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 ‘Welcome to My Island’, the grand, piercingly bright lead single from Caroline Polachek’s new album; SZA’s ‘Ghost in the Machine’, the elegantly pensive, synth-addled Phoebe Bridgers collaboration and one of many highlights on her new album SOS; Free Range’s warm, heartfelt new folk song ‘Want to Know’; ‘Pink Balloon’, another heartbreaking preview of Samia’s upcoming second LP; White Reaper’s ‘Fog Machine’, the latest hooky offering from their new album; Foyer Red’s ‘Etc’, which is full of dynamic shifts and quirky musical choices; and ‘Palm Trees’, the beautifully somber new song from Fran.
Best New Songs: December 12, 2022
Song of the Week: Caroline Polachek, ‘Welcome to My Island’
SZA feat. Phoebe Bridgers, ‘Ghost in the Machine’
Free Range, ‘Want to Know’
Samia, ‘Pink Balloon’
White Reaper, ‘Fog Machine’
Foyer Red, ‘Etc’
Fran, ‘Palm Trees’