Artists at a glance
DOREY THE WISE
SWALLOW AND THE WOLF
THE HONEY ANTS
THE KING’S PARADE
ABI WADE – Boxer
I actually first happened across cellist and singer songwriter Abi Wade a few years back via her excellent ‘And Blood And Air EP.’ Her latest tune ‘Boxer’ is a beguiling mix of swirling strings, tribal beats and a wonderful vocal that occasionally sounds like a darker more restrained Florence.
CAJITA – Broken Glass
Warm, intelligent wistful music with a vocal that at times is slightly reminiscent of Richard Hawley. Cajita is the work of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jay Chakravorty and Broken Glass is from his debut album Tiny Ghosts which I’ll now be checking out !
DEBS MCCOY – The Lake
This is one of those pieces of music that requires, nay demands more than one or two listens in order that its full subtle beauty is revealed! Dark, cinematic, and imbued with a miasma of mysterious melancholy, it conjures up moonlight walks and more than a hint of Edgar Allen Poe. :)
DOREY THE WISE – Give It All Away
Four piece Indie poppers Dorey The Wise have created the kind of tune you can imagine going down really well at a big music festival. It’s full of passion and energy with the sort of hooky refrain that could certainly induce a mass sing along. The vocal occasionally sounds a bit like The Futureheads sans the “Wey’aye man”
GYMNAST – Away the Sun
Minimalist folktronic beats and a vocal to die for from Manchester based duo Gymnast. Cathy Wilcock and Chris Lyon have previously played together in Edinburgh band Mayhew before they split in 2011. After a musical hiatus the pair began writing together again and actually played their first gig at the Emerging Icons stage at the Olympic Park during London 2012. We hear Wenlock was apparently most impressed.
REHEARSED LIVING – I Will Follow You
From the Human League to Cabaret Voltaire Sheffield’s been a city that’s so often been at the vanguard of electronic music. And electro trio Rehearsed Living obviously have deep appreciation of their city’s musical heritage, which shines through on this sophisticated hypnotic slice of synth led pop.
RIVER FURY – 21st Century Man
This is apparently the bands first single and it’s as catchy as a cold in call centre mixing the Arcade Fire’s driving beats with a bass line that evokes early New Order. Hook laden indie pop of the highest order (no pun intend!)
SWALLOW AND THE WOLF – Charge of The Light Brigade
Swallow and the Wolf are Russell Swallow and Jess Kennedy who produce poetic and heartfelt acoustic songs which tell of “every day passions.” This track has much to recommend it and also contains the immortal line “It’s pornographic how you curl your tongue around a sweet turn of phrase.” It would also take a particular kind of stony hearted curmudgeon to remain unmoved by the closing joyous refrain of “I’m solar powered and the Sun is high.”
THE HONEY ANTS – Give Me Arms
It would seem wistful acoustic tunes are the big hits on this week’s Fresh Net Faves and The Honey Ants are another band who do it rather well. ‘Give Me Arms’ has a real country twang whilst giving a nod to the likes of Simon and Garfunkel and Bread.
THE KING’S PARADE – Bunched Up Letters
Bluesy soulful vocal which I guess should come as no surprise when the band describe themselves as “a Soul/Pop band with influences from Motown and Blues.” Formed in York in 2009 the band certainly have a sound that is accomplished and commercial enough to reach a far wider audience.
FROM TOM: if you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t made the Fresh Faves you’re welcome to re-submit it again. But if you have been a Fresh Fave in recent weeks please hold back for 6-8 weeks before sending us another one. After all if you keep sending us great tracks every week it leaves less room for new names who haven’t had a chance yet…