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 a new track from Grimes, the latest holiday single from Phoebe Bridgers and the announcement of Wet Leg’s debut album. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.
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Grimes – “Games Player”
Grimes has slowly but surely rolled out new music over the past few months, including a track called “Love.” Now, it looks like she’s kicking off a new musical era with the release of “Player Of Games,” a club-ready new single that builds on a cathartic chorus. The song arrived with a cryptic tweet claiming “The era of BOOK 1 begins,” so expect more new music soon.
Phoebe Bridgers – “Day After Tomorrow” (Tom Waits cover)
In what has become an (almost) annual tradition, Phoebe Bridgers released a holiday-themed song in the form of a rendition of Tom Waits’ “Day After Tomorrow.” Where the original number was a solo acoustic affair, Bridgers transposed the guitar melodies to the piano and added layers of strings and additional vocals to give the song a whole new dimension. All proceeds from the sale of the track on band camp will go to the International Institute of Los Angeles, providing refugees, immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking with the skills, abilities, and resources they need to become self-reliant and begin their new lives in Southern California.
The National – “Someone Desperate”
Earlier this year, Aaron and Bryce Dessner announced they were composing the music for Peter Dinklage’s new film, Cyrano, and now the duo have called on the rest of their band The National for a new original song. “Somebody Desperate” opens with a wandering piano line and the warm vocals of Matt Berninger, before layers of strings add more cinematic depth to the track, which is a welcome return for the beloved band that has not released original studio music since 2019. I’m easy to find.
The Regrets – “You’re So Fucking Pretty”
With their upcoming third album, The Regrettes have delivered yet another new track. “You’re So F***ing Pretty” is a slow, meditative track that serves as an unapologetic queer anthem about coming to terms with one’s sexuality. Lydia Night said in a statement that the song was “the first time I wrote directly about a girl I had a crush on, and it took me a while to even allow my brain to accept the fact that I am bisexual”.
Wet Leg – “Too Late Now”
After songs like ‘Wet Dream’ and ‘Chaise Longue’ captured the ears of critics and fans alike this year, Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg are finally gearing up for their feature debut, slated for release in April. next year. “Too Late Now” is one of two new singles that preview the new self-titled album, which features what Adrian Spinelli described for Uproxx as “a melodious guitar thump that runs through it, alongside a haunting bass that takes the form of songs from another British post – the dry cleaning and goat punks.
Wild rose – “Florida”
Wild Pink released one of the best albums of the year with A billion little lights, but John Ross isn’t slowing down any time soon. The new song “Florida” is another great track on Florida’s strange juxtaposition of natural beauty with its stigma of human miscreants. It’s what Adrian Spinelli described for Uproxx as “a scintillating track with pedal steel, acoustic strums, beautiful keys and a thud that brings out the new-age folk that the band totally nailed. “.
Young Guv – “I Just Want To See You Tonight”
After recently announcing his upcoming double album Guv III and IV, Ben Cook unveiled another taste of what we can expect from the effort. “Only Wanna See U Tonight” is another indebted alternative rocker from the 90s with a gorgeous chorus reminiscent of Gin Blossoms. It’s a song that Cook says came together in just hours, written remotely via WhatsApp with Tommy The Major at the height of the quarantine lockdown last year.
Carly Cosgrove – “Munck”
Quick note before we get to the nitty-gritty – the singer of this band isn’t, in fact, called Carly. Instead, Carly Cosgrove takes her name from a combination of the titular character and cast member of the Nickelodeon show. iCarly. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, the lead single from this Philadelphia trio’s as-yet-untitled debut album returns to the early 2010s Midwestern emo scene with clean, open-chord guitars that incorporate tapping and melodic voices that sometimes split into harsher sections. It brings to mind bands like Brave Bird and Oliver Houston, which is a real sweet spot for this writer.
String Machine – “Gales of Worry”
There aren’t enough bands these days with seven members. Luckily for us, Pittsburgh’s String Machine comes to us in great shape with seven members coming together to reveal the fullest sounds and meatiest songs. The band’s next album Hallelujah hell yeah is slated for February, but “Gales Of Worry” is a song that feels like it keeps evolving the more you keep listening to it. With the rest of the songs on Hallelujah hell yeah, “Gales Of Worry” serves as a snapshot into the lives of its songwriters, allowing listeners to feel like another member of the band.