FEISTY Likes #8: 23 February 2020

Talk Show
Talk Show's new single Stress is taken from their forthcoming debut EP. Photo: Matt Wilder

This week’s installment of FEISTY Likes features all of the best new music you need to hear, including brand new singles from bands including Glass Animals, Yumi Zouma and Purity Ring.

Our weekly showcase highlights the tenacious and the ethereal, the wild and the chill, with alternative, indie, rock, pop and punk picks from across the musical spectrum.

There’s 30 tracks in total this time, including a cutting feminist statement from Dream Nails, a rescue from the cutting room floor from Jay Som and a second single in as many weeks from PINS.

FEISTY’s Single of the Week is Stress, the frenzied new single from post-punks Talk Show. With fevered vocals and howling guitar lines, it’s another reason to be excited for their forthcoming debut EP These People.

Other highlights include the hot debut from Scandipop newcomer Hedda Mae, Zurich’s under-the-radar collective Inbetween Movies and an infectious social commentary from six-piece Sports Team.

There’s also the first track in a while from Chemtrails, sombre folk from Isadora Eden and the latest from Aussie rising star San Mei.

Read on for all 30 picks, including a synopsis on each from FEISTY’s Katy Blackwood, and boot up the Spotify playlist below to fall in love with this week’s selections! ♥︎♥︎♥︎

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Michi – Night Moves

Luxurious pop from Los Angeles’ Michi, whose warm and nostalgic sounds are inspired by ’60s and ’70s grooves and even the Bee Gees. Formerly part of indie pop band Private Island, she’s now picking up plenty of fans and streams with her solo singles.

Glass Animals – Your Love (Déjà Vu)

Slick, R&B-inspired indietronica from Glass Animals, whose third album is on the way this year. Your Love (Déjà Vu) is about “fucked-up relationships” and is the follow-up to their collaboration with Denzel Curry in November.

San Mei – Cherry Days

We’re long-time supporters of San Mei, so we’re excited that her alluring blend of dream pop, indie pop and synthpop is finally picking up the wider attention it deserves. Cherry Days is a chirpy track taken from her new EP Cry, which drops in March.

Purity Ring – stardew

The general consensus on this fanciful comeback single is that it’s not the synthpop duo’s best, but it’s still new Purity Ring, and is that ever a bad thing? A second new track, Pink Lightning, is out as part of a browser game.

Hedda Mae – Pride Goes Before a Fall

Introducing Hedda Mae, a Norwegian newcomer inspired in part by the clean-cut saunter of early 2000s pop music. Her debut single is an impressive, feminine piece of big-league pop complimented by some especially snazzy basslines.

Honeymoan – Fidelio

Taken from alt-popster’s Honeymoan’s new EP Weirdo, Fidelio encourages the listener to own their sexuality and contentiously suggests it’s possible to find positives in being objectified. It’s yet more exquisite pop from the Cape Town quartet.

PINS – Bad Girls Forever

The second new PINS single in as many weeks, Bad Girls Forever builds on the promise of Hot Slick and confirms the Manchester ladies’ reinvention as bringers of glamorous, disco-tinged post-punk tunes.

Sports Team – Here’s the Thing

Sports Team’s latest single is a biting social commentary told through a slew of catchy guitars, a truly infectious vocal melody and even a spot of whistling! The six-piece will drop their promising debut album on Island Records in the spring.

Coach Party – Breakdown

Only the second outing for hotly-tipped Isle of Wight newcomers Coach Party, Breakdown is fractious indie pop and desperately tells of the jealousy, drama and insecurities that can plague romantic relationships.

Talk Show – Stress

Harrison Swann’s fevered vocals and Harrison and Tom Holmes’ howling guitar lines are the highlights of another essential Talk Show single. The post-punks’ debut EP These People is on the way soon, with a six-date headline UK tour penned in for April. – FEISTY’s Single of the Week

Dream Nails – Payback

Dream Nails are as jagged and incisive as ever on their new track, a cutting statement on how the British justice system fails survivors of sexual violence, complete with heated refrains from feminist activist group Sisters Uncut.

Cuffed Up – Danger, Danger

The self-styled “sad punks” wowed us last month with their last single French Exit, and have now dropped their stellar, self-titled debut EP. Danger, Danger is the new track included, and it’s got all of the vitality we’re coming to expect from the LA standouts.

Chemtrails – Paranoiacs

Chemtrails are back, and they’ve lost none of their distinctive garage-punk charm. Mia Lust and Laura Orlova’s new track is barbed, fuzzy rock, and as good as anything on their 2018 debut album. The Peculiar Smell, their second full-length, is out on 15 May.

FLOWVERS – Throwaway Generation

Guitar-wielding Portsmouth foursome’s Throwaway Generation, the bright title track of their new EP, asks: “Is it our fault, or our parents’ procrastination?” The band are favourites of influential promoters This Feeling, who are backing their spring tour.

Fire in the Radio – EX-SF

Riotous, exasperated alternative rock from Philadelphia, PA. Fire in the Radio have packed plenty of urgent riffs into EX-SF’s 155 seconds of frantic, melodic punk energy.

Violent Soho – Lying on the Floor

Long-runners Violent Soho, who are massive in their native Australia, caught our attention with this gritty alt-rock effort. The raucous live performers release their new album Everything Is A-OK on 3 April.

Jackie – Unspun

Fronted by singer-songwriter Jackie Mohr, Canadian trio Jackie will appeal to fans of MarthaGunn and Black Honey. Unspun, from their New at Drugs EP, is a fresh pop rock earworm with an insatiable chorus.

Colour Tongues – Control

Sprightly indie pop from the under-the-radar Vancouverites. Catchy chords and memorable vocal melodies combine on their first single since 2019’s Almost East EP. Foals, Phoenix and Minus the Bear are cited amongst the band’s influences.

Jay Som – A Thousand Words

Jay Som’s latest AA-side single is comprised of two tracks from the sessions for her highly-rated 2019 album Anak Ko. A-side A Thousand Words is leisurely, gentle indie rock that builds to a fuzzier guitar crescendo.

Marlin’s Dreaming – Sink or Swim

Hailing from the New Zealand city famed for the Dunedin Sound, Marlin’s Dreaming’s new track features some exquisite old-school jangle and will feature on their upcoming album Quotidian.

Inbetween Movies – Kiddios Cave

Dazzling Swiss newcomers Inbetween Movies ably describe their music as “electro-shoegazing” and cite Slowdive as a primary influence. Kiddios Cave, their third single, is spectacularly cinematic and undoubtedly a hidden gem.

Ellis – Embarrassing

Elegant, introspective pop from the Canadian’s upcoming debut album Born Again. The daughter of a piano teacher, Ellis – a.k.a. Linnea Siggelkow – uses keys carefully to punctuate her reflectful lyrics on her second single of the year to date.

