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Fresher Sounds – The best new music – 04/06/18


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It’s June, festivals have already begun and it’s getting to the time of the year where us students can relax – or at least try to.

Kim K kicked up an internet storm once again by meeting with the President, Kanye dropped an album and The 1975 release their first single since 2016 whilst simultaneously announcing the release of two albums within six months!

Despite the fact that personally, I’ve been stuck on Dua Lipa for the past 8 months, there’s been a massive influx of new music this week to thoroughly set off your Summer 2018.  

The 1975 – Give Yourself A Try

After months of cryptic posters in cities and online, The 1975 finally drop 'Give Yourself A Try' from their upcoming album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.

The track has a high-pitched guitar tone running throughout accompanied by the classic The 1975 beat that carries a track. It’s safe to say they haven’t strayed too far from what we recognise and love about them, yet it still manages to throw us off-guard… maybe it’s Matty’s red hair in the music video.

IDLES – Colossus

'Coloussus' is the first piece of material to be released following IDLES' self-released, critically acclaimed album, Brutalism. The track marks the new sound of the band with a dark and punchy punk single accompanied by a music video exploring the idea of toxic masculinity.

Wolf Alice – Space & Time

'Space & Time' is the directorial debut from lead singer, Ellie Rowsell and is the latest track taken from their chart-topping album, Visions Of A Life. The video sees Ellie becoming a runaway bride, running through the countryside. Ellie describes the track, “about being faced with life’s obstacles and knowing that at some point you’ll be looking back on yourself at this moment in time and it won’t be as bad as it feels right now.”

This track continues with the anthemic vibe they set with the initial release of 'Yuk Foo' in 2017.

DMA’s – Do I Need You Now?

Though DMA's don't officially release 'Do I Need You Now?' as a single until 29th June, their music video has already been released! It secures a very brit-pop asset to their sound and image, complementing the Depeche-Mode-esque track perfectly, with a modern twist.

Gorillaz – Humility

'Humility' starts off with a bouncy drum beat and bright tones that ooze summer. The music video that accompanies this release features a roller-skating 2D and a busking Jack Black, filmed entirely in Venice Beach only last month.

The track is taken from their fore coming album, The Now Now, recorded in its entirety in last February and is ready for release on June 29th. These guys know how to turnover an album.

Cassels – When Completing Handshakes

'When Completing Handshakes' is the first of new material since the art-punk’s duo, critically acclaimed LP, Epithet. This track furher strengthens the duo’s enigmatic sound with smart rhythms and intelligent lyrics, creating something fresh and new when it comes to punk.

The music video cost £0 to make! Filmed in vocalist, Jim [Beck]’s living room, the track is simply picking fun at himself.

PLAZA – In The Know

The Hartlepool four-piece return to our radar, joining forces with Leeds boutique record label, Clue Records.

Now accompanied by a music video, 'In The Know', contrasts pristine electronic vibes with gunge-like riffs to develop their ‘post-indie’ sound, reflected in the video through cinematic shots juxtaposed with a somewhat trippy vibe the whole production.

Molly Hammer – Blossom

Sweden’s pop sensation, Molly Hammer released the groovy, unfiltered R&B infused pop track last Friday that is 'Blossom'.

'Blossom' includes a popular trap beat in the introduction before a delicate piano interjects, turning the track into a classic pop tune with a striking blend of the two.

Molly says the track addresses the topic of sex in a refreshing way to most pop records, in that 'Blossom' is all about not being ashamed and stomping out the idea of male gaze.

Drahla – Twelve Divisions Of The Day

'Twelve Divisions Of The Day' is the first piece of material to be released from the Leeds trio after signing to Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks.

Drahla show a brand new blend of wiry art-rock with krautrock inspired experimentalism. The captivating music is accompanied by singer Luciel Brown’s spoken lyrics.

The Town Heroes – Poets

Despite the video to 'Poets' showing The Town Heroes being pelted with silly string, ice cream, ketchup and cereals, the track has an underlying melancholia about it.

'Poets' is an incredible, beat-driven single from their forecoming fourth album, Everything. With an upbeat rhythm carrying the song and dejected lyrics and tone in the vocals, it’s a perfect chilled indie tune.

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