Home Indie Music 11 Finest Songs of the Week: bar italia, Marika Hackman, boygenius, The Final Dinner Social gathering, and Extra

11 Finest Songs of the Week: bar italia, Marika Hackman, boygenius, The Final Dinner Social gathering, and Extra

11 Finest Songs of the Week: bar italia, Marika Hackman, boygenius, The Final Dinner Social gathering, and Extra


11 Finest Songs of the Week: bar italia, Marika Hackman, boygenius, The Final Dinner Social gathering, and Extra

Plus Jamila Woods, Brittany Howard, Spyres, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Different Notable New Tracks

Oct 13, 2023

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Welcome to the thirty third Songs of the Week of 2023. This week Andy Von Pip, Austin Saalman, Caleb Campbell, Marc Abbott, and Scott Dransfield all helped me determine what ought to make the checklist. We settled on a High 11 this week.

Up to now week or so we additionally posted interviews with Squirrel Flower, Demise Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service, Pale Blue Eyes, Shakey Graves, Black Belt Eagle Scout, and others.

Within the final week we reviewed some albums.

Do not forget that we beforehand introduced our new print concern, Difficulty 71 with Weyes Blood and Black Belt Eagle Scout on the covers.

That can assist you type by means of the multitude of contemporary songs launched within the final week, we’ve got picked the 11 greatest the final week needed to provide, adopted by some honorable mentions. Take a look at the complete checklist beneath.

1. bar italia: “Jelsy”

London post-punk trio bar italia are releasing a brand new album, The Twits, their second album of 2023, on November 3 by way of Matador. On Tuesday, they shared its second single, “Jelsy,” by way of a music video. The video options the band casually performing the music whereas sat a bar.

Beforehand bar italia shared the album’s first single, “my little tony,” by way of a music video. “My little tony” was one in every of our Songs of the Week.

The Twits rapidly follows Tracey Denim, a brand new album the band launched in Might by way of Matador (it was the band’s first for the long-lasting label).

The band options Nina Cristante, Jezmi Tarik Fehmi, and Sam Fenton. The trio recorded the album over the course of eight weeks, beginning in February 2023. They recorded in a makeshift house studio in Mallorca, Spain. Marta Salogni blended the album.

Previous to Tracey Denim, the band launched two albums, an EP, and a number of other singles during the last two years on Dean Blunt’s World Music label.

2. Marika Hackman: “Hanging”

On Wednesday, British singer/songwriter Marika Hackman introduced a brand new album, Large Sigh, and shared a brand new music from it, “Hanging,” by way of a lyric video. She additionally introduced some UK and European tour dates. Large Sigh is due out January 12, 2024 by way of Chrysalis, her first album for the label. Take a look at the album’s tracklist and canopy art work, in addition to the tour dates, right here.

“‘Hanging’ is reflecting on a troublesome previous relationship and how one can entice your self in a state of affairs the place you’re unable to develop into the following stage of your life,” Hackman says of the brand new single, in a press launch. “The road ‘yeah you had been part of me/I’m so relieved it hurts’ is describing how painful it nonetheless is to interrupt up even when it’s not proper.”

Large Sigh contains “No Caffeine,” a brand new music Hackman shared in September by way of a music video that was #1 on our Songs of the Week checklist.

Hackman co-produced Large Sigh with Sam Petts-Davies (Thom Yorke, Warpaint) and long-term collaborator Charlie Andrew (Alt-J). It’s her first album of unique songs in over 4 years and described because the “hardest file” she’s ever made.

In 2020 Hackman launched a covers album, merely titled Covers, by way of Sub Pop. Hackman’s final album of originals, Any Human Buddy, got here out in 2019, additionally by way of Sub Pop. Learn our rave evaluation of the album. Any Human Buddy was the follow-up to her 2017-released breakthrough launch, sophomore album I’m Not Your Man.

Learn our 2017 interview with Marika Hackman.

Learn our My Favourite Album interview with Hackman on Warpaint’s The Idiot.

3. boygenius: “Afraid of Heights”

Boygenius launched a brand new EP, The Relaxation, at this time by way of Interscope and it options 4 new songs: “Black Gap,” “Afraid of Heights,” “Voyager,” and “powers.” The supergroup options Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers. “Afraid of Heights,” led by Dacus, was our favourite of the 4 songs.

