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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 22/05/17

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Today is the day! We hope you've registered to vote, because after today if you haven't you've decided to not have a voice!

With just a couple of weeks until the election, it's going to be easy to be overwhelmed by the weight of political discussion - but stick in there. This is vital.

Take a break, or soundtrack your election activities and feast your ears on the below new music gems.

RAYE - The Line

You probably already know RAYE from her guest spot last year on Jax Jones' 'You Don't Know Me', but with her new single 'The Line' the 19-year-old South Londoner now takes centre stage and shows off her skill for delivering big and catchy club anthems. 

Factory Seconds - We Live on the Crest of a Wave

London four-piece Factory Seconds have just released their latest single, and the fact that it's available to pre-order on cassette should give you an idea about the kind of music they play - 'We Live on the Crest of a Wave' connects directly to 80s indie. Desperately sad yet desperately hopeful, it's certainly the most beautiful track you'll hear this week. 

Rancid - Telegraph Avenue

The latest single from Rancid features a heavy dose of nostalgia as the punk outfit pay tribute to the titular street from their childhood. Honouring the Free Speech Movement and the protests against the Vietnam War that took place on their hometown campus, it's one that should go down a treat at their upcoming summer shows, particularly for its rousing and emotional chorus. 

Ratboys - Elvis Is in the Freezer

Taken from their upcoming sophomore album GN, Chicago's Ratboys (no, not that Rat Boy) have released their new single 'Elvis Is in the Freezer'. It's a wonderfully sweet but melancholy slice of indie Americana that comes with a Memento-esque video recognising the importance of intimacy and friendship in times of loss. 

 Andy Shauf - Early to the Party

Gift-wrapped in a surreal video that feels like a marriage between David Lynch and Yorgos Lanthimos, the latest single from Andy Shauf's new album is atmospheric folk-pop at its finest. Sombre yet majestically alluring and with some fantastic string harmonies, it's a poignant offer on what it's like to be completely surrounded yet feel completely alone. 

Marin - Elixir

Dark and moody garage beats underscore Marin's new track 'Elixir', taken from her upcoming EP Only Echoes. It's a track that's made for the neon after hours, with gorgeous, glistening melodies dancing atop of the North Londoner's chilling yet soulful vocals. 

The Aces - Baby Who

Utah pop-rock outfit The Aces elicit strong and sunny grooves on their new single 'Baby Who', a song they describe as being "about not needing anyone or anything but yourself to be happy". Full of sweet harmonies and head-bobbing rhythms, it's a perfect listen for everyone trying to de-stress from the toll of exams and get in the mood for summer. 

Authority Zero - Bayside

Arizona punks Authority Zero have just shared the lyric video for their new single 'Bayside' taken from their new album Broadcasting To The Nations. High on energy and full of empowering lyrics, if this doesn't get you amped up and ready to face the week ahead, we don't know what will. 

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