Yumi Zouma – Southwark

“I am imperfectly yours”, sings Christie Simpson on Yumi Zouma’s latest filmy alt-pop single. Their new album Truth or Consequences is out on 13 March on Polyvinyl.

Isadora Eden – Anhedonia

The first track from Colorado’s Isadora Eden since 2018 is, as prior fans of her overcast folk will expect, a sombre effort. It’s a captivating one too, though, and one that conveys the intense, vivid angst of the lyrics perfectly.

Bessie Turner – Donkey

The latest from Suffolk singer-songwriter Bessie Turner, who formed her own label several years ago to promote her music and now works in tandem with LAB Records. Her new single reminds us of indie pop favourite Hazel English and is a definite grower.

Public Practice – Compromised

A memorable single that sounds a lot like a modern take on the femme C86 bands of the 1980s, as well as taking inspiration from American bands ESG and Blondie. The four-piece are set to release their debut album Gentle Grip in May.

The Lottery Winners – Headlock

Brash indie rock from the Lancashire band’s forthcoming first album, as described by The Lottery Winners’ frontman Thom Rylance as a “twisted love song”. They’re embarking on an extensive UK tour in March.

Locate S,1 – Whisper 2000

Quirky, artful pop that’s packed with crisp guitar lines and produced with aplomb by Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes. Whisper 2000 will feature on Personalia, the second album from Christina Schneider under her Locate S,1 moniker.

¡BangBang Watergun! – Disperse

A debut single via Diamond Club that combines rudimentary synth rumble, hip-hop influences and Ragnhild Moan’s kind vocals and somehow manages to make it all work. The Oslo fivesome style themselves in exclusively ’80s tracksuits.

Sizzy Rocket – That Bitch

This week’s FEISTY Likes concludes with boastful electropop from Sizzy Rocket. We don’t know why, but we have a taste for the self-assured swagger and punk energy of her latest single, which bombastically declares: “Motherfucker, I’m that bitch”.

FEISTY Likes #7: 16 February 2020

Eilish Gilligan
Australian producer and performer Eilish Gilligan pairs her striking vocals with smooth synth arrangements

This week’s FEISTY Likes highlights a wealth of spectacular new music, including new singles from TOPS, Grimes, PINS, I Break Horses and many more.

FEISTY Likes is our weekly feature showcasing the best new singles, including dazzling alternative, punchy indie, raucous rock, decisive pop and eclectic selections from across the musical spectrum.

The highlights in the seventh installment include another peppy offering from teenage newcomers Chasing Daze, grunge-pop from Aussie newcomers Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers and a cut from Beach Bunny’s new album Promises.

There’s plenty of talented women to discover (the men do get a look-in as well!), from solo upstarts Eilish Gilligan and golda to female-fronted bands Tiny Fighter, Cable Ties and Spyres.

Our single of the week, though, comes from Melbourne band Romero, whose gleaming debut is sharp power pop of the highest standard, packed with keen riffs and topped off with striking vocals from frontwoman Alanna Oliver.

The latest FEISTY Likes is a bumper installment featuring everything we’ve vibed with since the last edition of the Alternative Singles Chart, which it replaces, meaning there’s some 38 tracks to potentially fall in love with.

We’ll be compiling and publishing a new FEISTY Likes every weekend, with a write-up from FEISTY editor Katy Blackwood on each of the picks, and a Spotify playlist for your listening pleasure.

Listen now via the playlist below, and read on for profiles of all 38 selections:

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Romero – Honey

The first single from Aussie band Romero, and what a way to debut! This introduction to the Melburnians is an accomplished modern-day spin on power pop, with snappy vocals from frontwoman Alanna Oliver and lively riffs aplenty. – FEISTY’s Single of the Week

TOPS – Witching Hour

Fans of Sunflower Bean’s power pop will adore the latest track from TOPS. Its endless warmth and analogue charm mask the darker meaning behind the lyrics: Vocalist Jane Penney has explained the new track is about “reckoning” and “retribution”.

MarthaGunn – We Don’t Need Each Other

MarthaGunn’s star continues to rise with this absolute earworm of a single. It reminds us of classic Days Are Gone-era HAIM, adding rock swagger to just the right amount of pop sensibility. Their UK tour is set for late March through early April.

I Break Horses – I’ll Be the Death of You

Another lush, shoegazey single from I Break Horses’ forthcoming album Warnings, as set for release on 10 May. While previous single Death Engine was an 8-minute epic, this one brings in a heavier helping of synths and showcases the pair’s dreamier side.

Chasing Daze – Teenager

We introduced Chasing Daze when we featured the brother-sister duo’s debut single a few weeks ago. Their second single, about the rigour and challenges of teenage life, is a continuation of their bubbling brand of peppy indie pop.

Ratboys – Anj

The highly-melodic new single from Ratboys features bold riffs and a slew of 1990s indie influences. It’s taken from their new album Printer’s Devil, out on 28 February on Topshelf Records.

Circa Waves – Sad Happy

A bonafide indie pop anthem from Circa Waves that’s sure to be one of the highlights of their album of the same name. The band are also holding an all-dayer, Circa Fest, next month in their hometown Liverpool.

U.S. Girls – 4 Million Dollars

This lavish production is the latest track from art pop stalwart U.S. Girls’ forthcoming album Heavy Light, as set for release on 4AD in three weeks and recorded live with the assistance of 20 session musicians.

PINS – Hot Slick

PINS are back with their first single since 2017, and it’s a groovy piece of modern-day indie disco that’s been growing on us ever since our first listen. Welcome back, ladies!

Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers – Desk Chair

Infectious grunge-pop from the wonderfully-named Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers, four 19-year-old girls from Australia who first got together after watching School of Rock at a sleepover.

Catholic Action – Another Name for Loneliness

Catholic Action vocalist-guitarist Chris McCrory describes this luxurious single, with its bold strings and urging beat, as themed around the rediscovery of “pure, joyful and meaningful love as an adult”.

Sons – Sweat

Something gruffer from Brighton’s Sons, who continue to forge their reputation as one of the UK’s best new rock bands with another single packed with stormy punk machismo.

Cable Ties – Self-Made Man

The follow-up to Sandcastles, as featured in the Alternative Singles Chart in January, showcases a more heated side of Cable Ties’ vocalist-guitarist Jenny McKenchie and packs a serious post-punk punch.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Cars in Space

A delightfully high-spirited indie single from the jangly Aussies, who are set to play three UK dates – at All Points East Festival, Neighbourhood Festival and Edinburgh’s Liquid Room – in the spring.

San Cisco – Reasons

It’s summer in Australia, so it’s fitting that San Cisco’s sunny new single is ready-made for bright days and beach weather. The trio have a new EP, Flaws, on the way in March.

Eilish Gilligan – I Just Want to Look at You

Eilish Gilligan is a singer-songwriter and producer who pairs her striking vocals with smooth synth arrangements. I Just Want to Look at You is the latest in a string of singles that show off her raw talent, and our favourite to date.

