Indie music has grown to include so much. It’s not just music that is released on independent labels, but speaks to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its own weirdo heart. It can come in the form of rock music, pop, or folk. In a sense, it says as much about the people that are drawn to it as it does about the people that make it.
Every week, Uproxx is rounding up the best new indie music from the past seven days. This week we got a collaborative track from The Killers and Bruce Springsteen, the return of Gang Of Youths, and a new stand-alone single from Soccer Mommy. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.
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The Killers – “Dustland” (ft. Bruce Springsteen)
The Killers have not been shy about the massive influence of Bruce Springsteen on their music over the years. Now, the two have finally teamed up for a track, a reimagining of a song off The Killers’ 2008 album Day & Age, “A Dustland Fairytale.” Springsteen says the song is his favorite in The Killers’ catalogue, and you can hear the mutual admiration radiating out of the speakers.
Gang Of Youths – “The Angel Of 8th Ave”
Speaking of The Boss, his influence is laced all through Gang Of Youth’s first track in four years. “The Angel Of 8th Ave” has frontman Dave Le’aupepe doing “the same raspy acrobatics that Bruce’s do,” writes Caitlin White for Uproxx. Though there is no official announcement of a new album from the Australian outfit, we’re waiting on the edge of our seats.
The Front Bottoms – “Voodoo Magic”
The Front Bottoms have been steadily releasing music over the last ten years are so, and 2021 is no exception. “Voodoo Magic” does what the New Jersey band does best, delivering sharp lyrics and driving acoustic-centric punk.
Soccer Mommy – “Kissing In The Rain”
The latest new music from Sophie Allison is a one-off track that arrives as part of the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack. “Kissing In The Rain” “fits firmly in the Soccer Mommy discography, leaning more toward the darker, more abstract noodling of Color Theory than her debut,” writes Caitlin White for Uproxx.
Unto Others – “When Will Gods Work Be Done”
Unto Others first caught my attention when they were still under the name Idle Hands because of their unabashed approach to metal that might seem “unpopular” at the surface. After a trademark dispute, the band is back with new music under the name Unto Others, delivering the same lovable classic heaviness and melodrama that came on their 2019 album.
Meet Me @ The Altar – “Feel A Thing”
After the success of their debut single “Garden,” rising pop-punk stars Meet Me @ The Altar have announced their debut EP, Model Citizen. The announcement comes with the project’s first preview, “Feel A Thing,” which showcases the trio’s knack for massive hooks and serves as a reminder of why pop-punk became so popular in the first place.
Torres – “Hug From A Dinosaur”
Torres’ new album Thirstier doesn’t drop for about a month, but Mackenzie Scott has been steadily rolling out new tracks to tide us over. “Hug From A Dinosaur” is what Sarah Grant calls for Uproxx an “eccentric headbanger juiced up on Scott’s sour intensity.”
Goodbye Honolulu – “Over And Over”
Canadian outfit Goodbye Honolulu are prepping their self-titled debut, prefaced by the groovy, intoxicating “Over And Over.” Over warped guitars, vocalist Fox Martindale laments about what he calls “the daily repetitiveness of a monogamous relationship and the ever-growingaz numbness to things that once made one jealous.”
Indigo De Souza – “Kill Me”
Indigo De Souza is back with a brand new album called Any Shape You Take. “Kill Me” is the first taste of the record, a track that “blends heartache with the grotesque,” according to Sarah Grant for Uproxx, while “De Souza chirps in a fluffy soprano.”
Wet Leg – “Chaise Longue”
Wet Leg, the latest signing to esteemed indie label Domino Records, hails from the Isle Of Wight, a sparsely populated island off the south coast of England that is only accessible by boat. The band is introducing themselves with “Chaise Longue,” a bass-driven power pop number that channels Sonic Youth and cements Wet Leg as a band to watch this year.
Keep For Cheap – “Losing”
Minnesota is often a breeding ground for some gorgeous songwriting. Keep For Cheap is the latest in this long line, with their new track “Losing,” which is an impressive folk adventure complete with mind-blowing harmonies and distorted guitars. The quintet just finished tracking their debut album, so keep an eye out for more from them in the coming months.
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