Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 25/03/19
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Little more than Brexit has been on the UK’s brain over the past week, as change.org petitions were signed by the millions and Theresa May’s non-existent deal has been granted a two-week extension period. For the students amongst us, political unsettledness is overshadowed by near-imminent dissertation deadlines as the end of the semester is slowly coming into sight. So, if you’re looking for some new music to brighten your spirits and zone out our nonsensical world, we’ve put together a selection of the best new singles to see you through the week.
an infectious energy despite the despairing tone of the track’s title. Crafting a beautiful and chilled out soul, Anaïs continues to showcase her talent and artistic fearlessness in the gorgeous accompanying video.
Ionna Gika – Swan
Ionna Gika shares her new track ‘Swan’, taken from the debut album Thalassa. Borrowing its name primeval spirit of the sea, the album also nods to the singer’s Greek heritage. This song, ‘Swan’ offers one of the album’s most accessible and heart-breaking moments as the lyrics mourn over letting go against a swaying rhythm.
Moon King – Come Away With Me
As the project of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin, Moon King has released ‘Come Away With Me’. Transitioning between shoegaze and indie disco influences, the single oozes premium electronica as delightful synths balance against airy vocals. The toe-tapping melody plays out further in the single music video which features various people getting down to the track in the workplace, be it garage, diner or gym hall.
Violents – Young and Doomed
Following the announcement that former My Chemical Romance member Frank Iero has signed to UNFD and formed his latest band, ‘Young and Doomed’ is the first track from the group's upcoming album Barriers. Fuelled by uncontrollable rock 'n' roll angst, the single is accompanied by a video which encapsulates the frantic energy that bursts from the track.
Plague Vendor – New Comedown
Accompanied by the announcement of their new album By Night, Plague Vendor shared the raw and vital first single, ‘New Comedown’. The band’s frontman Brandon Blaine explains the creative process involved in putting the track together, "there were a lot of colours and themes that were coming through, so we thought it best to finalise the verses once we were in the [...] studio. The energy, urgency and excitement there was unmatched. We caught lightning in the booth and trapped it in the recording”.
Image courtesy of Sonars via Mystic Sons PRSonars – Love Me Anyway Ahead of the upcoming album Theatre of Darkness, electro-psych-pop duo Sonars have released new single ‘Love Me Anyway’. With a hazy jangling beat and emotionally affecting lyrics, the track explores the beauty of unconditional love. Member Frederick Paysden says, ‘Love Me Anyway’ is “one of the most personal songs I’ve written so far, it’s like a scrapbook of moments of my life and was written for all the people that have meant so much to me along the way”. Mind Enterprises – Ballare Experimental and funky, the playful aesthetic of Mind Enterprises plays out perfectly on new single ‘Ballare’. With the namesake translating from ‘Dance’ in Italian, ‘Ballare’ attempts to create a contemporary vision from a retro afro-disco groove. Whistle tones and steelpan drums dominate the track to form an instrumental joyride. Anaïs – lost my faith ‘lost my faith’ is the latest single from London-based artist Anaïs. With angelic vocals, ‘lost my faith’ has
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