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Fresher Sounds - 18/04/2016


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It’s that time of year again: festival season is upon us, with the first Coachella sets taking place this weekend.

I’m definitely not jealous of those American folk, enjoying insanely good music from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Guns n Roses, Sia and M83 in the sunshine whilst it’s been snowing all weekend where I am.

I’m not bitter, Youtubing sets and seeing people able to prance around in shorts IN APRIL.

Of course I’m not, I’ve found all of this new music… 

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Before you’ve even heard it, with a name so distinctive and a bizarre video to match, this Canadian duo can’t help but provoke intrigue. Taking their influences from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon via the boundary pushing capabilities of Jack White, the tracks funk-drenched guitars, soul filled harmonicas and rugged vocals present a masterclass in modern day blues. 

MRGD – Lover Go

London-based Welsh electronic artist MRGD makes a shining debut with 'Lover Go'. Aided by the tight production of SAKIMA, her cascading R&B shrouded vocals dance upon a multitude of synthesizer. The track explores “the distance between the emotional entanglement within a controlling relationship and the strength and empowerment of being able to move on”, creating a new take on the electronic ballad.

Silences – Breathless

The freshest cut from the highly acclaimed Northern Irish outfits third EP Luna may be soft, but it’s definitely not lacking in power. Opening with beautifully crafted lyrics, “I’ve spilt my guts for nothing as much as a flake of denial”, 'Breathless' is a hauntingly honest reflection set to enchanting melodic guitars.

Gallery Circus – Holland on Fire

Gallery Circus’s latest track is the product of what happens when identical twin brothers swap their Tyne and Wear roots for the States and all the drama that follows. This abrasive blues infused track tells the tale of one particular dynamite related incident during one 4th July celebration. Their live shows are already raved about, but if every track on their upcoming Chi-Town Dogs EP oozes as much angst as this snarly guitar number, they will be unmissable.

Mythic Sunship – Ophidian Rising

Who said all good songs must have the lyrics to match? Not me. This instrumental wonder is a showcase in the magical sounds you can create with instruments alone. Taken from the Copenhagen quartet's upcoming album Ouroboros, the tracks fuzzy psychedelic riffs and cosmic jazz tinge is the perfect revision, rock out song.

Klaus Johann Grobe – Geschichten aus erster Hand

I’m not sure what he’s singing about without Google translate, but if I’m honest I don’t think it matters. The groovy electronic track is taken from their soon to be released second album Spagat der Liebe. Carried by the beat heavy metronome and simple synths, hypnotic vocals transgress language boundaries, creating a truly universal toe tapper.

The Hunna – You & Me (Hunna Tree)

The Hunna are developing quite a following and their latest single proves just why. The lyrics are warm, as vocalist Ryan Potter croons “not just a band but a family” over sharply polished riffs. It’s unapologetic feel good indie rock, with a catchy chorus designed to be screamed in packed out venues

Flight Brigade – U Kill Me

'U Kill Me' is the lead track from Flight Brigade’s upcoming debut album. The track's soaring riffs and vocals packed with adrenaline makes for high energy driving rock. Given the diverse make up of the group, which has seven members comprising of a husband and wife, a sister and their friends, they have been likened to Arcade Fire - and this track proves they are just as talented.

Goddesses – I See You

Derby three-piece Goddesses take us on an atmospheric journey on 'I See You', the latest taste of their forthcoming debut self titled album. The band use every moment of their six minute and twenty eight second track to create an ambient sound that feels every bit as cinematographic as the video looks.

DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak ft. Run The Jewels

Finally, I thought I’d include one of my favourite artists, Run The Jewels, who feature on cult DJ legend DJ Shadow’s new single. DJ Shadow proves his signature style is ever improving on the most recent cut from DJ Shadow’s forthcoming album The Mountain Will Fall, his first in five years. EL-P and Killer Mike’s tongue in cheek rhymes, prove the perfect partner for Shadow's experimental finesse. Any song with a Trump diss in it shouldn’t go unheard in 2016.

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