Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 07/09/17
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It’s getting darker! Autumn is most definitely here, the rain cometh….
We’ve got a bloated, crazy head of an increasingly failed-state threatening nuclear conflict! And Kim Jong-Un isn’t exactly helping either.
With the sun becoming more a stranger than a friend, and the dark (mushroom) clouds gathering it’s time for our tunes to also take a darker tone.
There’s plenty of cerebral and deep cuts in this week’s bumper pick on new tuneage to grace our inboxes this week.
Hopefully the world will survive long enough to enjoy it ;)
The By Gods – Silver Line
Tennessee band The By Gods are really channelling the angst on the track ‘Silver Line’ released ahead of new album Move On. It’s an apt title for the new record as the band have moved on into much harder, grungier rock and ‘Sliver Line’ is the perfect introduction to this new era.
Guy Andrews – Feelings
With ‘Feelings’ Andrews continues his mastery of ‘apocalyptic post-rock music for the dancefloor’. With vocalist Alev Lenz in tow (you might have heard her in season three of Black Mirror) this is another sinister and pulsating track that claws at the soul. As a taster for new album ‘Tåke’ it shows this new release could be something special.
Farm Hand – International Dreams
Islet have been pummelling the concept of rock music for years, so it makes sense that any solo foray from its members would be interesting. As Farm Hand, Mark Daman Thomas, creates aural reflections on rural life with car boot beats, second-hand organs, loops and field recordings. New track ‘International Dreams’ floats of a dark, cyclical melody.
Jupiter Grey – Taken From Me
This is another deep soulful jam from Jupiter Grey taken from his upcoming EP Wounded Soul. Reminiscent of classic 90S RnB it clatters with future-beats. It’s a club-ready banger with a deep confessional tone.
Frida Sundemo – Gold
Esoteric Swedish songstress Frida Sundemo continues to release expectation-confounding pop music, and latest cut ‘Gold’ follows suit. It’s a dramatic swell of synths, tribal drums and rousing strings pushing the fragile vocals into new realms. It’s grand but intimate – an amazing feat in a single pop tune.
SIINAI – Ananda
Finnish cosmonauts Siinai orbit Earth with 'Sykli' - a record based around gyrating lunar loops and pulsing drones "exploring the cyclic nature of life and the moving of light into darkness". This is one for fans of expansive prog rock and the metronomic flow of classic krautrock. Immerse yourself.
Electric Eye – Invisible Prison
Another nod to classic sounds, this time of the more psychedelic type. ‘Invisible Prison’ is a deep, dark, acid-prog jam with funky grooves and Can-esque ambience. It’s a fantastic stoner-jam to lose yourself in and tap your foot to.
White Wine – Failling From The Same Place
I wanted to avoid saying this new track from White Wine sounds like Liars. But it does sound like Liars. That is never bad thing. It’s unsettling, intoxicating and hypnotic and nicks ingredients from a whole bunch of best-ever artists – Nick Cave, Suicide, Bowie. It’s just damn good!
Sløtface – Backyard
It doesn’t look like this lot are going to stop being awesome any time soon. ‘Backyard’ is a snarling, riotous punk-pop assault. It is swiftly becoming a firm fan-favourite live, and it’s not hard to see why.
OxenFree – Caterpillar
Brooklyn garage-band OxenFree have dropped the solid chunk of echoed, garage-punk that is ‘Caterpilar’. It’s just a cool tune, perfect for smoky bars and rock n roll debauchery.
Mr Yolk – Baker Street
‘Baker Street’ comes on like an 80s pop wonder remixed for a Factory Records dance 12” b-side. It’s wonderfully concise, simple yet complex. If the rest of the forthcoming album Self Portrait is this good, then it will be one hell of an album.
Elli Ingram - Stone Cold
Rising-star Elli Ingram has been crafting her vocals and sound in her bedroom for years, and is now ready to unleash her debut album. With sultry, jazz undertones and a laid-back 70s soul feel ‘Stone Cold’ was crafted with recent Ninja Tune signing Jordan Rakei. Expect big things!
Alexander Wolfe – Breaking The Fall
‘Breaking The Fall’ is a dextrous and subtly inspiring return for Alexander Wolfe. He is a compulsive songwriter whose sound has developed a new edge. This new material is typically acoustic but with an art-rock finish.
Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas - Cold Fever
Matias Aguayo and his new band The Desdemonas have opened up the sewer networks to Sofarnopolis - a fictitious city which their record is themed around. A spot where bands still rule the roost and party all night at the legendary 'Rabbit Hole', the record shifts between bands that make up this scene, taking on industrial tinged death rock, minimal wave and tribal electronics. 'Cold Fever' are next on the bill.
Emmecosta - A Mountain From Us
Emmecosta communicate intoxicating atmospheres with the dream-pop, where muffled vocals act as another instrumental layer. ‘A Mountain From Us’ is a perfect post-club electronic pop cut.
Bicep – Aura
Bicep’s recent debut album is already fighting for an ‘album of the year’ nod, it’s just that good! ‘Aura’ is the latest individual cut taken from the immense record – so, yeah, it’s another electronic wonder.