The snow has melted away, and the frigid, wintry days are long gone. Since the first day of spring arrived on March 20, a plethora of flowers (and new indie music!) have been seemingly blossoming everywhere.
To celebrate their arrival, we’ve rounded up the fresh, incredible tracks that've dropped this season—we’re talking everything from illuminating guitar solos to breathing synthesizer sounds, to love-at-first listen vocal melodies. From Tame Impala to Japanese Breakfast, these new indie, alternative, and rock releases are enchanting us avid listeners.
Check 'em out below, then make sure to track them all on Bandsintown!
Julia Jacklin - "Pressure to Party"
From the moment this Aussie guitarist starts strumming or showcases her soulful voice, listeners are utterly drawn-in. Her lyrics have an impressive relatability, covering everything from social pressure to devastating breakups all with guitar-heavy support. This track is one to blast in the car, dance to alone in your room, or one you turn up the minute the sun comes out after a gloomy afternoon! Julia Jacklin combines elements country-rock, folk, indie and soul to produce a unique and vintage sound. Check out her timeless voice in this utterly replayable single!
Hatchie — ”Without a Blush”
With layered vocals, hazy electric strumming, and reverberating pedals, this track infuses modern dreampop with 90’s woozy indie sounds. Echoing glide guitar acts of the past, Harriette Pilbeam is an Australian singer-songwriter who is known professionally as Hatchie. After touring with Alvvays, Snail Mail, and now Girlpool, Hatchie has an exciting year ahead of her and will release her debut album, Keepsake next month. Apart from this dreamy song, Hatchie has also released singles “Stay With Me,” and “Obsessed,” that we guarantee you’ll dance to all spring and summer long. This music video to “Without a Blush,” is any shoegaze-lover’s dream, check it out below!
Vampire Weekend — ”Bambina”
After hearing the “ay ay ay’s” of “A-Punk” or the “ooh’s” of “Unbelievers,” 2000s indie kids everywhere went through Vampire Weekend phases or fell in love with its lead singer Ezra Koenig. After a five-year hiatus, the wildly popular rockers are back and combine their signature Afro-pop and upbeat guitar sounds on the new song, “Bambina.” from their recently released fourth LP, Father of the Bride. Since January, Koenig and his bandmates have been releasing two singles per month, notably, “Harmony Hall,” “2021,” and “This Life,” among others. Now, the change of season has also brought us an entirely new era of Vampire Weekend, one that utilizes autotune and collaborations with other innovative artists, like Danielle Haim and Steve Lacy! This lovable track was just released along with the album:
Japanese Breakfast — ”Essentially”
Lo-fi sounds, airy, delicate vocals and irresistible beats are Michelle Zauner’s expertise. Released on April 26, this tune embodies the many talents of Zauner, the lead singer of indie rock band Japanese Breakfast. From covering The Cranberries and Nada Surf to touring the globe, Japanese Breakfast have continued to dazzle us with spacy, intricate songs since the release of Soft Sounds From Another Planet, their critically-acclaimed 2017 album release. “Essentially,” marks their long-awaited return, and an official new track by them to groove to! Treat your ears and get ready to dance, this catchy new song begs to be replayed from its beat drops to its instantly likeable melody:
Lizzo — ”Soulmate”
With her fierce lyrics dedicated to body positivity, every track from Lizzo’s April album release, Because I Love You is an undeniable jam. “I’m my own soulmate, I know how to love me, “ Lizzo sings on this feel-good anthem, “True love only happens when you’re by yourself.” Formerly a member of indie hip-hop bands, Lizzo has since broken out into many music scenes on her own and garnered a fanbase of over twelve million Spotify listeners. She has collaborated with everyone from Prince to Sleater-Kinney and continues to impress the indie music and mainstream worlds with her articulate lyrics and politically-conscious subject matter. To see what we mean, check out how Lizzo empowers her listeners with this infectious track encouraging healthy self-love and self-care!
Tame Impala — “Patience”
Kevin Parker is a beloved shapeshifter. In psychedelic past albums, his voice could be mistaken for John Lennon, his guitar playing resembles that of 20th century classic rock, and his surrounding synth work is festival-ready and instantly crowd-pleasing. The 2015 album, Currents unveiled Parker’s abilities as a producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The new 2019 single, “Patience,” does the same with a combination of 70’s disco-like piano chords, bongo beats, and Parker’s trademark resounding vocals. The new Tame Impala album is said to be arriving sometime this year, but we have their upcoming SNL performance, another track called “Borderline,” and this tune to get hyped about in the meantime!