Fresher Sounds - 23/05/2016
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Exam season really is the worst time of the year. Given all the moaning that occurs from GCSE’s onwards, it’s a wonder why us students actually sign up (to the totally miniscule tune of £9k a year) to endure further mind-numbing anxiety filled exams. For all of you who have seen the light at the end of the exam paper themed tunnel, well done for surviving. And for those of you who haven’t finished yet – here’s a few songs to power you through. Yeasayer – Silly Me Brooklyn art rockers, Yeasayer mark their progression with latest single from their fourth studio album Amen & Goodbye. The glistening guitars and playful synths culminate in a sugar sweet chorus of “She would be here if it wasn’t for silly me”, encouraging an oh well attitude for anyone who has recently experienced a break-up. Prides – Rome Prides make a welcome return with contemporary pop wonder 'Rome', their first offering since releasing their acclaimed debut album last year. The Glasgow-based duo mastered the pop hook on their first record and on 'Rome' it is evident that they haven't lost that skill. Neatly produced synths and tight, crashing drums elevate Stewart Brock's yearning vocals over what appears a much darker but equally uplifting effort from the band. Odonis Odonis – Vanta Black With the release of album Post Plague right around the corner, Odonis Odonis are keen to make an impression on every single that comes before it. 'Vanta Black' is an energetic industrial, rave track, led by a strain of pulsating bass and futuristic rhythms. The chaos that unfolds past the two-minute mark will give you the confidence to take on the apocalypse head first. The Mirror Trap – Piranhas Given the hype surrounding their live shows and the minor factor of being granted the seal of approval by Placebo, The Mirror Trap shouldn’t need much of an introduction. Front-man Gary Moore's fiery vocals overlay an angry riff and an uproar of drums on the latest cut from upcoming album Simulations. Central to the song is a criticism of the nature of our neo-liberal society, which is visualised through the video’s focus on a boy fighting to his death in a competitive society.
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