My Morning Jacket – Love Love Love
Jim James said of the band’s new single in a statement: “‘Love Love Love’ is trying to steer the ship away from everything I’m talking about in ‘Regularly Scheduled Programming,’ and speak toward positivity and pure love, finding truth within yourself and in the world around you.”
Lumineers – Brightside
“The song ‘BRIGHTSIDE’ was recorded in a single day,” says singer-guitarist Wesley Schultz. “It’s like a 15-year-old’s fever dream, an American love story in all its glory and heartbreak. The last couple left, on the run from something and all alone…”
War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore
This song celebrates getting to the point in life when you’re no longer drowning in waves of old memories but surfing atop them. The title is not a lament but a point of pride.
Modest Mouse – The Sun Hasn’t Left
“The Sun Hasn’t Left” makes creative use of new wave beats, similarly to the other two singles. It sounds as if this tune even utilizes a xylophone. The bouncy instrument is fitting to the hopeful message this single offers with lyrics like: “You’re not wrong, things are a mess but there’s still something left.”
Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats – Survivor
The video for “Survivor” was directed by Brantley Gutierrez and features professional boxer Prince Charles Martin who was an IBF Heavyweight Champion of The World and has 25 KOs in 31 fights. Of the video, Gutierrez said, “I tried to imagine what Raging Bull or Rocky might have looked like if Wes Anderson had dreamed them up.”
Kacey Musgraves – Justified
The track’s music video is reminiscent of Alanis Morrissette’s classic “Ironic” video with Musgraves playing several different versions of herself, each feeling a different emotion, driving down a highway to who knows where. It’s pretty much the perfect setting for listening to a song like this, a country-pop ode to feelings that refuse to sort themselves out unless you shout along to the right song.
Glass Animals – I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)
Lyrically, the song explores themes of apathy towards a dying relationship. The narrator acknowledges their indifferences by insisting they stop talking and dance instead, leaving their bad memories in the past.
Bleachers – Stop Making This Hurt
“‘Stop Making This Hurt’ is what you get when we are not allowed to go play for our people. It’s a line that had been ringing in my head for years,” Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff explained in a statement. “I fell into a dark place after a loss and then starting to have that feeling of rage towards the depression – which is when you know there’s a way out. Started looking at the people close to me in my life and finding all the ways we keep ourselves from breaking through…I could intellectualize it for days but what I’m truly left with is a voice in my head shouting “Stop Making This Hurt.”
Lucy Dacus – Brando
Dacus explained that the song was inspired by a “very dramatic friend [she] had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed.”
“He showed me a lot of amazing movies and music, but I think he was more interested in using me as a scrapbook of his own tastes than actually getting to know me. He claimed to know me better than anyone else but I started to feel like all he wanted from me was to be a scene partner in the movie of his life.”
Milky Chance – Colorado
As a press release notes, ‘Colorado’ was written and recorded “in a flash of inspiration”. It marks the first release to come from Milky Chance’s newly minted Muggelig Records imprint, and takes the duo back to a wholly independent creative process, for which they set no industry-centric expectations.
“It honestly felt like the early days all over again,” Rehbein said. “Without any schedules or deadlines, we were back to making music just for ourselves, free to experiment and take risks and have fun with it.”
Daisy the Great x AJR – Record Player
Director/designer/animator Yuval Haker in New York: “‘Record Player’ is a song about our modern-day demons, the masks we wear, and the knees we scrape in our desire to fit in.”
Brett Dennen – See the World
Everyone should have their open authentic experiences. The more you explore and the further you journey, the more empathy you can have for anyone on the planet. This song has taken on a more powerful meaning after this past year. Now that the world is opening up, I have both relief and anxiety. Van (Dennen’s son) is the reason I wrote this song. To tell him that it is more important to learn from himself than it is to learn from me.
Brandi Carlile – Right On Time
Th’s powerful song and its video, which was directed by none other than Courteney Cox, reflects on conflict, regret and the singer’s stubborn resolve to do better tomorrow than she did today.
21 Pilots – Saturday
Twenty One Pilots address the feeling of trepidation following a year of isolation and the desire to get back to more joyous times on their new song “Saturday.” Tyler Joseph sings about how days seem to blend together and feeling uncertain in the current climate and the need to find one’s footing once again towards happy experiences.
