Independent music has grown to include so much. It’s not just music that comes out on independent labels, but it caters to an aesthetic that deviates from the norm and follows its own bizarre heart. It 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 does the people who make it.
Every week Uproxx brings together the best new independent music from the past seven days. This week we received the expected new albums from My Morning Jacket and Wet, a new track from Anjimile and a nostalgic sounding track from Ovlov. Check out the rest of the best new indie music below.
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My morning jacket – My morning jacket
My Morning Jacket is back with the most messy record of its career, which has also been the recipe for its most interesting release in years. In a recent interview with Steven Hyden, Jim James revealed that he hadn’t been actively engaged with My Morning Jacket for much of the 2010s, but felt more locked in on the band’s self-titled new album. Attention pays, and My morning jacket just might be the record that revitalizes veterans of indie rock.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – B-sides and rarities (Part II)
After dropping the first volume of a massive archival project, Nick Cave is back with the second. B-sides and rarities (Part II) was compiled by Cave alongside his longtime collaborator Warren Ellis, and includes rarities, snippets, covers and B-sides spanning the years 2006 Dig, Lazare, Dig !!! To Ghosteen. Together, the two volumes show another facet of Nick Cave’s creative process, both revealing and enveloping.
Wet – Blue Letter
After a few years of flow that caused the members to leave and then return, as well as finding a new label, New York indie-pop trio Wet are back with a great new album. Blue Letter this is what Adrian Spinelli calls for Uproxx “The most diversified offer to date. Zutrau’s characteristic emotional pop lyricism is as sharp as ever.
Super American – SUPPER
Listening to the new album Buffalo, NY punks Super American, it’s hard to believe that the band is only a duo. The songs on SUPPER feel so fleshed out there To be more than two people. But alas, the album features none other than multi-instrumentalists Matt Cox and Patrick Feeley, delivering a collection of massive pop-punk tracks that juxtapose the miracle of being alive with the constant feeling of nagging fear.
Bedouin – Road edges
Azniv Korkejian occupied the chair of co-producer alongside Gus Seyffert (Beck, Sia) for his third album under the name Bedouine. At Road edges, Bedouine delivers what Adrian Spinelli calls Uproxx “truly magnificent folk music for dreamers and lovers”. The release of the album couldn’t be better timed, to put on during a solipsistic fall march.
Helado Negro – Far in
Two years after dropping acclaimed 2019 effort This is how you smile, Roberto Carlos Lange is back with a brand new album. Announced earlier this year, Far in features collaborators like Jen Wasner of Flock of Dimes, Kacy Hill, Buscabulla and Benamin and is another great addition to Lange’s prolific catalog.
Parquet floors – Sympathy for life
On their seventh album, Parquet Courts once again proves its consistency over time. Sympathy for life was born out of unstructured jam sessions that were ultimately distilled into simpler songs, and the freewheeling experimentation can be heard throughout its eleven tracks. Sometimes it’s nice to hear a band come out of your head and let go, and Sympathy for life does just that.
Hand habits – Fun house
“Meg Duffy is considered one of the best guitarists working in contemporary independent rock, but the music they make as Hand Habits is less about solos and more about exploring the texture possibilities of the instrument,” said writes Steven Hyden in a recent issue of the Indie Mixtape newsletter. . Duffy pushes these texture boundaries throughout Amusing. lodge, the latest Hand Habits effort. It is a totally enveloping LP, which will reveal new layers of sound with each listening.
Trace Mountains – House of confusion
After garnering a lot of attention with their debut in 2020, Lost in the countryformer LVL UP member Dave Benton is back with another new record called Trace Mountains. House of confusion is a declarative step forward from the beginnings, but “still feels like a throwback to the rustic” country “acts of the” classic rock era, “according to Steven Hyden called in a recent issue of the Indie Mixtape newsletter.
Tonstartsbandht – Petunia
If you were a die-hard Mac DeMarco fan in the mid-2010s like me, then you are certainly familiar with the Florida duo Tonstartssbandht, who loaned their vocalist Andy White to DeMarco’s band for a stint. With 17 records to his credit in less than 15 years, Tonstartssbandht has now unleashed Petunia, an experimental jam record that seems like a breakthrough. Full of 12 string guitars and impressive vocal harmonies, Petunia sounds like “a radiohead jammer,” wrote Steven Hyden in a recent issue of the Indie Mixtape newsletter.
Angel From $ t – YAK: A collection of truck songs
Baltimore Angel Du $ t Outfit Revealed Her Jekyll and Hyde – 2016 Rock the fuck forever was a straight hardcore LP, while that of 2019 Pretty buff was an acoustic power-pop effort. Now the two sides of the band have met somewhere in the middle on the new album. YAK: A collection of truck songs. Sometimes the full spectrum of the band’s abilities is presented in the space of one song, making for a thrilling and provocative listening.
Clinic – Fantastic island
For nearly two decades, the formation of the Liverpool Clinic has produced some of the coolest and most inventive alternative music available. Now the duo have delivered their ninth studio album, Fantastic island. As the title suggests, the LP is packed with literary references, with twelve tracks that explore time, music and entertainment on funky bass tracks and drum machines.
Mom Jeans – “Circus Clowns”
Mom Jeans is one of the most talked about bands on the indie-emo scene. Considering the quality of the two singles we heard from the next album Sweet toothIt’s no surprise that people are buzzing around this band and “Circus Clowns” sets the bar high for the rest of the album.
Ovlov – “The wishing well”
With their new album Buds Set for release in November, Connecticut rockers Ovlov have shared another new single. “The Wishing Well” is what Derrick Rossignol describes for Uproxx as sounding “like a not too distant relative of the Death Cab For Cutie of the early 2000s”, and deals with different responses to mental health issues.
Anjimile – “Stranger”
Donor / taker, Anjimile’s debut album last year, was one of the best albums of the year and catapulted them into a deal with 4AD. Now Anjimile is back with more resources on her back in the form of “Stranger,” which kicks off with what Carolyn Droke calls Uproxx “the emotional strumming of an acoustic guitar as Anjimile’s captivating vocals float through. The instrumentals swirl between nostalgic piano keys and loud horns, mimicking the tumult that is detailed in the song’s lyrics.
Dan Campbell – “Vol # 5”
At the start of the pandemic, The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell began taking orders for original songs, seeking for the first time to tell the stories of other people instead of his own (or those he mentioned for his Aaron West character study project). The resulting LP The lives of others is both surprising and heartwarming in its delivery, and “Flight # 5” is our first taste of what to expect, as Campbell offers a unique glimpse into the lives of strangers.
Ryan Pollie – “On the nose”
Ryan Pollie’s new album Stars is slated for release in mid-December, and he shared a first preview of the record in the form of “On The Nose.” Inspired by the parties that take over the parking lots outside of Dead & Co.’s shows during the summer, “On The Nose” is an engaging track about growing up and taking summers for granted.
Camp Trash – “Strange Florida”
Camp Trash’s brand of emo is instantly exciting and features amazing vocal melodies that make you want to sing along, even when you’re alone in your bedroom (as I am right now). “Weird Florida” is a rant against my least favorite personal state in the union, and is meant to be the first taste of the upcoming Camp Trash feature set next year on Count Your Lucky Stars.
Some of the artists covered here are artists from Warner Music. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.