Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 01/10/18
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It’s finally October which can only mean; sweater weather, pumpkin flavour EVERYTHING, Halloween and the changing colours of autumn on the horizon. And with the first week of university now feeling like the distant past, I guess it’s time to partially consider deadlines/reading/dissertation prep etc. But, if, like me, procrastination is still a possibility, these new tracks are your best excuse to drop the books and turn up the speakers. Pizzagirl - gymnasium After wowing audiences with his bedroom-pop excellence, Pizzagirl has released the second episode of his season 2 EP with new single ‘gymnasium’. From the confines of his bedroom studio in Liverpool,
Pizzagirl’s music perfectly captures 80s nostalgia through electronica-tinged pop. Undoubtedly the fun beat of ‘gymnasium’ makes you want to move as Liam Brown evokes such a vivid daydream.
The Japanese House – Lilo
Returning from a long break after last year’s Saw You in A Dream EP, The Japanese House are back with new single ‘Lilo’ – available now via Dirty Hit. Inspired by one of Amber Bain’s best friends encouraging her into a blossoming relationship, the track is “a reminder to me that I am good at falling in love and I can survive falling out of it”. Simply as serene as a lilo floating across as swimming pool, the track seamlessly blends subtle-synth with a soothing melody in what is hopefully the first preview of more work to come.
Eliza Shaddad – Just Goes To Show
‘Just Goes To Show’ is the new anthemic cut from Eliza Shaddad’s anticipated debut album Future. Bringing together sounds similar to Wolf Alice and Marika Hackman, the guitar pop burner lays Eliza’s personal truths bare through smouldering vocals and foggy guitars. ‘Just Goes To Show’ is about “that gross, desperate, world-ending feeling you get just as you’re being broken up with”, and like many songs on the upcoming album “it deals with themes of escape and regret, but in a rare case here it’s from the perspective of the person being left behind”.
AyOwA – Farvel
Described as “a strong, beautiful and melancholic ballad”, ‘Farvel’ is the perfect title track to AyOwA’s new EP, released on 28th September. Translating to ‘goodbye’ in English, the official visual video feels like a reminiscent playback of one’s memories as their trademark electronic approach adopts a more acoustic element.
bring seven minutes of 90s-soaked rock in new single, ‘Down’. The track blast the listener into a world where riffs and pop hooks exist together in what captures an energy perfect for live shows. 2018 has seen THUMPER enter several Ones To Watch lists whilst relentlessly touring, with ‘Down’ ensuring they are ready for their breakthrough.
Arc Iris – If You Can See
With their third album Icon of Ego due October 12th, the group have shard single ‘If You Can See’. Alongside the sounds of distorted indie, the tune is stacked with delicate synth and airy vocals of frontwoman Jocie Adams. Speaking about the track, Jocie said “this song is a reminder that the world is giving us the gifts of support and love from many places all of the time”, acknowledging the good against the bad in order to maintain positivity.
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