Tiny Fighter – Strangest Thing

Vocalist Therese Karlsson really pops on this bright single from Stockholm band Tiny Fighter. It’s taken from their debut album Going Home, as carefully created over a 12-month period with Grammy-winning producer Thomas Johansson.

Skott – Kodak & Codeine

We featured Skott in our Women on Vox feature back in 2018, and since then she’s gone on to become one of Scandipop’s leading names. After a couple of lukewarm efforts her latest Kodak & Codeine is a return to pop form.

COIN – Valentine

Our favourite COIN single for a while, and it’s no surprise that it was a Valentine’s Day release! The alt-pop trio’s new album Dreamland drops next Friday.

Indian Queens – Bubblewrap

Drums pummel and synths warble as vocalist Jennifer O’Neill laments the climate crisis on this mesmerising effort from under-the-radar Londoners Indian Queens.

Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats

As the cover art suggests, Mystery Jet’s anthemic new single A Billion Heartbeats is a rousing commentary on power and protest. It’s the title track from their album of the same name, set for release on 3 April.

Arabnormal – Digital Veil

Belgian band Arabnormal feature ex-Das Pop man Niek Meul and effortlessly marry post-punk with psychedelia on Digital Veil, a polished cut from their self-titled debut album.

Beach Bunny – Promises

The final pre-release single from the Chicago band’s new album Honeymoon, as freshly released on Friday on Mom+Pop.

Working Men’s Club – White Rooms and People

Inspired by the originators of post-punk in the late ’70s, Working Men’s Club’s new single is driven by funky guitar lines and Sydney Minsky-Sargeant’s stony, deadpan vocals.

The Pale White – Polaroid

Melodic indie rock from Newcastle’s The Pale White, who continue to flesh out their sound and are potentially set for a mighty 2020 and beyond as their fanbase continues to grow.

Spyres – Fake ID

Spyres are a young Glasgow foursome whose debut single Otherwise topped 100,000 streams. Fake ID is their energetic second single, bemoaning the familiar youthful challenge of getting into nightclubs while underage.

Low Hummer – The Real Thing

A prominent synth line drives this Shopping-esque single from promising Hull post-punks Low Hummer, known in a previous life as La Bête Blooms and now working with Leeds label Dance to the Radio.

golda – Under

Los Angeles newcomer golda counts Florence + the Machine and Lana Del Rey as two of her influences, and such inspirations are apparent on her pretty new single.

Grimes – Delete Forever

The final pre-release single for Grimes’ new album Miss Anthropocene showcases a different side of Claire Boucher, with acoustic guitar and stripped-back production.

EGOISM – You You

Syrupy dream pop from Australian duo EGOISM, whose diverse influences include Beach House, Elliott Smith and The Veronicas.

FXRRVST – Bad Things

Toronto alternatives FXRRVST describe themselves as an “environmentally-conscious band”, ensuring all of their merchandise is eco-friendly and handing part of the profits to selected charities. Their new single Bad Things is a touching, melodic effort.

Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes – Set Me Free

One of Sweden’s best kept secrets of the late 2010s finally released their first album, Sweetie, on Friday. New single Set Me Free is one of the highlights, a cosy, wistful effort starring Siri Sjöberg’s always-dazzling vocals.

Beverly Kills – I Dreamt in Commercials

Gothenburg’s Beverly Kills are gearing up to release their debut EP in April, and fans of Agent blå are sure to like the sleepy charm and post-punk vibes of tracks like I Dreamt in Commercials.

Pom Pom Squad – Red With Love

Rough-edged, riot grrrl-inspired punk from New York and another single scheduled to coincide with Valentine’s Day. Pom Pom Squad, who say they’re a band that would “rather growl than yell”, have previously supported Soccer Mommy and Pronoun.

KYTES – Runaway

Munich-based foursome KYTES wear their ’80s influences on their sleeves and pack them plentifully into their punchy, surprisingly-catchy new track Runaway. Their second album is out on 28 February.

Bad Love – More Than Friends

This Stoke-on-Trent trio, featuring members of former FEISTY tips Fears Chella, are a brand new alt-pop band for your playlists. More Than Friends is their debut single.

Nicole Sabouné – Come Along

We’re long-time fans of Swedish goth songstress Nicole Sabouné. This cover of Titiyo takes a 2001 pop song, a huge hit in Europe if not in the United Kingdom, and turns it into a breathtaking, ethereal ballad.

Kite – Tranås/Stenslanda

It’s a long time since Kite have released new music, but on their new single they’ve lost none of their eccentric charm. Named after the two small towns Kite’s Nicklas Stenemo and Christian Berg hail from, Tranås/Stenslanda is a precise, dramatic piece of art pop.

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #6: 6 February 2020

Melenas
Melenas' new single 3 segundos, taken from their newly-announced upcoming album Dias Raros, is one of the 16 new entries to this week's Alternative Singles Chart

Hazel English, The Mysterines and The Magic Gang are among the new entries into the top 20 of this week’s FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart.

Our round-up of the most essential new music features 16 new entries this time around, with a top ten spot for Hinds‘ Good Bad Times, the first track released from their upcoming album The Prettiest Curse, being the highest entry.

La Roux stays at the summit, the day before the release of her new album Supervision, but among the new entries there’s plenty to hear, from a foray into pop territory for darkwave musician Sally Dige to something a touch more experimental and artistic from Katie Gately.

Swedish band I Break Horses‘s beautiful new track Death Engine is the longest track we’ve ever featured in the chart, at almost eight minutes in length, and Melenas debut on the chart with 3 segundos, the first Spanish-language song we’ve ever selected.

There’s also appearances for new singles from British-Argentine musician Melena Zavala, under-the-radar Aussie newcomer D’Arcy Spiller, former Ardyn vocalist Katy J Pearson, and many more!

Next week we’ll be shifting the style of our new music content away from the Alternative Singles Chart format we’ve been experimenting with since the start of 2020, but don’t worry, we’ll be picking out just as much great new music every week.

