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 Warpaint’s ‘Champion’, the lead offering from the band’s first album in six years and a subtle but solid reintroduction to their uniquely resonant sound; Tomberlin’s ‘idkwntht’, featuring guest vocals from Told Slant’s Felix Walworth, which creates a halo of soft light around repressed emotions and gently invites a moment of release; The Weather Station’s heartbreakingly stunning ‘Endless Time’, the first single from the follow-up to last year’s Ignorance; Denzel Curry’s lush, cinematic new track ‘Walkin’; Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Tom Skinner’s new the Smile single ‘The Smoke’, which treads the line between groovy and ghostly to captivating effect; and ‘Hangover Game’, the lead single off the new album by Wednesday’s MJ Lenderman, a song about the “Flu Game” of the 1997 NBA Finals that’s effortlessly driving and funny even if you don’t care about sports.
Best New Songs: January 31, 2022
Song of the Week: Tomberlin, ‘idkwntht’
The Weather Station, ‘Endless Time’
Denzel Curry, ‘Walkin’
The Smile, ‘The Smoke’
MJ Lenderman, ‘Hangover Game’