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 best new music segment.
On this week’s list, we have the lead offering from Big Thief’s upcoming double album, ‘Time Escpaping’, which draws from the more kinetic and fragmented corners of the band’s sound to stunning effect; Chicago trio Horsegirl’s first release for Matador, ‘Billy’, a fuzzy, wonderfully constructed slice of indie rock; Adele’s ‘To Be Loved’, an extraordinary highlight from the singer’s new album; Earl Sweatshirt’s introspective new single ’2010’, which is less hazy but just as hypnotic as some of his past material; Thank You Thank You’s wondrously expansive and warmly reflective new track ‘Undiminished Life’; and Sweeping Promises’ driving, infectious ‘Pain Without a Touch’, the latest from the post-punk outfit that just announced their signing to Sub Pop.
Best New Songs: November 22, 2021
Song of the Week: Big Thief, ‘Time Escaping’
Earl Sweatshirt, ‘2010’
Adele, ‘To Be Loved’
Thank You Thank You, ‘Undiminished Life’
Sweeping Promises, ‘Pain Without a Touch’