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Fresher Sounds - 02/02/2015

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GirlpoolLets be honest, we were spoilt in January.

It was a month filled with reunions, break out bands and plenty of good tunes.

Provided we can put Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance behind us, February is already beginning to be a good month for music.

Dont believe us? Feast your ears on these: 
 

Girlpool - China Town

Part of a vanguard of strong female acts blossoming as the influence of riot grrl kicks off another musical 'girl revolution' Californian two-pieceGirlpool just get better. This is a breezy tune full of wistful romanticism. Their stripped back, understated sound amplifies the pairs perfect harmonies and allows their eccentric lyrics to take centre stage.

Seven Davis Jr - Wild Hearts 

Ahead of his debut album, electronic prodigy Seven Davis Jr has unveiled this effortlessly addictive slice of futuristic funk. Channeling the sounds of soul classics, through the ambience of old sci-fi soundtracks 'Wild Hearts' is a groove-ridden, dishevelled musical nugget.

Noir Noir - Claustrophobic Love

Mancunian rockers Noir Noir have emphatically announced themselves with debut single ‘Claustrophobic Love.’ Taking cues from Kyuss and Queens Of The Stone Age, they channel the grit of the desert (which they don't have a lot of in Manc) with their brand of stoner rock.

Big Sean ft. Drake & Kanye West - Blessings

Three of rap’s heavyweights come together on Big Sean’s latest offering, ‘Blessings,’ and show exactly why they are top of their game. Taken from forthcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, the track is celebratory yet dark, with the rappers trading verses over ominous beats.

Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun

‘There is hope within despair’ sings Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard on their long awaited return. After losing one of their founding members the band prove their songwriting is a strong as ever with the downtempo, synth heavy tune ‘Black Sun.’ The visceral track is melancholic yet beautiful, with Gibbards idiosyncratic lyrics evoking a sense of  grim determination.

Grawl!x - Atlas Bear 

James Machin used to be in the wonderful My Psychoanalyst, and is back with the equally wonderful Grawl!x, taking on a more ambient approach to indie songwriting. Taken from their upcoming album, ‘Good Grief,’ is beautifully restrained, with the instrumentation used sparingly to amplify the emotional delivery of the worlds. Stunning stuff!

AWOLNATION - Hollow Moon

Electro rockers AWOLNATION pick up exactly where they left off in 2011, continuing to experiment with their genre defying sound on 'Hollow Moon.' The infectious, synth-drenched track combines distorted, pendular verses with rhythmic, hook filled choruses, and the track’s pop elements are contrasted with an unexpected dance rock breakdown.  

Kate Tempest - Bad Place for a Good Time

Hip hop story-teller Kate Tempest returns with this meloncholy number. Her jaded vocal delivery and the dissonant, piano backdrop offset by mournful beats all portray the hopelessness she is trying to portray, painting a picture of urban gloom.




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