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.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs & Perfume Genius — "Spitting Off The Edge Of The World"

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with their first song in nearly a decade, and it’s a seething, simmering sucker punch that’s a keen reminder of just what made the band so compelling to begin with. Featuring Perfume Genius, it’s a remarkable return.

Abdu Ali — "My Best Friend"

Abdu Ali’s new Baltimore club jam is an ode to Black, queer love. Released in the first week of Pride month, it’s a sweet summer heater.

Cat Power — "You Got The Silver"

Cat Power’s lends her iconic husky vocals to this Rolling Stones cover — yet another entry into her wide back catalogue of cover songs.

Deaton Chris Anthony & BENEE — "Good Buy My Old Life"

Pop weirdos Deaton Chris Anthony and BENEE unite on “Good Buy My Old Life”, an exceptionally strange pop song that takes early-2000s nostalgia and refracts it through a funhouse mirror.

Angel Olsen — "Through The Fires"

“Through The Fires” is the immaculate highlight from Angel Olsen’s new record, Big Time — a scorched country ballad that builds from sweetly-orchestrated minimalism into something bold and breathtaking.

Post Malone & Fleet Foxes — "Love/Hate Letter To Alcohol"

The highlight from Post Malone’sTwelve Carat Toothache is this surprisingly thoughtful Fleet Foxes collab, about Posty’s troubled relationship with booze. It’s ethereal and tragic.

Maggie Rogers — "Want Want"

Maggie Rogers’ new track is crunchy and catchy — a driving, windows-down pop rock track that adds some grit and weirdness to the palette of "That’s Where I Am."

Tove Styrke — "Free"

"Free" is a sultry highlight from Tove Styrke’s new album, HARD — a song about abject desire that’s catchy and atmospheric in equal measure.

Icona Pop & Charli XCX — "I Love It - I Don’t Care 2022 Re-edit"

Icona Pop released a 10th anniversary remix of their iconic Charli XCX collab, “I Love It.” I thought this fucking song was big in Germany, what the fuck are you doing?

Bad Boy Chiller Crew — "Skank All Night"

The BBCC return with “Skank All Night” — a song that basically does what it says on the tin. Simple, but effective!

Photography: David Black


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