Five Tracks You Should Listen to Right Now

Life’s too short to check out every single new great song that pops up in your feed, so we’re doing part of the work for you. No navigating necessary. For your Friday listening pleasure, dig these five tracks we’ve got in heavy rotation at the moment. You might even consider supporting independent music by pre-ordering a couple of the forthcoming albums by these artists.

1. Nap Eyes – “Every Time the Feeling”

Since Nap Eyes’ 2nd album, Thought Rock Fish Scale, finds its way to may turntable as often as anything else released over the last couple years, I can’t wait for their follow-up, I’m Bad Now, due out March 3 on Paradise of Bachelors (quietly one of the best indie labels around). If the first single is any indicator, Nap Eyes will continue their laid-back rock and nasal vocal delivery while introducing some grittier, 70s-inspired rock elements. I’m here for it.

2. Ultimate Painting – “Not Gonna Burn Myself Anymore”

This UK outfit makes trebly indie pop with mellow but steady rhythms. You can set your watch by the consistent quality of their albums, so look forward to the release of their 4th LP, Up!, on Bella Union on April 6. Pre-order the album riiiiiiight here. While you’re at it, you could check out their whole discography and buy some old stuff from Trouble in Mind Records — it’s all great.

3. Caroline Rose – “Getting to Me”

Maintaining a folk appeal with an arrangement that centers around clear guitar picking, Caroline Rose’s new single “Getting to Me” incorporates pop sensibilities and pizzicato violin that turns sweeping on the chorus. Rose’s vocals are infectious, and you’ll find yourself smitten with the song’s catchiness and sweet choral melody. It feels like she’s on the verge of much wider audiences. Keep an ear out for (or pre-order now) her new album, Loner, due February 23 on New West Records.

4. Girlpool – “Picturesong”

Breathier, spacier, and more electronic, Girlpool morphs entirely on a new track that features contributions from Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange. “Picturesong” begins slow and ambles forward nicely, but makes its strongest case when it breaks down completely and descends into a chaotic swirl of sound as Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s twin vocals churn along smoothly.

5. Laura Veirs – “Everybody Needs You”

Criminally and chronically underrated as a songwriter, Laura Veirs consistently makes heartrending and arresting indie pop songs. You may recognize her name from 2016’s collaborative album with Neko Case and K.D. Lang. Veirs’ 2007’s Saltbreakers is an album that I constantly return to, so it’s excited to hear that she will release her tenth solo album, The Lookout, on April 13th. Stream “Everybody Needs You” and pre-order The Lookout here.

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Bryan Parker is a writer and photographer living and working in Austin, TX. He is the founder of blog Pop Press International and print journal True Sincerity and recently released his first book, a volume on Beat Happening in the 33 1/3 series.

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