It’s been our hardest-ever weekend on the Listening Post. Thirty of the best new tunes we’ve ever had together in one place – but then quite unbelieveable numbers of people showed up with a strange bias towards one particular artist. Our warmest thanks to all the loyal friends who gave up their time to listen to all thirty tracks and agonise over the five they loved best. Team Freshnet’s Simon Poole brings you the results…
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ALEX HIGHTON – Hip With The Kids
Well this is the perfect track to ease us into this week’s Fresh Faves. All aspects of this song seem to fit together like a jigsaw, Alex’s clear and clever lyrics alongside the troubadour-esque guitar are a thing of beauty. Even if this style of music isn’t your bag, you can’t help but imagine kicking back in the sun with a niiice chilled pint of cider in hand. Lovely!
BON ARROW & DEADLY STARE – LonelyRoad
Everything about this one shouldn’t work, but somehow does, and does so really well. If indeed this is the product of just a person letting go in the back room like it says on Bon Arrow’s Facebook page, then I’d like to hear more from letting go in other rooms too. It’s like the music of Tom Waits with the harmonies of Minnie Ripperton, mad and beautiful all at the same time.
BOOK THIEVES – Spinning Yarns
This four piece Liverpool band hit the indie-rock nail right on the head. The music and vocals seem to take turns throughout and then give in to the classic big crescendo ending. If it’s indie-rock you want, look no further.
DEBS McCOY – Nightingale
Singer songwriters have it quite hard really, usually one person with an acoustic guitar, the possibilities aren’t really endless, are they? Thankfully though, from time to time someone like Debs McCoy will come along, make your ears prick up – and make you think that there is still life in the genre yet.
FORMES – Turn Around
I thought when Turn Around first kicked in it was going to be some Pink Floyd cover, but then the vocals of Steve McNamara take you somewhere else, not too far away, but far enough. This bunch of Yorkshire lads can be found gigging around Leeds if you fancy some psychedelic head nodding.
HOLY VESSELS – Springtime Bloom
Brighton four piece Holy Vessels bring a nice slice of Americana with a dusting of Country and Western to this week’s Fresh Faves. Even if these two genres are not close to your heart, I dare you to not let Springtime Bloom get at least one of your feet tapping, and maybe a bit of thigh slapping may follow.
LA SHARK – Mr Modern Man
Our Host with the Most did a Post about this one just the other day… check it out here
MONMON – Punch Drunk
BOOM, and now you’re awake aren’t you. Punch Drunk is exactly how I felt when I first heard it amongst this week’s playlist. My first impression was Dr. Feelgood, which is a good thing, but then MonMon take it a little further from the pubrock and onto something more. I’ll be keeping an eye out for these guys playing in my neck of the woods, although I’m sure I’ll hear them coming.
SCOTT RUDD – Bullshit Love
Well apparently Scott Rudd’s music is full of dark thoughts and regret, this may very well be the case, but thankfully it doesn’t drag me to those places. In fact it does quite the opposite and even the title of Bullshit Love puts a smile on my face. It’s banged out at just the right pace to stop the subject matter from darkening your day.
SEA KAY – Stride
Stride is the winner of the shortest Fresh Fave this week. The simplicity in the song has an almost childlike feel to it, even to the point that some of the lines seem a little too long for the verses, but this doesn’t matter in the slightest, just like when you used to leave the square peg lodged in the round hole. It might not fit, but so what.
THE PAPERCLIP FORUM – Hazard Lights
Now if you’ve been waiting all these years to hear an Aphex Twin and Crass collaboration, then your wait will be a long one. Alternatively you could do what I did and listen to Hazard Lights by Paperclip Forum. I’m glad this one made the grade this week, as this lovely noise is my personal Fresh Fave of the week.
WOODMAN STONE – Does Madonna Dream?
I’m kind of hoping that the artist’s name is in fact his real name because it is mighty cool. If it isn’t then I’m onto Deed Poll first thing. Does Madonna Dream ticks a lot of my “like” boxes: trumpets, snares and – most of all – a whole song written around a single thought that could quite easily pop into any normal person’s head and then pop straight back out again. Thankfully Woodman Stone is on hand to expand these thoughts and put them to music.
Posted by Simon 9 July 2012