Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 22/01/18
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This week has been a boon for new releases. We’ve not just had a bumper crop of singles, but also albums and EPs. Up and coming New York electronica artist, Negative Gemini put out her EP Bad Baby on Friday – worth checking out if you’re into spacey, melancholic synth soundscapes with powerful vocals. Other notable releases include a new Belle & Sebastian EP, How to Solve our Human Problems (Pt. 2), new I Like Fun from They Might Be Giants, a new Tune Yards album I can feel you creep into my private life, a new EP from ShitKid, This Is It and the much-anticipated Hold on To Your Heart from Aberdonians, The XCERTS. Here's the rundown of the music you should have been listening to this week. Hockey Dad – I Wanna Be Everybody This Australian duo have a lo-fi aesthetic and charming, nostalgia-inducing music videos as well as fundamentally good song writing underneath it all. Thus, it’s a little disheartening to see they’ve made something of a departure from this in their latest single. They return with a generic grungy chord progression and the whole track feels like one big chorus. Let's wait until their latest album, Blend Inn is out before we judge though - it might make more sense in context. Nightmares on Wax – Shape the Future The track, released in mid January, starts with warm building synth-stings that wail and swirl, creating an atmosphere akin to the opening of an epic Western; this then bizarrely gives way to a Latin vibe with a syncopated bass line. The instrumental is certainly interesting, if a little incoherent compared with the rather vapid nasal vocals on top. 'Shape the Future' is the title track of the artist's new album due out on 26 January. Franz Ferdinand – Feel the Love Go Reinvigorated after the triumphant collaboration that was FFS (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks – if you hadn’t heard of them before, please check them out!), the Glasgow group return after five years with a stonker of a single. Sparks helped the band embrace their inner craziness and it shows here on the phat, farting, saw wave synth bass over an unashamed disco beat. The sax solo near the end is amazingly unhinged and the lengthy fade out reveals the darker theme of the narrator’s consciousness of a party gone on too long. Genghar – Before Sunrise Psych-tinged indie pop group, Genghar are back with a lush four minutes of perky guitar and pleasant melodic bass making one pine for the glory days of Bombay Bicycle’s debut. Clever pedal work transforms the lead motif out of stringed confines into some kind of shifting organ timbre. Trebly ornaments chirp on the washed out chill vibes, creating an abstract blended landscape.
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