Fresher Sounds - This week's best new music - 06/11/17
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So with Halloween now done and dusted for another year, it's time we can all start looking forward to those snuggly winter nights by a roaring fire, watching the Home Alone franchise while snowflakes daintily bless the roofs above our heads and ground beneath our feet. I'm lying of course. It's November, and this is the UK. Forget all that nonsense, it's time for average-at-best fireworks displays, an unwelcomed amount of wind and rain, and the grumbling rants of scrooges complaining that it's too early for Christmas songs to be played in supermarkets. Those scrooges will be relieved to see no Christmas songs in this week's Fresher Sounds, but in the spirit of good music here is an eclectic blend of exciting new songs to help invigorate you on the upcoming cold, dark mornings. Midlife - The Magnificent Moon Australian four-piece Mildlife drop the 9-minute experiential masterpiece that is 'The Magnificent Moon' alongside the announcement of their imminent debut album. Although they are old friends, the members bonded over a desire to push musical boundaries, and as they draw on aspects of electro-funk, dream-pop and funk it is safe to say this has been achieved. On the single, bassist Tom Shanahan says "It never really second guesses itself, except for maybe just before the outro when he realises he may have journeyed too far and his space suit has a hole in it". I have as many questions as you do...and the answers, well your guess is a good as mine. Susanna - Go Dig My Grave Fittingly released on Halloween, this haunting little number from Susanna is the first of many to be put out from her next album due February 2018. The Norwegian singer has been known to place her distinct voice and folk influences into a number of different projects, notably covers of tracks from ACDC, Dolly Parton and Leonard Cohen. This particular single is a collaboration project with Swiss harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordionist Ida Hidle, and folk vocalist Tuva Syvertsen. The quartet have fused together sounds from seemingly contrasting worlds, but have managed to make them complement each other with grace. Canshaker Pi - Pressure From Above Big things seem to be coming for Canshaker Pi, a Dutch four-piece just out of their teenage years. The rock outfit have followed up news of new single 'Pressure From Above' with the announcement of UK tour dates supporting The Cribs. "Pressure From Above embodies the loneliness of being in large groups of people at night. Staying in bars too long on a daily basis results in a feeling of progresslessness." says frontman Willem Smit. Simeon Walker - Turn Leeds based pianist and composer Simeon Walker is a true example of a DIY artist. After experiencing slowdowns and sabbaticals from a number of other musical projects, Walker decided to begin writing and producing his own instrumentals. After releasing them via Soundcloud, he found himself welcomed into a community of fans and fellow composers alike. 'Turn' has been dropped in the run up to his upcoming album Mono. On the album, Walker says, "The songs were mostly written in the dark, bleak, winter months, and there is a coldness yet beckoning quality to the music, that I hope people will find endearing."
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