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 Big Thief’s swirling, breathtaking new single ‘Vampire Empiree’, which has been a staple of the band’s live sets for years; ‘Wide Awake’, a hazy, affecting single off Strange Ranger’s new LP; Angel Du$t’s pummeling new single ‘Space Jam’; ‘Do Your Worst’, which folds influences from club music into Vagabon’s indie rock sound; MJ Lenderman’s crunchy, radiant first song for -ANTI, ‘Rudolph’; ‘Full Time Job’, a raucous, cathartic track from Squirrel Flower’s upcoming album; Mali Velasquez’s poignant, beautiful new single ‘Tore’; ‘I Wanted to Be’, a tenderly heartbreaking highlight from Allegra Krieger’s new record; and Explosions in the Sky’s grand, propulsive ‘Ten Billion People’, which leads their latest LP End.
Best New Songs: July 24, 2023
Song of the Week: Big Thief, ‘Vampire Empire’
Strange Ranger, ‘Wide Awake’
Angel Du$t, ‘Space Jam’
Vagabon, ‘Do Your Worst’
MJ Lenderman, ‘Rudolph’
Squirrel Flower, ‘Full Time Job’
Mali Velasquez, ‘Tore’
Allegra Krieger, ‘I Wanted to Be’
Explosions in the Sky, ‘Ten Billion People’