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 Lana Del Rey’s ‘A&W’, a sprawling seven-minute track that drifts through different styles, images, and personas but lands someplace eerily, daringly new; Feist’s ‘In Lightning’, the most compelling and gorgeously off-kilter of the three tracks she unveiled from her next LP; ‘Lose You’, the soaring, catchy new single from Bully, a collaboration with Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison; Janelle Monáe’s breezily upbeat ‘Float’, featuring Seun Kuti and his Afrobeat band Egypt 80; Mega Bog’s ‘The Clown’, a strikingly cathartic embrace of one’s own multitudes; Anna B Savage’s ‘Pavlov’s Dog’, a propulsive, subtly ecstatic track about sexual desire; Caroline Rose’s ‘The Doldrums’, which probes the subject of self-reinvention with swirling intimacy; ‘Butterfly Net’, an astonishing highlight from Caroline Polachek’s new album; and MSPAINT’s frenetic, strangely invigorating new single ‘Titan of Hope’.
Best New Songs: February 20, 2023
Song of the Week: Lana Del Rey, ‘A&W’
Feist, ‘In Lightning’
Bully feat. Soccer Mommy, ‘Lose You’
Janelle Monáe feat. Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, ‘Float’
Mega Bog, ‘The Clown’
Anna B Savage, ‘Pavlov’s Dog’
Caroline Rose, ‘The Doldrums’
Caroline Polachek, ‘Butterfly Net’
MSPAINT, ‘Titan of Hope’