Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now

Sound Off: 10 New Songs You Need to Hear Now

by Shaad D'Souza

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.

Girlpool — “Faultline”

The inimitable Girlpool return with an immaculate new single, “Faultline” — a serene, almost country-tinged track that touches on giving up too much of yourself for someone unworthy. Bring on GP4!

Astrid S & Dagny — “Pretty”

Astrid S and Dagny are two of pop music’s secret weapons, tossing out hits with ease at every interval. It’s no surprise that “Pretty” absolutely goes — a monstrous, in-your-feelings banger.

Beach House — “New Romance”

Beach House’s “New Romance” captures the glamour, chaos, and excitement of new experiences. It feels a little like an anthem for the world returning — a spectral whirlpool of delight.

Charli XCX — “Good Ones – Perfume Genius Remix”

Perfume Genius transforms “Good Ones” into the sub-bass-filled goth banger it was always meant to be, adding his own organic haze to Charli’s glossy edge.

Porches — “Adore You”

Porches kinda refuses to take his foot off my neck this year: between his great new album All Day Gentle Hold ! and this minimal, effusive Harry Styles track, his winning streak continues.

Mitski — “Heat Lightning”

“Heat Lightning” is another admirably low-key look from Mitski’s forthcoming Laurel Hell, with a low-key synth groove that, after a few listens, won’t leave your head.

Tame Impala — “No Choice”

This Slow Rush Deluxe cut is vintage Tame, featuring Kevin Parker’s trademark drum hits and an eerie, surreal sense of style.


Ruel makes his grand return with this gorgeous, emotive, 80s-inspired banger, a paean to aging awkwardly, not gracefully.

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges — “B-Side”

Khruangbin and Leon Bridges each make their own brands of vibey, windows-down soul, so it makes sense that they would make impeccable collaborators. “B-Side”, from their new Texas Moon EP, is a rich, expansive piece of work.

Bon Iver — “Second Nature”

This new Don’t Look Up cut from Bon Iver was co-written with Succcessioncomposer Nicolas Britell, giving the entire track a gorgeously cinematic feel.

Photography: Alexis Gross


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