Fresh Faves: Batch 43

This week our Fresh Faves are reviewed by Jim Craigen from AlternativeFriday.com

This Listening Post may have been the last of 2012, but it was by no means the least, as we had 31 very strong tracks for us to listen and vote for, so thanks from all of us at Team Freshnet to the artists – and especially to those who voted – both this weekend and throughout 2012. The following Fresh Faves are the 9 most popular this week, and they are listed in alphabetical order.

ALOOSH – Kid Gloves

Aloosh appear to be keeping information about themselves to, er, themselves*.  All I could find out was that they are a 4-piece band  that come from London, Essex, and Birmingham. Kid Gloves however, is a great alternative indie song, but they seem to feel they are a bit of a ‘marmite’ band, by recently saying “We definitely split the crowd with our music. You either love it or you hate it”. *NB maybe they should check out  why this isn’t a great idea – Tom

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ANDREW MONTGOMERY – Making Up For Lost Time

Andrew Montgomery is a Scottish musician who used to be the lead singer in the band Geneva (original name: Sunfish), who enjoyed success in the late 90’s. He is currently performing solo, and lists his influences as “Dopamine, serotonin, weather, and alcohol”, and says that he sings “lullabies for tired eyes”, while the genre for his music on his Soundcloud page is listed as “Space Gospel”. Making Up For Lost Time is a wonderfully mellow track, which also highlight his distinctive vocals.

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HIVA OA – Badger

Hiva Oa are a 3-piece band based in Edinburgh. Formed in 2010, they consist of Stephen (guitar/vocals), Christian (cello), and Marco (bass), while in their own words they produce music with “a fragile sense of melancholy, buried under a brooding darkness”. The mix of guitars, bass, cello and the occasional piano support a haunting vocal to create something quite original. The track Badger is taken from their debut album ‘The Awkward Hello, Handshake, Kiss’ which was released earlier this year.

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JONNY REGAN – End Of The World

I can’t offer you much information about Netherlands-based Jonny Regan, except to say that he describes End of the World as “just one of the tracks that Neil Warham, Nick Hall and I have been having fun with while glugging beer in the studio”. The song itself is a sort of apocalyptic festive track (if that genre even exists!?), and you might not be surprised if you were told that Richard Ashcroft had written it, such it its quality, as well as The Verve’s possible influence.

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K-RODD – Daffodil Girl

K-RODD are the Welsh/American duo of Rod Evans and Kris Davis, who are currently based in south Wales. They are both guitarists who met 10 years ago while playing in a covers band. They have now added some keyboard skills to their repertoire for an experimental 5-track EP called “The Snowflake conspiracy”, which contains the highly infectious Daffodil Girl. For 2013 they’re hoping to take their music on tour, so if any bands out there are looking for a support act then please contact them.

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LE PARODY (EXPERIMENTS) – Love Me (La Necesidad)

‘Love Me’ is a wonderful tune with some excellent guitar/ukulele work in it. For some background information on the artist, unfortunately I’ve had to plagiarise a description of Le Parody from her Soundcloud page, as everything else I found was in Spanish… not my strong point I’m afraid! “Le Parody (le pardy) is the musical project of Sole Parody, the Madrid-based musician whose blood runs between Italy and Andalucia and whose music pulses with the impossible, ethereal combination of electro-glitch, pop, and folk. Le Parody’s sound resides somewhere in the space between Sole’s native Granada and the deserts of California”.

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SI SEÑOR/YES SIR – Polo Heart

Si Señor is a band led by by Nick Stapleton, with Tony Mason on bass. The two met at Wolverhampton Art College, but the band are now based in Manchester, while the name Si Señor /Yes Sir was influenced by numerous winter holidays to Spain in order to escape the British weather! While their other material has more of a dance vibe to it, ‘Polo Heart’ is a slower but warm electronic pop track, with a great melody and interesting vocals that remind me a little of Lloyd Cole.

