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Fresher Sounds - 27/06/2016


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Another year, another Glastonbury has been and gone.

I think it’s fair to say that Adele’s headline show was the stand out point of the weekend. Who knew someone with so much money could be so down to earth and feel nerves like the rest of us mere mortals?

And say what you want about Coldplay, but their moving tribute to Viola Beach was the highlight of their set.

To do something a little bit different, this week's Fresher Sounds features the best new sounds of Glastonbury this year.

Toothless – Palm’s Backside ft Marika Hackman

For all of you still mourning the Bombay Bicycle Club shaped hole in your lives, this one's for you. On his third single as Toothless, Bombay Bassist Ed Nash really blossoms. The bittersweet lyrics speak of seeing an ex love with someone new, as the track unfolds from the sombre and intimate murmers of “you look happier than we ever were”, into joyous reflective chimes assisted by Mairka Hackman’s echoing vocals.

Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank

Intriguing from the outset, the opening track of Teens of Denial, Fill In the Blank, is fit for radio with it’s pre-included self announcement. In what should be named the apathetic anthem of our time, the track kicks off with the witty line “I’m so sick of/Fill in the blank” with the distain for our time not stopping there, feisty drums and eclectic power chords only add fuel to the fiery angst of this Beck-style single.

Anna Merideth – Taken

Classical composer Anna Merideth flexes her creativity, swapping her composer in residence status at the Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a pursuit of further solo ambitions. Lifted from her debut album Varmints, Taken feels like an awakening, as the clattering synths, messy guitars and contrasting male/female harmony speak-sing over repetitive verse rupture into a euphoric climax

Meilyr Jones – How To Recognise A Work Of Art

Meilyr Jones pokes fun at the art world on the lead single from his recently released debut, 2013. Riding in with triumphant horns, the Motown inspired beat and obscure vocals come together to create something forward thinking and unforgettable, like a true work of art.

Shura – Make It Up

Shura’s freshest offering leaves us wondering whether we should be the last one moving on the dancefloor or up all night reflecting on every bad decision we’ve ever made. This heartwarmingly breezy pop track is the latest in a series of singles showcasing the talent of Shura and her promising debut, Nothing’s Real.


London garage outfit VANT do not disappoint on their riotous single Fly-By Alien. This out of this world track combines killer riffs, unsympathetic drumming and punky vocals to tell the tale of “an alien travelling through the universe to find a planet that can support life” and it doesn’t half sound good.

Oscar – Sometimes

Taken from his impressive debut Cut and Paste, Sometimes is a bubbly indie-pop track that’s bound to push your finger to repeat. Infectious synths, sugar sweet male and female vocal harmonies and grinding guitars refreshingly bring Britpop energy crashing into 2016.



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