Listening Post: Now Closed

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Thanks to everyone who gave their time and expertise this weekend, picking their five favourites from the following list
ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
DAWNINGS – Activate It
DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
FETHERSTONE – Nicole
FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
MACCA TAYLOR – Consequence
MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
OF EMPIRES – Soho
ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
SHIPS – All Will Be
SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]
THE DEKKOES – Divide
THISISDA – Control, Shift
TOM FOREST – Summer
VOS – Patience

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Any artist is welcome to send us a track via our inbox anytime between Monday and Thursday afternoon. It will be heard by every member of our moderation team that week, including Tom Robinson. Our favourite 25 tracks then appear here on our Listening Post every Friday to Sunday, giving the artists a chance to find out what complete strangers think of their music.

45 Comments

  1. This week’s Listening Post is the perfect pick me up from local election result blues. I’ve had to leave some good ‘uns out this week to get my faves down to just five. If I could have squeezed seven into my final five Ships and Armchair Committee would have definitely been in there.

    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good

    Have a great weekend everyone, I hope the local election results haven’t put a downer on your day.

    Paul x

  2. Roberto

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    FETHERSTONE – Nicole
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    THE DEKKOES – Divide

  3. Gavin clough

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]

  4. Gavin clough

    Cheers!!

  5. Jim

    Here’s my 5:

    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense

    Have a great weekend…

  6. ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    MACCA TAYLOR – Consequence
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim

  7. Steve Whitehouse

    A good selection this week, Brass Knuckle Band just missed out,

    My choices;

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense

  8. Jack

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]

  9. I must say that this week’s Listening Post has been one of the strongest I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy, so many great songs in this week’s batch. Here are the five that I finally decided to give my vote to –

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    THE DEKKOES – Divide

    A great selection in my 5 picks – there’s classic Nashville inflected guitar-pop, child friendly indie-pop, Britpop, symphony-punk, and a brass band that have taken a song that I’m not overtly fond of and turned it into something brilliant. I think I’ve a thing for brass band covers – there was a great cover of Toto’s Africa by the Hackney Colliery Band which is absolutely groovy. If I ever get lots of money the first thing I’d to is hire a big brass band to create a brass medley of Suede’s greatest hits for my own amusement.

    Anyway, rambling over. Great stuff, everyone”

  10. Found it a little frustrating this week. So many tracks that started well but somehow didn’t seem to deliver on immediate expectations. Surprised that nobody else seems to be talking about Ruby Francis. Everything – voice, beat, chords – grabbed us straight away. ThisIsDA has an interesting lyric and great choice of sounds. Brass Knuckle Brass Band is quirky and kind of cool. Siobhan WIlson has an engaging voice and song is quite infectious. Final choice is Dawnings because it has a nice energy and retro style.

    RUBY FRANCIS: PARANOID
    THISISDA: CONTROL, SHIFT
    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND: GREEN LIGHT (LORDE COVER)
    SIOBHAN WILSON: WHATEVER HELPS
    TROMOLO PRODUCTIONS: ACTIVATE IT

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  11. :)!

    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence (!!)
    FETHERSTONE – Nicole (!)
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    MACCA TAYLOR – Consequence
    TOM FOREST – Summer (!!!)

  12. SweetP

    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    FETHERSTONE – Nicole
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  13. James

    Good choices this week. It was hard to choose.

    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  14. Gersprungled

    My 5 from my early Sunday morning (Shure SE846) in ear monitoring. ThisisDA is a great production.

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    FETHERSTONE – Nicole
    MACCA TAYLOR – Consequence
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  15. Thanks music men and women. I always appreciate your hard work, you know that. And thansk for sharing, I enjoyed listening to all of you.
    My 5 this week are,
    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    THE DEKKOES – Divide

  16. BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  17. So hard to choose this week – my five are:

    CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense

    Big shout out to Cafe Superstar Recordings and Jeanes. Loving your work!

    If five were more I would have included Mellor, Midnight Gardener and Ruby Francis, but five is five – sorry!

    Thanks as always to everyone who shares their music.

  18. CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps

  19. Great stuff. MISHKIN FITZGERALD was our fav this week, just lovely. X

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    SHIPS – All Will Be
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps

  20. Bradley Blackwell

    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  21. Derv

    Breaking my own rule here but some songs are beyond worth it xxx

    FETHERSTONE – Nicole
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    SHIPS – All Will Be
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps

  22. Such great variety again this week :)

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  23. BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid

  24. In no particular order:) ps: Love Tom Forest’s beautiful voice x

    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    FETHERSTONE – Nicole
    MACCA TAYLOR – Consequence
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  25. FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    SHIPS – All Will Be
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps (* especially love this! Digging what she’s doing *)
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  26. Albert Jones

    A great collection. Eclectic as always. These are my favourites.

