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.
On this week’s list, we have an appropriately dark and throbbing collaborative track from HEALTH and Nine Inch Nails, ‘ISN’T EVERYONE’; Laura Marling’s project with Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, LUMP, returned with ‘Animal’, the lead single off their upcoming sophomore LP, which serves as a reintroduction to the “parallel universe” of LUMP and pulses with an eerie, hypnotic energy; Madi Diaz’s latest, ‘Nervous’, is an earnest indie rock ballad with just the right amount of grit; dodie’s ‘Before the Line’ is a hauntingly dramatic closer from her debut album Build a Problem; Little Simz offered the second preview from her forthcoming LP, ‘Woman’, a celebration of female empowerment set against a mellifluous groove and featuring a sublime guest appearance from Cleo Sol; L’Rains’ ‘Blame Me’ is a gorgeously layered single from the Brooklyn experimentalist’s upcoming sophomore album; and finally, New York dance music duo Water From Your Eyes shared ‘Quotations’, the latest teaser from their newest album Strucuture, a track that warps a sunny melody into something fragmented yet entrancing.
Best New Songs: May 10, 2021
HEALTH and Nine Inch Nails, ‘ISN’T EVERYONE’
Little Simz feat. Cleo Sol, ‘Woman’
Madi Diaz, ‘Nervous’
Song of the Week: dodie, ‘Before the Line’
L’Rain, ‘Blame Me’
Water From Your Eyes, ‘Quotations’