Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 18/03/19
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Snow fell over select parts of the UK this weekend after February’s freak “heatwave” and school pupils are taking Fridays off to demand climate change action. Deadlines loom on the horizon, the Ides of March has been and gone, and political scores remain very much unsettled. There’s not been an awful lot in the news this week to cheer about, but as ever music was released and we’ve put together a selection of the best singles to see you through these crucial coursework submissions.
an energy exemplified by Madcon’s sharply enunciated plosives.
Club Kuru – By the Windowpane
In stark contrast, Club Kuru’s ‘By the Windowpane’ carries a lightly psychedelic rock vibe that owes as much to contemporary acts such as Tame Impala or Temples as it does to Pink Floyd. Guitar-driven throughout, the track’s lyrics follow an endearingly simple pattern of location followed by the action of the beloved be it “by the windowpane”, “by the superstore” or “on the Sunnyside”. At four minutes in, we’re then treated to a ripping solo reminiscent of ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’.
Drahla – Stimulus for Living
Drahla is a new art-rock outfit from Yorkshire whose angular and unpredictable music is instantly engaging with its evocative lyrics and atonal guitar work. Their sound may be defined as post-punk in the broadest sense, but you’re unlikely to have heard anything quite like it before. A particular quirk is the deeper almost sub bass tone and the emphasis on percussive rather than melodic guitar. The female vocals are enigmatically soft-spoken but cut through in the series of seemingly disparate images that leaves the listener to connect the dots.
Gurr – Fake News
The Berlin duo is back with their third single from the EP She Says. Gurr is gaining significant traction and has toured with the band, Shame on various dates in the UK. On this track, the group explores the topical phenomena of poorly-sourced clickbait and addiction to instant information. There’s a feeling of deep melancholy on all of these new tracks that signals a shift in tone from 2016’s debut album In My Head; the duo seems to be taking 90s Brit-pop anthems and refracting them through the lens of German Angst.
Holly Herndon – Eternal
RuthAnne – Love Again
Irish singer-songwriter, RuthAnne’s ‘Love Again’ is a track that exudes class from every pore. It starts gently with soulful, smoky guitar and lazy handclaps interspersed with snippets of a gospel choir. The percussion on the song is quite unique in the trebly thump-thump of a dampened kick drum and the musical palette expands in the second half to include a lovely, teasing trumpet solo backed up by a vintage organ tone. This is not to mention the gorgeous vocals whose core message is, according to RuthAnne, “Go where the love is”.
Vera Hotsauce – Hey Boy
This track is a true pop-rap banger. Its two minutes are deliciously succinct and are as exuberant as the artist’s quite ridiculous name suggests. The partying spirit is probably one best to be avoided at this critical time, but imagine her lyric “I’m the first in line and the last to leave” applies to the library and you’ll be fine.
Image courtesy of Vera Hotsauce via Mystic Sons PRCLMD feat. Madcon – Anything CLMD is the Norway-based pop production project of Martin Danielle and his new single ‘Anything’ enlists the help of the massive Scandinavian rap duo, Madcon who bring an engaging triplet flow to the track. Its bold club-ready aesthetic also has its subtler elements such as the low-key guitar but overall the song exudes
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