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BLOOD TUB ORCHESTRA
These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by Team Freshnet moderator and blogging legend Kimberley-Marie Sklinar from Never Enough Notes. You can hear all these tracks in a single SoundCloud playlist here.
AIRPORT 85 – Pedestrians
And boy what a roaring selection of tunes we have this week – kicking off with Freshnet favourites Airport 85, whose website claims that “Airport 85‘s songs are about nightmares, ghosts, childhood, love, space and flying”. Pedestrian is a gently brooding synth-pop track with subdued drums, an upbeat rhythm and a sense of being tugged somewhere between sleep and consciousness – the track’s fab breakdown after which it really gets going brings you back home, and it’s brilliant.
BANDITO REY – Laag
One thing I absolutely love about being a Fresh Faves Moderator is the incredible variety of submissions we receive. Liverpool’s Bandito Rey have this swaggery grungy thing going on here in Laag. Sweet guitar hooks are crashing into grungy, dirty riffs in this underdog alt-rock number. Richard Ashcroft meets Placebo in the vocals too, what a bonus.
BLOOD TUB ORCHESTRA – Modern Mephistopheles
There’s some kind of bloodthirsty steampunk carnival going on inside the world of Blood Tub Orchestra. Modern Mephistopheles is like a ride on Satan’s merry-go round: a half-talking half-singing story underpinned by a raucous orchestra before everything dizzily speeds up right before the very end. Is this the waltzer? The internet hints that Blood Tub Orchestra are a pretty new collaboration and that they’ll be recording properly later this month – I’m intrigued to say the least!
CELINE_NEON – Getcha Good
I am an absolute sucker for a punny band name. Celine Neon are a Chicago/LA-based female duo pumping out some straight-up quality “pop music for people with dirty feelings”. Getcha Good has a real holiday party, ‘La Isla Bonita’ vibe about it, oh and a big punch in the face. Their shouty faux-industrial tracks come with the Kaki King seal of approval, as a recent support act. You can get your own hands on Celine Neon’s awesome brand via their debut EP which drops tomorrow.
FEATHERWEST – People In The Station
Featherwest are one of personal favourites this week, and recently caught the eye of Jim Gellatly, being featured on his Amazing Radio show last month. People In The Station opens gently before bounding into song, and this recording sounds like it’s being sung in the same room as you. Featherwest’s soothing vocal leads to all kinds of harmonious tomfoolery when the drums kick in and gives way a flurry of action and the odd interruption of vocal percussion. Dooosht.
KATZENJAMMER – Shine Like Neon Rays
Shine Like Neon Rays – and its glockenspiely indie-pop loveliness – comes as another brill offering from Norwegian band Katzenjammer. It’s one of their more commercial pieces – no ukeleles thankfully so it’s not plinky-plonky advertisement material. If you like Shout Out Louds, you’re going to dig these sweet-sounding ladies that play a million instruments. They’re coming to play some UK dates in May so get your tickets for their hi-jinx, because they WILL sell out.
NAKED WOODS – Fires
Opening with ocean waves and some delicate strumming really will not prepare you for what this strange folk-meets-electronica track has in store. This track Fires by Hungarian singer-songwriter Eszter Polyák aka Naked Woods‘ is as soothing as her project’s moniker. Ghostly yet beautifully serene, Fires transforms into something quite perturbing as Polyák’s absolutely gorgeous vocals swirl upwards as if ashes rising to the sky. Tribal beats complete this sensuous setup to total up this moreish bit o’ music.
NOA MAY – The War Is Over
Noa May is a talented Israeli solo artist penning prettily-accented ditties, this one in particular hits the spot. The War Is Over sounds straight out of Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain – not just because there’s accordion hiding away there, but equally for the amount of other random acts appearing in The War Is Over. She’s not giving much away on online profiles, but as Noa May says herself, she’s “alternatively awesome”.
SHORT SKIRTS – All Sliced Up
All Sliced Up is a top shelf no-nonsense serving of non-pretentious garage rock from Norwegian dudes Short Skirts. They’re not mucking about: they don’t care about anything because they’re just way too cool – and because they’re lost on a night out after too much cheap champagne. Oh, and giving their guitars a good and proper thrashing. What I want to know is: has the driver been drinking? Does he ever find his car keys? Are they all ‘psyched’ like PJ and Duncan? If you like their wide 80s influenced riffy sound, the band are currently in the studio recording their debut with an ETA of August 2015.
SIV JAKOBSEN – Dark
We close this week’s Fresh Faves with this mellow folk lullaby from New York-based Siv Jakobsen. Heartbreakingly slight vocals from solo artist Siv are accompanied only by very delicate guitar and slight violin (no heartstrings, although there should be) as she purrs her way through Dark. This vulnerable voice is as gentle as a butterfly wing; delving deeper are her emotive lyrics and the overwhelming sense of emotion that can come from such an air-light piece of music. Beautiful and spellbinding all wrapped up in some kind of unease – nicely done, Siv.
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