Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now
by Shaad D'SouzaApr 14, 2023
It's impossible to be across all the new music out each Friday. Luckily, PAPER is here to help you out: each week, we round up 10 of our favorite new songs from artists — emerging and established — to soundtrack your life. From the surreal to the sublime, these songs cover every corner of the music world. The only criteria: they all have to absolutely rip.
Feist is back and as brilliant as ever. “The Redwing," like all her best songs, is minimal but feels huge, as elemental as a sharp intake of breath, impossibly casual all the same.
Jorja Smith’s new song is rhythmic and off-kilter, drawing from bhangra while still maintaining sleek soul atmospherics.
Dominic Fike returns with this laid-back piece of summery indie rock, a mid-tempo track that’s as irreverent as it is earnest.
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Doja Cat gears up for her pure-rap next album by adding a sharp, raspy-voiced verse to SZA’s inescapable “Kill Bill," a fitting sequel to “Kiss Me More."
A piece of laid-back pre-Coachella synth-funk from Magdalena Bay, returning with a new volume of their much-loved mini mix series.
All of Angel Olsen’s music is about searching for some ineffable feeling of contentment or meaning; on “Forever Means," she finds inspiration in the search: "Each moment arrives and then disappears/ But the searching goes on/ Forever.”
Romy pays tribute to queer trailblazers with “Enjoy Your Life," sampling legendary synth musician Beverly-Glenn Copeland on this euphoric house song.
King Krule’s new single is a lackadaisical indie track, one of his most traditional songs in a minute that’s still full of mystery and intrigue.
"Your Mind Is Not Your Friend" evokes Matt Berninger’s journey out of a period of depression and writer’s block – a classic The National song that harks back to the band’s halcyon mid-2010s period.
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