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SNIPPET – Come To My Party

Snippet, known to readers of this blog as Johnno Casson – host of our weekly Prick’n’Ding feature, is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter who was born in London, but is now based in Colchester, Essex. His quirky but infectious electronica-pop-folk style will definitely get your foot tapping, and is likely to leave you with a warm smile on your face. He released 4 EPs between 2008 and 2011, with the debut Snippet album ‘Slowly Slowly Catchee Monkey’ coming out in 2011, while he also released the album ‘Window Shopping’ under his own name this year.

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TOM HICKOX – The Pretty Pride of Russia

Camden based Tom Hickox began song writing as a 17-year old. He combined this with a passion for playing the piano, and hopefully a successful career now lies ahead for him. Described as being like “Leonard Cohen crossed with Anthony and the Johnsons” the track ‘The Pretty Pride of Russia’ superbly highlights his velvety smooth voice and excellent song writing skills. His debut album, ‘War, Peace and Diplomacy’, is due out next Spring, and if you enjoyed this track then have a listen to ‘The Angel of the North’ for further proof that he is a talented chap.

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This week’s Fresh Faves were reviewed by
Jim Craigen from AlternativeFriday.com

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Also known to the world of Twitter as Big Jim Cambo

From Tom: the Listening Post will be on holiday now until Monday January 7th 2013, though Team Freshnet will be posting some roundups of our favourite tunes of 2012 and Mar has been working hard on a major musical Christmas treat for us all. Watch this space… 

Jim Craigen

I am a St. Albans based new & vintage music lover, and relatively tall person. Coming across great new artists and their music is a passion, which is how I came across Fresh on the Net in the first place. I am also a keen buyer of vinyl, mosh pit visitor, and consumer of Guinness, and I can also be found on Twitter @bigjimcambo

7 Comments

  1. Thanks Jim for the words and for the people for voting for Snippet.

    Great selection of new independent music,proud to be part.

    Merry Christmas all

    Johnno (Snippet)

  2. As they say in Spain, Si Señor Jim. Excellent words of praise for all the faves this week. Quite a few of my personal faves figuring here this week and so rightly so. Nice little line up and I am intrigued about Mar’s musical Christmas treat to say the least. Also looking forward to the roundups of the fave tunes of the year.

    Howard X

  3. K-RODD

    Christmas Greetings to you all!
    Thanks to everyone involved in FOTN,its a fantastic forum for new music and we’re just really happy to be part of it all.
    Have a great christmas everyone,

    Rod and Kris x.

  4. Jim

    Thanks for the kind words, it’s made much easier when you’re commenting on such great music.

    I wish you all a very enjoyable Xmas.

    Jim

  5. Nicely reviewed Jim, you can gauge my preferred tracks for this list as shown below, It is indicated by the amount of listening time I gave each track before moving on to the next track; results as follows: Aloosh 1:16; Andrew Montgomery 3:05; Hiva Oa 2:01; Jonny Regan 2:31; K-Rodd 4:08; Le Parody 3:54; Si Senor 3:35; Snippet 2:48; Tom Hickox 3:44. The stand out track for me was the beautiful ‘The Pretty Pride Of Russia’ by Tom Hickox … Gray @GrayIncorporatd

  6. Nicely written BJ! Pleasure to read.

    Also, Johnno really loved your track as I did Tom Hickox’s….I actually think I am secretly (well, not so secret now) in love with Tom Hickox! Vocals are something else. And Johnno…you’re just a top banana in every sense…..an all round top banana. Sorry not to write comments on ‘really loved/liked’ tracks this last week (which would have included Johnno & Tom H for sure)

    Right, that’s me….if I don’t catch you all on t’interweb before Christmas have a good one all of you whatever you’re up to!
    Debs x

  7. …..oooh….Hiva Ova would also have been on my ‘really loved’ list so I’m v.pleased to see them up above too ;)

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