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 new music from Tame Impala, Soccer Mommy, Angel Olsen, and more.
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Charlie Hickey – Nervous at night
21-year-old songwriter Charlie Hickey has finally released his debut album Nervous at night via Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory label. The 11-track acoustic guitar album showcases his ballad-like writing. Both melancholic and comforting, Nervous at night navigates the relatively confusing period between adolescence and adulthood.
Fanclub Wallet — You are laughing at me
After turning heads with a 2021 EP and multiple singles, Fanclubwallet, the nickname of Ottawa-based musician Hannah Judge, has shared the debut album You are laughing at me. Throughout the album, Judge writes hard-hitting and endearing songs that act as vignettes of her life at a time when she felt like she was falling apart. Halfway between indie rock and chamber pop, You are laughing at me is a humorous record full of wit, honesty and limits.
Mary Lattimore, Paul Sukeena – West Kensington
In 2020, renowned harpist Mary Lattimore joined forces with her neighbor, guitarist Paul Sukeena, to reflect on time and memory through music. The result is a strange and hard-hitting new experimental album, West Kensington. Each of the songs on the six-track disc was entirely improvised and written in Lattimore’s kitchen. “We accidentally caught our moods back then, from the inner monologues of the moment,” Sukeena said.
Taming Impala, Diana Ross – “Ride the Sun”
After some teasing, Tame Impala teamed up with legendary singer Diana Ross for the groovy, disco-inspired track produced by Jack Antonoff “Turn Up The Sunshine.” The high-energy song is set to appear on the soundtrack of the upcoming film Minions: Rise of the Gruwho should have a similar wellness enthusiasm.
Soccer Mommy – “Bones”
Soccer Mommy continues to roll out their new musical era this week by sharing the bubbly single “Bones.” Preview of his forthcoming third album Sometimes forever, the song combines ’90s grunge-inspired angst with washed-out vocals and melodic guitars. “‘Bones’ is a song about struggling with the parts of yourself that you don’t like in a relationship,” Soccer Mommy said in a statement. “It’s about wanting to become better for someone and feeling like you’re on your own path.”
Angel Olsen – “Through the Fires”
Angel Olsen is just around the corner from the release of his next LP Highligths, and this week the singer shared the moving number “Through The Fires.” The downtempo song is a cinematic reflection on freedom and, according to Olsen, was written as a reminder that “this life is temporary, the past is not something to dwell on”.
Ian Sweet – “Fight”
Leaning into the dream-pop sound featured on his recent LP Show me how you disappear, Ian Sweet shares the scintillating single “Fight”. Packed with emotion, “Fight” details a pandemic relationship that didn’t go as planned. “The song plays on both the monotony of the relationship and the disaster I experienced after it ended,” she said.
Sudan Archives — “The Selfish Soul”
Sudan Archives have leaned into their groovy side with their recent music, and their latest track “Selfish Soul” follows the upbeat trend. A celebration of the versatility of black hair, “Selfish Soul” creatively blends a stomping beat with soothing synths while leaving room to showcase the musician’s talents on the violin.
Sylvan Esso – “Sunburn”
After the release of the remarkable album of 2020 free love, embarking on a world tour and earning a 2022 Grammy Award nomination, duo Sylvan Esso release a stunning new single. The electronic, buzzing number “Sunburn” is a pop-leaning track with a gritty bass that evokes hot summer days filled with melting popsicles and swimming pools.
Giant Waste of Man – “Summer, After”
Los Angeles-based band Giant Waste Of Man have released a number of nostalgic tracks this year, and their latest “Summer, After” is no different. Armed with an atmospheric string section, acoustic guitar and breathless vocal delivery, “Summer, After” showcases the band’s tender, ballad-like songwriting.
George FitzGerald – “Cold”
British producer George FitzGerald quickly emerged as a groundbreaking electronic artist with his 2018 debut All that should be. Now with her new album Stellar Drift, FitzGerald becomes inventive again. He turned telescopic images of planets and stars into synthesizer oscillators with the track “Cold”, allowing listeners to literally hear space on the new single.
Living Hour – “Feelings Meeting” Feat. Jay Som
Canadian quartet Living Hour rose to prominence with their recent 2019 album Softer facesand they are currently preparing their third studio album, One day is today, which is due out in September. Building anticipation with understated and somber debut single “Feelings Meetings,” the band team up with Jay Som’s Melina Duterte to create an impeccable soundscape. “The song is about struggling with internal worlds, habits and everyday circumstances,” the band noted.
Horsegirl – “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty)”
Chicago’s rising indie rock trio Horsegirl are about a week away from releasing their anticipated debut album Modern performance version, which they previewed again with the daring track “Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty).” Drawing inspiration from ’90s post-punk influences, the song is a hazy, melodic barrage of electric guitars.
Scout LaRue Willis – “Female at Best”
After honing her artistic talent and collaborating with musicians like Nicolas Jaar, Scout LaRue Willis kicks off her solo career with her upcoming self-titled debut album. The project’s anthemic debut single, “Woman At Best,” is a love letter to “sacred female rage” and previews what listeners can expect to hear on its first release. Willis’ dusty, textured vocals layer over poignant acoustic guitar as she delivers delicate prose about harnessing her innate power.