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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.

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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 aboutthat 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.

Dan Lancaster – Wild Life

Forming part of an EP due later this year, UK singer-songwriter and Grammy-nominated producer Dan Lancaster has unveiled brand new track ‘Wild Life’. Previously working with Blink 182, Bring Me The Horizon and Fickle Friends to name a few, Lancaster now moves into pop territory with his own solo venture. ‘Wild Life’ showcases remarkable vocals to form a track worthy of escapist motivation, whether being played on the dancefloor or your bedroom.

FLING – Je T’aime

Psychedelic rockers FLING show their more tender side with new single ‘Je T’aime’.  Guitarist Jack Winn describes the track as “an internal monologue of the thoughts that rush through your mind when you see a person that captivates your imagination”; as the playful Bradford five-piece return with a stripped back number. Partially crooned in French, the slow-burner ultimately takes a direction of adoration.

J. Bruno - Lose Yourself

With only five singles to his name, J. Bruno establishes himself with chilled and dreamy single ‘Lose Yourself’. Opening with a retro sound, the track goes onto draw on both lo-fi and hip-hop inspirations, but in a hippie sort of way. It’s hard not to obey the chants of “baby lose yourself” when the vintage vibes sweep you away into a rhythmic groove.

Calva Louise – I Heard A Cry

London newcomers Calva Louise offer another glimpse of their riotous potential with new anthem ‘I Heard A Cry’. These two minutes of boundless energy showcases the trio’s punk tendencies, but, when stripping back the fuzzy layers, we are left with a short, sharp singalong. Already earning support slots alongside the likes of Albert Hammond Jr and Spring King, ‘I Heard A Cry’ confirms the hype around their widespread acclaim.

THUMPER – (You’re Bringing Me) Down

Noise-pop quintet THUMPER 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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