Artists at a glance
AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB
What a great, eclectic mix of music to present to you during this bout of not-too-hot but certainly not-too-early-Spring cold weather. Thank you for listening through all the tracks and voting and feel proud of helping give the below artists an extra platform for people to hear their art!
ADAM, HEAR THE SEA – Chalk Tongue
Absolutely beautiful and unique track. Like nothing else I’ve heard. I’ve already had the pleasure of writing about Adam’s old moniker in 1883 magazine. And it seems with Adam, Hear The Sea his sound has matured and flourishes more. I prefer his new tracks with much more space and refreshing flavours.
AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB – Ghosts
Beautiful, ethereal guitars and sounds help shape this simple, yet profound track from Cornwall’s Auction for the Promise Club – fronted by Zoe White Chambers – which builds up to an epic climax. Ghosts is out this Wednesday and available to order from iTunes. Their next gid is on the 22nd March at The Palladium Club in Bideford, Devon.
CASI WYN – Grace
Originally from Bangor and now based in London, this dreamy track has the pop finesse of a downtempo Lorde or Purity Ring. Casi Wyn‘s debut EP ‘1’ presents a collection of striking songs, including Canfod which was part of a BBC Radio Cymru session for Huw Stephens.
DIVING BELL – Stalin’s Organ
Diving Bell are a Bristol-based “reverb guitar ponce and fuzzy bass bastard tapdance to octoputian polyrhythm” ensemble. Sounds great! And no surprise then that so is this track. Their new EP Mannequins Fall is out this Wednesday on March 20th 2014 and you can preorder it from their Bandcamp. Comes with an immediate download of Icarus and the Radiator, as heard on BBC Introducing in the West.
HALLO VENRAY – Two Feet
Hailing from The Hague in the Netherlands, here is a solid and catchy indie track from Hallo Venray – similar voice-wise to Lou Reed (when he was younger) and also in terms of minimal chord changes. I love it. Out now on Excelsior Records.
JEE4CE – Time Of Our Life
Northern Ireland-born, Scottish-based Jee4ce (pronounced G-Force) aka Ronan Cherry creates a great tongue ‘n’ cheek style reminiscent of De La Soul and Jurassic 5. Time Of Our Life is taken from his forthcoming Poppa Cherry EP – due to be released on 4th May 2014 on The 65th Square records. You can preorder the track on iTunes here.
JORD ALLEN – Remembered
Tom Robinson has previously expressed love for this great songwriter saying “Sharp lyrics, great attitude and a seemingly unstoppable momentum behind him – what’s not to like?”. Already being compared to artists like Jake Bugg, Arctic Monkeys and The Hives, 21-year old Jord Allen is a creative force to be reckoned with. A brilliantly catchy track with oodles of energy. Important NB from TR: not to be confused with the Kentucky-based Christian songwriter Jordan Allen.
OCEAN CALLING – Desert Sky Scarlet
Lovely 80s synth/ Drive soundtrack-style piece that also has a similar vocal style to Chvrches. Very mellow and pensive yet uplifting, catchy and beautiful. I love it. Ocean Calling is fronted by sonngwriter Sophie Wilkie. The impressive video was shot over the course of a two week escapade.
OLIVIA LOUVEL – I Wish I Could
Dark synth pop reminiscent of Planningtorock. Olivia Louvel is a French-born, British composer, producer and performer, using only her laptop and voice. Over the last decade, she has released 4 albums and a collaborative album with Paul Kendall (under the moniker of The Digital Intervention).
ROBOTALIEN – Forever Please?
RoBoT//aLiEn are a two piece from Manchester that plays “fuzzy alternative quirk pop” and reminds me of one of my favourite bands My Vitriol. Their album which came out last year (You’re The Problem That Will Not Go Away) is available to buy from Bandcamp here.
THE SEA – I Hear The Drums
So we open and close this week’s Fresh Faves (remember it’s in alphabetical order!) with a track/title using the words ‘I Hear The Sea’. Sublime. Although in complete contrast to solo Adam, The Sea are brothers Peter and Alex who were both junior national surfing champions, representing Great Britain at major International events, living the surfing dream on the Cornish coast … and then they discovered rock n roll and swapped their boards for guitars!
Then potential tragedy struck – Alex, in a very untimely fashion broke his neck in a surfing accident, resulting in surgery and physio for an extended period of well over a year and at one time it looked as if he would never play again. This was swiftly followed by several other life threatening situations for the two brothers; 100mph car crashes, near drownings, many broken bones. I feel so cushioned. The Sea are currently on a huge UK tour so find your nearest gig here.
PS from TR: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t made the Listening Post you’re welcome to re-submit it another week. If your music has appeared on the Listening Post but not in our Fresh Faves, feel free to send us an even stronger track another week.
But if we’ve recently featured you in our Fresh Faves – or on my BBC Introducing Mixtape – please wait three months before sending us another track, so we have space to help to other new artists… For more info see Robinson Has A Good Old Moan.