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FRESH JUICE: COLOUR OF SPRING – ECHOES

Posted on: April 25th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Not being overly into shoegaze but by no means being a stranger to it either, I was automatically entranced by the heavy wall of sound UK five piece, Colour Of Spring have produced on their new single Echoes. Hailing from Leeds, the quintet have established a strong reputation as a live act and are steadily growing in popularity online; sporadically popping up on up and coming playlists that extend far beyond their home country.

With a spacey ominous introduction, Echoes slowly transforms into a solemn downtempo track that details the struggles associated with coming of age. While today’s Juice does not necessarily have any standout moments musically, Echoes maintains a smooth momentum fuelled by a relaxing, heavily distorted guitar hook and a rattling drum beat. What first drew me to Colour Of Spring was the subtleties they share with fellow shogazers Slowdive. Looking forward to see what 2017 holds for these dudes.

FRESH JUICE: AU.RA – APPLAUSE

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Now that Au.Ra are tracking towards to their second LP, it seems a redundant to say that these guys used to be in beloved Sydney act, Parades. But just in case this is your introduction, these dudes used to be in Parades. Okay, anyway, ‘Applause’ is the first taste from Au.Ra since 2015 (when they released the dreadfully underrated Jane’s Lament). I first listened to this one whilst staring out into Melbourne’s CBD from a tram on the way home from work, I’m not sure why, but it was weirdly the perfect soundtrack to the experience. As I slowly panned up and across the skyscraper sprawl, the spacey, whirling synths and the drawling vocals really set a dystopian scene for me. I must say this is a bit of a builder, and really takes it’s time to make an impact – but once you hit that 3 minute mark, everything changes. What felt like shoegaze inspired melancholia, quickly became a personal anthem. You can’t help and get swept up in the continuous motion of “no it doesn’t matter” and apply it to whatever shit is going on in your life. Depressing as hell, but oddly uplifting at the same time.

Au.Ra’s sophomore LP, Cultivations, is out June 30 via Felte.

FRESH JUICE: BARO – PRETTY

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

I like to tell people that I think Melbourne’s Baro is one of the best hip-hop artists in the country*. He has a history of flipping his style continuously, and also has a truly impressive live show – one that seems to take shape as something more like a Jazz Quartet than a hip-hop show. His latest single flips it again, and for a solid percentage of the track (yep, that’s right, bringing MATHS into it), Baro is backed by a chugging, rock riff (wave goodbye to those lazy hip-hop beats, kids). The live instrumentation is a lovely touch, fluid and subtle, allowing Baro to move from ballad-esque, spoken word, R&B, pop and garage-y vocals. I can’t put my finger on each change up, so I’m just gonna give up at this point and let you listen to it. Sue me, whatever, I don’t own anything worth money anyway.

Baro’s new EP, ‘Problems’ is out May 19.

*Who am I to tell anyone anything, my opinion on most things doesn’t mean shit.

FRESH JUICE: BULLY – RIGHT

Posted on: April 21st, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Back in January when Donald stumbled into the Oval Office, Secretly Group- which encompasses a collection of independent American labels- embarked on their ‘Our First 100 days’ project. The project sees a different artist debut a new track every day for the first 100 days of the Trump presidency via Bandcamp. Today marks the 91st day of the project but today’s Juicy tune came out earlier in the week as at number 88 and its a rough as guts cut from Nashville indie rockers Bully  and the song is called Right.

Quiet is not necessarily a word that fits neatly into the same sentence as Bully, but it has been a little while since we’ve heard new music from the four piece. Packing all the familiar traits of a good Bully track, Right is a high octane head banger and is defiantly on the heavier end of the Bully spectrum. Kicking into gear early with punk paced drums and a whiny guitar hook, each member of Bully match each others intensity and maintain a fierce stride for the duration of the track. Not sure what Bully were up to in their two year spell but Alicia Bognnano’s voice sounds louder and better than ever. What I love about Right is how coarse Bognnano’s voice sounds. The vocals have been recorded and produced in such a way that makes Bognnano’s pipes sound like they’re too heavy for the speakers to handle. If you love Bully but hate bullies then give this track a hurl and subscribe to the ‘Our First 100 days’ project as all money raised “will go directly to handful of non-profit organisations fighting for inclusion and equality”.

Not sure if there if a sophomore album in tow but this will do for now.

 

FRESH JUICE: GIRLPOOL – IT GETS MORE BLUE

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Girlpool have been doing wonderful things since they emerged a few years back, think I first heard them after everyone loved their SXSW set. And although I thought their simple, and honest jams on their debut LP were really strong – they have nothing on their new stuff. ‘123’ has been rinsed across radio lately, but I also implore you to check out ‘It Gets More Blue’, it retains the deep and emotive songwriting that is typical of Girlpool – but it’s got an added depth instrumentally, which really only adds the ~feels~ of the track. It’s a damn feeler, and it’ll fit right into your emo-lo-fi-folk-Alex-G playlist.

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The new Girlpool LP, ‘Powerplant,’ is out May 12th via Anti- Records.

FRESH JUICE: THE XX – A VIOLENT NOISE (FOUR TET REMIX)

Posted on: April 18th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

Have you been going a little too ham on the XX’s new album? It’s ok, you’re not the only one. I have been too…. but who gives a fuck about me, so has Four Tet! Late last week the UK producer released a remix for A Violent Noise, which seems like an unlikely song to cover but man, does he make it work! The 20 year veteran is no stranger to an XX remix, in fact, today’s Fresh Juice complete’s the triangle as Four T has now remixed at least one track off all three of the XX albums.