In the meantime, check out the chart to see all of the latest additions, or head straight to our Spotify playlist to listen to all of the new music we’re confident you need to hear! ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 6 February 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
0101La Roux
United Kingdom
Automatic Driver
Supercolour Records
0202Tame Impala
Australia
Lost in Yesterday
Modular Recordings
0304Soccer Mommy
United States
Circle the Drain
Loma Vista Recordings
0403Tennis
United States
How to Forgive
Mutually Detrimental
0511Cage the Elephant
United States
Broken Boy (feat. Iggy Pop)
110 Entertainment / RCA Records
0608Sorry
United Kingdom
More
Domino
0705Grouplove
United States
Deleter
Atlantic Records / WEA
08NEHinds
Spain
Good Bad Times
Lucky Number
0907Grimes
Canada
My Name is Dark
4AD
1009The Naked and Famous
New Zealand
Bury Us
AWAL Recordings
1114Poliça
United States
Sea Without Blue
Memphis Industries
1210Yumi Zouma
New Zealand
Cool for a Second
Polyvinyl
1313Mitski
United States
Cop Car
Dead Oceans / KRO Records
14NEThe Mysterines
United Kingdom
Love's Not Enough
Pretty Face Records
1506Blossoms
United Kingdom
If You Think This Is Real Life
Virgin EMI
1612U.S. Girls
United States
Overtime
4AD
17NEHazel English
Australia
Off My Mind
Marathon Artists
1817Gengahr
United Kingdom
Never a Low
Liberator Music
1918Little Dragon
Sweden
Hold On
Ninja Tune
20NEThe Magic Gang
United Kingdom
Think
Yala! Records
2115Tennis
United States
Need Your Love
Mutually Detrimental
2220Demob Happy
United Kingdom
Mother Machine
SO Recordings / Silva Screen Records
2326Cuffed Up
United States
French Exit
24NEBest Coast
United States
Different Light
Concord Records
2522Sea Girls
United Kingdom
Ready for More
Polydor Records
2640Gengahr
United Kingdom
Icarus
Liberator Music
2716Chasing Daze
United States
Change You
Dreams Never Die / Young Forever
28NEMalena Zavala
Argentina / United Kingdom
I'm Leaving Home
Yucatan Records
2919The Big Moon
United Kingdom
Barcelona
Fiction Records
3021Wolf Parade
Canada
Julia Take Your Man Home
Sub Pop Records
3124La Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
3231Wild Nothing
United States
Foyer
Captured Tracks
33NED'Arcy Spiller
Australia
Wildfire
100s + 1000s
3430Ten Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
3529San Mei
Australia
Hard to Face
etcetc
3638SHEAFS
United Kingdom
Total Vanity
37NEKatie Gately
United States
Waltz
Houndstooth
3835Fickle Friends
United Kingdom
Pretty Great
Cooking Vinyl
3928Honeymoan
South Africa
Weirdo
Communion
4027Do Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
4123Lauran Hibberd
United Kingdom
Bang Bang Bang
4243Pabst
Germany
Ibuprofen
Ketchup Tracks
43NEKaty J Pearson
United Kingdom
Hey You
Heavenly Recordings
44NESally Dige
Canada
It's You I'm Thinking Of
4525Creeper
United Kingdom
Annabelle
Roadrunner Records
4637Sløtface
Norway
Tap the Pack
Propeller Recordings
4739MGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
4847Diet Cig
United States
Night Terrors
Frenchkiss Records
49NEMush
United Kingdom
Existential Dread
Memphis Industries
5058KÅRP
Sweden
Left Handed
5133Pit Pony
United Kingdom
Dutch Courage
52NEStereo Honey
United Kingdom
Ladders to the Sun
LAB Records
5332The Snuts
United Kingdom
Fatboy Slim
Parlophone Records
5441Shopping
United Kingdom
For Your Pleasure
FatCat Records
55NEMelenas
Spain
3 segundos
Trouble in Mind Records
5636CIEL
United Kingdom
The Shore
57NEGangz
Australia
Give in Tonight
58NEThe Clockworks
Ireland
Stranded in Stansted
Creation23
5946Courteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
60NEI Break Horses
Sweden
Death Engine
Bella Union
FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: Bonus Tracks
Allie X
Canada
Devil I Know
Twin Music
Declan McKenna
United Kingdom
Beautiful Faces
Sony Music
Public Body
United Kingdom
Presenteeism
Silverbacks
Ireland
Drool
Nice Swan Records
Snarls
United States
Marbles
Take This to Heart Records

Found something hot and freshly released? We’d love to know about it as we compile the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart. After all, your ears are as good as ours, right? Send us a tip with the details, or drop our editor a line at katy@feistymusic.com.

Upcoming Album and EP Releases: February 2020

February 2020 albums and EPs
Tame Impala, La Roux, Allie X and Soccer Mommy are among the artists releasing albums in February 2020

Our round-up of upcoming releases reveals all of the album and EPs you need to know about in February 2020.

The busy start to the new decade continues with a number of albums promising to be among the best of the year, and a flurry of under-the-radar releases from artists you ought to hear.

We’ve gathered every new release from across the alternative genres we love, including the worlds of indie, post-punk, shoegaze, dream pop, electropop and riot grrrl, plus a scattering of high-profile albums from beyond our usual comfort zone.

Read on for the definitive list, arranged by date, and let us know if we’ve missed something truly essential.

And finally, want to hear the latest singles and freshest bands before everyone else? Check out the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart countdown and playlist, published every Thursday.

FEISTY’s Tips

January was an incredible month for new music, but the upcoming release schedule suggests February is set to be even better.

FEISTY editor Katy Blackwood tips La Roux‘s sophisticated synthpop comeback Supervision (7th), her first since 2014, as this month’s most essential forthcoming album.

Valentine Day’s brings a new album from Tame Impala and Tennis‘ impressive Swimmer, while the belated official release of Grimes’ Miss Anthropocene (21st) and U.S. indie darling Soccer Mommy‘s color theory (28th) follow on the final two Fridays.

The other album releases she’s most excited about are post-punk trio Shopping‘s new album All or Nothing (7th), the debut from Chicago indie pop foursome Beach Bunny (14th), and pop symbol Allie X‘s second album Cape God (21st).

Sweden’s Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes (14th), Leeds alternatives Mush (14th) and urban London punks Nova Twins (28th) are also all set to drop their debut albums.

There’s several great releases on the way on the EP front, too, including the second EPs from Brighton band Thyla and London trio Cheerbleederz (both 7th).

Much-tipped South African band Honeymoan‘s new alt-pop EP drops on the 21st, and there’s a debut EP from Cuffed Up on the same date, both sure to be well worth checking out. ♥♥♥

7 February 2020

Ásgeir – Bury the Moon (One Little Indian)
Bambara – Stray (Wharf Cat)
Charlotte Spiral – Ideal Life EP (Chapped Lips)
Cheerbleederz – Lobotany EP (Alcopop!)
Cheerleader – Almost Forever (Bright Antenna)
Church Girls – The Haunt (Anchor Eighty Four)
Delain – Apocalypse & Chill (Napalm)
Green Day – Father of All… (Reprise)
Highasakite – The Bare Romantic Pt. 2 EP (Propeller)
HMLTD – West of Eden (Lucky Number)
The Homesick – The Big Exercise (Sub Pop)
Inger Nordvik – Time (Asta)
La Roux – Supervision (Supercolour)
The Lone Bellow – Half Moon Light (Dualtone)
Mighty Oaks – All Things Go (BMG)
Nada Surf – Never Not Together (Barsuk)
Oh Wonder – No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (Universal)
OvO – Miasma (Artoffact)
Shmu – Pure Bliss (Requiem pour un Twister)
Shopping – All or Nothing (FatCat)
Stone Temple Pilots – Perdida (Play Pen/Rhino)
Thyla – Everything at Once EP
Tindersticks – See My Girls EP (City Slang)
Yellow Straps – Golddress EP (Majestic Casual)

