Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 06/05/19
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Kero Kero Bonito once sang about the dangers of overindulging in shellfish on the meme sensation ‘Flamingo’. Though lead singer Sarah probably wasn’t referring to the risk of developing a narcotics addiction when she penned the immortal lines, “How many shrimps do you have to eat/ before you make your skin turn pink? Eat too much and you’ll get sick/ shrimps are pretty rich”. I would guess you’d have to consume an inordinate amount of the crustaceans living in Suffolk rivers in order to get even the slightest buzz, but it wouldn’t be an entirely futile endeavour as research published this week showed almost all aquatic molluscs in the county contained traces of cocaine.
Brian Nasty by Rizloski via Super Cat PRWhen a population seems to have an unusual concentration of talent, creative or otherwise, people tend to claim there’s ‘something in the water’ and if all the artists in this playlist were from a single village, you’d probably say the same thing. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Fresher Sounds. Arliston – Loud Arliston is an experimental pop trio from London. Their new single ‘Loud’ features James Blake-esque vocals and an instrumental the swells and fades underneath these. The band sounds like it had a lot of fun in the studio in this one and there are a lot of stereo effects to relish if you listen with headphones. Fans of Alt-J and Mura Masa will probably enjoy this track. BABii – CARNiiVORE BABii’s ‘CARNiiVORE’ begins with moody electronic sub bass, her icy vocal then cuts through this sparse and menacing atmosphere. The performance feels listless but nonetheless expressive and is driven by reverb-heavy synth drums. In terms of lyrics the song seems to be rehashing an all-too-familiar narrative of not knowing what you sign up for in a relationship as BABii sings, “I fell in love with a carnivore/ Between his eyes and past his jaw”. black midi – talking heads black midi is a mysterious band. Their Spotify bio is blank. They played one show in Iceland via KEXP’s radio station, which has an outpost in Reykjavik, and now they’re one of the most hyped groups out there at the moment. Signed to Rough Trade, they have since released a couple of singles and ‘talking heads’ is the latest of these. It’s post-punk math rock with a personality; calculated yet volatile, chaotic yet assured – give it a listen. Culture Abuse – Goo Culture Abuse is a five-piece from California whose heartfelt acoustic-driven indie is reminiscent of early Noah and the Whale. ‘Goo’ is full of slightly corny, yet charming lyrics and features percussive strumming, shakers and dampened drums. Just shy of two minutes, the track begins with the lines, “Wish I could ride a bike/ I’d ride it home to you/ ‘Cause lately all my insides feel like goo”.
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