Stream the entire EP right here.

Boygenius, Tony Berg, Jake Finch, Ethan Gruska, Calvin Lauber, Collin Pastore, and Marshall Vore all produced the EP.

The Relaxation follows boygenius’ debut full-length album, the file, launched in March by way of Interscope, when in addition they shared an accompanying brief movie directed by actor/director Kristen Stewart merely titled the movie. Stream the album right here and in addition watch the movie right here.

Boygenius lately carried out “Cool About It,” from the file, on The Late Present with Stephen Colbert.

When the file was introduced in January, boygenius shared three new songs from it: “$20,” “Emily I’m Sorry,” and “True Blue.” “$20” made our Songs of the Week checklist. Then they shared the album’s fourth single, “Not Sturdy Sufficient,” by way of a music video. “Not Sturdy Sufficient” was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week. When the album was launched, we included “Cool About It” on our Songs of the Week checklist. They later shared a video for “Cool About It.”

Boygenius shaped in 2018 and launched their self-titled debut EP the identical yr by way of Matador. The trio self-produced the file, which was recorded at Shangri-la Studios in Malibu, California.

Learn our 2019 cowl story interview with boygenius.

4. The Final Dinner Social gathering: “My Woman of Mercy”

This week, buzzed about new British five-piece The Final Dinner Social gathering shared their third ever single, “My Woman of Mercy,” by way of a music video. James Ford produced the music. The Final Dinner Social gathering directed the video with Harv Frost and Dora Paphides.

The Final Dinner Social gathering collectively had this to say in regards to the new single in a press launch: “‘My Woman of Mercy’ is about being a woman. A lady wanting up at a portray of Joan of Arc for the primary time and considering that she appears to be like so courageous and so stunning that she desires to kiss her. And perhaps she additionally desires to kiss the lady who stands subsequent to her within the faculty choir. We’re increasing the world of The Final Dinner Social gathering to embody a darker, heavier environment. The lyrics discover the anguish of a teenage crush that may solely be described by means of the bloody, carnal language of spiritual expertise, because the sound world takes cues from 9 Inch Nails, PJ Harvey, and Roxy Music.”

The Final Dinner Social gathering had been getting a substantial quantity of buzz of their house nation based mostly primarily on their dwell performances, however in April they launched their debut single, “Nothing Issues,” by way of a music video. “Nothing Issues” was #1 on our Songs of the Week checklist. Then in June they shared their second single, “Sinner,” in addition to a video of them performing the music dwell. “Sinner” once more made our Songs of the Week checklist.

Learn our current interview with The Final Dinner Social gathering, which is probably going the band’s first ever interview with an American publication.

The Final Dinner Social gathering are Abigail Morris (vocals), Georgia Davies (bass), Lizzie Mayland (guitar), Aurora Nishevci (keys), and Emily Roberts (lead guitar). James Ford has produced all their songs up to now and never solely is he a member of Simian Cellular Disco and The Final Shadow Puppets, however as a producer he has labored with a powerful array of artists, together with Depeche Mode, Arctic Monkeys, Jessie Ware, Every part Every part, Gorillaz, HAIM, Florence + The Machine, Foals, and Pet Store Boys.

The Final Dinner Social gathering had already carried out units forward of Nick Cave and The Rolling Stones earlier than even releasing a debut single.

5. Jamila Woods: “Apply” (Feat. Saba)

Chicago musician and poet Jamila Woods launched a brand new album, Water Made Us, at this time by way of Jagjaguwar. On Tuesday, she shared its fourth single, “Apply,” by way of a music video. The music options Saba. Carlos López Estrada directed the video, which could possibly be thought of NSFW as a consequence of some non-sexual nudity.

McClenney produced the music. Woods had this to say about it in a press launch: “‘Apply’ is a music I made with McClenney about releasing the stress we placed on ourselves in relationships. I used to be making an attempt to shift how I typically consider relationships based mostly on their potential for longevity slightly than on how I really feel within the second. The music is about how we are able to be taught to only get pleasure from ourselves and be current with somebody while not having to ‘get every thing proper’ or ‘have every thing collectively.’ My good friend Carlos López Estrada got here up with this idea of making faces with our bodies in a manner that’s sensual and foolish on the similar time. The entire course of was very playful and experimental, which fits the music completely.”