12 February 2020

Scandal – Kiss From the Darkness (Victor)

14 February 2020

Beach Bunny – Honeymoon (Mom+Pop)
Boniface – Boniface (Transgressive)
Brand New Friend – A Cure for Living EP (Xtra Mile)
Cindy Lee – What’s Tonight to Eternity (W.25TH)
The Deadnotes – Courage (22 Lives)
DBOY – New Records in Human Power (Dine Alone/Alcopop!)
DRAMA – Dance With Me (Ghostly)
EDEN – No Future (Astralwerks)
Hollywood Undead – New Empire, Vol. 1 (BMG)
Jack River – Stranger Heart (I Oh You)
Katie Gately – Loom (Houndstooth)
Le Butcherettes – Don’t Bleed (Rise)
Marjana Semkina – Sleepwalking (Kscope)
The Men – Mercy
Mush – 3D Routine (Memphis Industries)
Nathaniel Rateliff – And It’s Still Alright (Stax)
Orla Gartland – Freckle Season EP
Steve Buscemi’s Dreamy Eyes – Sweetie (Rama Lama)
Summer Camp – Romantic Comedy (Apricot)
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush (Modular/Island)
Tan Cologne – Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico (Labrador)
Tennis – Swimmer (Mutually Detrimental)

21 February 2020

Agnes Obel – Myopia (Strange Harvest)
Allie X – Cape God (Twin Music)
Banoffee – Look at Us Now Dad (Cascine)
Best Coast – Always Tomorrow (Concord)
Birgitta Alida – Birgitta Alida EP
BTS – Map of the Soul: 7 (Big Hit)
Charlotte Rose Benjamin – Party City EP (Moshi Moshi)
COIN – Dreamland (The Committee for Sound & Mind)
Cuffed Up – Cuffed Up EP
Draag – Clara Luz EP
Grimes – Miss Anthropocene (4AD)
Hello Forever – Whatever It Is
Honeymoan – Weirdo EP (Communion)
Kevin Kautner – Full Hand (Bayonet)
King Krule – Man Alive! (XL)
Lanterns on the Lake – Spook the Herd (Bella Union)
Marie Løvås – Natta ser det som ingen ser (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
Peggy Sue – Vices
The Pictish Trail – Thumb World (Fire)
Purr – Like New (Anti)
Spinning Coin – Hyacinth (Geographic)

28 February 2020

Alice Jemima – Everything Changes (Sunday Best)
Blondage – I Love Music EP (Playground)
Brooke Bentham – Everyday Nothing (AllPoints)
Caribou – Suddenly (Merge)
Cold Beat – Mother (DFA)
Hayley Ross – The Weight of Hope (Barracuda)
HOLY – Ryder (PNKSLM)
Johnossi – Torch // Flame (BMG)
KYTES – Good Luck (Frisbee)
Lié – You Want It Real (Mint)
Malka – Moving Together (Tantrum)
Nova Twins – Who Are the Girls? (Blood)
The Orielles – Disco Volador (Heavenly)
Poppy Ackroyd – Resolve Reimagined (One Little Indian)
Ratboys – Printer’s Devil (Topshelf)
Real Estate – The Main Thing (Domino)
Sink Ya Teeth – Two (Hey Buffalo)
Sir Was – Letter (Memphis Industries)
Soccer Mommy – color theory (Loma Vista)
Tycho – Simulcast (Mom+Pop/Ninja Tune)

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FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #5: 30 January 2020

Diet Cig
Diet Cig's comeback single Night Terrors features at No. 47 on this week's expanded chart. Photo: Emily Dubin

This week’s FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart features essential new music from Tennis, Gengahr, Sorry and many more, plus a brand new number-one single from La Roux.

The fifth installment of our chart and playlist rounds up the hottest 60 singles of the moment, with a record 30 new entries to our countdown from around the world.

La Roux takes this week’s top spot as she continues her pursuit of pop perfection in 2020, ending Tame Impala’s three-week run at the summit of the chart with her sophisticated new single Automatic Driver, the third taken from her upcoming album Supervision.

Between the new entries and the 30 tracks that maintain their place on the chart for another week, there’s something for every fan of alternative, indie and pop music, including dream pop, post-punk revival, jagged indie rock, and driving synth work.

Beyond La Roux, the highest new entry this week comes from Tennis, one of a number of new entries – along with Gengahr, Blossoms and Shopping – gearing up to imminently release their promising new albums.

Blossoms’ new track particularly could be an indie pop grower, with its unusual chorus stabs, and enters the chart at No. 6, just ahead of hotly-tipped Brits Sorry at No. 8.

Cage the Elephant‘s striking collaboration with Iggy Pop and Mitski‘s cinematic contribution to The Turning‘s soundtrack also chart highly, as does the comeback from Little Dragon.

There’s also the usual hoard of new artists to get excited about, of course, and we’ve packed as many as possible into this week’s countdown.

Our tips include Oregon duo Chasing Daze, whose simply adorable debut single Change You is too syrupy-sweet to not love, fellow Americans Cuffed Up, and Fever Ray soundalike KÅRP.

Dutch artist Eefje de Visser becomes the first ever artist to feature on our chart with a song performed entirely in a language other than English, while Germany’s Pabst debut with their Indoor Pets-esque new track Ibuprofen.

And there’s Top 40 entries for Scotland’s The Snuts and Sheffield’s SHEAFS, edging out the likes of The Gallerys and BlackWaters as our pick of this week’s rousing “ladcore” indie releases.

There’s also music from Scandipop-styled newcomer SKIA, Royal Blood-inspired riff monsters False Heads, indie pop darlings Diet Cig and numerous more, all ready to listen to and discover now on the Alternative Singles Chart playlist.

We’ve expanded the chart to 60 songs from this week onwards, reflecting how hard it’s been for us to limit ourselves to 50 spots each week.

There’s also a new “More New Music” section at the foot of the chart, highlighting the songs that didn’t quite make our countdown this week, including super-new tracks that might feature in next week’s Top 60.

Check out the chart to see all of the latest additions, or head straight to our Spotify playlist to listen to all of the new music we’re confident you need to hear!

