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Best Of New Music Monday 2022

by Kristine England

This is the first year Indispensable Music has partnered with playMYmusic.FM to showcase new indie releases each week. Our picks from New Music Monday spotlight an array of artists and genres and have allowed us to discover new personal favorites. On this list, I've chosen alternate tracks from those featured on the original post. It's time to revisit some of 2022's glorious new indie music. So, in no particular order... 

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Cold As Weiss

The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (DLO3) has a sound that harkens back to the glory days of early 70s jazz-funk (think Jimmys Smith and McGriff with a dash of Ronnie Foster) and strong Meters overtones. The cover looks like classic Reid Miles Blue Note art too. 

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"Pull Your Pants Up"

Banditos

Right On

How do you get a garage/country/folk band? You take a popular live sextet from Birmingham, AL, move them to Nashville, and let them hone a sound melded from whatever styles suit their purposes, and presto!

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"Waves"

King Buffalo

Regenerator

King Buffalo is a heavy psych band that plays dynamic, guitar-laden jams in the best acid rock tradition. Hypnotic and soaring, the guitars are layered and loud. This album has been on heavy rotation since its release. 

"Firmament"

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Travie McCoy

Never Slept Better

Releasing his first solo album in 12 years, Travie McCoy looks back at 10 years of addiction and sobriety, reflections on his childhood and struggles as an adult, lessons learned and a determination to keep making music his way.

"Full Monarch"

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The Heavy Heavy

Life and Life Only

The Heavy Heavy makes “a reverb-drenched collision of psychedelia and blues, acid rock and sunshine pop” (in the band’s own words). These influences coalesce to create a sound both authentically retro yet fresh.

"Go Down River"

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Elephant Stone

Life and Life Only

Elephant Stone’s new mini-concept EP is full of groovy, sonic delights, and sweetly sad pandemic-inspired ballads; the story is about “a hermit who is very content in his solitary world, until a world event happens that causes everyone else to stay home as well..." according to frontman Rishi Dhir.

"La fusée du chagrin"

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Fontaines D.C.

Skinty Fia

The band's third album finds the boys asserting their Irishness, even dropping in native Irish language phrases. The title is essentially a curse, translated as “the damnation of the deer.” The group’s discomfort living as ex-pat Irishmen in the UK ripples throughout the album.

"A Hero's Death"

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Fantastic Negrito

White Jesus Black Problems

The force of nature known as Fantastic Negrito has developed a signature style of energetic, guitar-laden music that’s a mix of blues, roots, and R&B. He also has a visual style all his own, and compelling backstory that makes him impossible to for IM and pMmFM to resist.

"Man with No Name"

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Making Movies

Xopa

First impressions can be deceiving, such as "this is some smoking hot rock band from Cuba reimaging the son. Or maybe they’re Colombian, serving up tasty Cumbrian rhythms. They’re singing in Spanish, so they have to be from Cuba or Latin America." No. They're from Kansas City.

"Calor"

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Party Dozen

The Real Work

Australian noise-rock duo Party Dozen creates an almost inconceivable sound since it’s coming from only two people. Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (guitar, bass, keys, drums) sample their instruments to great effect, making visceral and rhythmic music ranging from noise-rock, doom metal, or something a bit jazzy and moody. 

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"Fruits Of Labour"