Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 26/03/18
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After a week in which the last male northern white rhino in existence passed away and Cambridge Analytica again made the headlines for its algorithm-based electioneering we have to take solace in constant renewal of music. As university pension disputes drag on and the second semester enters its final few weeks, the latest in new tunes might have some part in getting you through it all. Aside from the bleakness, here’s the best in releases: Phum Viphurit – Lover Boy 22-year-old singer-songwriter, Phum Viphurit was born in Thailand and spent his formative years growing up in New Zealand; his latest offering is the wonderfully dry recording, ‘Lover Boy’. It simultaneously oozes cool and unflinching self-awareness: “Darling, I’ve got trust issues”. The casually delivered vocal with a touch of light vibrato complements the slightly detuned tremolo guitar in the instrumentation, indicating wavering vulnerability grounded in rock solid bass grooves and percussion. If stylish, witty, DIY songs are your thing then you won’t want to miss this. Joel Baker – CMWIF feat. Mahalia London based songwriter, Joel Baker blends gorgeous jazzy guitar with an adorable visual aesthetic in the new video for his latest release, ‘CMWIF’ in which he shares vocals with singer and actress Mahalia from Birmingham. The grainy homemade footage from the London underground is appropriate to the bittersweet nostalgia running through the lyrics in which Baker pines for the return of a broken relationship – his “meals for two last [him] two days” now and he “checks [his] screen for different reasons”. A quiet triumph, this song is best suited to an evening of reminiscence as a catalyst for optimistic melancholy. Alexis Taylor – Oh Baby Outwith his contribution to indie-tronica legends, Hot Chip, Alexis Taylor has been working on solo projects of his own for almost a decade. This track, taken from his forthcoming album Beautiful Thing, is primarily piano driving with crazy swirling synth sounds serving as an unhinged backdrop. Taylor’s characteristic nasally vocals are present here, adding a slightly creepy tone to what might otherwise be something you might have heard from the likes of Hall & Oates in the 1980s. One might justifiably ask whether he should in fact write for someone else as a clearly talented songsmith. Yet again, there is something undeniably unique about the uneasy style that results, not to mention that structurally the song builds and builds towards nowhere. In any case, this is reason enough to anticipate more music to come from Joe Goddard’s partner-in-crime in future. The Vaccines – Your Love is My Favourite Band
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