Oh, and if you’re still not sure exactly how the chart works? Check out our introduction to the hows and whys in this article. ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 30 January 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
01NELa Roux
United Kingdom
Automatic Driver
Supercolour Records
0201Tame Impala
Australia
Lost in Yesterday
Modular Recordings
03NETennis
United States
How to Forgive
Mutually Detrimental
0402Soccer Mommy
United States
Circle the Drain
Loma Vista Recordings
0508Grouplove
United States
Deleter
Atlantic Records / WEA
06NEBlossoms
United Kingdom
If You Think This Is Real Life
Virgin EMI
0703Grimes
Canada
My Name is Dark
4AD
08NESorry
United Kingdom
More
Domino
0906The Naked and Famous
New Zealand
Bury Us
AWAL Recordings
1010Yumi Zouma
New Zealand
Cool for a Second
Polyvinyl
11NECage the Elephant
United States
Broken Boy (feat. Iggy Pop)
110 Entertainment / RCA Records
1204U.S. Girls
United States
Overtime
4AD
13NEMitski
United States
Cop Car
Dead Oceans / KRO Records
1407Poliça
United States
Sea Without Blue
Memphis Industries
1509Tennis
United States
Need Your Love
Mutually Detrimental
16NEChasing Daze
United States
Change You
Dreams Never Die / Young Forever
1715Gengahr
United Kingdom
Never a Low
Liberator Music
18NELittle Dragon
Sweden
Hold On
Ninja Tune
1905The Big Moon
United Kingdom
Barcelona
Fiction Records
2013Demob Happy
United Kingdom
Mother Machine
SO Recordings / Silva Screen Records
2120Wolf Parade
Canada
Julia Take Your Man Home
Sub Pop Records
2214Sea Girls
United Kingdom
Ready for More
Polydor Records
2312Lauran Hibberd
United Kingdom
Bang Bang Bang
2411La Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
25NECreeper
United Kingdom
Annabelle
Roadrunner Records
26NECuffed Up
United States
French Exit
2719Do Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
28NEHoneymoan
South Africa
Weirdo
Communion
2922San Mei
Australia
Hard to Face
etcetc
3018Ten Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
3121Wild Nothing
United States
Foyer
Captured Tracks
32NEThe Snuts
United Kingdom
Fatboy Slim
Parlophone Records
3324Pit Pony
United Kingdom
Dutch Courage
34NEEefje de Visser
Netherlands
Oh
Sony Music
3540Fickle Friends
United Kingdom
Pretty Great
Cooking Vinyl
3617CIEL
United Kingdom
The Shore
3730Sløtface
Norway
Tap the Pack
Propeller Recordings
38NESHEAFS
United Kingdom
Total Vanity
3932MGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
40NEGengahr
United Kingdom
Icarus
Liberator Music
41NEShopping
United Kingdom
For Your Pleasure
FatCat Records
4239Paris Youth Foundation
United Kingdom
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Modern Sky Entertainment
43NEPabst
Germany
Ibuprofen
Ketchup Tracks
4425Courting
United Kingdom
Football
4516Delacey
United States
No One's Gonna Ever Love You
HITCO / Delicate Flower
4636Courteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
47NEDiet Cig
United States
Night Terrors
Frenchkiss Records
4826Peaness
United Kingdom
Kaizen
4927HANYA
United Kingdom
I'll Do It Tomorrow
Outré Disque
5023Poliça
United States
Steady
Memphis Industries
5131Grimes
Canada
So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth
4AD
52NEPish
Norway
Freedom
Bergen Mafia
53NEPeggy Sue
United Kingdom
In Dreams
5429Hayley Mary
Australia
Like a Woman Should
I OH YOU
5528Talk Show
United Kingdom
Banshee
Council Records
56NEInhaler
Ireland
We Have to Move On
Polydor Records
57NELily Konigsberg
United States
I Said
Wharf Cat Records
58NEKÅRP
Sweden
Left Handed
59NEFalse Heads
United Kingdom
Rabbit Hole
Lovers Music
60NESKIA
United Kingdom
Anyone
Heist or Hit Records
FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: More New Music
Alex the Astronaut
Australia
I Think You're Great
Nettwerk
APRE
United Kingdom
Your Heart's Like a Jungle
Polydor Records
Austra
Canada
Risk It
Domino
BlackWaters
United Kingdom
Two Time Lover
Jarr'd Up Records
Bonander
Sweden
Martha
Icons Creating Evil Art
Brooke Bentham
United Kingdom
Control
AllPoints
Destroy Boys
United States
Fences
The Gallerys
United Kingdom
You're a Dreamer
The Hanged Man
Sweden
Hasche
Dubious Records
HMLTD
United Kingdom
Blank Slate
Lucky Number
Julia Bardo
United Kingdom
I Wanna Feel Love
Wichita Recordings / [PIAS]
Las Kellies
Argentina
Closer
Fire Records
The Lathums
United Kingdom
Fight On
LAB Records
Lié
Canada
Drowning in Piss
Mint Records
Marsicans
United Kingdom
Can I Stay Here Forever (Pt. II)
Killing Moon Records
St. South
Australia
Does Your Brain Ever Get This Loud?
Nettwerk
TOPS
Canada
I Feel Alive

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What is the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart?

FEISTY Music

The FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart is a weekly countdown of today’s best new music, featuring the hottest new bands and projects from around the world.

The chart is compiled by the FEISTY team in a distinctive Top 50 format and updated every Thursday on the FEISTY website.

Originally inspired by the golden age of the Official Chart Company’s UK Indie Chart, the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart gathers essential new alternative, indie, pop and rock, from familiar names and new faces alike.

We hope that the chart acts as not only a fun way to showcase new releases, but also as a snapshot of what’s trending and fresh in music today.

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #4: 23 January 2020

CIEL
Brighton's CIEL feature vocals from Dutch-born musician Michelle Hindriks. Photo: Jantina Talsma

Fresh tracks from Poliça, The Naked and Famous and Lauran Hibberd are three of the new additions to this week’s FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart.

The fourth installment of our chart and playlist rounds up the hottest singles of the moment, and as always there’s a blend of familiar names and new tips for the future.

The chart’s still topped by the immense Tame Impala single Lost in Yesterday, at the summit for a third successive week, but there’s some 19 new songs, all released in the last seven days, to also put your ears to.

Between the new entries and the 31 tracks that maintain their place on the countdown, we’re sure there’s something for every fan of alternative, indie and pop music, including dream pop, post-punk revival, folksy singer-songwriters, and driving synth work.

New Zealanders The Naked and Famous are the highest new entry with their infectious new single Bury Us, as the 13-year indietronica veterans continue their career renaissance with another memorable pop single.

There’s also Poliça‘s second new track in a fortnight, the latest from their forthcoming album When We Stay Alive (31 Jan). It’s more of their signature trippy synthpop, and our favourite pre-release track from the new album so far.

Among the new bands you may not be familiar with are our cover stars CIEL, Dutch vocalist Michelle Hindriks’ Brighton-based dream pop trio. Their lush single The Shore is one of our tips of the week.

There’s also a pair of somewhat more raucous bands, north-easterners Pit Pony and sharp Liverpool newcomers Courting, a solo single from The Jezabels lead vocalist Hayley Mary, and another snazzy track from prolific pop-makers Fickle Friends.

