, a new track from Hand Habits and an exciting new album featuring Sufjan Stevens and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.
Mike Milosh was quite prolific throughout the 2010s and into the 2020s, and his latest LP Homepage does not waver in its dreamy and ambitious approach. “It seems trivial to describe Rhye as indie-pop given the big melodies, powerful beats and startlingly idiosyncratic perspectives that emanate from Mike Milosh’s singular music,” wrote Steven Hyden in a recent issue of the Indie Mixtape newsletter.
Typhoon – sympathetic magic
Almost three years after the release of their last album Offerings, Typhoon is back with a surprise new LP, dropped from the sky last Friday. sympathetic magic is as politically charged as Typhoon has ever been recorded, tackling the pandemic and political unrest that has unfolded over the past year.
CARM – CARM
CJ Camerieri has been instrumental in recent music by Taylor Swift, Paul Simon, The National and many more, but now he’s focused on releasing a self-titled debut album as CARM, which features flourishes of horns and haunting instrumentation, plus guest appearances from Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Sufjan Stevens and members of Yo La Tengo.
Kiwi Junior – Cooler Returns
A little over a year after the release of his first album soccer money, Toronto quartet Kiwi Jr. are back with their second effort, successfully building on the template that quickly earned them Pavement comparisons. At Cooler Returns, the band’s “shambolic but catchy songs are laden with fractured riffs and lyrical non-sequences,” wrote Steven Hyden in a recent issue of the Indie Mixtape newsletter.
The head and the heart – Rivers and Roads: Live from Pike Place Market
In August 2019, Seattle natives The Head And The Heart found themselves atop the city’s iconic Pike Place Market in front of 30,000 fans, the same market where they performed at the start of their journey as group ten years ago. The performance included energetic versions of tracks from across the band’s career, including “Honeybee” and “Missed Connection”. The band commemorated the event with a film and a concert album, to be seen in full on Amazon.
New York art-punk trio Palberta have forged ahead over the past few years, releasing impressive album after impressive album. Palberta5000 might be the most intriguing of all the band’s releases to date, with Steven Hyden praising the band for striking “the happy medium between minimalist, deconstructionist indie and the danceable grooves and relentless beats of funk and R&B” in the latest Indie Mixtape newsletter.
Camp trash – EP downtime
After generating a lot of hype around their debut EP with the release of two promising singles, Camp Trash delivered on their promise of a great (albeit short) collection of emo-inspired power pop tracks with Break time. The four tracks on the EP feel like a throwback to the heyday of teen movies, where a song like “Bobby” could be the soundtrack of a high school kid surfing the internet for the first time. They should date Beabadoobee.
Chai – “Action”
Japanese quartet Chai have signed with prestigious independent label Sub Pop for their third full album Wink. “Action” is a great first taste of the LP, with glitchy electronic production and Mana’s affected vocals giving the song a uniquely futuristic aesthetic.
Habits of the hands – “4th of July”
Habits of the hand’ Reserved area was one of our favorite albums of 2019, and now Meg Duffy is back with all new music on Dirt EP. The effort’s lead single “4th Of July” is what Derrick Rossignol calls Uproxx a “climax folk-rocker,” a slow-burning number that features little more than guitar and vocals at the start before turning into a dreamy, cinematic conclusion.
Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley – “This Here Jungle Of Moderns / Composition 14”
Sometimes it takes the creative push of a collaborative partner to help you create your best work. This is the case of Matthew E. White and Lonie Holley, who state in a press release that their new five-track album Broken mirror: a selfie reflection features the most exciting and explosive tracks from their collective careers. Lead single “This Here Jungle Of Modernss / Composition 14” is a sprawling seven-minute epic that encompasses everything from avant-garde to funkadelic.
Deb Never – “Someone Else”
After experiencing a creative drought in Los Angeles, Deb Never packed her bags and booked a one-way flight to London, where she moved in with her longtime collaborator Michael Percy with the sole purpose of writing an onslaught of music. “Someone Else” is the first taste of Never’s “London period”, a lo-fi indie number produced by Jam City that opens in a reflective, subdued nature before a hyper-pop beat drops and transforms the song into something resembling a dance floor.