This Week’s Fresh Faves as chosen by you, our readers, from a field of 27 strong contenders. You can see who picked what on last week’s Listening Post. These tracks aren’t “better” than the other 16 – they’re just the Eleven that you (and we) happened to like the most. They’re listed isted below in alphabetical order:
CANUTE – Ephemeral
A dischord of strings start and end this epic indie guitar shaped song. A vocal with enough of a difference – and a song with enough of an attitude. Produced and mixed by Louis Skinner, you can find this “three-piece from the Thames Wasteland” on Facebook here.
CHRIS SELMAN – Modern Romance
As previously featured by Tom on BBC Radio 6 Music: check out the black-and-white video here. Piano-led banging indie pop music with a fresh telephone effect vocal. This is what Ben Folds Five might sound like if they came from smalltown Britain.
IAN THISTLETHWAITE – Hamburg
Lovely jangly indie pop from Ian Thistlethwaite. Kicking off with the lyrics ‘I met her on chicken farm, she was looking for some Geese’, not sure if its a real-life love story – or how Ian actually ended up in Hamburg “Where they make meat”. But we are very pleased he let us in on his journey: great song.
KITES – This Jumped-Up Boy In Livery
21st Century New Romantic synth’n’guitar mas up pulled from the 1980s (possibly without that many actual guitars). A real grower with a vocal that has a lovely yearning to it, digging the “oh oh” vocals. This is succeeding, Kites!!! Could easily be pulled out of a 1980’s movie about disillusioned youth. We likes it.
NEW CABRONES – Wolf Blitzer
Acoustic guitar led song that name drops Charlie Sheen and Ricky Gervais and is inspired by the American CNN reporter Wolf Blitzer. TBH I know this purely because of Google and rather than being some obscure East German movement of the 1920’s as I had imagined Wolf hosts a newscast called ‘The Situation Room’. Being a lovechild brought up on the BBC I have hardly watched CNN, I saw it once in a hotel room somewhere but found the mini bar held my attention much better. Great song though from New Cabrones.
PREMISE BEACH – Hold Me Now
Great drum and guitar interplay had us hooked from the off, gentle vocals fit in snugly as a bug (neither tightly wrapped nor loosely tied). Really enjoyed this and imagined myself being picked up by the song in the morning with its tasty groove that put me in mind of Tears for Fears. Can’t wait until the morning.
REBEKAH DELGADO – Little Boy Blue
Dark & broody in its flavour that we found rather fetching. Like a female Nick Cave with a distant drum & guitar refrain echoing to the gravel tipped voice of Rebekah. Splendid.
ROB MARR – Fat And Happy
My Personal pick of this week’s tracks. Rob Marr has a really special unhurried approach to his songs. Great piano-led groove with a drumbeat that Steve Gadd would have been proud of: this is a corker of a tune. This can undertake numerous listens and still sound fresh. After being wheat-free, sugar-free & fun-free myself (ok, it was only for three and a half days) I want to join Rob and get fat and happy. 87.6% of people will find this song special.
SO WHAT ROBOT – Work And Play
Another discovery from the North East’s thriving music scene – this time, a four-piece band from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Punky, funky and 80’s induced synth and guitar love fest. A strange lovechild of Devo & the Red Hot Chilli Peppers – we reckon these guys will be something to behold on the live circuit.
SOLKO – December
The saxophone surprised me (in a good way, you understand) after the mash up of funk/southern rock style-ee intro. These guys mean business and they are going for it. Tight as the tendons of a butchers dog, this is a stormer of a track. Great bass, drums, vocals and a sax that was very well placed – another act who sound like they would be great live. Great job!
THE B OF THE BANG – Sharks Of The Atomic Atoll
Smart and well-formed indie music with a grungy undercurrent. Really great dynamic range and we particularly enjoyed the folk like choir of voices which gave the song a lovely twist. Echoes of The Smiths and Radiohead can be a very useful thing when used in this subtle way. Promising indeed.