Billie Eilish – NDA
On “NDA,” Billie details her struggles with fame, particularly the trials she has to face to keep romances under the radar by having those around her sign an NDA, or a Non-Disclosure Agreement. As the track progresses, Eilish can’t help but wish her life were different and didn’t require her to navigate such obstacles.
Gang Of Youths – The Angel Of 8th Ave.
“It’s about falling in love and finding a place in a new city with that person,” explains frontman Dave Le’aupepe. “There’s always going to be poetry with love in the big city, and the metropolis is like a microcosm for a global human experience no matter where.”
Dermot Kennedy – Better Days
This new single takes a sentiment we’ve all hoped for so much over the past 18 months, with Kennedy vocalizing the thoughts of people the world over. The track comes with the kind of optimism and hope the singer has always been so forthcoming with throughout his career, providing support and solace to so many.
Counting Crows – Elevator Boots
This first single off the recently released EP Butter Miracle, Suite One is a melodic, wistful ode to life on tour, with a sound that somehow manages to bridge the gap between the Band and Mott the Hoople.
Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4 U
“Good 4 U” is an up-tempo kiss-off to a former lover who moved on too quickly. Her latest hit affirms that Rodrigo’s budding stardom is bigger than any one sound: that as long as she delivers the hooks and the heartbreak, her fans will follow her anywhere.
Lord Huron – Mine Forever
“Mine Forever” explores a narrative of lost love that ultimately isn’t found again. The single arrives with a music video directed by Anthony Wilson that visualizes the song as a western film Gun Thunder. It continues the narrative the LA indie-folk outfit has been building up through music videos and their live stream series Alive from Whispering Pines.
The Wallflowers – Roots & Wings
A folksy, hooky song that’s directly indebted to classic rock; it has all the features you’d want and expect from a Wallflowers song, down to Jakob Dylan’s inimitable rasp waxing poetic about flighty romances.
The Marias – Hush
Refreshingly dark and utterly seductive, “Hush” captures intimacy’s raw allure in an irresistible, intoxicating soundtrack to connection and vulnerability, empowerment and inner strength.
Imagine Dragons – Wrecked
“Wrecked” was produced by the group and was inspired by singer Dan Reynolds’ late sister-in-law who died from cancer. “She was the brightest light. A beacon of joy and strength for everyone she met. Her sudden passing has shaken me in ways that I still am unable to express.”
Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin
Humberstone wrote “The Walls Are Way Too Thin” about moving away from home — first to Liverpool, then to London — and yearning for familiarity.
Bastille – Distorted Light Beam
In this new song co-written and co-produced with Ryan Tedder, Smith invites the listener into a metaphorical time machine, whooshing across the universe to another time, place, and perhaps even alternate reality.
Michagander – Better
Jason Singer noted, “‘Better’ is probably my favorite song off the new EP, it’s the type of song I’ve always dreamed of writing and sounds the closest to what I think Michigander embodies.”
Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
This lurid, high-concept video, directed by Dave Myers, features Sheeran in the role of a vampire flying and rampaging about town with his other fanged, punk peers in Bowie-esque glittery eye makeup, acrylic claws, blue contacts, and a hot pink suit.
Tai Verdes – A OK
A-O-K falls in line with many songs meant to uplift one’s morale. But it isn’t here to preach that everything is going to be fine. Rather, it is about making do with what one has. Verdes sings that he’s going to be “a-o-k” because that is the attitude he has chosen to deal with whatever kind of lemons life throws at him. He’ll just “be making lemonade,” even if it ends up tasting not so great.
Ben Rector – Range Rover
Co-written with Mark Trussell and Devin Dawson, the rollicking track conjures images of the open road as Rector croons about finding love with a woman who’ll look past his beat-up Honda Civic with “blown speakers and a broke A/C.” “My genuine hope is that it’s a fun, three-and-a-half-minute road trip,” Rector said of the song.
Japanese Breakfast – Be Sweet
Written with Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing, the song rattles with energy, trading previous influences like shoegaze and Pacific Northwest indie rock for danceable ’80s synth-pop. The music video is sure to put a smile on your face!
