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Fresher Sounds - This week's best new music - 21/08/17


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A-Level results week is always a stressful time. Some of you may be embarking on your soul-searching travels, some enrolling into university, and some enjoying the full-time job life.

No matter where your future lays, if we could all take on the attitude of “win or lose, we’re on the booze” like the young Scouse lad on the telly, the world might be a better place.

But that’s enough looking into the future, this week’s Fresher Sounds focuses on some great new songs from this past week.

Rinngs - Oceans

'Oceans' is a vibey new track from alt-pop duo Rinngs. The Londoners started the band with the unconventional boundaries that neither of them would play any instruments, instead creating their unique sound from vocals and drum loops.

Lomelda - From Here

Lomelda is the alter-ego, or alias, of singer/songwriter Hannah Read. The project has come in many forms, but Read herself views it as about forming connections and building friendships.

Read's dreamy vocals combine beautifully with the folkish, mellowed hooks to create an emotional and atmospheric listening experience. The track is the latest single from her upcoming album THX, due out on 8th September.

Nick Mulvey - We Are Never Apart

Mulvey returns with his fourth single of the year. 'We Are Never Apart' is a soulful acoustic melody. The singer lets his vocals guide the track as he opts for a stripped back sound, as opposed to the more upbeat riffs we heard in 'Mountain to Move'. The subtle yet effective background sounds create an aura of delicacy, cleverly combining westernised tunes with his ethnomusicology roots. Mulvey's sophomore album is set for release on 8th September and will be accompanied by a UK tour.

Wolf Alice - Beautifully Unconventional

In the run up to their highly anticipated second album, Wolf Alice are back with 'Beautifully Unconventional'. The new track is grungy and actually relatively straightforward, with Rowsell's vocals taking on a moodier tone. The bassline is funky, the percussion is tight, and overall it is a great record. The band have certainly revealed their knack for doing things in a beautifully unconventional way, announcing a UK tour full of venues outside of the typical UK gig circuit.

Run Rivers - Lost Love

New electro-folk project Run Rivers debut their latest single 'Lost Love'. Gentle vocals blend effortlessly with the moving string arrangement, in a track which subtly fuses together folk and electronica.

The debut record is set for release 15th September.

Jaws of Love - Love Me Like I'm Gone

Behind the project of Jaws of Love is Local Natives vocalist, Kelcey Ayers. His songwriting talents shine through just as gracefully in his solo work as they do in his band's music. 'Love Me Like I'm Gone' is two minutes of emotional tranquility. His upcoming solo album Tasha Sits Close To The Piano is set for release via House Arrest on 22nd September.

Sol Heilo - America

Following on from a successful stint with Norwegian folk project Katzenjammer, Sol Heilo embarks on her solo project with the news of her upcoming debut record. 'America' is the lead single from the LP and it sets the tone for the future ahead, addressing the desire for freedom, adventure and wanderlust. Heilo is writing without boundaries and her liberation is evident in the music.

John Joseph Brill - A Place To Drown

Brill releases the stirring, heartfelt single 'A Place To Drown' following on from the success of his debut EP. The singer/ songwriter bares all in this intensely emotional number. He makes reference to his recent relocation to Liverpool in the lyrics "We'll go to Sefton park, and then the docks.". Since making the transition from the frontman of heavy rock outfit Burning Beard to a solo artist, Brill has explored a more honest, confessional form of songwriting.

He will be embarking on a headline UK tour throughout November, on the back of two critically acclaimed EPs and festival slots at Secret Garden Party and Reading & Leeds.

Ariana and the Rose - How Does That Make You Feel

Ariana and the Rose's provocative, empowering new track has been lifted from her recently released EP Retrograde. Though taken from just her debut EP, 'How Does That Make You Feel' offers a wealth of talent, progression and artistic value.

Ariana oozes cool, not just through her lusty vocals but through her acceptance of the demand for audio/visual combinations. The young artist is something of a pioneer in the way she blends the lines between immersive performance and the audience. Ariana explains that she "wanted to explore the idea that women can be multidimensional, eerie, sexy and empowered."

Odette - Watch Me Read You

'Watch Me Read You' is an elegant fusion of spoken word and melodic, empowering chorus. 19 year old Odette's captivating vocals entwine a story together through passionate lyrics. The songwriter's tracks are not just deeply meaninful, but musically intelligent too - being born in the UK and raised in Australia by her South African mother, Odette has used a number of influences to play on in her music.

Hailed as Australia's brightest new star before her teenage years are even over, the future looks blindingly bright for Odette. Her objective is simple - "I just want to communicate how intensely I see things."

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