Alcopop! Records signings Cheerbleederz and and hotly-tipped Bostonian Squirrel Flower are among the others to debut of the Alternative Singles Chart.

Check out the chart to see all of the latest additions, or head straight to our Spotify playlist to listen to all of the new music we’re confident you need to hear!

Oh, and if you’re still not sure exactly how the chart works? Check out our introduction to the hows and whys in this article. ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 23 January 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
0101Tame Impala
Australia
Lost in Yesterday
Modular Recordings
0204Soccer Mommy
United States
Circle the Drain
Loma Vista Recordings
0302Grimes
Canada
My Name is Dark
4AD
0403U.S. Girls
United States
Overtime
4AD
0506The Big Moon
United Kingdom
Barcelona
Fiction Records
06NEThe Naked and Famous
New Zealand
Bury Us
AWAL Recordings
07NEPoliça
United States
Sea Without Blue
Memphis Industries
0807Grouplove
United States
Deleter
Atlantic Records / WEA
0910Tennis
United States
Need Your Love
Mutually Detrimental
10NEYumi Zouma
New Zealand
Cool for a Second
Polyvinyl
1105La Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
12NELauran Hibberd
United Kingdom
Bang Bang Bang
1313Demob Happy
United Kingdom
Mother Machine
SO Recordings / Silva Screen Records
1414Sea Girls
United Kingdom
Ready for More
Polydor Records
1519Gengahr
United Kingdom
Never a Low
Liberator Music
1608Delacey
United States
No One's Gonna Ever Love You
HITCO / Delicate Flower
17NECIEL
United Kingdom
The Shore
1811Ten Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
1912Do Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
2009Wolf Parade
Canada
Julia Take Your Man Home
Sub Pop Records
2120Wild Nothing
United States
Foyer
Captured Tracks
2224San Mei
Australia
Hard to Face
etcetc
2322Poliça
United States
Steady
Memphis Industries
24NEPit Pony
United Kingdom
Dutch Courage
25NECourting
United Kingdom
Football
2625Peaness
United Kingdom
Kaizen
27NEHANYA
United Kingdom
I'll Do It Tomorrow
Outré Disque
2829Talk Show
United Kingdom
Banshee
Council Records
29NEHayley Mary
Australia
Like a Woman Should
I OH YOU
30NESløtface
Norway
Tap the Pack
Propeller Recordings
3115Grimes
Canada
So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth
4AD
3217MGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
33NEWaxahatchee
United States
Fire
Merge Records
3416Gengahr
United Kingdom
Heavenly Maybe
Liberator Music
35NEPrep & Anna of the North
United Kingdom / Norway
Over
Bright Antenna Records
3621Courteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
37NESquirrel Flower
United States
Streetlight Blues
Full Time Hobby
3830Artificial Pleasure
United Kingdom
Into the Unknown (Pt. Two)
39NEParis Youth Foundation
United Kingdom
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Modern Sky Entertainment
40NEFickle Friends
United Kingdom
Pretty Great
Cooking Vinyl
4118Yumi Zouma
New Zealand
Right Track / Wrong Man
Polyvinyl
42NECheerbleederz
United Kingdom
Disco
Alcopop! Records
4335Dream Nails
United Kingdom
Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)
Alcopop! Records
4438Moaning
United States
Ego
Sub Pop Records
4528Bombay Bicycle Club
United Kingdom
I Can Hardly Speak
Mmm...Records
46NEKingswood
Australia
Bittersweet
Dew Process
47NEThe Slow Readers Club
United Kingdom
All I Hear
Modern Sky Entertainment
4823Ladyhawke
New Zealand
Colours in the Dark
Modular Recordings
49NEKluster B
Sweden
Counterpart
Rama Lama Records
5037Cable Ties
Australia
Sandcastles
Merge Records

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FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #3: 16 January 2020

Soccer Mommy at The Great Escape 2018. Photo: Katy Blackwood
Soccer Mommy pictured on Brighton seafront ahead of her set at The Great Escape 2018. Photo: Katy Blackwood

The FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart features a huge 22 new entries this week as it expands to 50 tracks for the first time.

Just three editions in, we’ve decided that limiting it – and therefore the accompanying new music playlist – to 40 singles is too hard, so we’ve added an extra 10 spots so we can hype even more fresh tracks in the future.

This week’s chart is still topped by Tame Impala’s spectacular new single Lost in Yesterday, but there’s some great new music around as 2020 truly gets started in style.

U.S. Girls, Soccer Mommy and Tennis are among the huge American names dropping new tracks we love, while from the UK there’s a final pre-release single from The Big Moon‘s much-awaited second album.

Demob Happy step up with their finest standalone track to date, Mother Machine, and a long-time favourite of ours, San Mei, releases her first new single of the decade.

Check out the chart to see all of the latest additions, or head straight to our Spotify playlist to listen to all of the new music we’re confident you need to hear!

Oh, and if you’re still not sure exactly what the chart aspect is? Check out our introduction to the hows and whys in this article. ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 16 January 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
0101Tame Impala
Australia
Lost in Yesterday
Modular Recordings
0207Grimes
Canada
My Name is Dark
4AD
03NEU.S. Girls
United States
Overtime
4AD
04NESoccer Mommy
United States
Circle the Drain
Loma Vista Recordings
0502La Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
06NEThe Big Moon
United Kingdom
Barcelona
Fiction Records
07NEGrouplove
United States
Deleter
Atlantic Records / WEA
0803Delacey
United States
No One's Gonna Ever Love You
HITCO / Delicate Flower
0916Wolf Parade
Canada
Julia Take Your Man Home
Sub Pop Records
10NETennis
United States
Need Your Love
Mutually Detrimental
1105Ten Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
1210Do Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
13NEDemob Happy
United Kingdom
Mother Machine
SO Recordings / Silva Screen Records
14NESea Girls
United Kingdom
Ready for More
Polydor Records
1506Grimes
Canada
So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth
4AD
1604Gengahr
United Kingdom
Heavenly Maybe
Liberator Music
1708MGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
1818Yumi Zouma
New Zealand
Right Track / Wrong Man
Polyvinyl
19NEGengahr
United Kingdom
Never a Low
Liberator Music
2024Wild Nothing
United States
Foyer
Captured Tracks
2109Courteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
22NEPoliça
United States
Steady
Memphis Industries
2312Ladyhawke
New Zealand
Colours in the Dark
Modular Recordings
24NESan Mei
Australia
Hard to Face
etcetc
25NEPeaness
United Kingdom
Kaizen
2619White Lies
United Kingdom
Falling Out Without Me
[PIAS]
2714Joywave
United States
Half Your Age
Cultco Music / Hollywood Records
2828Bombay Bicycle Club
United Kingdom
I Can Hardly Speak
Mmm...Records
29NETalk Show
United Kingdom
Banshee
Council Records
30NEArtificial Pleasure
United Kingdom
Into the Unknown (Pt. Two)
3111Tame Impala
Australia
Posthumous Forgiveness
Modular Recordings
3215Thyla
United Kingdom
December
3320Hockey Dad
Australia
I Missed Out
Farmer & the Owl / BMG
34NELuna Shadows
United States
Millennia
+1 Records / EMPIRE
3527Dream Nails
United Kingdom
Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)
Alcopop! Records
36NENelson Can
Denmark
I Wanna Be With You
Alcopop! Records
37NECable Ties
Australia
Sandcastles
Merge Records
38NEMoaning
United States
Ego
Sub Pop Records
3913The Big Moon
United Kingdom
Take a Piece
Fiction Records
4034The Mowgli's
United States
Wasting Time
CandyShop Recordings
4125Spacey Jane
Australia
Head Cold
42NEBeach Bunny
United States
Cloud 9
Mom+Pop
4321Allie X
Canada
Regulars
Twin Music
4417Say Lou Lou
Sweden
The Look of Love
Cosmos Music
45NEJekyll
United Kingdom
I Do What I Can
Fierce Panda Records
46NERatboys
United States
I Go Out at Night
Topshelf Records
4726Shopping
United Kingdom
Initiative
FatCat Records
4823Stereo Honey
United Kingdom
My Darkness
LAB Records
49NEOrchards
United Kingdom
Sincerely Overwhelmed
Big Scary Monsters
50NETORRES
United States
Dressing America
Merge Records

