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Fresher Sounds - 01/07/2015


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Like him or loathe him, Kanye West certainly has a knack for keeping the spotlight on him. 

Despite the outcry that followed the announcement, it turns out quite a few people wanted to watch him at Glastonbury this year.

As has become customary for West, his appearance didn’t come without controversy. His declaration that he is  ‘the greatest living rock star’ was as narcissistic as we’ve come to expect from West, but an unexpected controversy came courtesy of one festival goers decision to make a flag out of a still from Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. 

Unfortunately, the controversies surrounding Kanye West at Glastonbury have obscured discussions about the performance itself, because we really need to talk about how bad that ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ cover was. 

While the debates rumble on, here’s some great new music for you all: 

Years & Years - Foundation

Things get morbid pretty quickly in Years & Years latest video as front-man Olly Alexander is brought back from the dead at his own wake. ‘Foundation’ is a dark, brooding track built around Alexander's hypnotic vocals as a haunting synth line is slowly brought to the fore.

Leon Bridges - Brown Skin Girl

Few people channel the spirit of classic soul as well as Leon Bridges. In ‘Brown Skin Girls,’ his smooth, gentle vocals and minimalistic brass backing track evoke the understated beauty of Sam Cooke.

Gallant - Weight in Gold

This lofty track from Los Angeles' Gallant fuses classical soul with modern R&B. In ‘Weight in Gold’ twinkling synths playfully bounce of soft soul guitar riffs as Gallant’s falsetto soars over the track.

Will Joseph Cook - Beach

Few 18-year-olds are as talented as Will Joseph Cook. Featuring the quirky indie pop hooks that we’re used to hearing from the likes of Darwin Deez and King Charles, Cook’s breezy vocals make the song an instant summer singalong.

The Wonder Years - Cardinals

Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years have returned with their distinctive brand of emotive pop-punk. As the band continue to push the conventions of the genre, Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell’s melancholy lyrics remain prominent as he guiltily sings ‘we’re no saviours if we can't save our brothers.’

Jack Garat t- Weathered

Jack Garatt is an artist that surprises with each release.The experimental electronic artist continues to incorporate a plethora of genres into his tracks, refusing to be pigeonholed. ‘Weathered,’ the first single to be taken from his debut album, starts of as a delicate guitar led ballad, before slowly developing in a euphoric, synth led anthem.

Yawn - Day Trip

This Track from Chicago’s Yawn is a psychedelic summer scorcher. Opening with a devilshly catchy guitar line, before the snappy drums and distant, dreamy vocals grant the track a hazy bliss.

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