A big thankyou to everyone who gave their time and expertise to listen to our Listening Post over the weekend and tell us their favourites. Your ten most popular tracks are reviewed here by Sam Bonham from BBC Introducing In The West – you can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.
So… after a month off I’m chuffed to be opening the new season of new music listening at Fresh on the Net. Keep sending us your tunes, we love it!
ASYLUMS – The Death Of Television
The alternative spirit has such a flippin’ good time at the Fresh On The Net shindig. We all love a good roarcuss party and Asylums provide the perfect soundtrack. Of course, at only 88 seconds, it’s a pretty short party, but sometimes that’s all you need.
BED. – Wayward
Bed. really know how to turn dream pop into a reality. Coming out later this month on Breakup Records, Wayword is a perfect princess and the band have built up a loyal fan base too. One of the comments on the Soundcloud page for this track stands upright and shouts “SIETE GREATISSIMI”. Does anyone know what this means? Google Translate is doing nothing for me.
BEHLA HUTCHINSON – To The Sea
I love a song that evokes something that I can’t quite put my finger on. That’s what this track does for me – it reminds me of something, though I’m not sure what. I’m not even sure that the thing that I think I’m reminded of even happened! Weird eh? And brilliant. There’s an even cooler version of this song on Behla Hutchinson‘s YouTube profile too – check it out if you get a chance.
BENTCOUSIN – Dizzy
The team behind Fresh on the Net took the month of August off. I’d be lying if I said that it was not enjoyable, but it did mean that I had to wait far too long to hear this single. I’ve been following Bentcousin for a while so they weren’t new to me. They have quite a few wonderful tunes actually and I’d recommend checking them out. I especially love them when they don’t sound like Lilly Allen!
DAVID THOMAS BROUGHTON & JUICE – In Service
The bass guitar is an incredibly reliable and resourceful instrument – and David Thomas Broughton plays it like a king. Coming out on Song, by Toad Records this track In Service is weird and divine. Like a few of the songs on this week’s Listening Post, it is reminiscent of other better-known acts, but then originality isn’t everything. It still makes me sit up and listen with both ears. You can also help support Greg Butler’s Indiegogo campaign to fund his documentary film about Mr Broughton’s life and work here.
GYMNAST – Up In Arms
The release of a debut album is a big moment in an artist’s career. Gymnast have been building up to this month for a while and Up In Arms sets the agenda nicely. Over the past few weeks the band have been building up to the streaming of their entire 10 track album, releasing one song at a time over 10 weeks. Nice idea. I’ve bookmarked their Soundcloud page for a rainy autumnal evening.
KINGCAPISCE – Never Spoken
This time of year is my Christmas. Every September a deluge of new music lands in my inbox and it was a really special moment when this tune flashed up on my screen, in fact I think it was my fave tune this week. It takes a while for the real ‘moment’ to kick in with Never Spoken (and then it’s gone all too quickly for my ears) but this jazz-pop-proggy-trip-hop-scotch-whisky-mashup-thing is flippin’ gorgeous. I should also say that the tune is available as a free download on King Capisce‘s Soundcloud page. Close your mind and say hello to the early hours!
PASSPORT TO STOCKHOLM – Imperfections
Anyone who knows my musical background will know that deep down I’m really a child of Mr and Mrs Melody. Imperfections by Passport To Stockholm is everything it should be – perfectly imperfect pop. The band’s website (which I really like) says that they will be playing a London show on September 16th in Camden. Well worth the journey I’m sure!
THE COLD SPELLS – Make It Quick
This song was popular with FOTN readers on our Listening Post this weekend, and beat fifteen other contenders to put The Cold Spells into our Fresh Faves. For myself – reserved and cautious as I am – this song didn’t really do anything – I think it’s the vocal that doesn’t convince me – even after a few listens – and I need to be convinced. But fans of this track will enjoy the wealth of music and visuals to be found on the band’s YouTube channel.
VIOLA DUST – You’re Mine
YES YES YES. More falsetto crazy love talk please Viola Dust. That hook is the biggest hook since Captain James, and it is definitely best enjoyed whilst cruising around on a jumbo pirate ship. A five piece sits behind this track apparently, which surprised me at first as I thought it was going to be a solo bedroom project. Makes me want to go and see them live. It’d be a magical experience, I reckon.
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 other deserving artists… For more info see Robinson Has A Good Old Moan.