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This Week’s Best New Songs

At Paste Music, we’re listening to so many new tunes on any given day, we barely have any time to listen to each other. Nevertheless, every week we can swing it, we take stock of the previous seven days’ best tracks, delivering a weekly playlist of our favorites. Check out this week’s best new songs, in alphabetical order. (You can check out an ongoing playlist of our favorite songs of 2024 here.)

Amyl and the Sniffers: “U Should Not Be Doing That”

Amy Taylor takes no one’s shit, and on “U Should Not Be Doing That,” the Amyl and the Sniffers bandleader makes fun of 40-year-old metalheads who complain about the fact that she likes to wear skimpy clothing. “U Should Not Be Doing That”—and its B-side “Facts”—is the first release of new music from the Australian punk outfit since their 2021 album Comfort To Me. “U Should Not Be Doing That” brings an X-Ray Spex energy with the sax solo as Taylor chants, “I was in LA / Shaking my shit / While you were down in Melbourne saying fuck that bitch.” It’s raw, energetic and gives zero fucks. Amyl and the Sniffers are so back. —Olivia Abercrombie

Been Stellar: “Pumpkin”

“Pumpkin” is the laxed fourth single from Been Stellar’s forthcoming debut album Scream From New York, NY. The singles for this album have been love letters to “Meet Me In The Bathroom”-era of NYC indie rock, and “Pumpkin” is no exception: Clean guitars and shuffling drums underscore vocalist Sam Slocum’s brief retelling of an entire relationship. “Did you have my other name? / Or was it taken at some point? / It was mine to pick it up / I call it hearts and go alone,” he sings alongside some sweet tambourine. Been Stellar is reminding us that the 2000s are back in a big way—grab your digicam and your funky hat. —Leah Weinstein

Ben Katzman: “Fire Sprite”

No even 24 hours ago, Ben Katzman was competing in the finale of Survivor. Today, he unveiled his latest single, “Fire Spite”—a roaring tower of ripping rock ‘n’ roll by the lord of the axe himself. Featuring harmonies from GracieHorse, “Fire Spite” picks up where the South Floridian music teacher’s journey in Fiji left off: overcoming his own demons and putting himself front and center, leaving the darkness behind for the glow of the flame before him. Throw in an arrangement that Phil Lynott would dig, and you’ve got a screamer of a track. As Ben would say on the island, this shreds. —Matt Mitchell

Clairo: “Sexy to Someone”

Clairo’s new era is upon us, and her next album, Charm, is set to arrive in July. Lead single “Sexy to Someone” is an incredible summer teaser that finds Clairo yearning for “afterglowing” and a reciprocated affection much like the one she holds for her so much around her. “Oh, I need a reason to get out of the house,” she sings. “And it’s just a little thing I can’t live without.” The Leon Michels-produced track sounds like the middle ground between Clairo’s first two albums, simmering like a pop hit recorded in a log cabin. There’s a homespun warmth that comes alive in Clairo’s voice, as Michels’ arrangements have cracked open a new ceiling for her singing. “Sexy to Someone” is exquisite, catchy and bubbly as can be. —MM

Fashion Club ft. Julie Byrne: “Rotten Mind”

Fashion Club is the project of Pascal Stevenson, a Los Angeles-based musician and producer who has previously worked with Moaning, Girlpool, SASAMI and Cherry Glazerr, and “Rotten Mind” is the first release of theirs since their 2022 debut album Scrutiny. Stevenson teams up here with the ethereal vocalist and musician Julie Byrne—whose latest album The Greater Wings landed at #6 on our 50 Best Albums of 2023 list—for the haunting track. “Rotten Mind” is a dissection of people who use and hurt people under the guise of helping them. “Do you want to do what’s right / In your rotten mind? / It’s not love / It’s just a filthy habit you can’t wish away,” the pair beg, as their voices intertwine over the reserved, fuzzy string-centric melody. —OA

Horse Jumper of Love ft. Karly Hartzman: “Wink”

For the announcement of Horse Jumper of Love’s forthcoming 6th LP, titled Disaster Trick, the Boston trio have teamed up with Wednesday’s Karly Hartzman for a smoldering lead single. “Wink” is a prime example of what HJOL do best: understated yet crushing slowcore with minimalist, wandering lyricism. Hartzman’s harmonies give this track a delicate, layered sonic texture that makes for rewarding relistens and a crossover that shoegaze fans across the world (and the internet) can get behind. —Grace Robins-Somerville

Katy J Pearson: “Those Goodbyes”

Today, Bristol singer-songwriter Katy J Pearson announced her next album, Someday, Now, through the release of lead single “Those Goodbyes.” The track is pure folk-pop bliss, and Pearson’s voice stands center-stage throughout. Flourishes of electronica bubble beneath a hue of acoustic strumming and a snaring backbeat until they explode briefly at the track’s midpoint. It’s a perfect no-fuss track that could go on five minutes longer than it does, as Pearson (who recently appeared on the brilliant Yard Act track “When the Laughter Stops”) continues to cement herself as one of our strongest working lyricists. —MM

Laughing: “Will She Ever Be a Friend of Mine”

Montreal power pop band Laughing shared another taste of their forthcoming debut record, Because It’s True, with the effortlessly charming “Will She Ever Be A Friend Of Mine.” Taking a page from the Lemon Twigs’ recent book of ‘60s pastiche, the group deliver a bright and bubbly tune reminiscent of the Beatles’ early work. It’s classic in a way that doesn’t feel trite—as anxious lyrics pair with the most gleeful bassline you’ll hear all month, something everyone needs from time to time, and Laughing have come to scratch that itch. —LW

