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 the swirling, apocalyptic, guttural 8-minute epic by Converge and Chelsea Wolfe, ‘Blood Moon’, the lead offering from their upcoming collaborative LP; the mesmerizing new track from Martha Skye Murphy, ‘Stuck’, which laces her hypnotic voice around subtle, slow-burning sonics; IDLES’ ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, the pummeling lead single from their upcoming album CRAWLER, which features a stirring vocal performance from Joe Talbot; Arca’s abrasive and chaotic new Spanish-language track, ‘Incendio’, which recalls KiCk i‘s ‘Nonbirary’; Wet Leg’s insanely catchy second single, ‘Wet Dream’; Circuit des Yeux’s latest single, ‘Vanishing’ another remarkable track full of apocalyptic drama; Empath’s dynamic, invigorating new song ‘Born 100 Times’, the Philadelphia quartet’s first new music since their 2019 debut; and ‘Shimanchu’ by Portland’s Floating Room, which packs a startling intensity over the course of three minutes, Maya Stoner’s voice seething with desperation before culminating in cathartic screams and a killer solo.
Best New Songs: October 4, 2021
Song of the Week: Converge & Chelsea Wolfe, ‘Blood Moon’
Martha Skye Murphy, ‘Stuck’
Wet Leg, ‘Wet Dream’
Circuit des Yeux, ‘Vanishing’
Empath, ‘Born 100 Times’
Floating Room, ‘Shimanchu’
IDLES, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’