Throughout the week, we update our Best New Songs playlist with the new releases that caught our attention the most, be it a single leading up to the release of an album or a newly unveiled deep cut. And each Monday, we round up the best new songs released over the past week (the eligibility period begins on Monday and ends Sunday night) in this segment.
Megan Thee Stallion dropped her highly-anticipated debut album Good News last week, and though ‘Body’ might be one of the most irritating songs she could have picked to promote the record, there are plenty of memorable and hard-hitting bangers on the 17-track LP, including the thumping ‘What’s New’. slowthai announced a new album, TYRON, and followed up his James Blake and Mount Kimbie collab with an equally emotive single titled ‘nhs’. You might notice that Will Oldham aka Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy appears twice on the list this week: first for his beautiful collaborative cover of Steely Dan’s ‘Deacon Blues’ with Bill Callahan and Bill McKay, as well as a new original composition with Superwolf collaborator Matt Sweeney, the eerily hypnotic ‘Make Worry For Me’. Alex Jayne delivered a soaring synth-pop tune with the nostalgic ‘Pictures’, while The Weather Station – whose excellent single ‘Robber’ we missed about a month ago – previewed her upcoming fifth album with another stunningly affecting cut called ‘Tried to Tell You’.
Best New Songs: November 23rd, 2020
Alex Jayne, ‘Pictures’
Song of the Week: The Weather Station, ‘Tried to Tell You’
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney, ‘Make Worry For Me’
Megan Thee Stallion, ‘What’s New’
Bill Callahan and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy feat. Bill MacKay, ‘Deacon Blues’ (Steely Dan Cover)