Fresher Sounds – The best new music – 27/11/2017
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I write this as the news is dominated by the announcement that one of the world’s most famous ex-Squaddies is to marry his actress girlfriend. It’s a lovely distraction. I can see the house across the street already has their Christmas tree up, in a truly special attempt to eek out as much festive cheer as possible. Maybe it’s to distract from the fact they all hate each other and the shinny baubles keep them mesmerised and sedate? Distractions are good, and that’s what Fresher Sounds is all about – new aural distractions to keep your mind away from it all. Let this little lot take your mind off things: Wyvern Lingo - Snow II Much like Love Actually, Coca Cola adverts and Mariah Carey, some of the festive things people get all excited about aren’t actually that Christmassy at all. It’s worth adding the new track from Wyvern Lingo as something that is worth getting excited about. The Bray, Ireland based trio have forged a wonderfully wintry, haunting and mesmerising piece of downbeat electronic pop. Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Nothing Really Blue OK, this is not new. Not by a long shot! But take this moment to either discover or rediscover the epic wonderfulness of the music of Penguin Café Orchestra. Erased Tapes are re-issuing the final album, Union Café, by the legendary orchestra on 1st December. The first taster of that is ‘Nothing Really Blue’ a serene, jazz number that is perfect to cut through all the noise of the day. Jonathan Bree - Say You Love Me Too (feat. Clara Viñals) A massive departure from his previous work in the Brunettes, the solo work of Jonathan Bree takes a much darker, cinematic route. The work for his third album Sleepwalking again is heavily orchestrated with real strings. With echoes of the French Yé-yé style influenced by Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg ‘Say You Love Me Too’ takes a retro-futuristic view of pop, perfectly encompassing the sweet vocals of Clara Viñals. Rosie Carney – Winter Ethereal folk is perfect for this time of year as Autumn transforms into Winter, so Rosie Carney’s new tune named after the later season is perfectly timed. There’s a yearning and melancholy in Carney’s voice that floats above the echoed guitar strums of the track. This is beautiful stuff. Table Scraps – Sick of Me
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