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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 28/01/2018


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One month into the New Year and we've already been blessed with countless hours of wonderful new music, that will no doubt soundtrack the rest of the year. 

With February fast approaching and a million love songs sure to rain over us in the coming weeks, here's a run down of the best new music out in the last week.

SAMA – Warm Cloudy Weather

SAMA return with new music for 2018 and continue their output of beautifully constructed dance-able indie pop with ‘Warm Cloudy Weather’. The 3 piece have roots in Italy and have a distinctive European and summery vibe to their music, perfect for a distraction from British weather. Mixing balearic guitar lines with soulful vocals and a slick electro-pop production, 'Warm Cloudy Weather' is a track that will transport you elsewhere, even if just for 3 minutes.

Joel Baker – Worry About Me

Having racked up millions of streams, Joel Baker has landed countless places on influential tastemaker playlists and received spot plays from key Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra DJs following the release of his critically acclaimed Bag of Dreams mixtape. Shortly due to be releasing his follow up EP, The Dreamers, 'Worry About Me' is the first single. A reworking of a The Roots / Erykah Badu classic, the sultry track features a guest appearance from rapper Sneakbo.

The Recoupes – All I Know

London indie-pop band The Recoupes are back with a bang following the release of their new single 'All I Know'. The track offers up energetic tropical guitar-pop with a sleek production gloss from producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors/JAWS/The Sherlocks). The breezy pop tune is a welcome escape from January blues. “The song came about at rehearsal a few months ago, and made it into our live set straight away - maybe even before we’d worked everything out” explains bass player Louie Cameron. “The reception it got at our shows was too good for us not to record it as soon as we could.

Naked Elephant – Raspberry Kiss

Hailing from Las Vegas, three-piece band Naked Elephant bring a unique avant-garde style that goes hand-in-hand with their distinctive pop-rock hybrid sound. Led by the impeccable vocal of frontman Josh Royse, 'Raspberry Kiss' is a feast for the ears.

It seems fitting that the band come from sin-city, as Raspberry Kiss manages to feel both indulgent and seductive, it’s intricate layers of rhythm twisting around their listeners ear drums.

Gundelach – Duck Hunting

Taken from the forth-coming Baltus LP, Duck Hunting’ is the latest release from Kai Gundelach, who peforms under his surname alone. The DJ-turned-recording artist has been creating music for the best part of a decade, however had only just begun to share it with the world.

Hopeful, but ultimately still sad,” is how the Nordic artist chose to describe the track – both lyrically and musically. Built on a variety of analogue synths, it has a nostalgic feel attributed to it. This is heightened by Gundelach's omission that he named the demo 'Duck Hunting', after the Nintendo game that he played as a child

The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue

2018 has seen a welcome return for The Wombats. 'Cheetah Tongue' is the third single to be released from their upcoming fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. Its strong hook, synth-filled melodies offer a sense of nostalgia only achieved by indie-pop bands born in the mid-noughties.  It's a sure sign of what's to come with the album - consistent, polished pop with a zesty edge.

Dark Dark Horse – And Then We Had Nothing At All

Dark Dark Horse is a Leicester duo comprising of multi-instrumentalist & producer, Jamie Ward, and singer, James Stafford. Collectively, they create expertly crafted glacial pop-electronica steeped in indie rock sensibilities, of which is demonstrated perfectly in 'And Then We Had Nothing At All'.

Of the seven minute long track, Ward describes the song to be “a kaleidoscope of swirling reverse synths, dusty samples from my mother’s children's music classes, pounding drums and sweeping violin… we really threw the kitchen sink at this one.”

Tenderfoot – Palms

Low-fi folk band Tenderfoot have released their final single, 'Palms', ahead of the release of their debut full-length, Break Apart. What originated as a fun song for the band to "bliss out on" at practice, the track evolved into a heavier tune than the album's previous offerings. Combining a propulsive garagey rhythm, introspective lyrics about being young and uninhibited in the city and running at only two and a half minutes, 'Palms' is gaurenteed to get stuck on repeat. 

Annabel Allum – Beat The Birds

Guildford-based Annabel Allum has graced our ears yet again, this time with 'Beat the Birds'. The striking sonic aesthetic of her music garned Annabel critical acclaim for her first release since last years All That For What EP. Her ability to marry folk-style storytelling with snarling fuzzy indie is exciting and paves the way for a really interesting rising artist.

“I wrote Beat the Birds during a heightened temerarious period of my life.” Allum says, “Riding on moments and not consequences, feeling and not thinking. The story of youthful, reckless abandon, morning after morning after morning.“

Jennings Couch – Stay Out

Following the success of previous single, ‘Serotonin’, 22 year old Jennings Couch is starting the new year off with another new single, ‘Stay Out’. Incorporating tantalizing vocals and rustic guitar lines, ‘Stay Out’ delves into the ominous and relatable feelings of teenage angst that comes with a break up. The new single fosters an organic and earthy sound, amalgamated with layers of contemporary production to create a uniquely easy listening edge.


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