Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 15/01/18
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It's officially Blue Monday. Ah yes, Monday 15th January is 2018's most miserable day according to experts. Well, whether it's exams, the back-to-work slog, dry January or the unfortunate realisation that you will never stick to your New Year's Resolutions that is getting you down, here are ten of the best tracks released in the past week that we think will absolutely, hands-down cheer you up on the saddest day of the year. Charlie Barnes – All I Have Having spent most of the last two years touring as a live member of Bastille, Charlie Barnes returns to his solo career with the announcement of his second full-length record Oceanography, due March 9th. ‘All I Have’ is the first single to be released from the album, arriving closer to the end of the song-writing process, “Given that I'd just written a whole load of embarrassingly woe-is-me numbers, I was keen to try and put something together that was a bit more uplifting.” Will Varley – Seven Days ‘Seven Days’ is the latest track to emerge from Will Varley’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Spirit of Minnie. The track starts with a dainty acoustic hook, before Varley’s relatable lyricism reflects on the fleeting, milestone moments of his life. It was this theme that inspired the accompanying video, created using monochrome pixel art animation and influenced by the 8-bit style games that Varley remembers from his own childhood. A Grave With No Name – By The Water’s Edge With a week to go until the release of his sixth studio album, A Grave With No Name, aka Alexander Shields, shares brand new single ‘By The Water’s Edge’. In his own words, the new single is about “when you feel both the presence and absence of someone in everything around you.” The upcoming album focuses on a short stay that Shields had at his family home in the wake of his grandmother’s death and thus explores the themes of mortality, religion and humanity’s attempt to reconcile the elemental with the domestic. Fans can expect the record to be Shield’s most intimate and poetic to date. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain Courtney Marie Andrews was deemed an “overnight success” by the UK media after the release of her breakthrough third studio album in early 2017. With persistence and ambition, the Arizonian artist charmed British audiences with her angelic sound, which combines indie-folk with the timeless blend of country. ‘May Your Kindness Remain’ is the title track from the forthcoming record, due in March. On the album, the artist says, “A lot of people are poor in America—and because of those unattainable goals, they’re also mentally unstable, or depressed or unfulfilled. A lot of people—myself included at some point in my life—are loving somebody through this. That’s sort of the theme of the record: coming to terms with depression and the reality of the world we’re living in.” Henry Green – Another Light Bristol-based artist Henry Green has released ‘Another Light’ in tandem with the announcement of his debut album, set to hit music platforms March 30th. Green has gained a cult following from his previous EPs, in which he begins to explore his capabilities as an electronic artist. He has revealed the debut album focuses on the themes of movement, coming from his own experience with drastic change and progression over the previous year. Laden with delicate electronic sounds, ‘Another Light’ is a hazy, infectious track from yet another exciting British artist.
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