McClenney says: “‘Apply’ was such an necessary a part of finishing this album. We went by means of 2-3 completely different variations of the music to finish up with the ultimate you hear at this time. The place it sat within the sequence was necessary as a result of it has a well-known rhythmic groove that celebrates the enjoyment of exploring a brand new relationship whereas bookending the ‘honeymoon’ section of the album’s themes as the following few tracks transfer onto heavier & extra susceptible matters and tones. It was a puzzle piece Jamila and I spent a lot time ensuring we acquired proper. Saba has been a constant collaborator of her’s and it felt like the proper observe to seize their synergistic artistic energies with one thing each acquainted and new; he killed it.”

Beforehand Woods shared a video for the album’s first single, “Tiny Backyard,” which options duendita. “Tiny Backyard” was one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then she shared its second single, “Boomerang,” by way of a music video. “Bommerang” was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week. Then she has shared its third single, “Good Information,” one other Songs of the Week entry.

Woods had this to say in regards to the album in a earlier press launch: “Water Made Us looks like essentially the most private and susceptible piece of artwork I’ve ever made. I like creating from supply materials, diving deep right into a topic and extrapolating from what I uncover. We sat in the home for 2 years and I turned my very own supply materials. Shout out to the therapists, the astrologers, the relations and associates who listened, who helped me course of and remodel my journaled ideas and questions into this physique of labor. I hope it looks like a playlist that carries you thru the life cycle of a relationship, no matter stage of the journey your coronary heart could also be in.”

6. Brittany Howard: “What Now”

In the present day, Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard introduced a brand new solo album, What Now, and shared its title observe by way of a music video. She’s additionally introduced some new tour dates. Many of the particulars of What Now are nonetheless forthcoming—its launch date, tracklist, and canopy art work are all nonetheless to be revealed. However we do realize it’s popping out on Island. Take a look at the tour dates right here.

What Now follows Howard’s 2019-released, Grammy-winning debut solo album, Jaime, which was launched by ATO.

Howard wrote and produced “What Now,” with co-production from Shawn Everett. Danilo Parra directed the music’s video. It will likely be launched as a 7-inch in December, with the music “Meditation” because the B-side.

Howard had this to say in regards to the music in a press launch: “‘What Now’ is perhaps the truest and bluest of all of the songs. It’s by no means my design to harm anybody’s emotions, however I wanted to say what was on my thoughts with out modifying myself. I like the way it’s a music that makes you need to dance, however on the similar time the lyrics are brutal.”

7. Spyres: “The Factor”

On Wednesday, Glaswegian four-piece Spyres introduced their new EP, Karaoke Sellout, for launch on twenty fourth November. In addition they launched one more shimmering indie-pop earworm within the form of “The Factor.”

Beforehand tipped by Beneath the Radar, their new single “The Factor” is a hovering nugget with sugar-sweet call-and-response vocals. It’s a music that revels in ambiguity, the unknowable, and the issues you possibly can’t fairly discover the precise phrases for.

The band explains: “‘The Factor’ simply speaks for itself. When these phrases had been introduced up in a writing session, we thought there have been so many avenues to go down and a lot it could possibly be about therefore the intensive lyrics within the refrain and bridge. We by no means really come to a conclusion of who or what ‘The Factor’ is as we needed to offer it an actual edge and go away the listener desirous to know extra.”

8. Lauren Mayberry: “Disgrace”

On Tuesday, Lauren Mayberry, singer with Scottish electro-pop trio CHVRCHES, shared her second solo single, “Disgrace.”

“Disgrace” follows her debut solo single, “Are You Awake?,” which was launched in September and was one in every of our Songs of the Week.

Mayberry had this to say in regards to the music in a press launch: “I had the thought for some time of a music that had the tagline of ‘what a disgrace,’ however in a sarcastic manner. And the phrase ‘disgrace’ having a double which means—the disgrace you’re feeling and internalize, however what a disgrace you’re feeling like that and might’t change it.

