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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 25/03/19


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Little more than Brexit has been on the UK’s brain over the past week, as petitions were signed by the millions and Theresa May’s non-existent deal has been granted a two-week extension period. For the students amongst us, political unsettledness is overshadowed by near-imminent dissertation deadlines as the end of the semester is slowly coming into sight.

So, if you’re looking for some new music to brighten your spirits and zone out our nonsensical world, we’ve put together a selection of the best new singles to see you through the week.


Image courtesy of Sonars via Mystic Sons PR

Sonars – Love Me Anyway

Ahead of the upcoming album Theatre of Darkness, electro-psych-pop duo Sonars have released new single ‘Love Me Anyway’. With a hazy jangling beat and emotionally affecting lyrics, the track explores the beauty of unconditional love. Member Frederick Paysden says, ‘Love Me Anyway’ is “one of the most personal songs I’ve written so far, it’s like a scrapbook of moments of my life and was written for all the people that have meant so much to me along the way”.

Mind Enterprises – Ballare

Experimental and funky, the playful aesthetic of Mind Enterprises plays out perfectly on new single ‘Ballare’. With the namesake translating from ‘Dance’ in Italian, ‘Ballare’ attempts to create a contemporary vision from a retro afro-disco groove. Whistle tones and steelpan drums dominate the track to form an instrumental joyride.

Anaïs – lost my faith

‘lost my faith’ is the latest single from London-based artist Anaïs. With angelic vocals, ‘lost my faith’ has an infectious energy despite the despairing tone of the track’s title. Crafting a beautiful and chilled out soul, Anaïs continues to showcase her talent and artistic fearlessness in the gorgeous accompanying video.

Ionna Gika – Swan

Ionna Gika shares her new track ‘Swan’, taken from the debut album Thalassa. Borrowing its name primeval spirit of the sea, the album also nods to the singer’s Greek heritage. This song, ‘Swan’ offers one of the album’s most accessible and heart-breaking moments as the lyrics mourn over letting go against a swaying rhythm.

Moon King – Come Away With Me

As the project of Toronto native Daniel Benjamin, Moon King has released ‘Come Away With Me’. Transitioning between shoegaze and indie disco influences, the single oozes premium electronica as delightful synths balance against airy vocals. The toe-tapping melody plays out further in the single music video which features various people getting down to the track in the workplace, be it garage, diner or gym hall. 

Dwight Trible – Mothership ft Kamasi Washington

Heralded as the godfather of the Los Angeles jazz scene, Dwight Trible has shared new track ‘Mothership’ featuring Kamasi Washington. Speaking about his involvement on the record. Kamasi says Dwight “has a way of bringing such a unique life and feel to every song that he sings. His voice has power, soul, and beauty, qualities that all us horn players strive for.”  These intricacies play out on ‘Mothership’ in the amalgamation of cosmic melodies and Dwight’s idiosyncratic soul.

Mosa Wild – Night

Having recently returned from tour support slots with the California-trio LANY, Mosa Wild have crafted an immersive and anthemic single of their own on ‘Night’. An opportune chorus and twanging guitars are matched with frontman Jim Rubaduka’s fighting vocals, as his voice stages the quartet’s powerful return.

Gaffa Tape Sandy – Headlights

With back and forth vocals communicating the necessity to embrace and communicate mental health, ‘Headlights’ is the first track taken from Gaffa Tape Sandy’s forthcoming EP. Fiery, addictive and guitar-fuelled, the single makes use of the group’s mastery of catchy riffs and playful melodies to create an undeniable bop.

Frank Iero and The Future Violents – Young and Doomed

Following the announcement that former My Chemical Romance member Frank Iero has signed to UNFD and formed his latest band, ‘Young and Doomed’ is the first track from the group's upcoming album Barriers. Fuelled by uncontrollable rock 'n' roll angst, the single is accompanied by a video which encapsulates the frantic energy that bursts from the track.

Plague Vendor – New Comedown

Accompanied by the announcement of their new album By Night, Plague Vendor shared the raw and vital first single, ‘New Comedown’. The band’s frontman Brandon Blaine explains the creative process involved in putting the track together, "there were a lot of colours and themes that were coming through, so we thought it best to finalise the verses once we were in the [...] studio. The energy, urgency and excitement there was unmatched. We caught lightning in the booth and trapped it in the recording”.

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