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.
This week, we’re starting off with the new song from Mitski, her first proper new material in three years, a wrenching distillation of her relationship with her own art made all the more cutting by the unsettling grandeur of the music; Charlotte Cornifled’s delicately heartbreaking piano ballad ‘Drunk for You’, the latest offering from her upcoming album Highs in the Minuses; Magdalena Bay’s ‘Hysterical Us’, the final single off their new album Mercurial World, which shakes off a pervasive sense of anxiety through the duo’s exuberant, infectious brand of pop; ‘Scripture’, the hypnotic and transcendent new track from Eartheater, aka experimental musician Alexandra Drewchin; and Big Thief’s ‘Change’, a poignant song moving as gently as its subject matter.
Best New Songs: October 11, 2021
Mitski, ‘Working for the Knife’
Charlotte Cornfield, ‘Drunk for You’
Song of the Week: Magdalena Bay, ‘Hysterical Us’
Big Thief, ‘Change’