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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 01/04/19


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Is April Fools’ dead? In our current predicament - a world where all media is accused of fake news - we have to ask ourselves whether the effect of a good old-fashioned prank will be the same.

Contemporary stories, increasingly, seem to be more ludicrous than the jokes that would otherwise parody them. In 2017, “fake news” was named word of the year by Collins dictionaries and several newspaper editors even proclaimed that they would no longer publish April Fools’ stories. It all seems rather disheartening. So to uplift your spirits, here are our select new singles from rising artists this week.

Kevin Morby courtesy of Side Stage Collective via Flickr

Kevin Morby - Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild

Right from the unadorned opening conga beat, ‘Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild’ is minimalist to the core. It's music stripped back to its constituent parts - to nature. The track encourages us to notice the nuances; the gospel backing vocals, the blushes of saxophone, or the subtle flip of the title to "All things sacred, nothing wild". Morby’s half-spoken lyrics echo like Bob Dylan’s in the mind.
‘Nothing Sacred / All Things Wild’ is the second single from his upcoming album Oh My God.

Pinky Pinky - Do Me Dirty (Charlie)

LA trio Pinky Pinky release their latest single, gloriously titled, ‘Do Me Dirty (Charlie)’. With raw youthful energy, they express the anxieties and passions of growing up in a big city, weaving together a plethora of musical approaches [which?] to form their unique sound. The band consists of vocalist and drummer Anastasia Sanchez, guitarist Isabelle Fields, and bassist Eva Chambers. Pinky Pinky heads out on tour this summer, beginning their run in Glasgow in May.

The Faim - Amelie

Alternative rock band, The Faim is set to release their wildly anticipated debut album in September. To keep us all content until then, they have dropped a brand new single titled ‘Amelie’ - an explosive pop-rock anthem that has already received critical claim and will sure to be a hit when they perform at Reading and Leeds Festivals later this year.

Liimo - Get Weird

Following their debut single, ‘Pineapple Radio’, Edinburgh trio team up with US vocalist Lizzy Land for an R&B infused slow jam. Frontman Kieran says that their latest single is “about a whirlwind romance. That sweet spot at the start of a relationship where everything feels unlike anything you’ve ever been used to”.

Little Triggers - Giving Me Up

Giving us a taste of their upcoming debut album Loaded Gun, rising rock n’ roll band Little Triggers release ‘Giving Me Up’. Their latest single lives in a world of its own [??], weaving manic instrumentals with at times Elvis Presley-like vocals, where punk-inflected guitar riffs meet anthemic nostalgia.

Thomas Rhett - That Old Truck

Thomas Rhett, has unveiled the full details for his upcoming album Center Point Road - named after the street in Rhett’s hometown that proved influential in his development as an artist. On ‘That Old Truck’ Rhett's nostalgic country voice ruminates on youthful memories over a light acoustic guitar. Needless to say, his eagerly-awaited album is imbued with life experiences and deeply-personal ups and downs.

Saint Agnes - Move Like A Ghost

Before their self-released debut album goes live on 3rd May, rising garage rock quartet release ‘Move Like A Ghost’. On this track psychedelic organ tones clash with howling riffs, while Kitty Austen and Jon James Tufnell sing with rebellious ferociousness lines like “You move like a ghost / But I don’t see you, I hear you breathing / I hear you breathing / I hear your bones creaking”. In October, Saint Agnes begin their headline UK tour stopping off in Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Sheffield, and London.

iLL BLU - Go Time

Following the success of ‘Chop My Money’, iLL BLU's latest single is a dance floor banger featuring Ay Em, Geko, ZieZie and C.Tangana. Bass heavy and packed to the brim with warped synths and tropical melodies ‘Go Time’ arrives aptly for the switch to summer time.

LIFE - Moral Fibre

Post-punk, Hull outfit share new single ‘Moral Fibre’ from their highly anticipated sophomore album. Produced by Luke Smith of Foals and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer of Parquet Courts, eclectic guitar flourishes punctuate tongue in cheek lyrics that offer sharp social commentary. In April, LIFE embarks on a sold-out two-week European tour, supporting IDLES. But don’t panic just yet - the band are also set to play at numerous festivals across the UK including Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape.

Cold Showers - Faith

Abrasive guitar riffs blend beautifully with warm, dazzling synths on Cold Shower’s latest (and lead) single ‘Faith’ from their forthcoming album Motionless - announced for release on 24th May. The single is accompanied by a music video inspired by the intimacy and voyeurism of Warhol’s screen tests which you can check out below. Cold Showers will perform at London, Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol (among other cities) during their UK and European tour throughout May and June.

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