New season, new Freddie’s Finds. To kick off the start of fall, I chose three of my favorite recent releases for this abridged version of Freddie’s Finds, featuring CLUB ORO, heavn, and Gaff.
CLUB ORO are everything. I got to know lead singer, Cassandra, through the Pigeons & Planes Discord (shameless plug: we run a talk show in there every now and then called Seagulls & Seaplanes!), and haven’t looked back. August saw the four person band drop their first release since 2021 in “mailer daemon,” proving that the hiatus paid off. Bringing a blend of genres that only CLUB ORO would be able to do, including elements of everything from R&B, funk, electronic, and everything in between, “mailer daemon” showcases a new, expansive sonic range for the group. Keep your eye out for what CLUB ORO are up to this year.
heavn is my new favorite artist find and it is not even close. The enigmatic artist has been slowly building since their debut in 2020, reaching new heights in 2022 with their debut album Suburbia, an album that had I heard last year, would have easily been in my top 10 of the year. 2023 has seen similar levels of music output, with his third EP arriving last week, Prelude To Cupid. While each track offers a different sound to the multi-faceted artist, it is “With U” that stands out as one of my favorite tracks from them ever. The solemn yet ear-catching record, entirely produced by heavn, brings a drum, guitar, and synth lined instrumental, creating the perfect simple storm for a masterpiece. heavn should absolutely be on everyone’s radar right now.
The great Gaff is back this week, and with a feature from someone with an eerily similar pronounced last name in Alex Gough. “Feeling” arrives as Gaff’s third release of the year yet is undoubtedly my favorite of the three. Production from the duo brings a summery, guitar fueled instrumental, while the hook explores a struggling relationship, trying to reignite the flame that a relationship once had. Gaff and Alex each take a verse, expanding on this struggle they face, their contrasting styles pairing nicely with one another. Let’s hope this string of singles is a sign of something bigger to come for Gaff – check out “Feeling” below.