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Fresher Sounds - 23/03/2015


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For new music lovers. Last week was the week we all wished we were in Austin, Texas. 

Wolf AliceSouth by Southwest festival is simply drowning in the best new music talent.

In many ways the event challenged the issues facing British Festivals (and the music industry on the whole).

While the decision to book Kanye West for Glastonbury has proved a controversial one, SXSW saw hip-hop and rock fans rub shoulders in an eclectic line-up. Similarly, while UK festivals recieved criticism for the absence of female acts, women led the way in Texas, with the likes of Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice and Chastity Belt proving festival highlights.

Thankfully, for those that missed out, we've got you covered for new music.

Here's some of our new picks of the week. 

Django Django - Reflections

Django Django are a difficult band to pin down. At first their latest track appears to stick to their trademark sound, typified by a psychadelic, synth-drenched vibe, before a jazz saxophone shatters all expectations of normality.

Blur - There Are Too Many Of Us

Blur’s reunion just got a lot more gloomy. Their latest track is a downtempo, synth-led track that addresses overpopulation and the futility of religion. Featuring guitarist Graham Coxon for the first time since the band’s return, the melodramatic instrumentation and pessimistic lyrics of ‘There are Too Many Of Us’ offer a new side to their comeback.

Earl Sweatshirt - Grief

Earl Sweatshirt is back, and he’s angry. In this disjointed, lo-fi track the Odd Future rapper battles his demons with a stream of consciousness approach to rapping. 

Wolf Alice - I Saw You (In a Corridor)

Here’s a side of Wolf Alice we haven’t seen before. For the B-side to their latest single ‘Giant Peach,’ the London four-piece have stripped back their angst-filled grunge sound, opting instead for beautifully understated acoustic guitar and laid-bare emotion.

I Am Karate - Bloom

This Stockholm duo certainly know how to exploit their strengths. Their minimalistic track ‘Bloom’ makes perfect use of space, exploiting the bare sound of a solitary piano to amplify the lofty vocals as they reverberate through the emptiness.

Years & Years - Worship

Years & Years are one of 2015’s success stories. Few bands without an album to their name have this much excitement surrounding them. Their latest single ‘Worship’ is another reminder of why the hype is so justified. It is a vibrant, falsetto-filled piece of electro pop that does not stray far from the band’s tried and tested formula of songwriting.

Waterstrider - Nowhere Now

Waterstrider’s new song is a delightfully unexpected mixture of sounds. The song is bursting with tropical energy, combining African percussion with pyschadelic, distorted guitars and dynamic, fluctuating vocals.

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