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.
There’s quite a few tracks worth highlighting this week: Baltimore-based hardcore outfit Turnstile returned with their first new music in over three years, showcasing their innovative blend of atmospheric textures and blistering riffs on ‘MYSTERY’; Lightning Bug previewed their third record with the last song they wrote for it, the ethereal ‘Song of the Bell’, while Cold Cave released a video for the hypnotic, ominous ‘Psalm 23’. In the singer-songwriter realm, Squirrel Flower shared the introspective ‘Flames and Flat Tires’ from her forthcoming album Planet (i); Ellis unveiled a gorgeously evocative single titled ‘what if love isn’t enough’ from her upcoming EP; Maple Glider offered the hauntingly beautiful ‘Baby Tiger’ from her debut full-length, and Half Waif’s ‘Sodium & Cigarettes’ is another striking offering from her new album Mythopoetics. If you’re in need of something a little more upbeat, though, Norwegian pop star Sigrid delivered the infectious disco jam ‘Mirror’, her first new music since her 2019 debut Sucker Punch, while the title track from Yola’s Dan Auerbach-produced album Stand for Myself is a swaggering, celebratory blues rock cut.
Best New Songs: May 31, 2021
Maple Glider, ‘Baby Tiger’
Lightning Bug, ‘Song of the Bell’
Yola, ‘Stand for Myself’
Song of the Week: Ellis, ‘what if love isn’t enough’
Squirrel Flower, ‘Flames and Flat Tires’
Cold Cave, ‘Psalm 23’
Half Waif, ‘Sodium & Cigarettes’