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The Far Out Playlist: This week's essential listening

Another week is over, the weekend is here, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for The Far Out Playlist. Here is another round of new music that you need to wrap around your ears. We’ve got a mighty collaboration from Baxter Dury with Fred Again, a new one from Courtney Barnett, and the return of The Cribs.

Whatever you have got planned this weekend, here is your soundtrack. There’s no shame in wanting to spin some old classics, but there are few feelings that match the joy of discovering new music. The seven handpicked songs below will sound perfect through a Bluetooth speaker whether you’re enjoying the lack of restrictions in place with friends or just want to bliss out at home.

The weekly round-up collects the best on offer every weekend and puts them into a handy snack-sized playlist. 2021 has been a year that we’ll want to forget for the most part, but it has been an exciting year for emerging artists.

Music has been a constant release for many of us through these turbulent times, and now we can finally watch these new acts we’ve fallen in love with over the last twelve months live. That feeling of discovering a new artist, one you connect with straight away, is hard to replicate.

Whether it is a song by an artist that you’ve never heard of before or an old favourite that somehow you have allowed to fall off your radar, we’ve got you covered here.

This week’s best new music:

Big Red Machine – ‘Mimi’

Indie folk duo Big Red Machine have released the latest single from their upcoming second studio album How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? with the new track ‘Mimi’.

Featuring American singer-songwriter Ilsey Juber, ‘Mimi’ is a more poppy and driving indie-folk tune compared to previous singles like ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Latter Days ‘. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, one half of the pair along with The National’s Aaron Dessner, takes on lead vocal duties once again, while Juber gets chorus duties. The M.O. for the project has been hypnotic pop filtered through an acoustic lens, and I can’t fault any of the material so far.

Fred Again and Baxter Dury – ‘Baxter (These Are My Friends)’

Baxter Dury has teamed up with Fred Again on the hedonistic floor filler ‘Baxter (These Are My Friends)’. The collaborative effort is sure to get the good times rolling once more and a fitting antidote for the sorrow of the last 18-months.

‘Baxter (These Are My Friends’ is the perfect soundtrack for sticky floors, sweat-pits, creating memories with old friends, and making best friends with strangers in smoking areas.

On the track, Baxter murmurs: “So, hеre we go, Shoulders up, type out, Here comes the routine, All the pain and all the Cartier you can wear, I wanna give you a big kiss on your sweaty forehead, These are my friends, These are my friends, I love ya, Let’s dance again, shall we?”

Sea Girls – ‘Sick’

Sea Girls have announced the news of their sophomore album, Homesick, which arrives alongside their emotional new single, ‘Sick’. The indie-pop four-piece released their first album, Open Up Your Head, last summer, giving Sea Girls a top-three charting debut.

Despite still not managing to perform the in-store dates in record shops for their debut yet, or tour it, the news of their second album is here as they prepare to make up for the lost time.

Naturally, the pandemic striking just as they were on the cusp of releasing their debut and spending a summer touring Europe playing festivals with a headline show at Brixton Academy also booked in. However, that all got put on pause, and the new single, ‘Sick’, sees frontman Henry Camomile kick out at his frustrations from that torturous period.

Courtney Barnett – ‘Before You Gotta Go’

Courtney Barnett has shared her delicate new track, ‘Before You Go’, and announced details of her forthcoming album.

The Australian singer’s third album, Things Take Time, Take Time, arrives on November 12th and is Barnett’s first full body of work since 2018’s triumphant Tell Me How You Really Feel. A lot has changed with the world since we last caught up with her, and a new album from Barnett is a much-welcomed gift.

She made her return last month with ‘Rae Street’, and, now, ‘Before You Go’ has come alongside the highly-anticipated album announcement. The new track is full of warmth and sees Barnett express her abiding love in the wake of a hostile argument after the tears have dried.

Indigo de Souza – ‘Real Pain’

American indie rock singer-songwriter Indigo de Souza has shared the latest single from her upcoming LP Any Shape You Take, the hauntingly beautiful ‘Real Pain’.

The track is a solid indie rock strut, complete with shuffling floor toms and a lilting melody that is one of de Souza’s best. But the most memorable aspect of the track comes as the tempo slows at the two-minute mark. From there, an ever-ascending cacophony of screams begins to crescendo with frightening fervour. Right as the screams reach their peak, they suddenly drop away, and de Souza finishes the song proper.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes ft. Lynks – ‘Go Get A Tattoo’

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have joined forces with Lynks for the tenacious new single, ‘Go Get A Tattoo’.

This track is one of the collaborations that appears on The Rattlesnakes upcoming album, Sticky, which arrives on October 15th. The anthemic, ‘My Town’ with Idles’ Joe Talbot came earlier this year, and there’s also a compelling appearance from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie on the closing track, ‘Original Sin’.

‘Go Get A Tattoo’ is Carter’s caustic way of dealing with the frustration of the pandemic, which forced him to shut down his first tattoo parlour, Rose of Mercy. Instead of crying about the unfortunate situation, The Rattlesnakes turn it into a feral and wild song that doesn’t take itself seriously.

The Cribs – ‘Swinging At Shadows’

The Cribs have announced details for their latest project Sonic Blew Singles Club, which will see the band release a new single once a month until the end of 2021.

The first of those singles, ‘Swinging At Shadows’, has been released today. The track is a funky, dance-influenced indie rock track that is classic Cribs: catchy melodies, crashing drums, and an utterly gigantic sound. It’s another winner in a catalogue full of great jams.

“‘Swinging At Shadows’ was recorded in LA during the Night Network sessions, and was earmarked as an early single from that album – but in the end, we decided to hold it back,” Gary Jarman notes. “It seemed like an obvious choice for the first single from the Singles Club as it’s a big summery pop song – super fun and upbeat, with some throwback ‘woah-oh’s’ in the chorus…”