The 17 best new songs from the last couple of weeks. Highest quality indie rock, sci-fi garage-pop, retro synth-pop, motorik space rock, noise pop, psych rock, electronic dance pop and three killer, funky disco tunes.
Best Coast ‘This Lonely Morning’
After the disappointing direction of their second album (over-polished, cheesy country), the LA duo hit a high with this track from their forthcoming EP Fade Away. While it’s not a return to their more lo-fi origins, their gift for crafting euphoric and yearning indiepop shows it hasn’t deserted them.
Sebastien Grainger- “Going With You”
Catchy, retro synth pop from one half of reunited Canadian dance-punks Death From Above 1979.
Turbo Lightning ‘Faster Than Light’
New project from ex-Mae Shi member Jeff Byron (including fellow Batwings/Catwings member Dana Poblete on vocals). Alt-rock meets noise-pop with hints of Pretty Girls Make Graves.
Dot Wiggin Band ‘Speed Limit’
Lo-fi, sci-fi, garage punk from former The Shaggs vocalist – her first new album in 44 years.
[Dot Wiggins Band]
Thumpers ‘Unkinder (A Tougher Love)’
This upbeat alt-pop tune originally came out in the UK a few months back but the band (former members of awful haircut outfit Pull Tiger Tail) have now signed to Sub Pop and this is getting a new lease of life.
Yo La Tengo ‘Super Kiwi’
Recorded with Tortoise’s John McEntire during the sessions for this year’s excellent Fade Out album. This is at the noisier end of the YLT spectrum.
[Yo La Tengo]
Younger Lovers ‘Ballad of Two Stubborn Men’
Shambolic, lo-fi, melodic garage pop.
Wooden Shjips ‘These Shadows (Acoustic Version)’
An acoustic version of a track from the forthcoming Back To Land album from the San Francisco minimalist psych rockers.
Popstrangers ‘Rats in the Palm Trees’
First featured here last year on ITP #20 with the psyche-tinged dreampop of ‘Heaven’, this is more straightforward melodic indie from the NZ band.
Cold Beat ‘Worms’
Lo-fi female fronted indie garage rock with surf overtones, from Hannah Lew of San Francisco post-punkers Grass Widow.
Say Lou Lou ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’
Tame Impala cover in an electronic dreampop style from the Swedish twins.
[Say Lou Lou]
Jenny Hval ‘The Cool, Cool River’
Cover of the Paul Simon track ( from 1990’s The Rhythm of the Saints) by the Norwegian spook songstress.
Absolutely Free ‘Clothed Woman, Sitting’
Canadian “astro-beat” that switches into a spacey, motorik Krautrock groove half way through.
Katzuma ‘All Night (Extended Mix)’
Funky disco from Italian duo Chico MD and Tony Tee.
Coma ‘Les Dilettantes (Roosevelt Mix)’
Dancefloor Electronic pop from Cologne duo of Marius Bubat and Georg Conrad.
Dancefloor electronic pop from London musician William Phillips.
Sébastien Tellier ‘L’amour Naissant’
Atmospheric trip-hop, lounge pop from gallic genre-hopper.