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Fresher Sounds - 15/08/2016


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More sad news this week.

Just six months after the tragic death of Viola Beach, another horrific incident has happened to a young band member.

Gary Watson, the frontman of rising Scottish band The Lapelles has died following a fatal fall into the river Clyde on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

The band had recently supported The Last Shadow Puppets and I was lucky enough to have seen them at Live at Leeds.

Now more than ever is time to celebrate talented new music.

Green Day – Bang Bang

After four years away, Green Day are back with a 'Bang Bang'. The lead single taken from their upcoming 12th full length, Revolution Radio, sees the punk trio trace back to their politicised roots. The track rains in on commercial news anchors, in the same vein of the American Idiot concept album, before descending into the crazed viewpoint of “daddy's little psycho and mummy's little soldier”. Cue roaring power chords, collateral drumming and lyrics hurled with more conviction than most racial shooting sentences…

Slaves – Spit it Out

Slaves fuel high expectations of their recently announced second album, Take Control, on their noticeably heavier single 'Spit it Out'. Starting out with a typical Slaves hurling vocal delivery, as the explosive chorus dawns it feels like something has been unplugged and the duo have let out all the chaos that was caged up on the first record run riot against vigorous riffs and intense drums.

Bon Iver –22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]  

Although Justin Vernon has been busy working with Kanye and James Blake, there has been a Bon Iver shaped hole in the world since 2011’s acclaimed Bon Iver. Despite the distortion, '22 (OVER S∞∞N)'  retains haunting intimacy as a high-pitched voice slides in over a loop, chiming “it might be over soon” which is matched with Vernon’s projecting falsetto before leading into an amorous sax solo. The good news is, it’s only a month wait until we can hear more of 22, A Million.

Oldermost – Honey With Tea

'Honey With Tea' highlights the paradoxical blend of neuroticism and mysticism of the band’s lead singer Bradford Bucknum. Bucknum’s soothing delivery makes for the perfect companion to the track’s delicate string work, easy-riding guitars and well timed drums whilst rising singer-songwriter Rosali adds a charming vocal element. Those with a keen ear may also recognise Mike Sobel’s guitar work from The War on Drugs epic “Eyes to the Wind”.

Norah Jones - Carry On

Norah Jones drops her sixth solo-album in October on classic jazz label Blue Note, and the first taster is 'Carry On'. A perfect example of Jones' signature, laid-back piano sound dripping in her warm, honeyed voice. Forthcoming Day Breaks looks set to be another modern jazz classic.

Yehan Jehan – Swallow The Horizon

Yehan Jehan smashes on to the scene with sleek 80’s groove 'Swallow The Horizon'. The track which is “a celebration of all things female; sun goddesses and sources of positive energy” glistens from start to finish as Yehan’s blissful vocals glide across funky hooks and disco synths, resulting in a retro dance pop tune so infectious it hurts.

Geko – Y feat. AfroB

In response to fan demand, viral rapper Geko has released a summery new single with Afrob. Y’s contagious beat and Geko’s easy flowing rap put the rising artist bang at the forefront of an exciting new genre forging elements of UK rap and Afrobeat, set to leave you asking “Y, Y, Y, Y have I never listened to Geko before?”.

Hockey Dad – Jump The Gun

For instant laid back vibes, look no further than Australian duo Hockey Dad’s latest single, 'Jump The Gun'. Taken from their new album Boronia, the track rides in on jangly guitar tones conjuring up morning sunsets, whilst the hazy vocals evoke the kinda nostalgia that makes you miss summer nights long before autumn has come.

Kishi Bashi -Hey Big Star

Multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi’s joyous new single is the second to be taken from his upcoming third album, Sonderlust. The track begins with intriguing violins before shimmering synths and a solid beat carve out an easy-groove melody, leading into an uplifting chorus, whilst Kishi’s adventurous vocals animate the track to life.

The Lapelles – Snakehips

The riotous indie rock band were set to be supporting The Jesus and Mary Chain at the end of the month.

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