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Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 20/05/19


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Whether you're celebrating the end of the uni year in a beer garden, or still stuck in the library revising, don't let anything stop you from listening to some of the best new releases to soundtrack your week. We've compiled a playlist of the best new songs from up-and-coming artists to save some scrolling and see you over the finish line.


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Younghusband - Modern Lie

'Modern Lie' is a filled with catchy keyboard solos and memorable guitar hooks, and it's a song the band loved so much they recorded it twice - once at the very beginning of the album session and again at the end. The upbeat melody contrasts with the serious subject matter of realising that you're lying to yourself.


Yoke Lore - Safe and Sound

Emotive and melancholic, 'Safe and Sound' is brought to you by Yoke Lore, the New York indie-pop project and solo musical venture of Adrian Galvin, known previously for Yellerkin and Walk the Moon. Speaking about the track Galvin explains that he thinks that "there are different times throughout history where relationships have meant different things", and that ours is a time where it means refuge. 


The Twang - Everytime

Best known for the 2009 hit 'Barney Rubble', The Twang is back with a new single! 'Everytime' is a reminiscent throwback to times gone by and youthful love in the 90s. Groovy and laidback, the music video reflects this theme with clips showing the escapism and nostalgia that runs through. This new release is the first of many as their fifth album is just around the corner. If 'Everytime' is anything to go by, it should be some of their best music yet.


The Modern Strangers - Magic Hour

Groovy and disco-infused, 'Magic Hour' truly is magical. With sell-out shows in London, Manchester and Coventry, The Modern Strangers are making waves in the music world. This latest release, 'Magic Hour' is certain to propel them further. Smooth and easy listening at its finest, it’s hard not to get this tune stuck in your head. 


Hatchie – Obsessed

Pop-infused and dreamy, 'Obsessed' is proof that Hatchie can do no wrong. Describing it as "a song about friendship", Hatchie wrote 'Obsessed' while reflecting on her teenage tendency to cling to a new best friend for support, until she convinced herself she wasn't worthy of their friendship. With the music video made up of video footage from the last few months of touring, we're offered an insight into life on the road for Hatchie. 

Make sure to catch Hatchie on her upcoming tour dates, including Primavera at the end of the month.


Cold Showers – Dismiss

The third single from Cold Showers' upcoming third album Motionless is the grungy and dark 'Dismiss'. A song that dates back to 2013, 'Dismiss' is an ode to broken relationships. However, upon revisiting the track recently, the group found it still to be relevant today, which prompted them to re-record the track and develop it further.  


NUUXS - Safe

A polished sound can be a hard style to grasp, yet NUUXS does it with ease. With clear vocals similar to the likes of FKA twigs and Tove Lo, 'Safe' dances between the lines of alternative and pop. The song examines the pitfalls of being stuck in a ‘safe’ relationship, with NUUXS vocals mixing well with the comforting synths and intricate drum beat. 


Stef Chura - Sweet Sweet Midnight

'Sweet Sweet Midnight' is the latest work from Detroit indie rocker Stef Chura. Featuring and produced by Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, the song is similar to that of Toledo's own music, with spoken word featured over the middle section. Yet the track still keeps the themes of Chura's past work in check.


whenyoung - The Other

Paired with a Gogglebox-esque music video picturing elderly couples reacting to a mixture of television shows and whenyoung live in action, 'The Other' is a melodic and memorable tune. Written initially in response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, this is a song about how the current social system is broken and favours the more well-off. whenyoung release their upcoming debut album Reasons To Dream on 24th May.


Saint Sister - Is it Too Early? (Kilmainham)

A slow burner, Saint Sister's 'Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)' builds up as it progresses, with the track reaching its climax two-thirds of the way through. Beginning with a slow-paced rhyme accompanied by flutes, the track grows as a drum beats, keyboards and harps are steadily added into the mix. The echoing vocals at the peak of the tune paired with keyboards are heavenly and ethereal. The Irish duo wrote the song on the homesickness and social anxiety the pair have faced whilst touring the world.

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