Fresh Faves: Batch 86

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Our Fresh Faves this week are reviewed by Team Freshnet’s favourite radio presenter, producer, voiceover, podcaster, compere, pundit and new music aficionado – our very own Shell Zenner.

Well what a week and what a Listening Post! Common comments this week were ‘I could have chosen more than five’ and ‘What a great week of music!’ Other trends included tired eyes – and this most certainly includes mine. According to the hours of some of the comments, you were listening in the wee hours – you hardcore rabble, you! No doubt fuelled by pure adrenalin in the pursuit of discovering some awesome new music. Who needs coffee? Just imagine the Delorean from Back To The Future running off choice cuts of new music firing us through time into errr, 2014? It could happen kids. Wouldn’t it be awesome!

Anyhoo I’ve locked my sleep-deprived, Berocca-addled imagination away in its box and – in alphabetical order – this week’s Fresh Faves from those with discerning ears are:

ANDRENACHROME – Mother Natures Ashes

Mysteriously, there is little information out there about Andrenachrome. I’ve tracked down that it’s an S Eyre from Lincoln. Hello, whoever you are, you’ve been chosen as one of this weeks fresh faves! Mother Natures Ashes forms part of a 2 track album released this week and if you dig Beck then I would highly recommend that you wrap your ears around this.

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CARNABELLS – Magazine Dream

Leeds does it again, with another infectious song courtesy of Carnabells. With guitars throwing riffs, thrashing drums and some kick ass attitude, this five piece from an old mining village stomp their way through Magazine Dream without a care in the world.

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FIFI RONG – Only If I Knew

With nothing short of 20,000 plays on Soundcloud, Fifi Rong’s Only If I Knew was a strong hit with this weeks Freshnetters. The London based singer, songwriter and producer (see photo above) originates from Beijing, China – and this worldly influence is engrained in her music. The breathy sound of her voice overlays a subtle and dreamy soundscape which takes influences from garage, dubstep, reggae, jazz and – more tellingly – triphop.

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GROVES – Paperback

Without doubt the most adored of this week’s tracks was London band Groves with Paperback. They may have only been together a matter of months – and only reveal their members initials online a la Hookworms – but there is something strangely liberating in the rhythmic and undulating beat of this stripped back disco edged beauty. L.O.V.E.

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JUPITER FALLS – Blind Side Of Love

Previously submitted to the Listening Post in March 2012, Jupiter Falls – aka our very own Steff Lane – has re-upped Blind Side Of Love in advance of releasing new material in 2014. Tom previously praised its squidgy synth groove and described the hookline as “sticking in his brain like one of Shaun Keaveny’s earworms”! This week the listening public agreed – we salute you, Steff!

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MT – Alpha Romeo

This isn’t the first time I’ve come across London band MT – which actually stands for ‘Many Things’. They played the Amazing Radio (the home of my weekly radio show) showcase at this years Great Escape festival where I got to check them out live. They major in heartwarming piano-led melodies with uplifting disco vibes. Throw in a touch of risqué language – and a few shapes to boot – and you can’t fail to have a smile on your face!

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MARI JOYCE – Open Your Eyes

The Norwich singer songwriter is accompanied by strings and percussion on Open Your Eyes and her sadness-tinged vocal has a deep richness that brings Peggy Sue to my mind. Warm and comforting, it washes over you to feel familiar even on first listen, truly stunning. If that wasn’t enough Mari Joyce is all about recording and tea drinking with intermittent cat hugs. Count me in.

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SWORDS – Lions & Gold

The debut album Lions & Gold by Dublin band Swords  is now available: submitted to this week’s Listening Post, the album’s title track impressed with its experimental yet soulful alt-rock. The intricate piano tones set to intensify the sound yet further and the meaningful vocal drives more at the heart on each listen.

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THE INFINITE THREE – Bone Star

The Infinite Three call themselves a “dissonant noise/rock/drone band from London” who take their cues from “noise-rock, dub effects, drone and metal”. The moody ambience on this single Bone Star is almost restrained in power, lulling you into a false sense of security. Before you realise, it’s too late – and already engrained in your subconscious…

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THE SEA – Get Up Stand Up Die

Not the most googleable of bands, Newquay brothers The Sea are clearly as influenced by their former surfing glory as they are classic rock n roll. They unleash a wall of sound on Get Up, Stand Up, Die. It’s more commercial and less fierce than Drenge, but bound to make waves… See video below:

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PLEASE NOTE: if you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t been selected for our Listening Post you’re welcome to re-submit music to our inbox the following week. But if you’ve recently been voted as one of our Fresh Faves – or featured on the BBC Introducing Mixtape – please hold back for 2-3 months before submitting a new track. If artists we already love keep sending great tracks, it leaves less room for newcomers who haven’t had a chance yet…

Shell Zenner

Shell Zenner is a vintage dress wearing, cupcake making, vinyl junkie and new music obsessive. Living and breathing Manchester, Salford and the North West, she gets her kicks from obscure instruments, flea markets, festivals, gigs and digging around at the back of venues for embryonic new talent that she can showcase on her Amazing Radio show. A deliciously chatty interviewer and friendly face for touring bands, Shell treats her radio shows as a mutual appreciation society between musicians, labels and listeners. She also writes, blogs and social networks feverishly! An accomplished DJ, Shell is as comfortable on the stage introducing the bands enthusiastically as she is booking the festivals line up. Her warm energetic approach helps her lend a hand to a range of music related roles from artist liaison, project management to judging talent. Shortlisted for the AIM Awards Indie Champion award in 2012, Shell is far more than your average DJ.

7 Comments

  1. A comment well into the ‘wee hours’ -We have both Owls and Larks in our midst-but the adrenaline is constant –lovely reviews for all Shell :-) Thank you!

  2. Great tunes this week! My ears thank you all! MT’s got me especially grooving around my flat, dancing like a morning maniac.

  3. Nicely written Shell & a right corker of a week…hats off to all in Fresh Faves
    and to our very own Steff…cracking track my friend x

  4. Great write up’s Shell.Lovely music selection :)

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