Macseal: “Golden Harbor”

Long Island emo veterans Macseal joined the wave of new signees to Counter Intuitive records, and they’re letting us know they’ve made something to show for it. “Golden Harbor” accompanied the announcement of the quintet’s sophomore record, Permanent Repeat, and my God does it rip. “It felt so great to feel so lost” encapsulates the ethos of the song, which originated as a sentimental folk song reflecting on the exciting novelty of young adulthood. With stellar engineering work from Billy Mannino (Oso Oso, Ben Quad), “Golden Harbor” is patently emo. Infectious layered guitars accompany the song’s catchy hook, and Macseal can’t help but reference the midwest emo capital of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (although as an IL native, no Chinese food coming out of that town is daydream-worthy). —LW

Marina Allen: “Deep Fake”

The latest single from Marina Allen’s forthcoming album Eight Pointed Star, “Deep Fake” germinated from a songwriting workshop Allen took with Chris Weisman, and it’s one of her prettiest tracks yet. “Imagine a light surrounding you, imagine the force that brought you here,” she sings delicately, with an arrangement of violin, synths, keys and pedal steel enveloping her in a can’t-miss, ornate warmth. “Deep Fake” is dazzling for how its instrumental frills drape around Allen’s songwriting so memorably. Eight Pointed Star is one of our most anticipated records of the summer, and “Deep Fake” confirms why. —MM

Mr. Sam & The People People: “Oh Me Oh My”

“Oh Me Oh My,” the latest single from Sammy Gelband’s forthcoming solo album as Mr. Sam & the People People, is a delightful ditty about love that’ll get you on your feet. “Only you know how to really move your body,” Gelband sings atop a bed of merry plucking and whimsical, Beatles-esque vocal shifts as if they were performed by a busker. “Only you know how to really speak your mind. What’s the use in having half a heart in hiding?” Add a bit of pedal steel and you’ve got something magical, proving again that Sammy Gelband is among the finest practitioners of Americana right now, and that Again! Again! will be one of the best singer-songwriter releases of the summer. —MM

Sinai Vessel: “Best Witness”

Sinai Vessel—the project of Asheville singer-songwriter Caleb Cordes—has signed with Keeled Scales and will be making its label debut later this summer with I SING. “Best Witness” is yet another measure of a growing universal truth: Cordes can write a perfect song. It’s a coming-of-age embrace of adulthood, where Cordes sings about coming to terms with how crucial it is to show up for yourself—especially when the amount of beloveds around you is shrinking. With a beautiful guitar arrangement in tow, Sinai Vessel stick out marvelously on “Best Witness.” Potential song of the summer? It’s got my vote. —MM

Storefront Church: “Melting Mirror”

Storefront Church—the project of Los Angeles-based musician Lukas Frank—mesmerizes in “Melting Mirror,” the third single off his upcoming album Ink & Oil, which explores his relationship with the ghostly presence of his deceased great uncle who would visit him in vivid recurring nightmares. Frank captures this cerebral haunting with the yearning vocal and cinematic poise of Thom Yorke while bringing a gorgeous array of strings and pianos that he conducts with his voice in “Melting Mirror.” “Facе up to the glass / Tiger on the lash / His еyes on you / Fables of the past / The mirror’s melting fast / And so are you,” he sings out, trying to make sense of these visions he is tormented by. —OA

Vince Staples: “Shame On the Devil”

Beginning with the kind of woozy indie sludge you might hear on a mid-2010s track, Long Beach rapper Vince Staples ushers in the new era of his career with the slow-burn, methodically paced “Shame On the Devil.” The focus is on Staples’ flow, which revels in a slicked-out lethargy stretched out over the proverbial ooze of a shrugging drumbeat and incoherent but beautiful backing vocals from Baby Rose, Samuel Ivoko and María Zardoya. “I’m touched by an angel, the Lord made me special,” Staples spits. “I’ve prayed for days like this.” Coming off the momentum of his new Netflix show, Staples is taking a second to reflect on his power and leadership when around peers, worrying about whether his own downfall is imminent, emotionally or physically. “I really need a good day,” he proclaims. —MM

Youth Lagoon: “Lucy Takes a Picture”

Like all the other songs about being on drugs that have come before it, “Lucy Takes A Picture” shines with its transcendent production. Trevor Powers, along with Scottish powerhouse Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule), have created a world of their own in the song’s four minutes and 20 seconds. Powers’ gentle vocals float over gorgeous piano and synthetic strings, as he sings “Made an angel in the sand / What’s an angel gonna do? / At the glory of her hand / At the glory of the moon.” —LW

Other Notable Songs: Blood: “One Dimensional Man”; Carson McHone: “I Couldn’t Say It to Your Face”; Desire: “Vampire”; Empire of the Sun: “Music on the Radio”; Footballhead: “Your Ghost”; Ginger Root: “No Problems”; Growing Stone: “The Keep”; Hard-Fi: “Don’t Go Making Plans”; mui zyu ft. Miss Grit: “please be okay”; Nightshift: “Crystal Ball”; Oceanator: “Get Out”; Personal Trainer: “Round”; Robber Robber: “Backup Plan”; Serj Tankian: “A.F. Day”; Slash ft. Iggy Pop: “Awful Dreams”; Taylor Vick (Boy Scouts): “Place That I Believe From”; The The: “Cognitive Dissident”; Umbra Vitae: “Anti-Spirit Machine”; WHY?: “The Letters, Etc.”; XG: “Woke Up”; Your Old Droog: “Mercury Thermometers”

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