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Fresher Sounds - This week's best new music - 11/04/17


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This is it. We've had it. Our one day of warm and sunny weather in Britain a year has been and gone, probably never to return.

Hopefully that's an exaggeration, we do like to down play the great weather we do get don't we. Never happy are we.

Regardless the Summer-doused songs below all provide the perfect background for a day out in the sunshine or a windows-down roadtrip - well deserving of a place on your playlists. 

I.AM.WILLOW - Oceanful

Following the release of 'Satellite' last year, classically-trained singer-songwriter I.AM.WILLOW steps up her game on sophomore track 'Oceanful'. She combines her gentle voice with cinematic production to create a classical pop fusion that only a few could pull off. It's brave, powerful and full of future potential.

Duncan Lloyd - Heads of the Bastille

Maximo Park's Duncan Lloyd's first solo endeavour shows a more personal side of the guitarist. His album, I O U O M E, is set to release on 26th May, but before then whet your appetite with 'Heads of the Bastille', a sun-fuelled, upbeat bop at face value but cuts deeper with lyrics like "mistakes are carved in rock, through the Appalachians of your heart" reflecting a loss of love.

Aniya - Demon

The debut single 'Demon' from Aniya is a haunting, ethereal, alternative pop song that leaves hairs stood on end. She questions "Am I the demon?" with her deep, melodic vocal against a simple repetitive beat that carries through the song, picking up with strings, keys and synth in the chorus.

The Aces - Physical

Utah four-piece The Aces are a fun, pop-rock girl band with music reminiscent of the joyful beats Haim and Fickle Friends. "Set it up, spin me round" they sing in their second single 'Physical', cut from their upcoming debut EP. It's a song to dance round your bedroom to or blast out loud with the windows down.

Yungblud - King Charles

Nineteen-year-old Doncaster based Dominic Harrison channels Jamie T on debut track 'King Charles', a politicially-fused explosion of rap beats, punk guitar and an Arctic Monkeys-style chorus. He's thrown every clashing musical element he could think of in a pot, stirred it and still produced a song worthy of sticking on repeat.

SAINT WKND - Make You Mine (ft. Boy Matthews)

"You don't know what you're doing to me"

Summery house track 'Make You Mine' from SAINT WKND is bound to get you in the festival mood. A bright, bouncing electro-pop tune, it deserves to be listened to under the sun with an ice cold drink in hand. Debut EP 'Golden' contains "songs about adventures, love and summer feelings" and is available to listen to now - just in time for summer.

Pacific - Blinded

Alternative pop rockers Pacific are ones to watch, their debut EP championed "an indie-pop masterclass of pacing and anthemia". Newest track 'Blinded' is a guitar fuelled anthem complete with a strong vocal from frontman Anthony Orzel. Full of young, fresh energy and backed by BBC radio, expect huge things from this band in the upcoming months.

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