Fresher Sounds – The best new music – 29/04/19
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This week’s Fresher Sounds is overflowing with the music you need to start your week on a high. From noise-pop to MC remixes, we’ve got you covered.
Honey Moon by Dan Hipkin via Super Cat PRHoney Moon - If I Could Only Dream Sounding like London’s contemporary answer to the Beach Boys, Honey Moon sway into 2019 with new single ‘If I Could Dream’. The single is a masterclass in jangle-pop that feels both up-to-the-minute and nostalgic, whilst their trademark doo-wop sounds capture a jukebox culture. Bright, plucky guitars and lively basslines carry the sunny retro-pop song. SWANES – Dreams of Iceland SWANES have been drifting around Spotify indie playlists for a hot minute, and new single ‘Dreams of Iceland’ proves exactly why. Doused in rich atmospherics and full of vibrant idiosyncrasies, the track is another big step forward for the pair cutting a downtempo groove with glistening production. After recently being highlighted by Australian electro-heavyweights Future Classic (Flume, Jagwar Ma), it seems SWANES time is finally coming. Gazel – You’re Not Funny The latest from British/Turkish songwriter, Gazel, features spoken word passages which build into melodic crescendos. ‘You’re Not Funny’ is a dark as it is clever with hauntingly ethereal choruses contrasting with a driving beat. Regarding the new single, Gazel explains that “’You’re Not Funny’ is a conversation between Gazel and a charlatan spiritual teacher who lives in the collective unconscious”. Her album, Gazel’s Book Of Souls, is due out on 4th October. altopalo – Mud ‘Mud’ from New York’s altopalo, encompasses a patchwork of chiming synths, distorted samples and echoing percussion. True to their home city’s musical heritage, the band have mastered an edgy stylistic fusion as technological progress and the erosion of boundaries permits their avant-garde sounds. Together, altopalo explore music as art, with experimentalism being key to their methods of broadening the horizons of electro-pop. THUMPER – In My Room Thriving at the forefront of the Irish scene alongside FONTAINES D.C., the Murder Capital and Just Mustard, THUMPER is another noise-pop group with a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows. ‘In My Room’ introduces itself a slow burner before erupting into chunky noise with incredibly catchy lyrics. Ultimately, ‘In My Room’, as stated by the band, “is a discussion about willing yourself into a reclusive state; telling yourself it’s an act of autonomy when really it’s an act of self-sabotage”.
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