“Wanting again on a whole lot of my life by way of relationships, sexuality and my sense of self on the earth, there’s a whole lot of disgrace related to that. I got here into my teenagers within the early-mid 2000s, a time interval we now regard as a little bit of a shithole by way of gender and media messages (put up Woodstock 99, the daybreak of intercourse tape leaks, Women Gone Wild, and so forth and so forth). What was deemed ‘enticing’ for girls and women was fairly disturbing in hindsight, and that’s what went into my mind at a formative time, romanticizing cut price basement, native band boy variations of Actuality Bites Ethan Hawke. However now I do know higher, my wiring remains to be to search out these issues enticing on a mobile stage. I do know to not need these issues academically, however emotionally, romantically, sexually, I’ve been educated to search out these issues precious and enticing.

“I do know you’re what you eat and it’s the style that retains me tame.”

Particulars of Mayberry’s solo album are nonetheless forthcoming.

CHVRCHES, in the meantime, lately introduced a tenth anniversary reissue of their debut album, The Bones of What You Imagine, and shared a beforehand unreleased music, “Manhattan,” from it. The Bones of What You Imagine (tenth Anniversary Particular Version) contains 4 beforehand unreleased songs and 5 dwell recordings. It’s due out October 13 by way of Glassnote.

CHVRCHES additionally options Martin Doherty and Iain Prepare dinner. The band lately remixed “An Arrow Within the Wall,” a brand new music by Demise Cab for Cutie.

In February, CHVRCHES shared a brand new music, “Over,” by way of a music video. “Over” is the primary single for the band’s new label, Island Information, and was one in every of our Songs of the Week. In addition they carried out the music on The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon.

CHVRCHES are signed to Island in America and EMI in England. The band’s final album was 2021’s Display Violence, which got here out by way of Glassnote.

Mayberry was one of many artists on the duvet of our twentieth Anniversary Difficulty through which she was interviewed about Display Violence. Purchase the problem from us straight right here.

CHVRCHES had been on the duvet of one in every of our print points in 2015 and you may learn the in-depth 8-page 5,600-word cowl story characteristic on the band right here. You too can learn our bonus digital journal Q&A with them right here.

9. Lenny Kravitz: “TK421”

Yesterday, Grammy Award successful Nineteen Nineties rock icon and actor Lenny Kravitz introduced a brand new album, Blue Electrical Gentle, and has shared its first single, “TK421,” by way of a NSFW music video that almost incorporates a full-frontal Kravitz. Blue Electrical Gentle is due March 15, 2024 by way of Roxie Information/BMG. Take a look at the album’s cowl art work right here (the tracklist is TBA).

Blue Electrical Gentle is Kravitz’s first double album, first album in over 5 years, and his twelfth full-length LP. Kravitz performed a lot of the devices on the album himself, with longtime guitarist Craig Ross additionally involed. He wrote and recorded the album in his studio within the Bahamas.

Tanu Muino directed the “TK421” video, which options Kravitz in varied states of undress as he will get prepared within the morning, whereas singing the music. The music’s title is a Star Wars reference—TK-421 was the designation of a Demise Star Storm Trooper tasked with guarding the Millennium Falcon. He was tricked and killed by Han Solo, who then took his armor to make use of as a disguise when rescuing Princess Leia.

Kravitz’s final album was 2018’s Increase Vibration.

10. Jaakko Eino Kalevi: “Drifting Away” (Feat. Jimi Tenor)

Finnish multi-instrumentalist Jaakko Eino Kalevi is releasing a brand new album, Chaos Magic, on November 17 by way of Domino imprint Bizarre World. On Wednesday, he shared one other new music from it, horn-backed ballad “Drifting Away,” by way of a self-directed music video. It options Finnish saxophonist Jimi Tenor.

Kalevi had this to say in regards to the music in a press launch: “Lacking somebody is essentially the most romantic factor, and this can be a romantic music. It began out as an historic jam we as soon as had at a rehearsal place a very long time in the past, however this one had sure parts that caught in my thoughts and I knew I’d use them in a music at some point.”