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FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart #2: 9 January 2020

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker
Tame Impala's Kevin Parker. Photo: Neil Krug

Tame Impala’s huge new single Lost in Yesterday is straight in at number-one on this week’s FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart.

The latest track from Tame Impala’s upcoming new album The Slow Rush may well already be one of the singles of the year, and becomes the second chart-topper on our brand-new chart.

Elsewhere our chart – and the accompanying playlist – features new music from Wolf Parade, Joywave, Dream Nails and more, for 12 new entries overall.

What is the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart?

Launched last week, the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart is our countdown of today’s best new music, featuring the hottest bands and projects from around the world.

We publish the chart every Thursday, gathering the most essential alternative, indie, pop and rock music in a distinctive Top 40 format.

You can learn more about the FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart, including how we were inspired by the golden age of the UK Indie Chart and the nitty-gritty of how it’s compiled and which artists are eligible, in this article.

This week’s new entries and movers

Despite the January blues, we’ve got no less than 12 new entries in total, from some names you’re sure to already know, and some you might not.

We’ve already told you that Tame Impala is the highest new entry, with a track we’re sure to be listening to for quite some time.

Tame Impala shoves Delacey‘s No One’s Gonna Ever Love You off the top spot: She slips to No. 3, as La Roux retains second spot with Gullible Fool.

The second highest new entry comes from Grimes, in at No. 7 with My Name is Dark, from her new album Miss Anthropocene, due in February but leaked online in November.

North America is freshly represented in the top 20 by Joywave‘s fun new track and Wolf Parade‘s latest single, and at No. 24 by Wild Nothing‘s New Year’s Day release Foyer.

Alcopop! Records signing Dream Nails announced their debut album this week – it’s set for release in April – and debut on the chart at No. 27 with Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns).

Veterans Bombay Bicycle Club are in at No. 28, and newcomers Mush make an impact at No. 31.

A poppy effort from Los Angeles County fivesome The Mowgli’s squeezes in at No. 34, before three lesser-known artists round out the latest Top 40.

Young Wakefield band The Jarrs are at No. 37, raucous Vancouver trio Lié chart at No. 39, and singer-songwriter Sofia Wolfson concludes the listing at No. 40.

The week’s notable climbers are Courteeners, who surge 14 places to No. 9, and Ten Fé, who reach the top five.

You can listen to the full Top 40 each week via our Spotify playlist. Heart the playlist to always have access to the latest, freshest picks, now and forevermore! You can also click on the track titles in the chart below to open individual songs on that platform.

You can check out the full FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart below, and make sure to check back every Thursday for the latest edition! ♥♥♥

FEISTY Alternative Singles Chart: 09 January 2020
TWLW ARTIST / TITLE 
01NETame Impala
Australia
Lost in Yesterday
Modular Recordings
0202La Roux
United Kingdom
Gullible Fool
Supercolour Records
0301Delacey
United States
No One's Gonna Ever Love You
HITCO / Delicate Flower
0403Gengahr
United Kingdom
Heavenly Maybe
Liberator Music
0510Ten Fé
United Kingdom
Heaven Sent Me
Some Kinda Love
0604Grimes
Canada
So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth
4AD
07NEGrimes
Canada
My Name is Dark
4AD
0808MGMT
United States
In the Afternoon
0923Courteeners
United Kingdom
Better Man
Ignition Records
1012Do Nothing
United Kingdom
LeBron James
Exact Truth
1109Tame Impala
Australia
Posthumous Forgiveness
Modular Recordings
1205Ladyhawke
New Zealand
Colours in the Dark
Modular Recordings
1306The Big Moon
United Kingdom
Take a Piece
Fiction Records
14NEJoywave
United States
Half Your Age
Cultco Music / Hollywood Records
1507Thyla
United Kingdom
December
16NEWolf Parade
Canada
Julia Take Your Man Home
Sub Pop Records
1713Say Lou Lou
Sweden
The Look of Love
Cosmos Music
1816Yumi Zouma
New Zealand
Right Track / Wrong Man
Polyvinyl
1919White Lies
United Kingdom
Falling Out Without Me
[PIAS]
2018Hockey Dad
Australia
I Missed Out
Farmer & the Owl / BMG
2111Allie X
Canada
Regulars
Twin Music
2215Jess Day
Australia
Affection
2321Stereo Honey
United Kingdom
My Darkness
LAB Records
24NEWild Nothing
United States
Foyer
Captured Tracks
2514Spacey Jane
Australia
Head Cold
2622Shopping
United Kingdom
Initiative
FatCat Records
27NEDream Nails
United Kingdom
Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)
Alcopop! Records
28NEBombay Bicycle Club
United Kingdom
I Can Hardly Speak
Mmm...Records
2930Neon Trees
United States
Used to Like
Thrill Forever
3017Grimes
Canada
4ÆM
4AD
31NEMush
United Kingdom
Revising My Fee
Memphis Industries
3220Beach Bunny
United States
Ms. California
Mom+Pop
3324Honeymoan
South Africa
Still Here
Communion
34NEThe Mowgli's
United States
Wasting Time
CandyShop Recordings
3525Poliça
United States
Forget Me Now
Memphis Industries
3627Kalpa
United Kingdom
Tether
37NEThe Jarrs
United Kingdom
Do Your Magic on Me
3832Coach Party
United Kingdom
Oh Lola
Chess Club
39NELié
Canada
Digging in the Desert
Mint Records
40NESofia Wolfson
United States
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