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Fresher Sounds - This week's best new music - 06/11/17


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So with Halloween now done and dusted for another year, it's time we can all start looking forward to those snuggly winter nights by a roaring fire, watching the Home Alone franchise while snowflakes daintily bless the roofs above our heads and ground beneath our feet.

I'm lying of course.

It's November, and this is the UK. Forget all that nonsense, it's time for average-at-best fireworks displays, an unwelcomed amount of wind and rain, and the grumbling rants of scrooges complaining that it's too early for Christmas songs to be played in supermarkets.

Those scrooges will be relieved to see no Christmas songs in this week's Fresher Sounds, but in the spirit of good music here is an eclectic blend of exciting new songs to help invigorate you on the upcoming cold, dark mornings.

Midlife - The Magnificent Moon

Australian four-piece Mildlife drop the 9-minute experiential masterpiece that is 'The Magnificent Moon' alongside the announcement of their imminent debut album. Although they are old friends, the members bonded over a desire to push musical boundaries, and as they draw on aspects of electro-funk, dream-pop and funk it is safe to say this has been achieved. On the single, bassist Tom Shanahan says "It never really second guesses itself, except for maybe just before the outro when he realises he may have journeyed too far and his space suit has a hole in it". I have as many questions as you do...and the answers, well your guess is a good as mine.

Susanna - Go Dig My Grave

Fittingly released on Halloween, this haunting little number from Susanna is the first of many to be put out from her next album due February 2018. The Norwegian singer has been known to place her distinct voice and folk influences into a number of different projects, notably covers of tracks from ACDC, Dolly Parton and Leonard Cohen. This particular single is a collaboration project with Swiss harp player Giovanna Pessi, accordionist Ida Hidle, and folk vocalist Tuva Syvertsen. The quartet have fused together sounds from seemingly contrasting worlds, but have managed to make them complement each other with grace.

Canshaker Pi - Pressure From Above

Big things seem to be coming for Canshaker Pi, a Dutch four-piece just out of their teenage years. The rock outfit have followed up news of new single 'Pressure From Above' with the announcement of UK tour dates supporting The Cribs. "Pressure From Above embodies the loneliness of being in large groups of people at night. Staying in bars too long on a daily basis results in a feeling of progresslessness." says frontman Willem Smit. 

Simeon Walker - Turn

Leeds based pianist and composer Simeon Walker is a true example of a DIY artist. After experiencing slowdowns and sabbaticals from a number of other musical projects, Walker decided to begin writing and producing his own instrumentals. After releasing them via Soundcloud, he found himself welcomed into a community of fans and fellow composers alike. 'Turn' has been dropped in the run up to his upcoming album Mono. On the album, Walker says, "The songs were mostly written in the dark, bleak, winter months, and there is a coldness yet beckoning quality to the music, that I hope people will find endearing."

Monster Rally - Toucans

'Toucans' is the second track to be released from Ted Feighan's forthcoming record Flowering Jungle. Inspired by the sounds, visuals and content of a half-decade's worth of nature documentaries, the Cleveland born soloist explores the themes of discovering new exotic landscapes and wildlife. Reflections of this are evident in 'Toucans', which is a dreamy, tropical instrumental falling just under the two minute mark. Flowering Jungle is set for release December 15th via Brooklyn Vegan.

Freya Ridings - Lost Without You

At just 23, Riding's emotive lyrics and tear-jerking piano ballads have already gained much attention. Her debut single 'Blackout' has erupted past one million streams online, and her latest release 'Lost Without You' is set to do just the same. After a busy summer performing at numerous festivals and selling out her first headline show at St. Pancras Church, the Londoner will be hoping to take her exciting talents further. 

Vance Joy - Like Gold

Joy will be aiming to rediscover the worldwide critical acclaim following the release of 'Riptide' in 2014. After some time away from mainstream radio, the Australian indie-folk singer has detailed the release of his sophomore album, due next February. 'Like Gold' is the second single to be released from the upcoming record, titled Nation Of Two, and doesn't stray too far from Joy's previous releases. The track carries an air of nostalgia with it, portrayed through the lyrics "That's the way it was, that's the history."

IDER - Body Love

'Body Love' is the most recent addition to the musical repertoire of London-based duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, who make up the alt-pop group IDER. The track opens with uplifting harmonies which highlight the fastly growing professional partnership the singers have created. The intricate hooks and confident use of both their impressive vocals results in an enjoyable listen. On the track the duo said, "The song accidentally became a bit of a journey for started with the end of a relationship and expresses all of the doubt and loneliness that comes with that."

Saint Raymond - We Are Fire

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Saint Raymond's latest release may not be breaking any musical boundaries, or venturing off into its own musical realm, but it is a feel-good indie pop track, comprised of infectious hooks and an anthemic, uplifting chorus. Progression is evident however, as the artist seems to have truly recognised the style that works for him and is confidently displaying this growth in the songwriting. The artist, actually named Callum Burrows, reveals that the energy in the song is representative of the highs and lows he was experiencing in his life at the time.

Don Broco - T-Shirt Song

'T-Shirt Song' is the Bedfordshire outfit's fourth release of the year, all coming from the forthcoming third studio album Technology. While the previous three singles suggested Broco were going to yet again experiment with a slightly adapted sound, this particular number brings it all back to the band's roots, with its jaunty, pulsating riffs, intricate guitar solo and anthemic chorus. Lead singer Rob Damiani revealed that the song came about from two relatively disparate influences; one being the break-up recently experienced by a close friend, and the second being the singer finding himself in a nightclub playing the Baywatch theme tune, at which point all the attendees took off their t-shirts and swung them round their least it's clear where the lyrics to the pre-chorus come from. 

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