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 Angel Olsen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Will Butler, and more.
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Angel Olsen — Highligths
For his sixth studio album Highligths, Angel Olsen turned to country music to make sense of his grief. Adopting a dusty slide guitar and light twang, Olsen gives meaning to the emotional boost of both his parents passing through 10 dazzling tracks. Songs like “Dream Thing” see Olsen lulled into a dream world while others like the title track “Big Time” have her basking in the warm glow of a new romance.
Horse Girl – Modern performance versions
Drawing inspiration from experimental artists like Sonic Youth and Brian Eno, Chicago teen rock trio Horsegirl have delivered a gritty, witty album that subverts expectations of modern indie rock. The shoe gazey Modern performance versions combines danceable guitar sounds and deadpan lyrics on tracks like “Anti-Glory” and “Billy.”
Queen of jeans — Hide in place
Fans of bands like Hop Along and Waxahatchee will be on board for this Philadelphia trio’s latest EP Hide in place. The four-track effort gives a taste of the band’s melodic beats and lead vocalist Miri Devora’s impressive vocal range. Inspired by the music she listened to during confinement, Hide in place is the band’s most inspired effort to date.
Child Bloom — Highway
Having shared a stage with artists like The Neighbourhood, The Regrettes and Lennon Stella, Kid Bloom combines groovy bass and atmospheric synths on his debut album. Highway. Citing inspirations such as Tame Impala and Travis Scott, Highway is packed with introspective lyrics and swirling psychedelic melodies on mind-blowing tracks like “Cowboy” and “Like I Never Left.”
Yeah Yeah Yeah – “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” Feat. perfume genius
Returning for a new era of music for the first time in nine years, Yeah Yeah Yeahs shared the scintillating track “Spitting Off The Edge Of The World” with Perfume Genius. Taking their music in a more melancholic direction, the synth-heavy song is meant to examine our looming collective anxiety over climate change.
Tim Heidecker (with Kurt Vile) – “Titan’s Sirens”
Comedian/musician Tim Heidecker has teamed up with Kurt Vile for the twisty ballad ‘Sirens Of Titan,’ set to appear on his upcoming LP High school. The slice-of-life track cuts through ephemera from its youth like waterbeds, bulletins and live Gulf War newscasts.
Will Butler – “A Stranger’s House”
Now that he’s officially released from Arcade Fire, Will Butler shares a taste of his upcoming solo work with the moving track “A Stranger’s House.” The track samples a restless baby and is a haunting ballad about feeling the weight of the world.
Phoenix – “Alpha Zulu”
The Last We Heard from French band Phoenix, whose 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix was a predominant staple of 2010s indie culture, was on their 2017 LP Ti Amo. Now the band are back in the studio working on their next album, which they premiered with the upbeat indie-pop number “Alpha Zulu.” With electrifying touches, it looks like the band are leaning into their danceable melodies.
Turnover – “Waiting too long”
Gearing up for a West Coast tour this summer, Turnover shares the shimmering number “Wait Too Long.” Dotted with swirling pop melodies, lead singer Austin Getz shared his inspiration behind the track: “’Wait Too Long’ is about the expectations of yourself and others of what life is meant to be. Finding that balance between being motivated and inspired by what’s around you without feeling like something is pushing you down.
Florist – “Sc-fi Silence”
Sharing another look at their majestic upcoming self-titled album, Florist unleashes the tender, confessional ballad “Sci-fi Silence.” Opening with hazy, atmospheric synths, the band infuse floating melodies into the soothing track. “Sci-fi Silence is a love song about the mystical forces that draw us together and the spaces between words that can hold deep communications,” said singer Emily Sprague.
Flasher – “I’m Better”
Flasher’s new album love is yours is just around the corner, so to celebrate, the band are sharing the rocking number “I’m Better.” Combining cascading beats and frenetic instrumentals, Flasher delivers a dynamic track about forging a new path forward. “‘I’m Better’ is about leaving a toxic relationship and finding joy, freedom and self-worth on the other side,” the band said.
Young Guv – “Cry 2 Sleep”
It’s only been a few months since Young Guv, the nickname of versatile songwriter Ben Cook, released his album Young Guv III, but the prolific musician is already preparing his sequel. Preparing for the release of Young Guv IV, Cook shares heartwarming track “Cry 2 Sleep.” The timeless, winding track details the downfall of a relationship over shimmering melodies.