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Fresher Sounds - 09/03/2015


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The season of the beleagued music industry bigwigs patting each on the back for managing to sell a load of bland dross as 'great music' is thankfully over.

Handing nice little statues to artists so dull, that any minor wardrobe malfunction is considered a 'scandal' has become a yearly staple.

All our scorn and derision has been getting in the way of paying attention to decent tuneage - but we managed it. It was hard, but we succeeded!

And with another tenuious and (probably) tedious opening here are our pick of last week's online pops:

Doldrums - Loop

The latest tune from Doldrums is a song at war with itself. Taken from the forthcoming album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare, is a dark, yet still infectious take on the house template.   

Toro Y Moi - Buffalo

South Carolina’s Toro Y Moi has continued his comeback with new single  ‘Buffalo.’ Echoing the retro psyche theme of his previous effort, ‘Buffalo’ is an experimental, snappy, psyche-funk  track that perfectly complements Chazwick Bundick's crooning vocals.

The Magic Gang - No Fun

It’s easy to see why Brighton’s The Magic Gang are drawing comparisons to early Weezer. Their scuzzy new single ‘No Fun’ is anthemic, hook-heavy and gritty, showing a level of songwriting well beyond a band releasing their debut single.  

Oh Wonder - Technicolour Beat

Fast rising duo Oh Wonder have come a long way in a short time. Seven Months into their pledge to release one song a month for a year, the band have unveiled ‘Technicolour Beat.’ The most successful of their releases, the track is built around lush, understated melodies and soft vocal exchanges.

San Cisco - Magic

Aussie indie pop outfit San Cisco have returned with their bubbly new song, ‘Magic.’ Taken from their new album, Gracetown, the track showcases some new elements of the band's DNA. Drummer Scarlett Stevens taken over vocal duties for this track, adding a dreamy quality to their charming, guitar-led core.  

Jack Garatt - Chemical

Buckinghamshire’s Jack Garatt is not afraid to experiment. Taken from his forthcoming EP Syntesthesiac, the track blends dark, heavy electro choruses with soulful falsetto vocals before fading into a subdued, piano-led section in an unorthodox fusion of styles.

Honne - Coastal Love

The title track from Honne’s new EP showcases a lighter side to the band’s charismatic electro-funk. Led by tropical synths, the song adds pop hooks and smooth beats to the characteristically seductive vocals.  

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Sunday Candy

This breezy track from newcomers Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment is the perfect fusion of hip hop and gospel. Buoyed by an upbeat piano melody, the contrasting elements of the track are epitomised by the vocal exchange between Chance the Rapper and Jamilia Woods.

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