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Fresher Sounds – The Best New Music - 19/03/18


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We all hate small talk about the weather, but that seems to be Britain's strong point at the minute. Just as we thought 'The Beast' had gone, we are graced with more snow and sub zero temperatures in the middle of March.

Hopefully this week's fresher sounds can inject some joy into your lives to soundtrack yet another snowy recovery and psych us all up for those long summer nights, garden parties and festivals.

PLYA – Feast My Eye

Alternative-pop trio PLYA (pronounced “ply-ah,” Spanish for “beach”), have released their third single ‘Feast My Eye’; a hauntingly beautiful track combining dream-pop elements with electronica.

The vocals in this track vary from soft sultry vibes to more urgent and almost La Roux-like tones with catchy beats throughout.


The By Gods – Wait Up

Hailing from Nashville, the alternative trio release a brand-new music video for their single, ‘Wait Up’. The track opens with a catchy drum and bassline that immediately hooks you in, the lead vocals have a pop-punk feel to them but not enough to class this as “pop-punk”.

‘Wait Up’ is a chilled rock tune that maintains the same vibe from start to finish with a fiery part towards the end and the video includes their dogs, Dookie and Wheezy, so what’s not to love?


OUTLYA – White Light

OUTLYA’s new single, ‘White Light’ is an indie dream. Produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat, who has worked with Liam Gallagher, Radiohead and Tom Grennan, this track would only have such an outcome.

‘White Light’ is the catchiest record released in a long time; it immediately makes you feel like dancing and singing along in the first listen despite not knowing the words yet.

Lead singer Will Bloomfield explains how this single is about pushing through dark times, “We wanted to take that sentiment and make a physical version of that would make you want to dance. Dancing is this really instinctive raw human expression of emotion and we tried to encapsulate that”.


Sam Johnson – Way Back Home

‘Way Back Home’ is the brand new follow up single after ‘Perfect Circle’ by Sam Johnson. It’s a stirring ode to the current politics, illustrating Johnson’s unique vocals.

The song definitely transports you to a simpler time, his ability to convey such emotion and feeling in lyrics is rare and definitely puts him at the top of the list for songwriting.


Constine – Die

Swedish electro-pop artist Constine’s debut track ‘Die’ is an infectious number that will stick in your head for weeks.

Constine prides herself in being a strong female with full control over her art and refuses to follow trends or orders from men; this is quite clear in her music. Her voice is so unique and powerful; this, combined with lyrics revolving around “losing yourself”, ‘Die’ is another dark yet captivating release.


Courtney Barnett – Need A Little Time

Taken from her upcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, ‘Need A Little Time’ proves further that Courtney Barnett is an incredible lyricist. Her lyrics and vulnerable vocals complement each other perfectly and compared to her previous work, this track is effortless and her voice glides gently over the music making it a truly beautiful track.


The Slow Readers Club – You Opened Up My Heart

‘You Opened Up My Heart’ throws me back to Placebo’s cover of ‘Running Up That Hill’; the dark music carries the track and the urgency in the vocals that almost echoes and cuts through the music igniting more fire to the single.

This single definitely explores the meaning to ‘dark electro’ with synths and pulsating beats, it’s a track you’ve got to listen to.


Hospital – In The Evening

Russian indie-pop 4-piece release their first single from their upcoming third album, ‘In The Evening’.

Immediately when listening to this song, 80’s influences are so prominent; from New Order to The Cure, Hospital have taken their unique sounds and blended it into a new indie-pop ambiance in their music.


Georgie – Be The Fire

‘Be The Fire’ is the second single from her forthcoming EP Too Much TV. Georgie’s vocals are soulful and rousing; there are clear emotions and drives behind her music.

Lyrically, she is honest and reflective which is clear as to what caught Jake Bugg’s eye before taking her on tour with him.


KAWALA – Do It Like You Do

The follow-up to the Kentish Town duo's debut single 'Small Death', 'Do It Like You Do' pushes the band forward.

‘Do It Like You Do’ is a slinky, summery jam with hushed vocals; it’s the kind of song you could imagine being played at a beach party. The injections of afrobeat and indie-pop enforce the feel-good vibes and show they’re a band to not be pigeonholed.

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