Fresh Finds: Summer Edition

Since we are well into the middle of 2016, I thought I’d make a second ‘Fresh Finds’ post so that I can talk about some of the music I have been listening to between the start of the year and now.

Writing for various music websites has opened me up to a lot of new music that I might not have previously thought to listen to. Because of this, my musical taste has reached a whole new level of diversity. I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff that I might have turned my nose up at a few years ago.

Below I have listed four of my most significant discoveries:

Rat Boy

Rat Boy – or Jordan Cardy as he’s known at home – is an artist that I would not have expected myself to enjoy. Initially, I was hooked by the straight-up Indie-Rock tracks such as Left 4 Dead, but a taste for the more experimental songs that might have put me off in the past was quickly acquired.

My first encounter with Rat Boy actually occurred while watching this year’s Brit Awards back in February when I noticed him lurking behind Ant and Dec in a brightly coloured beanie. My Twitter feed informed me of his identity, and I was immediately won over by his sheer cockiness. 2014’s The Mixtape is one of the coolest musical discoveries I’ve made so far this year.

Cardy and his touring band are allegedly one of the most exciting live acts to grace the current circuit. I’m looking forward to finding out how accurate this is when I review them later in the year.

Muncie Girls

I was flicking through the pages of Kerrang! when I first stumbled across Muncie Girls. The article, packed full of punk, Plath and politics turned me into an instant fan before I had even heard a single note. Bands that use their platform to promote something they believe in gain my instant respect. So many artists shy away from politics, claiming they don’t want to influence their fans’ views – what a waste of a voice! Muncie Girls, however, grab the opportunity with both hands and what’s more, their message is really worth listening to.

I find that more often than not, I am drawn to masculine vocals – I’ve been meaning to have to look into the science behind this at some point – so it makes a refreshing change for me to be infatuated with a female fronted group.

Diamond Youth

Diamond Youth came to my attention while I was carrying out research for an essay on the emo movement that I’ve been working on for some time now (more to come on this project later). Various sources had listed them among the bands that contributed to the ‘emo revival’, and since I was writing about them, I felt it was necessary to delve deeper into their music.

Cannonball was the first video I found by the Maryland band, and I fell deeply in love within the first few seconds. I feel as though their visual and audio aesthetics are a perfectly balanced blend of my varying tastes and styles, making them a great ‘summary of Tyler’ band.

Jake Bugg

I will hold my hands up and admit that I was stupid for not listening to Jake Bugg properly a lot sooner. I had heard bits and bobs here and there, but never sat down and actively explored his music, which I now deeply regret after having spent the last few weeks doing exactly that.

Gimme the Love was the first song that awakened an interest in the Clifton-born singer-songwriter within me, which is somewhat surprising since many long term fans saw it as a form of betrayal due to drastic shift in style. Perhaps that’s why I liked it so much, because I was able to approach it neutrally with no preconceived opinions to get in the way.

It is impossible for me to choose my favourite of his three studio albums – each encapsulates a range of different moods and emotions that provide perfect listening material to accompany a wealth of different situations.