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Fresher Sounds - 28/03/2016


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This past week in music has had its ups and downs.

We said goodbye to hip hop legend Malik Taylor, aka A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg.

Prism TatsAfter being told he can no longer tour for risk of losing his hearing, ACDC’s frontman Brian Johnson is strongly rumoured to be replaced by Axl Rose for the remainder of their US tour. What this means for Guns and Roses comeback Coachella set is anyone’s guess…

Elsewhere, The Stone Roses have promised “glorious” new music after they were spotted outside of Church Studios. It’s been 22 years since the “Second Coming”, I’m sure a couple more years won’t hurt for the third.

As I take the helm of Fresher Sounds, let me use this batch of great new tunes to introduce myself properly...

Dayme Arocena – Stuck

As the four day weekend comes to a close, Cuban musician Dayme Arocena provides contagious Latino jazz beats to see us through another 9-5 week. This upbeat re-imagining of Peven Everett’s ‘Stuck’ comes as part of upcoming One Takes EP alongside four other covers she has attributed her versatile soulful vocals to.

Papier Tigre – Heebie Jeebies

Experimental pop outfit Papier Tigre prove they’ve definitely still got it with release of 'Heebie Jeebies', their first single in three years. The French trio have cracked gritty guitar riffs, taking us on a journey from care free indie pop to vocal hooks that scream of punk as the record comes to an end.

Heebie Jeebies | Video from PAPIER TIGRE on Vimeo.

Helen Love- First Girl from Wales in New York

Imagine 1980’s New York, add in a bit of Welsh humour and bubblegum pop and you’re sure to conjure up something along the lines of Helen Love’s latest offering. ‘First Girl from Wales in New York’ gives us a taste of what to be expected from long-awaited eighth album Smash Hits. The catchy track is the result of a perfect mash up of punk, indie pop and retro keyboards.  It’s no surprise that Joey Ramone has long been a fan of the band.

October Drift – Losing My Touch

Moody indie rock newcomers October Drift establish their stand out sound with the release of lead single from debut EP Stranger Days. A heavy, atmospheric build up and abrasive guitars tell the tale of self-doubt transpiring from following narrow dreams.

Susanna – Hole

Norwegian artist Susanna’s illuminating vocals dance along to sugar sweet melodies on latest single ‘Hole’. This multi-layered electronic pop wonder is lifted from her self-produced 11th studio album Triangle, is an exploration of the feeling of falling into the dark.

Prism Tats – Death or Fame

'Death or Fame' is the second single from one man rock ’n roll persona Prism Tats’ highly anticipated self-titled debut. This lo-fi garage track's drum machine-fuelled energy and phenomenally high pitch vocals prove Prism Tats sound is definitely one to listen out for.

Moulettes – Behemooth/Underwater Painter

Using the diversity of the natural world and a multitude of instruments and envious harmonies as inspiration, Moulettes confirm that standing out from the mainstream certainly pays off with the premiere of double single collection ahead of new album Preternatural. Album opener Behemoth is a heavy prog-rock number whilst Underwater Painter is an electro-rock conceptualisation of the psychedelic light show created by Octopus-chameleons. If you’re not feeling this bizarre inspiration, you’re missing out.

Rival Sons – Hollow Bones Part 1.

Bridging the gap between the Black Keys and Royal Blood, blues-rock band Rival Sons release 'Hollow Bones Part 1', the lead single from the newly announced Hollow Bones. Thrusting guitar riffs and an experimental break down that pays off will send the band high up on festival booker’s wish lists.

Strong Asian Mothers – The More That I

The first offering from their humorously titled debut Lynx Africa EP, inhibits the strength that three best friends can give to a record. Vocalist Kalim’s laid back lyrical flair teamed with expertly crafted brass and deep synths creates a truly satisfying sound.

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