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Fresher Sounds - 05/10/2015


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Last week marked it. Nope, Taylor Swift didn't stop being the world's sweetheart.

Yes, we had the first Bond theme song number one (still trying to work out how/why).

But I'm talking about you know, the time of the year when every public transport starts to sound like a walk in centre? Coughs, splutters, whinging and complaints, just to add to the nightmarish morning commute.

So here’s an idea, pop these wicked new tracks in your ears and pretend you’re not coming into contact with about a million germs. 

Dinosaur Pile Up - Red and Purple

Lovingly named after the guzzled beverage whilst writing, Dinosaur Pile Up’s latest single started out as ‘Black Coffee’. Lifted from new album Eleven Eleven, set for release in October, ‘Red and Purple’ pours punk anger from the slits in its side. The track carries a riff with a bite and a bark that takes control in the middle. It’s the mood swing that you won’t mind, your sweaty chant in a club. Scream it on tour in November.

Oscar - Breaking My Phone

We’ve been a fan of Oscar for a while over here, and his latest track only strengthens our love. This time his DIY appraoch gives us Britpop guitars above electro glitches. Vocals carry a chip on their shoulder, slouching with a moody attitude ‘I keep on breaking my phone / after I’ve spoken to you.’ We’ve all been there, amiright? On a static bassline, the track slinks with garage swagger and reminds me to get insurance.

Pretend - Through the Snow

Lifted from the forthcoming sophomore album Tapestry’d Life set for release 9th October via Topshelf Records, 'Through the Snow' is a corker. Though only seven minutes long. With the epic scope of post rock with intricate math rock flourishes, it also displays a tender sweetness. Its intelligent arrangement pulls on the heart strings.

Varldens Band - Krafthalling

Fourteen musicians, seven countries, three continents, one band. Bringing elements from each of their traditional roots, latest single ‘Krafthalling’ is almost an education. A Caribbean rhythm infuses with Swedish melodies and Indian classical vocals. The result is intense and bulky, and it’s only the first single from the forthcoming album Transglobal Root Fusion.

PROM - Touch Me

This prom is not a chance for romance, not under the sea themed and there’s no flowers or slow dancing. The industrial sounding four-piece from London however, have spiked the punch. Their latest single ‘Touch Me’ features garage punk bass, filthy drums and earth shatteringly angry vocals that rip the track into two. Tearing through a surf riff, it’s on the warpath to be destructively filthy.

Malik Ferraud - Celebration

Following the success from his debut studio album Infinity earlier this year, the Baltimore rapper is back with a triumphant banger. An uplifting party anthem, his smooth vocals caramel dance beats and summer rhythm. Take his advice and live in the moment, now your student loan has dropped.

Talos - In Time

Listening to this track, it’s difficult to believe that this is only the third public release from Irish musician, Eoin French. The intense ache in the vocals find calm on the natural soundscape, with pounding percussion. Yearning falsetto and delicate harmony shape tactile layers, instantly calming.

Lao Ra - Jesus Made Me Bad

A debut single is released with the motive to get you heard, show ‘em what you’ve got. So Lao Ra’s debut would definitely do so in her religious Catholic hometown. ‘Jesus Made Me Bad’ has a rebellious heart and a teasing attitude. Her glitchy electro-pop production veers towards a tropical kaleidoscopic vibe. Gorgeous vocals mischievously lather in her Colombian accent ‘Jesus made me bad, he gave me an evil mind.’

Samson The Truest - Sidewinder

I have to admit, I couldn’t make it through the video. You’re welcome to try, but don’t blame me for your nightmares. You’re a grown up now.

Sam Geller, or rather as his biblical artist name, creates whirlwind palettes of euphoric melody and psych tones. His sophomore album Come Back Shane (out now) is said to be one hell of a journey, questioning the ins and outs of life and that.

High Tyde - Do What You Want

These young lads are no strangers to the road, or adoring fans. Between them, the four-piece average age is tenderly 18. So you’d expect puppy dog cuteness. Instead you get an energetic and eager punch in the face indie. With jangled riffs, glossy vocals and an infectious hook that could probably give you a cavity, the Brighton boys will make you want to skip the 9am lecture.

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