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.
The best Christmas songs that came out this past week weren’t so kind to Santa: on ‘Santa Stay Home’, co-written with Rich Morel, U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy advises St. Nick to stay home to reduce his environmental footprint and slow down rampant consumerism, while 100 gecs dropped a ska-influenced, anti-Santa banger in the style of ‘stupid horse’. There’s plenty of non-holiday songs to highlight this week, too: Thom Yorke, Burial, and Four Tet teamed up for a special collaborative single, and both tracks on the physical-only release are equally entrancing; Zola Jesus offered a beautifully ethereal rendition of the Armenian folk song ‘Krunk’; shame knocked it out of the park with ‘Snow Days’, the latest single from the post-punk outfit’s upcoming album Drunk Tank Pink; ‘Let it Out’ is an abrasive (and surprisingly cathartic) banger off Rico Nasty’s debut album; Iggy Pop gave one of his most dynamic performances on the new French-language version of Elvis Costello’s ‘No Flag’; and finally, French-Korean, LA-based artist spill tab delivered a playfully sweet and catchy indie pop tune with her latest single ‘Name’.
Best New Songs: December 7th, 2020
U.S. Girls feat. Rich Morel, ‘Santa Stay Home’
100 gecs, ‘sympathy 4 the grinch’
Thom Yorke, Burial, and Four Tet, Her Revolution/ His Rope’
Zola Jesus, ‘Krunk’ (Cover)
Song of the Week: shame, ‘Snow Day’
Rico Nasty, ‘Let It Out’
spill tab, ‘Name’
Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop, ‘No Flag – en français’