Lorde – Solar Power
Lorde talks about writing the new single: “I was on Martha’s Vineyard with my good friend, Cazzie, staying at her house. We had just been for a big swim, all day,” she recalled of the day she began the song. “My hair was wet, and when I came back into my room, I had my a little Yamaha DX keyboard, and I just started singing… and kind of figuring this thing out.”
The Neighbourhood – Stargazing
The vignette finds frontman Jesse Rutherford as the metallic-painted man, Chip Chrome, traveling with girlfriend Devon Lee Carlson in an airstream, going door-to-door at celebrities’ houses attempting to entertain them. Lana Del Rey, Blake Griffin, Jaden Smith, Mac DeMarco, Benny Blanco and Alexa Demie all open the door, reacting in every way from slamming the door in his face or embracing the new visitor.
Billie Eilish – Lost Cause
In her self-directed video for new single “Lost Cause,” the 19-year-old and her co-stars just wanted to have “the time of our lives being hot,” as she put it on her Instagram. The crew is in full sleepover mode, playing Twister, having water gun and silly string fights, and eating late-night snacks.
John Mayer – Last Train Home
Mayer revealed that the single was inspired by the “security blanket” of his nostalgia for 1980s music. I asked myself, ‘What music makes me feel like everything’s going to be OK?’ ” he said. “And it’s the music I listened to growing up in the ‘80s. There’s a security-blanket aspect about that sound that reminds me of a safer time.”
Joy Oladokun feat. Maren Morris – Bigger Man
“In my life, I sometimes experience being the youngest and the most inexperienced, and yet I have to conduct myself as though I am way above my years or my maturity. I think it’s an old feeling, especially for women and people of color, of having to be stronger, better, brighter and harder-working at everything just to get a shot. We wrote from that place and the song was born.”
Noah Kahan – Part Of Me
“‘Part of Me’ is a song about someone looking back on an almost-romance and realizing that what felt like simply a passing moment of connection between two people was actually far more significant and represented a larger loneliness within. Drifting through life and avoiding feelings for anyone or anything is something I’m far too familiar with, and sometimes one experience with somebody can open somebody’s heart and force them to be vulnerable again.”
Leon Bridges – Motorbike
A light departure from the deep fried southern soul that Bridges is famous for, ‘Motorbike’ is a smoother, more electronic effort. It’s not like this is a techno song, but its gently trippy drum loop and greater reliance of synths and keyboards is a departure from the horn sections and wide open live sound of his past work.
Vance Joy – Missing Piece
“I wrote this song during one of the lengthy lockdowns in Melbourne in 2020. I was at that time, like a lot of people, separated from someone I love due to travel restrictions and the lyrics tell that story. The lyrics come from a hopeful place. Whatever the time and distance apart you’re both gonna keep holding the line.”
Coldplay – Higher Power
The British band initially premiered the Max Martin-produced song and its video in space, first sharing it with French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently onboard the International Space Station. After listening to the track for the first time onboard the ISS, the song was then released via Parlophone/Atlantic to more earthly listeners.
Modest Mouse – We Are Between
Modest Mouse have released a visualizer for their first new track in six years. The song, entitled “We Are Between,” comes from their forthcoming album, “The Golden Casket.” Epic Records sent over the following details: “The Golden Casket heralds another new chapter in the band’s unpredictable evolution. Produced with Dave Sardy and Jacknife Lee in Los Angeles and in Modest Mouse’s studio in Portland, the album hovers in the liminal space between raw punk power and experimental studio science.”
Aurora – Runaway
Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora released her breakthrough single “Runaway” over six years ago, but thanks to TikTok users taking a liking to the track, it has seen a huge boost in streaming numbers.
Beach Bunny – Cloud 9
The song came about when singer-guitarist Lili Trifilio wanted to write a “true, gushy, genuine love song” during a “questionable point” in her relationship. “I hope that anyone who listens to this song can feel the love in the lyrics and give love a chance, as well as remember to always love themselves first and foremost,” she said.
Imagine Dragons – Follow You
Imagine Dragons first shared “Follow You” alongside another single, “Cutthroat.” The pair of tracks, which will be featured on a forthcoming album, are the band’s first new music since 2018’s Origins.
Elle King & Miranda Lambert – Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)
Elle King and Miranda Lambert have teamed up for this exhilarating new duet, which marks the former tourmates’ second recorded collaboration after the CMA-winning cover of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”