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Fresher Sounds - 07/06/2016


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This week, lightning struck the music industry – quite literally.

92,000 people attending Germany’s flagship Rock am Ring Festival had to go home after the festival was cancelled, due to 80 people being injured by severe lightning strikes.

Further across the globe, New York’s Governors Ball has also been cancelled over lightning warnings.

As innovative as ever, Kanye West attempted to reschedule his set by offering a ‘small gig’ for his loyal fans. Unfortunately for Mr West, he’s a pretty big deal and his ‘small’ gig left thousands outside as a result of cancellation due to ‘near riot’ conditions…

Hopefully you won’t have to be aware of the weather warnings to hear this lot…

The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra

Only sixteen years after their first release blew minds, the prestigious Avalanches make their well awaited return with the impressive Frankie Sinatra. The track has an overall circus of curiosities feel, with verses from MF Doom and Danny Brown bouncing over the big top, which takes the form of a carefully produced sample of a 1930’s calypso song, before smoothly progressing into another horn dazzled sample of ‘My Favourite Things’. With Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi and Biz Markie all featuring on upcoming Wildflower, this is not a follow up album to be missed.

The Strokes – OBLIVIOUS

The Strokes have had three years away from recording to reflect. Is it the future, present of past that they’ve been thinking of? It’s all three, on a three song EP which boasts OBLIVIOUS as its lead single. Through the verses, Julian’s characteristic filtered vocals lap over an accomplished riff, falling into a chorus which comes alive through its dynamic power chords, before elapsing into a lustrous guitar solo and wailing falsetto.

Jay Som – I Think You’re Alright

The latest offering from San Franciso singer-songwriter Melina Duarte, AKA Jay Som, lifted from her upcoming 7” is a bittersweet offering. Her melancholy delivery of the opening line “when I wake up in the morning, I’ll make you some coffee, we’ll lay about and let the day pass.” set to a mellow riff unravels into chaos in the form of explosive grungey guitars by the end of the track, as her honest lyricism goes on to depict a strain in her relationship that she is trying to break free from. It is this raw sensitivity that begs to be heard.

SHEL – Rooftop

The Colorado based multi-instrumentalist quartet offer up sugar sweet melodies on the first single from their newly released second record, Just Crazy Enough. “Step outside your mind, ‘cause everyone is mad up here”, chimes lead vocalist Eva, making illusions to Alice in Wonderland that stick throughout the songs dreamy, beat box heavy, arrangement. The gals have got us wishing we lived on a rooftop and we don’t care.

Apothek  - Reunion

The Norwegian electronic duo, consisting of singer-songwriter Morte Myklebust and producer Nils Martin Larsen’s freshest single is about “trying to get where you have to go and reaching conclusions you are unable to reach”. The track easily glides in as a smooth wave gently increasing in reach, as deep synths and a glitchy backdrop meet serene vocals and layers of gleaming synths, evoking all the nostalgia of a sweet reunion.

Mairearad Green –  The Island

Hailing from the idyllic Scottish Islands, Mairearad didn’t have far to look for inspiration. Fitting gracefully into her Summer Isles full length which explores the stories of the islands, the track takes the lyrics of a poem by Jan Kilpatrick, projecting them through enchanting vocals, soft chants and a banjo led melody. As the song comes to a close, you can open your eyes again and the cinematic landscapes the track conjures up will stay firm in your mind.

Embody – Dreamin’ (jackLNDN Remix)

As exams are drawing to a close, it’s ok to listen to songs like this and feel like you want to dance all night – you’re guilt free. JackLNDN’s take on Embody’s track injects a deep house vibe into the more pop infused original, keeping Camden Cox’s tuneful vocals afloat through an energetic beat and ultimately proving why the DJ’s following is ever expanding.

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