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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 28/01/19


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Winter showed no signs of departing this week, and neither did the influx of sensational new music. From hedonistic misfit party anthems to sensual synth-pop that could be extracted straight from the Drive soundtrack, we've curated the week's best new music from the best new artists.  

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Holiday Ghosts - Slipstream

The latest output by Falmouth band Holiday Ghosts is two and a half minutes of pure unapologetic fun, combining the crisp vocal scales of frontman Charlie Fairbairn with jangly surf-rock guitar tones. 'Slipstream' possesses an idiosyncratic charm, with a hook which lodges itself firmly into your brain. Holiday Ghosts are set to head out on a UK headline tour next month which will make pit stops at cities including Manchester, Leeds and London. 


Gently Tender - Some Hard Advice

Gently Tender's latest single 'Some Hard Advice' is a sensually and melodically charged track, with the husky tones of vocalist Sam Fryer swooning its audience into a state of unity in the face of tragedy. The band consists of three ex-members of the now defunct Palma Violets and The Big Moon's Celia Archer. Speaking on the song Fryer expresses "The song is about that moment of realisation - the prospect of dying without your loved ones.” Gently Tender will play London's Oslo on the 6th of March, as well as appearing at a string of festivals throughout the summer. 

Hands Off Gretel - I Want The World

Frontwoman Lauren Tate of South-Yorkshire band Hands Off Gretel possesses the chaotic, bratty spirit of Kat Bjelland of Babes In Toyland, with her biting cynicism and uninhibited guitar riffs on their latest single 'I Want The World'. She explains "It’s me pouting like a child and saying, ‘No! I want more than what this world is going to give me.’ I channel Veruca Salt from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory when I sing it. I am being obstreperous and impossible like a child, kicking and screaming until I get what I want.” The band's forthcoming album is slated for release on 29th March.

GIRLI- Deal With It

Girli aka Milly Toomey is back with 'Deal With It', the bubblegum pop, party anthem taken from her forthcoming album Odd One Out. It explores the feeling of being of being a misfit in society and radiates with the exuberant e-girl aura of artists like Charli XCX. Toomey explains the song is about “going out and being judged by small-minded people for being different and not giving a f***”. Girli will be heading out on her UK headline tour in April; tickets go on sale on Friday.

Brooders- Rinse Repeat

Leeds student band ‘Brooders’ inject a large helping of grungey lo-fi spirit into their latest single ‘Rinse Repeat’. It’s a primitive and sensual single with fuzzy psychedelic tinged riffs pulsating through the veins of the song, with the carnal lyrical imagery “Feel the blood rush in my veins”, searching for a meaning to existence. Lead singer Adam Bairstow explains, "In literal terms, Rinse Repeat is about the personal experience of finding something that meant so much to me that I was determined to change everything because I had found something to live for".

Novacub - I Still Need it

Veiled by upbeat jangly guitars that permeate the indie genre, ‘I Still Need it’ thematically references the difficult departure from a stagnant relationship. Frontwoman Louise Bartle explains that the song "is about a failing relationship in my life – feeling someone slip away and questioning my own feelings in the process. There’s a mix of desperation and anger that still takes me back to that moment.” The band are currently touring the UK with Leeds band, Kaiser Chiefs.

wych elm - monkey jaw

Despite its upbeat tempo, the latest release from Bristol’s wych elm delves into the deepest, darkest crevices of the listener's consciousness. Vocalist Caitlin Elliman lulls between a flirtatious drawl and acidic quips, centring around religious imagery, such as in the lyric, “where’s the nearest church I’ve got dirt in you”. The band recently announced the release of their EP rat blanket, due for release on 22nd March.


Both produced and mixed herself, Kent artist BABii combines sugar coated breathy vocals with pulsating electronica which hints at an underlying mania on her latest single 'SEiiZURE'. The lyrics are tinged with feelings of alienation and isolation: “I dreamt of how disposable you made me feel when we were one”. 2019 is looking like a busy year for BaBii, with forthcoming LP HiiDE set to be released on Deathwaltz Records, as well as a string of forthcoming live dates announced including a slot at SXSW festival.

Boy Harsher - LA

Boy Harsher is a duo consisting of the vocalist Jae Matthews and the producer August Muller. 'LA', their latest release, seduces its audience with a combination of a hard-hitting industrial beat, and sensual synthpop. Through the lens of synesthesia, it would radiate with the bright neon-red lights of America and could be lifted straight from the Drive soundtrack. 'LA' comes from the duos forthcoming album Careful, which is to be released on 1st February.

Crows - Chain Of Being

North London band Crows have garnered a reputation for themselves through their raucous live shows, with IDLES frontman Joe Talbot recently signing them up to his own label Balley Records. ‘Change Of Being’ is their latest release following a three-year hiatus and is a brooding barrage of shoegaze-esque guitars and driving drums which epitomises the raw energy of the bands live shows, resulting in a punch that's fully packed. The song comes from their forthcoming debut album Silver Tongues. You can catch the band supporting IDLES on tour in March.

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