The Best Indie Songs of the Week

1. America – London Grammar

Stripped-back America– as lead singer Hannah Reid revealed to Apple Music’s Zane Lowe– may have been one of the first songs written for London Grammar’s new albumCalifornia Soil, but in reality, it’s a beautiful closerReid’s voice supplies the power for the wonderful new track on the Nottingham indie-pop band’s newly released record. It’s out now via Ministry of Sound. Watch the visualizer. 

2. The Barbarians – Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet’s sophomore album, The Battle at Garden’s Gatefinally put some distance between themselves and those who have influenced them, especially legendary band Led Zeppelin. The Barbarians showcased the band’s improvement, giving fans a fresher take on their brand of classic rock revival. Let guitarist Jake Kiszka take you on a journey with incredible, sprawling solos, not just on this track, but the whole album. Read our review and listen below. 

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3. Hot & Heavy – Lucy Dacus 

It’s been three years since Lucy Dacus last released a true album (Historian in 2018), but the wait is finally over. Tuesday, the boygenius member (also featuring Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker) announced that her new album, Home Video, will be out June 25 via Matador. Hot & Heavy came with the announcement, joining the already released Thumbs on the record. Dacus explores nostalgia in the beautifully constructed track. Watch the music video below. 

4. Neon Cheap – Methyl Ethel

Marking a new era for the once solo bedroom project, Methyl Ethel dropped a new single, Neon Cheap. The new track was written amid the coronavirus pandemic, just after the band was forced to cancel their tour. The song, already seen as a career highlight, takes the Australian band’s mystifying pop to the next level, blending dance beats with unnatural noises and intriguing vocals. Enjoy the stunning song and visual below. 

5. the root of a thing – Yaya Bey

As Yaya Bey prepares her next full-length album, the R&B singer released an EP, The Things I Can’t Take With Me, two bridge the gap between records. The New York artist keeps stepping her neo-soul music to the next level, the root of a thing being the perfect introduction to the tranquillity of this guitar-laced, hip-hop influenced EP out via Big Dada. Listen below. 

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Zachary Jarrell

Zachary Jarrell is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre, Journalism student at the University of Cincinnati, Assistant Editor at The National Memo, and opinion writer at The News Record.



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