Frank Holbein shot the music video, which was filmed on MiniDV. “The unique thought for the video was to shoot it on a yacht like in ‘Rio’ by Duran Duran,” Kalevi explains. “We had been all set however then Storm Elias raged over the ocean and we had to determine one thing else. The music is about longing so I believed it could possibly be extra about dreaming about crusing. My sister was visiting and needed to go to a seaside, so we made up a narrative based mostly on that and shot by the ocean.”

Chaos Magic additionally options Fake Actual, Yu-Ching Huang, and John Moods. It was recorded at Mutual Sound Studios in Athens and was co-produced and blended by Teemu Takatalo, who runs the studio and is associates with Kalevi.

Kalevi calls the album “a ‘again to the roots’ album” and “a group of songs from a sure interval with out making an attempt to tie them collectively.”

Beforehand Kalevi shared a video for the album’s first single, “I Overlook,” which made a particular Songs of the Week playlist we did. Then he shared one other new music from it, “Palace in My Head,” that includes visitor vocals from French actress Alma Jodorowsky, who additionally directed and co-starred within the music’s music video. “Palace in My Head” was one in every of our Songs of the Week.

Kalevi’s final full-length was 2018’s Out of Contact. In 2020 he launched the mini-album, Dissolution,

Learn our The Finish interview with Kalevi.

Additionally learn our My Firsts interview with Kalevi.

Plus learn our Self-Portrait interview with Kalevi.

Learn our 2015 interview with Jaakko Eino Kalevi.

11. Sen Morimoto: “Deeper”

Chicago-based Japanese American multi-instrumentalist Sen Morimoto is releasing his third studio album, Prognosis, on November 3 by way of Metropolis Slang, in partnership together with his personal Sooper Information. On Wednesday, he shared one other music from it, “Deeper.”

Morimoto had this to say in regards to the music in a press launch: “There’s a place within the heart of my chest, tucked behind my coronary heart, the place solely essentially the most excessive depths of grief or pleasure make themselves identified. When the context of every thing in your life is squeezed right into a single second by the stress of an awesome current it feels such as you’re on the backside of the ocean. Nothing’s deeper.”

On Sunday, October 22, followers will have the ability to hear the album early at a drive-in movie show in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. All of the album’s music movies may also be proven, in addition to the cult 1974 horror rock opera Phantom of the Paradise, which was directed by Brian De Palma and is an affect on the brand new album.

Morimoto explains: “Phantom of the Paradise was a movie my collaborators New Trash [production company in Chicago] beneficial once I got here to them with the idea for the ‘Prognosis’ video. I couldn’t imagine I’d by no means seen this wonderful rock opera that poked enjoyable at capitalism and corruption within the music trade in a manner that felt so associated to what Prognosis is about. It lives in the identical goofy fantasy horror world that I needed our visuals to come back from too so I used to be instantly obsessed.”

RSVP to the drive-in occasion right here.

Morimoto beforehand shared the album’s first single, “If The Reply Isn’t Love,” which was featured on our Songs of the Week. When the album was introduced, he shared its title observe, “Prognosis,” by way of a music video. The music was additionally one in every of our Songs of the Week.

When explaining this album’s purpose, Morimoto mentioned in a earlier press launch: “I’ve now launched a few albums in a time when essentially the most commercially exploitable asset an artist has is their social identification and their trauma. Over this time the dialogue of this sample has come up repeatedly with friends who felt equally bored with being anticipated to share each non-public element of an immigrant family or to romanticize the wrestle of their working class upbringing solely to search out questions on the craft itself reserved for artists with out these burdens. Whereas the songs on my third album vary in matter from like to radicalization to spirituality and the inner results of life below capitalism, each music on Prognosis is, at its core, an try to flip the lens round. To carry a magnifying glass over the programs we dwell in and empower us to analyze them with the identical scrutiny.”

Honorable Mentions:

These songs nearly made the High 11.

Beirut: “The Tern”

The Demise of Pop: “Withering”

Eyedress: “My Easy Jeep” (Feat. Mac DeMarco)

Kaeto: “No Physique”

Fenne Lily: “Hollywood and Concern”

Maple Glider: “Do You”

Tex Crick: “Foolish Little Issues”

Viji: “Sundress in Pink”

Want Queen: “Grievances”

Yumi Zouma: “be okay”

Right here’s a useful Spotify playlist that includes the High 11 so as, adopted by all of the honorable mentions:

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