Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 18/08/2017
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It's exactly a week until Christmas! And now we've had the snow, it's time to get serious: finish off present shopping and find those last minute stocking fillers for your uncles and grandparents, fit in festive drinks with friends AND try your best not to eat all the Christmas food your mom has bought but won't let you touch (we've all been guilty of that one). Give yourself a well-deserved break and unwrap some lovely new gems on this week's Fresher Sounds - you may well discover a new artist to discover in perfect time for 2018! She Takes Her Time - SPINN SPINN’s latest single ‘She Takes Her Time’ is a refreshing slice of summer in this cold December weather. With a bolshy delivery and their Scouse accents shining through to give the song a certain Northern authenticity, the track is upbeat and has an almost hazy quality to it. With the lyrics centring on an unattainable yet fascinating love interest, coupled with the dream pop-esque guitar riffs, it is the perfect thing to listen to when clinging onto those August beach memories. In certain parts, the lead singer’s vocals are strikingly similar to Saint Raymond, with the summery beach vibe of the track eliciting bittersweet memories of Viola Beach. S.A.D. - Norma ‘S.A.D.’ is the latest effort from Swedish Kraut-rock group Norma, almost as an elegy to Seasonal Affective Disorder. The lyrics are particularly deep and spooky, talking about an inner demon named ‘Neil’ who, according to the band, ‘appears during the darkest season. We probably all have our personal demons, [whether] we want them or not, it’s just about learning how to live with them.’ The group’s affected vocal delivery is almost robotic and alien in tone, imposing an imbalance on the track when coupled with the heavy yet ethereal guitars that are present throughout. The track is the first of many to come before their third album is released next year. Velvet 4 Sale - U.S. Girls With second album, In A Poem Unlimited, due in February next year, Meg Remy’s project U.S. Girls has released ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ in anticipation. The second single from the album, the track is smooth with almost-whispered, breathy vocals bringing a racy tone, ironically given that the song’s lyrics focus on taking revenge on abusive men. In fact, the experimental artist uses her own recorded breaths as percussive elements on the track, bringing an ethereally unnerving emphasis to the line ‘It’s all just friction / But don’t forget the revenge’. Remy insists that despite the more violent edge to the track, she ‘disagrees that violence is ever effective, this very idea was ripe for a song’. Hard To Be Myself (Acoustic) - Fickle Friends Brighton-based indie pop band Fickle Friends are fast on the rise to becoming one of 2018’s brightest and best acts, with a fusion of indie pop and ‘80s electronica creating an upbeat, sun-kissed vibe on each of their tracks. Their latest release, an acoustic rendition of ‘Hard To Be Myself’, is a new gem in their wheelhouse. With the song’s lyrics focused on the anxieties and uncomfortable feeling in new situations, that urge to become someone else in that particular situation, the acoustic version emphasises the vulnerable quality of the song’s subject and really showcases lead singer Natti’s strong vocal range. Mona - Indigo Velvet Upbeat, high-octane guitars and harmonious vocals sum up Indigo Velvet’s ‘Mona’. The huge chorus is a particular highlight, with the line ‘I know you don’t want me around’ producing a particular gravity with each repetition. Sunny melodies and a confident delivery give the track a colourful quality, and is perhaps the track on this week’s Fresher Sounds that would come across best in a live festival setting - think beers in hand, chanting crowds and a heck of jumping around, and that’s the vibe you get with this one. Featured on their new EP Vol. 1, Indigo Velvet are set to reach higher heights in no time.
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