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Fresher Sounds - 20/06/2016


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This week, Radiohead held a global listening party to mark the physical release of A Moon Shaped Pool.

Elsewhere, Manchester came alive once again to the sound of The Stone Roses as Ian Brown and co. rocked the Etihad with a series of comeback gigs.

If you missed out, here are a few more bands you should definitely put on your ‘to see’ list.

De La Soul – Pain ft. Snoop Dogg

Following the four track EP they dropped in April, De La Soul tease a funky new East side/West side collaboration with Snoop Dogg ahead of their crowd-funded first full length in four years.

The breezy old school hip hop track is driven by a funky guitar, with a gospel injected chorus breaking up the smooth delivery of the boys from De La Soul and Snoop Dogg’s respective verses.

The Avalanches – Colours

Let your head spin round and round on the trippy new track from The Avalanches. Mermaids, loving in the neon way and the urban surf come to life as Jonathan Donahue of the Mercury Rev lends his vocals and lyrical capability to this multi-layered slice of psychedelia. The wavy synths and reversed samples literally leave you with with vibrant colours in your mind as the song sends you into a wonderland-esque daydream.

Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready (Wreck)

We thought it had gone quiet for good in TDCC land, then they announced festivals slots, updated their photos, teased new music and finally sealed the deal with this new single. After two years out, their comeback single is fresh and fast paced. The bands frustrated lyricism paints an all too familiar distain for consumerism, capturing all the emotion of their time apart through vocal verging on falsetto, jolty guitars, staggering basslines and anthemic “nah nah nahs”.

Pascal Pinon – 53

The Icelandic sisters return with their rawest, most diverse musical statement yet. The folk driven ‘53’ is the first take from their upcoming third album, Sundur. Designed to console a friend who lost their loved one, the vulnerability of emotion is felt throughout the dense track as the sweeping atmospheric production whirs, swaying you off your feet only to remain standing through the guidance of the guitar line and the tracks movingly haunting vocals.

Lessons – Tempest

They may hail from Finland, but their new single Tempest, taken from their debut EP of the same name, comes from a darker place. Taking its inspiration from the windowless environment it was created in, the eery looping bass led track catapults into electro pop melodies fit to suit the arcade culture of the 1980s.

Burning Peacocks – Tears of Lava

The Parisian two piece consisting of Alma Jodorowsky and David Baudart return with the alluring Tears of Lava, with their debut album set for release later in the year. The polished noir-pop song contrasts nonchalant vocals with emotionally drenched lyrics that skim across a cruising bass line and bewitching synths.

ZoZo – International Waters

Leeds based ZoZo aren’t intending to make an impression, they just do. The track is carried by the sassiest bit of sax you’ll hear all year, clashing into charging vocals, the result being an explosive energy that the band have just about managed to capture from their eclectic live shows. ZoZo are truly ones to watch.


AyOwA – Sommer

The first flower to blossom from the Copenhagen based electronic duo sets itself apart from the charming scandi-pop the region is famous for. Sommer is dark, enchanting and uses its improvisational edge to portray a longing for summer and the secrets it withholds. Nicolai’s crafted production sees ceremonious synths and shivering bass interact with the tranquillity of Hannah’s delicate vocals, set to provide the rest of Europe with the summer jam it unknowingly needed.


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