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Fresher Sounds - 07/12/15

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So this week, the first Reading and Leeds announcement divided the nation.

Cage The Elephant‘Are Red Hot Chili Peppers a worthy headliner?’ was the question on everybody’s Twitter feeds.

Half of the answers were ‘pls help a poor student’ the others were thinking ahead for their transport to T.

Jaden Smith then announced he was writing a philosophy book, and a Lana Del Rey fan got arrested for camping out in the singer’s garage.

Then Morrissey’s novel won the Bad Sex Award 2015.

Average week, then.

Anyway, here’s some wicked new tracks to get you pumped as you battle through the last part of looming deadlines.

Palma Violets – Last Christmas on Planet Earth

It’s the first column of December! Brit rockers Palma Violets are getting in the spirit with Rudolf being shot, blood in bathrooms and a balding bloke who reckons he’s Santa. Though that doesn’t stop their Christmas anthem being joyously juicy. The standard sparkly keys accompany a sugared hook. It’s one to stagger around the tree yelling when a bit pissed on the mulled wine. Get new treats every day in December with the band’s online advent calendar.

 

WALL - Milk

If you like things that are a bit odd, then you’ll love this New York four-piece. WALL add a gothic slant on post-punk, slotting it midway between glamorous and grotty. "The sky opened up / milk poured out" lyrics are tossed in a way that commands full attention. Then there’s something about feline mistresses. Woozy guitars balance on tension. Check out their self-titled debut EP, early next year.

 

Van Damsel - Sophia

OK, it might be a lil cutesy cutesy kitschy. Though that doesn’t stop it from being. So. Damn. Catchy. A stellar hook flirts with lusciously smooth vocals spinning tales of romanticism about a certain Sophia. The Vancouver band wear their hearts on their sleeve and know how to create some gorgeous melodies. 'Sophia' launched the announcement of their debut self-titled album for release in February.

 

Turin Brakes – Keep Me Around

Prepare to be dazzled. Turin Brakes’ latest single is string-laden and treads on curiosity and an air of cool. The upbeat track is laced with feel good rhythms and enveloping harmonies. Running with colour, there’s a danceable element. Lifted from their highly anticipated album Lost Property set for release at the end of January, they’re taken their live show around the UK.

 

JAMES - To My Surprise

With over 13 studio albums, JAMES probably need a break; despite this their latest record is full of life and vibrant with an undying love. 'To My Surprise' is a track of euphoria with captivating electronica. Anthemic vocals wave over a catchy rhythm with a theatrical frill. New album Girl at the End of the World is out next year, catch them on tour.

 

GANG - Animalia

Here’s something a bit raucous from Brighton’s newest GANG. With a sludgy sense of foreboding, it’s dirge-pop at its grimmest – in the best possible way. The band of brotherhood add a garage screech to a blur of fuzzy guitars and distorted vocals. Question your soul and our existence.

 

Mumiy Troll - Speed

Selling out stadiums and proud owners of multi-platimum records in their hometown of Russia, Mumiy Troll are the guys who instigated the Britpop movement over there. Their lo-fi sound reflects the mood of the underground rock scene in a playful Russian youth culture, picking up pace to melodic guitar riffs. Vivid vocals are unapologetic, blossoming on a sonic spectrum.

 

MRCH - Spin

How does a band with many miles between them craft a song? File sharing, of course. Crafting together their delicate blend of smart pop and electronic indie, MRCH still convey an unbreakable bond. Latest single 'Spin' has a chilly edge, but cuts like a diamond in razor sharp movements. Surging synth eases with sibilant vocals.

 

Bror Forsgren – I Had a Dream Last Night

Newly solo Bror Forsgren is in love. I think. His exclusive non-album track is rich with orchestration with cinematic elegance and a pounding sense of triumph. Arty synth dances around blissfully melodic vocals, sang with confidence and surged with a romantic energy. Fast-paced and heart racing, you’ll probably get whiplash. Or lovesick.

 

Cage the Elephant – Trouble

New music from the Grammy nominees? Yes please. And a UK tour next February? Go on then. How about a new album Tell Me I’m Pretty? Hell yeah. Cage the Elephant’s first look into the new record is a sweet serenade with starry keys and a fluttering harmony. Though, it still has the stamp of garage grit and dark undertone. With a psych influence, vocals swirl into kaleidoscopic beats.  "Trouble on my left, trouble on my right. I’ve been facing trouble almost all my life."




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