We’re not much for Weezer nostalgia this week, kids. Instead, the CMJ staff found their favorite tracks in bands that are very new—newborn-y new. Some just recently managed to put a band together, others have been around for a bit longer but haven’t managed to release much music, and others are just finding their label footing. But older doesn’t always mean better, and while Weezer felt a bit dusty, these tracks feel bright, perplexing and slightly uncertain. Sounds like the future.

Death Valley GirlsElectric High

It seems Patty Schemel (Hole, Upset) was in this band when we posted about their new EP a couple days ago, but she’s out of the band already. Murky details seem to be this band’s modus operandi, but the serrated guitar and Poly Styrene-y yalping on this title tune from their new EP, out August 19, cuts through the murk. – Eric Davidson


Nicholas NicholasCave

Because of the name of this band and the name of this song, someone on Twitter has (unsurprisingly) already beat me to the Nick Cave joke. Nick Cave’s sophisticated doom is nowhere near this track though—Cave is an intimate pop song washed in curtains of textured reverb, muffling and hiding frontman Chris Masullo’s baritone like it’s some kind of rare treasure. Come to think of it, it sounds more like Masullo is singing from inside Nick Cave. The band’s new cassette drops next month on Miscreant/Frenchkiss. – Lizzie Plaugic


ShuraJust Once

On her misty, self-released track, 23-year-old Londoner Aleksandra Denton sidles into the self-deprecating cold comfort of losing herself in the arms of an uncaring stranger. – Lisa Hresko


TOPSWay To Be Loved

Is that the way that I want to be loved? I have no idea how I want to be loved. I don’t want to talk about this right now. Can you just keep singing? I’ll get back to you later. – David Velásquez