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Fresher Sounds – The best new music – 03/07/18


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What a weekend for festivals! Whether you were at Finsbury Park dancing your booty off to Liam Gallagher and Queens of the Stone Age or TRNSMT Festival doing your best dad dancing to Arctic Monkeys, it was scorching and we’re probably all suffering from heatstroke today.

To bring you back from your post-festivals blues (or regrets if you spent the weekend tanning in the garden), this week we’ve got a groovy mixture of fresh new tunes to motivate us.

Moon Panda

Moon Panda – Rabbit

'Rabbit' by Moon Panda is the perfect example of dreamy pop with a contagious bassline that captures you throughout. Moon Panda are a four-piece that roll with perfect melodies in their music including a something indescribable that instantly hooks you in. Written by Maddy Myers, she explains the track as being about unhealthy love. "It’s someone so infatuated with their partner that they can’t end their tragic, dependent relationship."

Hana Vu – Shallow

'Shallow' is Hana Vu’s second single from her EP, How Many Times Have You Driven By. The track is full of funky drum beats and unique vocals that immediately intrigue you about this 17-year-old Californian pop sensation to be. This single has some nifty guitar work that is impressive on any record, nevermind a 17-year-old. Hana has full control over her work and collaborates with her friends to produce her unique vision.

Teksti-TV 666 – Aidattu Tulevaissus

Finnish psych-punk/krautband, Teksti-TV 666 only formed a few of years ago and things have shot out of the water for the 6-piece. Aidattu Tulevaissus is also the title oftheir upcoming album, due to be released in September, this track is the second to be released. Singing in their native tongue, it’s a refreshing sound to hear authenticity and not just another alt-rock band. Teksti-TV 666 is a band built on contradictions, they’re shoegaze but heavier and dynamic with layers of intricate melody.

Exploded View – Raven Raven

Exploded View, the international project of Welsh-bred, Berlin-based Annika Henderson, and Mexico City-based Hugo Quezada and Martin Thulin (Crocodiles), return with their second album Obey, which is set for release in September. Giving us a taste of what’s to come is their single, 'Raven Raven'; a groovy, dark track that oozes wonder. Annika’s voice echoes around your brain with swirling guitars and electronic beats that carry the record into another dimension.

Natalie Holmes – Hideout

Premiered on Clash, 'Hideout' is the honey-toned single from Natalie Holmes, who has been likened to Joni Mitchell and Tori Amos. 'Hideout' is a mellow record with her glossy voice glazing over a soft melody made up of twinkly elements that make this an uplifting single with an undertone of depth in the lyrics.

Half Waif – Ocean Scope

The New York trio fronted by Nandi Rose Plunkett, Half Waif have released 'Ocean Scope', the closing track their latest album, Lavender. Ocean Scope opens with a soft beat and gentle vocals, picking up as it progresses. The lyrics of this track deal with confronting death, “likening it to the onslaught of a loud sound before the song devolves into instrumental chatter”. The music alone could be a relaxing beat tape you find on YouTube, only to be accompanied by the graceful and soothing vocals of Nandi.

Pale Waves – Noises

Following the release of 'Kiss', 'Noises' is the next insight into their debut album. 'Noises' is more of what we love about the Manchester foursome, it’s got the vibrant colourful guitar tones and drum beat that makes it noticeably a Pale Waves record along with the urgency in the vocals from Heather.

Bang Bang Romeo – Shame On You

The Doncaster based trio’s brand new single, 'Shame On You' shows the band are growing from strength to strength with the captivating beautifully cinematic music video. Anastasia Walker’s sultry, soulful voice compliment the lyrics so perfectly and the pop-rock melody is completely catchy, this is definitely one of those anthemic tracks that’ll have you singing all summer.


Hatchie – Bad Guy

Following the release of her debut EP, Sugar & Spice, Aussie Hatchie releases the music video for 'Bad Guy'. The track itself is smooth and dreamy, fitting into the whole dream-pop scene there’s definitely a palce for Hatchie here. The video reflects this aesthetic perfectly, following her around with flawless shots that exude the element of DIY in her work rounding it all off perfectly for her image.

RVG – Eggshell World

Another great track to come from Australia is RVG’s melancholic, raw single, 'Eggshell World'. This record by RVG is dark and moody with a more meaningful depth which is reflected in the music video. The band made their UK debut supporting Shame in May and have since progressed to having their self-released debut album released by Fat Possum Records in UK on 6th July.

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