Fresher Sounds - The best new music - 02/07/19
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As graduation ceremonies are underway all across the UK, many are already well into the swing of things working summer jobs.
Fresher Sounds // Cover by MeddiesFor many, the summer is a chance to earn a bit of extra cash, see a new country or attend festivals before the start of the new academic year. Graduates, however, (at least those who missed the competitive scheme deadlines and are not going down the master’s route just yet *cough cough*) often face the prospect of a protracted job hunt before gaining that dream/reasonably paid role. This week’s playlist of new releases features one song addressing precisely that situation and many more tunes to keep your spirits up through the raft of rejections. ackerman – 84 Palms ackerman is an experimental trio whose membership extends beyond the people playing the instruments to include the many creative collaborators working on their album art and videos. The new single ’84 Palms’ is based around several vocal samples layered to create a choral landscape that shares sonic similarities with Bon Iver’s expressive falsetto. Ada Lea – what makes me sad Ada Lea’s ‘what makes me sad’ is typical of her instrumental adventurousness and opens with wailing saxophone and an answer to the title’s implied question – “I don’t know”. She struggles to pinpoint her melancholy’s origin and the track’s arrangement reflects the tentative fumbling towards an understanding of her own psyche with an ascending synth line that distorts as it climbs. Every idea is given the chance to evolve into something interesting and the song conveys a frustrated lethargy that betrays great creative potential. There are some fantastic lyrical one-liners too, like “give me your wild and taciturn eyes”. Alarmist – Expert Hygiene If you’re a fan of the jazz fusion of BADBADNOTGOOD or Kamasi Washington, then this new single from Alarmist is worth checking out. ‘Expert Hygiene’ features an impressive use of synth arpeggiators over complex time signatures to create something challenging yet undeniably groovy and melodic. It’s mellow math rock with just enough bite to massage the brain. Blanck Mass – No Dice Blanck Mass is the solo project of Edinburgh-based musician Benjamin John Power and ‘No Dice’ is the second single from his forthcoming album Animated Violence Mild due out on 16th August. Comprised of chopped-up vocal samples, the track has an almost tribal feel. Power says the theme of the song is doubt and self-denial – “the separation between your heart and your head”.
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