Fresher Sounds - the best new music - 14/05/18
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Have you had time to recover from the spectral assault on the senses that was Eurovision yet?
Credit: Adrian CantuFrom stage invasions to tastes of the operatic and least the one foray into metal, this year’s Song Contest was probably all in all tamer than usual in terms of gimmickry. That said, the Israeli winner did dress like an early 90s Björk and cluck like a chicken during her chorus – but for every rule there is an exception. Anyway, as an antidote to the weekend’s saccharine pomp and reification of trash, here are a few choice picks of the releases that might have passed you by: Courtney Barnett – Sunday Roast Pearl of Melbourne, Australia, Courtney Barnett released on Friday the latest in a series of strong singles from her forthcoming sequel to 2015’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s a beautifully melodic track with simple chord progressions picked out with a subtly overdriven Fender Jaguar. Opting for a more tuneful approach as opposed to the rambling vocals found on her earlier material (and which she carried through onto last year’s collaboration with Kurt Vile), the lyrics are nonetheless poignant behind a superficial simplicity. Speaking of, what one can gather from the song’s title, a ritual family occasion, Barnett voices her gratitude for the support she receives from her nearest and dearest who tell her “your presence is present enough”. This music video is also great dorky fun – and educational! Delta Sleep – El Pastor Brighton-based four-piece, Delta Sleep combine calculation with passion in their new math rock-influenced single ‘El Pastor’, which comes with an enticing and colourful video shot mostly on the pier of their native seaside town. Equal parts bellowed anguish and nimble guitar work over the frantic precision of the drums, this American Football-esque track is infused with a pastel-coloured hipster charm that avoids tedious formula. With all the technical ethic of metal music, Delta Sleep turn down the distortion and amplify the indie, making the homespun rock hard. Eyesore & the Jinx – Gated Community This debut single from new Liverpool group, Eyesore & the Jinx certainly pulls no punches with its powerful political posturing and punk pathos. Recorded in a slaughterhouse, this track is about borders – those physical and mental, which we enforce arbitrarily, to our detriment. Beginning in a vein melodically indebted to rock and roll, but sonically harshly overdriven, the instrumentation also has elements of surf rock. It’s within the lyrics, however, that the track really comes into its own, rallying against the echo chamber we can create for ourselves with social media in the lines, “There’s a world outside, it’s not for me/That’s why I live in a gated community”. The 8-bit computer game music video also has some none-too-subtle, nevertheless highly potent symbolism going on – in particular a clever shot involving the US President and Russian dolls. Self-produced and full of passion, Eyesore & the Jinx ought to be on your radar. Film School – Crushin’
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