Listen to new songs from Courtney Barnett, Bartees Strange, Idles, Snail Mail, Wet Leg and Dua Saleh


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It's a big week for new songs from established and rising artists, as we roll out brand-new music from Courtney Barnett, Bartees Strange, Idles, Snail Mail, Wet Leg and Minnesota's Dua Saleh.

Courtney Barnett, "Write A List of Things To Look Forward To"

As we look forward to the full album, Things Take Time, Take Time, to come out from Courtney Barnett in November, it's nice to hear another track. The Australian artist created "Write A List of Things to Look Forward To" after a friend shared their technique to pull her out of a depressive funk. It's a song about the small victories, and maybe a good reminder to enjoy those small things yourself.

Bartees Strange, "Weights"

Bartees Strange has tour dates lined up with Lucy Dacus and Courtney Barnett; a deluxe edition of his debut album is out this Friday to celebrate its one-year anniversary; and he has a new single, "Weights." Flavors of Brit rock and Bloc Party, the song has longing and pining and distance to battle — about that moment that you are finally going to get what you want, and about the anticipation about nearly having it. With drum beats pounding like a heartbeat and Strange's restlessly eager line delivery, it's a song that pulls you into the moment.

Idles, "The Beachland Ballroom"

A slow-burn waltz wasn't what I was expecting from the U.K. punk rockers, Idles, but the new single "The Beachland Ballroom" has me craving to hear their new album, Crawler, out November 12. The song is named after a venue in Ohio, and according to lead singer Joe Talbot, "It's the most important song on the album, really. There's so many bands that go through the small rooms and dream of making it into the big rooms. Being able to write a soul tune like this made me go, 'F--k — we're at a place where we're actually allowed to go to these big rooms and be creative and not just go through the motions and really appreciate what we've got.' The song is sort of an allegory of feeling lost and getting through it. It's one that I really love singing."

Snail Mail, "Valentine"

Lindsey Jordan, aka Snail Mail, starting writing her latest album shortly after releasing 2018's Lush. She said that for Valentine, "I wanted to take as much time as possible with this record to make sure I was happy with every detail." The previous album was so raw and lo-fi that the layered instrumentation in the title track instantly sounds more mature and intentional.

Wet Leg, "Wet Dream"

Wet Leg, the buzzy English duo, are off to a promising start with their second single, "Wet Dream." From the title you can guess that there's some risqué lyrics, but they keep it FCC clean, if a bit coyly dirty (which seems to be their thing). The band call it a breakup song, but it sounds like they are having a good time with the ending.

Dua Saleh, "Fitt" feat. Amaarae

The Minnesota artist, Dua Saleh, is now a succesful actor (as seen recently in Sex Education on Netflix) but they aren't pushing pause on their music career. The Crossover EP will be out October 22, and the first single, "Fitt," features Amaarae, a musician from Ghana who has been pushing the sound of afropop into the United States.