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  27. DAWNINGS – Activate It
    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    OF EMPIRES – Soho

    Talented group of contenders this week. Wish I could have six votes…I’d include Glass Wings in my list.

  28. Hello

    These are my choices.. really hard this week.. loved all these tracks though:) so thank you for introducing me to these new artists and songs

    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    SHIPS – All Will Be
    VOS – Patience

    Really wanted to pick: Tom Forest – Summer (as it’s an ace song) and ThisIsDa :( but was only allowed 5.. and the other tracks have synths which I’m a sucker for..

  29. Some close choices but these were my faves.

    Much love,
    Dan from Scab Hand x

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THE DEKKOES – Divide

  30. Tom

    Huge thanks to everybody who responded to my cry for help on Twitter this afternoon – having a big, expert turnout like this really helps the most deserving music get to a wider audience. Very much looking forward to reviewing your ten favourites on our Fresh Faves on Tuesday…. These were my Top 5

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    MISHKIN FITZGERALD – Seraphim
    THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

    Though I could just as easly have chosen BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND. JEANES, SIOBHAN WILSON, MISHKIN FITZGERALD, RUBYFRANCIS, MACCA TAYLOR or ORGAN TREE. What a strong shortlist we had this week.

    PS Am a big fan of TOM FOREST too, but we featured his song “Monster” on my BBC mixtape only two weeks ago so it’s too soon to be resubmitting – send us another track later in the summer so we can give a few other artists a chance meanwhile !

  31. Psy

    An outstanding batch of songs this week. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to them all! Like many above, found it hard to pick five but here they are:

    BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence [ Beautiful lyrics!]
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

    Cafe Superstar – Robo Learns to Whistle, F C O – Cheer Up & HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors could have easily made my five! X

  32. Tough to choose. Particularly enjoyed Organ Tree!

    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    SHIPS – All Will Be
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  33. BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    Gorgeous opening and respectful yet playful brass band cover.
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    Timeless sound, beautiful voice.
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    Just yes.
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
    DIY Pop goodness with some great lyrics
    THISISDA – Control, Shift
    Smoky late night vibes, great instrumental and lovely timbre to their voices and great flow.

  34. So much talent! Very hard to choose five but these were the ones that most grabbed me personally…lots of invention, interesting sounds, great lyrics, enough space for the listener to find a connection. (also loved the brass knuckle band).

    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  35. Chris Bye

    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  36. Here’s my 5 picks:

    CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid

  37. Mike Struthers

    Heres our 5 picks!

    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees
    TOM FOREST – Summer
    VOS – Patience

  38. IEC

    Original, quirky, awesome,new. Thanks to all.

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps

  39. I really enjoyed listening through this really interesting bunch of tracks. For some reason Organ Tree kept coming back to me and although I really wanted it to have some singing in it I still loved going back to it. Glass wings was an unexpected replay for me too but again I kept coming back to it. So they’re my two favourites. I really loved the depth of ensemble, the catchiness of Nicole and the drive in Mellor. All of these 5 got replayed many times :-)

    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    FETHERSTONE – Nicole
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense

  40. Well done all! B x
    CAFÉ SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    ORGAN TREE – Self Defense
    THE CHAIRMAN DANCES – Prophetess [Narration]

  41. Jojo

    :)

    FOGGY CITY ORPHAN – Cheer Up
    HEZEN – Smoke & Mirrors
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    OF EMPIRES – Soho
    TOM FOREST – Summer

  42. Loved everything about ‘Silence’. Great voice and a great melody.

    DAWNINGS – Activate It
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    MELLOR – My Intentions Are Good
    TOM FOREST – Summer
    VOS – Patience

  43. Tom thanks for the opportunity to review this week’s! I think I am slightly late as the site says voting is closed, sorry, but for the record:
    1. DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song! – my winner for this batch, really great overall, different, interesting mix and production, quite catchy too!
    2. ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    3. RUBYFRANCIS – Paranoid
    4. MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    5. SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps

    – all enjoyed – thank you!

  44. The playlist was down when I got here but hopefully getting in before 8 is still okay:

    ARMCHAIR COMMITTEE – Virginia Creeper
    CAFE SUPERSTAR RECORDINGS – Robo Learns To Whistle
    MIDNIGHT GARDENER – Foot Hills
    SIOBHAN WILSON – Whatever Helps
    THISISDA – Control, Shift

  45. BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND – Green Light (Lorde Cover)
    DRAGOMAN – Broken Toys Song
    ENSEMBLE ft. DONNA MACIOCIA – Silence
    GLASS WINGS – Jana From Barcelona
    JEANES – Trees Hug Bees

    Thanks for the tunes.

    Nick in sunny Southampton

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