Fresh Faves: Batch 148

Beth Porter

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed this week by Fresh On The Net’s Sam Bonham – longstanding co-presenter of Bristol’s BBC Introducing In The West. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

Good music is rare. Not as rare as some people might have you believe. But rare enough that you to need to savour it. You need to care for it. Remember it. Maybe even pay for it?

Thank you so much for sending in such an incredible bunch of #FreshFaves this week. I loved listening, reading and writing. Keep supporting artists on FOTN too. As an artist you’ll know how much it means to get constructive feedback.

BETH PORTER – Salty Water

Beth Porter is sweet and lovely. Seriously, she is. Her soundscapes, her words and her passion for what she does. You can hear Beth’s personality coming through the speakers – loud and clear. Living in my patch, Beth is renowned around the West Country for her prolific song writing, ingenious collaborations and versatility as a musician. Her main instrument is the cello!!! This is a wonderful tune that sits comfortably on her sublime back catalogue. She’s definitely one of the good ones.

It that a recorder too? Like I said, she’s versatile!

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BUNTY – Precious Sound

Vocal. Hyper. Mash up. This is the second shudda-from-another-mudda tune we’ve had this week – and I’m only two songs in! Gorgeous, laid back and colourful coconuts! Coming from Brighton, Bunty are incredibly playful and, dare I say it, original. This is actually one of the more melancholic songs that I’ve heard of theirs – there’s plenty more jacks in those boxes. Catch em if you can!

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DYLAN SEEGER – Weird

Is it Jazz? Is it Tribal? Is it Pop? Who cares! This music is sooper cool music. Dylan relased his record “Claye” last month. It’s neat. In fact, it’s a neat little treat. He’s done some fascinating stuff with the way he’s chosen to release the record too. And as someone who’s watched a lot of great music fall down through poor distribution nonsense, I find this really interesting. In fact, if you peruse online you’ll find that Dylan Seeger has got loads of great stuff on his multiple websites, put together by his multiple aliases. Unfortunately much of what he says I don’t actually understand, but I know I love it. It’s fun!

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EVER – Bodies

Have you ever been to the Isle of Wight? Well, this is the sound that comes from the nation’s Southern Isle. This is the sound that comes from “drinking tea, knitting and reading” apparently. It’s simple, careful and beautiful. I really love this tune. Without saying very much it feels like the artist Ever is telling me something really important too. Not sure what exactly, but I definitely feel like I’ve learnt something.

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FERGATRON – Smudge

Tubular bells for the iMusic age? This track moves around like a firefly. It moves through genres. Through instruments. Vibes. Decades. I’m so glad that this song was one of the #FreshFaves this week. It’s stand out. The man behind Fergatron (it’s all in a name) is Fergus Kirkpatrick. I don’t know an awful great deal more about the artist than that, but I do know that he cares. You can just hear it.

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FIREFLY BURNING – Beloved

Blimey, another track that starts with a super exciting vocal! I love the sound of “Beloved”. It starts well, and gets better. Whenever I talk to radio pluggers (people who are paid to get artists on the radio – in fact, if you’re interested you should see some of the great stuff Tom has written about getting your music on the radio) they tell me that the vocal is key. “It’s all about the voice”. It has to be original and it has to be incredible.

I love the vocal sounds of Be a Hankey and co. She’ll be leading the five-piece when they play London in May. I bet they’ll sweep you off your feet, if you let them.

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FRAGILE SOULS – River Run

Through the darkness you will find light, if you look! There’s something utterly classic about this record. It is almost unlikely, but actually seems to know exactly what is doing. Shall we call it confidence? That’s a tricky word sometimes, but it feels about right I think. As they say “it’s not comfortable… but it’s all too real”. The band are currently putting together the final touches of a full length record. Hit me up when it’s ready guys.

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SILENCES – The Sea

I’m told that these guys are currently in the middle of shooting their latest music video. “Big trees and weirdness, just the usual for us” they say. That about sums it up. I love big trees, I love weirdness and I love “The Sea”. It’s the perfect pop. This track is from the indie kid’s latest EP, “Sister Snow”, available in May. Bring on the weirdness (and the trees). Please.

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SNAIL COLLECTORS – Bears on the Moon

This is not a band. This is not even a solo artist. Oh no, Snail Collectors is an artistic project of cinematic-slug-like proportions. Where do I sign up? Nick Scroggie tells me he’s from Glasgow and he’s got no reason to lie. I’ve always loved the city. It’s personal. Creative and surprising. In fact, if there was ever going to be a guy called Nick who wanted to set up a group of snail collectors, then Glasgow would be the perfect place to do it. Good call.

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Big love all. Find me here if you want me.

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.

Sam Bonham

Sam Bonham presents and produces BBC Intro in the West. He is Tech Development Manager at Digital Radio UK, a not-for-profit organisation representing the BBC and commercial radio on their digital radio programming. He’s an indie radio producer making programmes for Radio 1, 6 Music n elsewhere. He presents n produces for Amazing Radio. He is a Trustee at Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF), a charity using radio as a tool to give young people a platform to say whatever they want. He also sits on the Board for Resonance FM. Sam is also a musician, performing solo and with the sometime band Let’s Tea Party.

5 Comments

  1. Jim

    Great words to some fine tunes Sam.

  2. Lovely words, jim. I’m glad four of my picks made it in here, Dylan Seeger, Ever, Fergatron and Fragile Souls. This was definitely one of the strongest weeks for me. So much talent and diversity. Congrats to all!!

  3. Thanks for the feature. :)

  4. Fragile Souls

    Thanks Sam.

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