Playing with different textures and moods, Four Tet takes A Violent Noise to new depths as he stretches out sections of the original track, creating a strong housy foundation. The XX are known for their space between beats; that cosmic dreaminess that really establishes the mood of the song, but Four Tet disrupts this template and fills all the empty space with a crunchy two- step- shuffle beat, hazy synths and distant vocal samples creating a whole new mood all together. What I really like about this track is the way Four Tet distorts those strange violent, siren-like, noises that are almost buried within the original version, and uses them, along with the catchy guitar hook, as a key effect in the climax of mix. This guy really murders any track he chooses to play around with. Cheers Four Tet.

FRESH JUICE: GHOSTING – ONE SUMMER

Posted on: April 15th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

If there was a ever a more perfect match made in heaven situation, it’s this. Studio Ghibli meets trip-hop. Let’s say that again in a bit more detail: the refined, gorgeous, shimmering, emotive, relaxed, unbelievable soundtracks from Studio Ghibli films meet trip-hop re-imaginings. Of course, there’s a huge sense of dread when you hear this too right? What if it’s completely butchered… Well, the best bit is that the artist behind this whole project, ‘Ghosting’, is none other than Andrei Eremin. You’ll know him as the producer/engineer from every single local song you’ve fallen in love with over the last few years. As Ghosting he’ll be creating a mixtape using soundtracks from every major Hayao Miyazaki film, and the first cut, ‘One Summer’ – from Spirited Away – is just like crushing me with it’s beauty right now. It takes the minimalist soundscape and breathes an upbeat, hip-hop influenced life into it. The original soundtracks may never be beaten, but Ghosting is getting damn close with this.

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The “Reimagining Hayao Miyazaki” Mixtape will be out ‘soon’ via Wondercore Island.

FRESH JUICE: NILUFER YANYA – THE FLORIST

Posted on: April 13th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Now I’m going to preface this piece with the fact I’m going to mention Of Monsters and Men in this piece; but please, pleeeease don’t freak out. Okay. Great. Here we go. This kinnnnnnda a little bit sounds like an Of Monsters and Men track, but in a way that reminds me of a version of that band that isn’t truly terrible. This is Nilufer Yanya, a London based solo artist, who is bringing a nice mix of pop and folk elements together for her new cut, ‘The Florist’.

Here’s a few reasons why you should ignore my aforementioned comparison:

  1. The insane opening guitar line that is reminiscent of a King Krule piece.
  2. The way it slowly builds from the poetic and emotive jazz verses to the super catchy pop-folk chorus. Before you can turn around and say, ‘I’m not into this’, it’s way too late – you’ve been caught. A testament to really strong songwriting.
  3. It retains it’s raw and unique soundscape the whole way through.

Anyway, this video involves gabber culture, and that’s always fun. Go watch/listen.

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FRESH JUICE: FATHER JOHN MISTY- SMOOCHIE

Posted on: April 11th, 2017 by Pat Trotter

 

In case you haven’t noticed, Father John Misty is a peculiar dude. Misty is a truly enigmatic artist whose musicianship is as polarising as his personality. The rise and rise of the former Fleet Fox is pretty damn impressive when you think about it. I mean, it’s not all that often you see a drummer in a band like the Fleet Fox’s jump ship to pursue- and enjoy a very successful career in- a darker shade of Indie Folk music. Having admitted to exceeding his own expectations in terms of his solo success a long time ago, it’s comforting to see that he’s keeping the gas on with tracks like Smoochie, off his album that dropped late last week titled, Pure Comedy.

Putting the satirical/controversial nature of his lyricism aside, people often forget that Misty’s silky smooth voice alone is enough to grab your attention. Echoed by a barely audible demonic growl Misty shows off his pipes with the opening lines, “When my personal demons are screaming/ and when my door of madness is half open.” Resting beneath a faint slide- and acoustic- guitar, Misty expresses the weight of his inner angst and how the burden of his ‘personal demons’ and ‘concealment’ is made a little lighter by his partner’s love. A simple but powerful love song that sounds a little like Early Elton John.

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FROTH OF THE DAY: ALEXANDER F – CALL ME PRETTY

Posted on: April 8th, 2017 by Tom Hutchins

Let me start by admitting that yes, I’m definitely behind the eight-ball on this one. So let me get this over quickly. NYC based Alexander F already has a debut LP out, and this single has been around for a while also, but it is too ripping for me not to cover. ‘Call Me Pretty’ may begin with some very dark, industrial tones and oddly hypnotic vocals – but once it jumps into the chorus (with the help of Kimbra) it feels like a catchy as hell garage pop number. From there it’s impossible to not tap along to the upbeat rendition of “Yes, I’m running, obviously I’m running” that stuns you in the opening moments. It’s frantic, it’s dark and feels like it should be another post-punk jam, but the way Alexander and co. have managed to flip the book on it and take us into a different world – well now, it’s special. Everyone from your ‘I listen to Title Fight, but dabble in garage’ to the classic ‘I like bands who yell a lot’ will be able to get around this one.

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Alexander F’s debut Self-Titled LP is out now via So Sensation Records.