This Week’s Best New Songs: Beyoncé, DIIV, Jessica Pratt, and More

    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 gorgeous ’16 CARRIAGES’, the more subtle of Beyoncé’s new pair of new singles; Vampire Weekend’s ‘Gen-X Cops’, one of two lead singles from the band’s new album, this one the more distorted and upbeat yet curiously off-kilter; Jessica Pratt’s quietly sweeping and radiant ‘Life Is’, which leads the singer-songwriter’s fourth LP; the lead single from DIIV’s first album in five years, ‘Brown Paper Bag’, which turns dejection into a soaring, defiant shoegaze slow-burn; Waxahatchee’s swaggering, upbeat new single ‘Bored’; ‘I’m a Man’, another icy, abrasive new single from Kim Gordon, this time dismantling toxic masculine traits by embodying them; ‘baethoven’, the propulsive, riotous new song from ‘Ekko Astral’, who describe their sound as “mascara moshpit” music; Hana Vu’s fuzzy, emotive new single ‘Care’; and Sam Evian’s laid-back, heartwarming ‘Rollin’ In’.

    Best New Songs: February 19, 2023

    Beyoncé, ’16 CARRIAGES’

    Vampire Weekend, ‘Gen-X Cops’

    Song of the Week: Jessica Pratt, ‘Life Is’

    DIIV, ‘Brown Paper Bag’

    Waxahatchee, ‘Bored’

    Kim Gordon, ‘I’m a Man’

    Ekko Astral, ‘baethoven’

    Hana Vu, ‘Care’

    Sam Evian, ‘Rollin’ In’

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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