Fresher Sounds - 14/11/2016
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Well folks, it appears a (figurative and potentially literal) wrecking ball sized, pussy-grabbing, inside-out cantaloupe is entering the most powerful office in the world. That’s terrifying and infuriating. We can’t do much over here about it, but we can celebrate good music – and where possible, we should celebrate music from diverse voices, and diverse genres. These ten tracks should still help you parse through the sadness, get mad, or even gloss over this week’s startling loss for humankind’s collective progress. Ola Kvernberg – The Mechanical Fair (Todd Terje Remix) This one’s a long one. But what makes this remix by Todd Terje so special is how none of the composite parts sound synthetic, or organised. The gradual building of percussion over the ten minute period, introducing electro sounds, strings, and more as it moves along, makes for a really fascinating twist on house music’s ability to captivate without changing itself dramatically or playing to predictable structure. Hotei – Walking Through The Night (ft. Iggy Pop) An angry, zesty, and yet crunchy guitar leads this rather terrific collaboration, between a Japanese star and Iggy Pop. It struts along, with the sardonic and intimidating vocals of Pop, before a delightful, if undistinctive guitar solo by Hotei in the final minute of the track. It’s a classic case of the lead riff being way more memorable than a guitar solo, which isn’t a bad thing. WHOOP-Szo – Another Show Advocating aid work outside of their music, British indie rock band WHOOP-Szo’s new single looks inwards. The first line of the contemplative and quiet number directs us to examine the roots of inner turmoil: “Can’t ignore the pain that is inside/You passed it down but I still won’t take my life/So I’m pushing on, the spot between my eyes”. The wistful, put on detachment of the vocals make it much more of a mood piece, belying the pain behind the words. Like the omnipresent fuzzy rage of the electric guitar, hidden behind relaxed acoustic chords, the pain lasts long after the window dressing is taken down. Sian Cross – Stare At Me Being released to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week (this week), ‘Stare At Me’, is a ballad that is haunting. Beginning with a piano and distorted vocals, before climaxing with drums, guitars, and bass, before closing out with two bars of piano, a few touches make the effort compelling. Mainly the lyrics, and Sian’s vulnerable yet fearless delivery. “Do you think that I/Don’t see when you/Always stare at me?” Sian wails, quiet yet incredibly assured – stepping back to her challengers and those who question her, demanding that they truly see her.
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