Fresher Sounds – This week's best new music - 31/10/2017
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It’s Halloween. The day we embrace all the things we are scared of and dance with ghouls and demons from the underworld. Myself, I confronted something that makes me uncomfortable (not scared really?) and gave Ed Sheeran’s album another listen. It’s still soul-crushingly bland and must have some demonic powers to have so many people under its spell. Needless to say I needed some other sounds to break the spell of the possible brain-washing. These are some of the best new ones to do that… Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Fort Knox It’s not often an artist as massive as Noel Gallagher is featured on Fresher Sounds, but ‘Fort Knox’ is the strongest indication yet that he is moving into new realms with his sound. Fully utilising the influence of producer David Holmes ‘Fort Knox’ is an epic, hypnotic blend of big beat and rock with vocals squashed into the mix. It’s Gallagher’s most interesting tune in a long while. Onyx Collective - Fruit Stand Jazz is also usually missing from these columns, but this week we have two jazz tunes. The first is from New York jazz ensemble Onyx Collective, with their measured and soulful first track to be taken from forthcoming EP ‘Lower East Suite Part One’. It’s a good introduction to their unique style of jazz perfected over years in DIY spaces and esteemed clubs. Dream Nails – Tourist Getting a reputation for their riotous live sets London lot Dream Nails combine classic post-punk sounds with riot grrl attitude. ‘Tourist’ takes a swipe at men who prey on women when they are vulnerable to a backdrop of infectious riffs and addictive melodies. Bayonne - I Know Ahead of his next UK tour Bayonne has dropped another slice of wonderful, euphoric electronic-pop in the form of ‘I Know’. It almost fits the cookie-cutter mould of EDM chart hits with its feel-good vibes but unfolds in a more downbeat and interesting manner. It’s a thinking-person’s piece of electro-pop, for the mind and the dancing feet. Alex Rose - Elephant Eyes (feat. Anni Rossi) Channelling the likes of Joanna Newsom, Regina Spektor and Fiona Apple Alex Rose brings a quirkiness to the confessional songs on her forthcoming debut album Arcadian Pages. ‘Elephant Eyes’ is a great entry point packed with breathy vocal harmonies and unexpected instrumentation. Mammal Hands - Boreal Forest The second jazz tune featured this week is from the wonderfully named Mammal Hands, with ‘Boreal Forest’ taken from the soon to be released album Shadow Work. The tune is a sweeping, beautiful jazz statement that evokes the wonders of nature with a laidback charm. Zola Jesus – Siphon
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