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Freshers Sounds - The best new music - 27/08/18


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The end of the bank holiday weekend draws in the conclusion of Reading and Leeds Festival, one of the biggest events in summer’s musical calendar.

So, we've put together some of the best new tracks to keep the sunshine of the summer with a variety of genres – whether you want to relive jumping in a moshpit, reminisce on summers past or immerse yourself in nostalgia, romance and reflection.

Laura Gibson – Tenderness

‘Tenderness’ comes off Gibson’s highly anticipated new album, Goners, and is the embodiment of its title. Lyrically, Gibson undoes the notion of how we are told to cope; finding hope amongst grief in the intimacy and closeness of someone’s arms, with the repeated alluring sentiment “Do you, do you, do you want tenderness?” The song’s musical body intertwines itself in the caress of its lyrics; filled with sensual chords, strings and a slow-groove bass. 

Olympia – Star City

Olympia has exploded onto the music scene; after being shortlisted for ARIA’s Breakthrough Artist in 2016, she continues to shimmer in her new track. The track is led by distorted electric guitar strums reinforced by deep brass sounds and radiant hooks. The song contrastingly catches its breath in the middle of the song, as the beat and guitar strums re-establish themselves as the song’s driving force.

FEVA – Uneasy

Alt-rock ones-to-watch FEVA allow themselves to be beautifully uncomplicated in ‘Uneasy’, a song fuelled with teenage angst, “I’m tired of feeling uneasy”. The choruses are a cathartic release of these emotions; the imperfect vocal melody is somewhat candid, along with the high pitch distortions reminiscent of Sundara Karma. This song was born mosh-pit ready.

You Me At Six – Back Again

You Me At Six are almost unrecognisable in their new sugary, boy-band indie pop outfit. Though a stark contrast from their usual style, they make it work for them. Lead singer Franceschi’s range is showcased in new single 'Back Again' and the sun-drenched, distorted hooks and groovy bass line make the song irresistibly catchy.

Barns Courtney – 99

Courtney grounds himself in an unashamed journey back into the golden days of 1999, where we were more interested in Pokemon than the brands that now consume us: “Come on love we’ll be just fine / We’ll live just like it’s 99 tonight”. The track features clever vocal distortion that mocks the consumerist culture. Laden with anthemic choruses and coated in upbeat American Authors-style backing vocals and instrumentals; this is the perfect nostalgic summer track.

Nova Hall – In Memory Of The Unknown

This week’s most heartfelt lyrics are undeniably found in Hall’s track, as she transforms the loss of her friend due to suicide into a bitter electro-pop masterpiece; “I love you too much to let it go / I pray in the memory of the unknown”. The electronic production, pads and guitars become haunting, as if they, too, live in the past memory yet Hall maintains the gravel and emotion in her tone.

Icicle – Remember Me

'Remember Me', the freshest cut from Icicle's upcoming EP Everybody Riot featuring guest vocals from Skittles, is a purely instrumental drum & bass weapon. Two hard-hitting drops are built up using metallic, slightly industrial electronics and each well worth the wait. Icicle has taken things up a notch on the flip, in an icy cold fusion of drum & bass breaks and jungle flavours. 

Soccer Mommy – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)

Bruce Springsteen’s iconic, percussive and charismatic original is replaced by dreamy coffee-shop electric guitar strums and broken chords, along with drifting, indie vocals. The slower pace and feel of the song allows for an injection of sentiment beyond the lustful lyrics, “Only you can cool my desire / Ooh I’m on fire”. This song has late-night summer drive written all over it.

Ekali – Leaving (ft. Yuna)

The wonderfully chilled pop-style track features Jonas Blue-esque guitar backings and spikes of future bass, displaying beautifully Ekali's artistry as a producer. A subtle drop packs Yuna's emotionally complex vocals with a punch, "You know I can't stop you from leaving", with distorted vocal harmonies shrouding the track in a lo-fi aesthetic. 

YBN Cordae - Scotty Pippen

Young rapper Cordae is one of the newest members of the infamous internet clique YBN: a gamer crew turned viral rap collective. Cordae's latest track, directed by Cole Bennet, shows him receiving out of this world balling skills from a magic jersey. At only two and a half minutes long with a simplistic rhythmic set-up, Cordae's bars are clean, sharp and showcase his ability as YBN's backpack rap star.

The JJohns – Sewn

A homage to the musical greats, this track was written after JJohns had a Fleetwood Mac listening binge and found inspiration (don’t we all) which fit the poetic hook, “You got me bad / Got me sewn girl”. R.E.M.’s ‘End Of The World As We Know It’ finds itself woven into the song’s DNA, which only adds to the style reminiscent of Circa Waves and The Coral that it possesses. The semi-acapella harmonies are impressive and continue to build to the song’s climax.

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