Fresh Faves: Batch 249

Ali Ingle

Artists at a glance

ADAM WEIKERT
ALI INGLE
DANIELWEBSTER
DCR
FROZENINERTIA
MØSS
PANDA CULT
PLiNKi PLoNKi
SWIMMINGGIRLS
THE VELVET HANDS

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by Andy Von Pip, founder and journalist at The VPME this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

It’s nice to be back on Fresh on the Net after a rather long break and even more so when the music involved is of such high quality, so without further ado let’s dive in to this week’s Fresh Faves

ADAM WEIKERT – A Constant Repose

Adam Weikert is a member of post rock outfit Her Name is Calla and he is apparently returning to his musical roots, fusing his classical training with modern experimental production techniques. The result is an album, which is essentially a soundtrack combined with an accompanying book of poetry entitled USIDOH.

Taken from said album, A Constant Repose certainly sounds like the sort of music that would sit comfortably on a movie soundtrack, its minimal yet hugely atmospheric and for some reason puts me in mind of The Others –  that harrowing poignant  moment when the truth is finally revealed to Nicole Kidman. Spookily good.

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ALI INGLE – Saintly

Ok full disclosure here, I know Ali’s manager, she’s something of regular on the Liverpool music scene and an avid supporter of new music. So I’ve been aware of Ali Ingle for some time; initially I thought his music was very well done, but perhaps not for me. There was also a video of young Ali somewhat bizarrely bouncing about Liverpool on a huge orange space hopper in which he is given the message ‘it’s time to grow up’.  And on Saintly his music appears to have done just that. Musically and lyrically this is the sound of an artist maturing and finding his own sound. Saintly is a reflective slice of stylish alt-pop, and is delivered with some aplomb.

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DANIEL WEBSTER – Blasé

As a kid I remember seeing an old black and white film, the 1940s movie The Devil and Daniel Webster  I was particularly freaked out by the films ending in which Mr Scratch (The Devil) played by the magnificently craggy Walter Huston who turned to look directly at the camera and fix you with those crazy twinkling eyes. He grinned and then pointed at the viewer as if to say “I’m coming for you next lad!” Suffice to say I leapt behind the couch trembling in fear.

This has nothing to do with the music other than the artist involved is called Daniel Webster and part of the lyric to Blasé goes “must have had some some devil in you” is this a coincidence or something more sinister? I can’t really find much more info on the artist, alas, so all I can tell you is Blasé is a well-crafted song with more going on than a first listen might suggest. It’s well produced, well performed and is what one might term ‘a grower’. On another note. having a Google friendly name (and perhaps one that doesn’t remind me of childhood trauma) would be helpful.

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DUTCH CRIMINAL RECORD – Wasted Time

A nice upbeat slice of jangly indie pop from Dutch Criminal Record, who it transpires are neither Dutch nor criminals. Wasted Time is bright and breezy and whilst not reinventing the wheel (‘cos the wheel works just fine, right) is a driving, fast paced tune which rattles along at a fair old pace and is a perfect track to accompany your indie-an summer :)

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FROZEN INERTIA – Gabriel’s Farm

File this one under “slightly barking, but hugely compelling” from this San Francisco collective. Frozen Inertia is a recording project established in 1998, created by Tim Graves and Brad Palmer. Gabriel’s Farm mixes samples, spoken word, pulsing electronic flourishes, driving beats, other worldly vocals and all manner of mesmerising sounds which are somehow pulled together to produce something coherent and utterly unique. It also ends with a conundrum that has kept many of us awake in the dead of night  – “Somebody let a monkey lose in Golden Gate Park – what will happen to the Buffalos?”

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MØSS – Feel

Brighton based collective MØSS fuse a variety of styles on their latest single Feel including pop, rock, some prog noodling, soaring synths and even some funky disco bass lines. It certainly has a more expansive sound than their debut single Pale Seas and on occasion sounds like Foals duelling with Duran Duran. This is no bad thing, and it only takes a few listens for the song to embed itself in your head. So: job done.

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PANDA CULT – Blue Angel

Panda Cult are apparently from Liverpool , as am I. However I’ve never based or limited my musical preferences by post code. To be quite honest even The Beatles can get on my nerves. Soooo, after a few listens I decided that this isn’t really my cuppa. It’s very well produced, you can’t fault the musicianship or performance but stylistically it doesn’t quite butter my musical crumpets. Kind of reminds me of ’80s pop in which the band wore white peg pleated slacks and swayed from the knees whilst cheekily winking at the Top of the Pops camera men who all seemed to be about 4ft 1′. The bassist would have a splendid mullet, insanely white teeth and a slight overbite.

On their Facebook page Panda Cult list Hall and Oates, Michael Bolton and Phil Collins as artists they like, which somewhat terrifies me. But hey this will tick many people’s musical boxes who weren’t left scarred by ’80s pop, Diamond White Cider and mirrored discos replete with plastic plants the first time around.

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PLïNKï PLøNKï — Happy Birthday Emily

So just when you think ‘whatever happened to minimal piano pieces?’ two come along at once. Happy Birthday Emily is atmospheric, relaxing and generally very nice. And it’s as minimal as the artists bio on Facebook which states “Plïnkï Plønkï is a 50 piece brass ensemble from Iceland that doesn’t exist.”  Which is all very mysterious and may well induce a wry smile but it’s also a bit of a bugger for a writer trying to glean some info.

This track is from Mr/Ms/Mrs Plinki’s album Happy Birthday with each track title wishing somebody a Happy Birthday, featuring such curiosities as ‘Joyeux Anniversaire Léa’, ‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Liebe Marie’ and not forgetting ‘Happy Birthday Adam’, among others… I Imagine the invoice for cake will will be pretty large at team Plinki this year.

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SWIMMING GIRLS – 2 Kids

This is hands down my favourite track this week, perfect soaring heartfelt indie pop. A nostalgic look back at young love and at times it’s not unlike the best song Lykke Li didn’t record. Their debut tune Tastes Like Money was a magnificent introduction to this quartet who comprise of Vanessa, Jay, Roo and Max. Arguably 2 Kids raises the bar even higher and if I were a betting man I’d say Swimming Girls will be on many people’s ones to watch lists come the end of 2017. Perfect rousing shimmering pop.

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THE VELVET HANDS – Games

And we round off this week’s selection with my second favourite tune, from Cornwall /London, it’s garage rockers The Velvet Hands. There’s a glorious free spirited sense of shambolic sleazy glory that shines through on Games which come across as less considered than The Strokes, but much more focused than The Libertines. With bands such as Touts, and locally Generation kicking up a storm it’s great to see guitar music with a jagged anarchic scuzzy thrash making a comeback. Hopefully it will perhaps herald the end of the baffling popularity of the ubiquitous sensitive young troubadour, he of the poetic eyes and earnest existentialism and see him replaced with something a little more visceral and exciting! The Velvet Hands already have a fine body of work on Soundcloud and look set to be huge.

There you go, I’ll end with a prediction The Velvet Hands and Swimming Girls will both be the next big thing.

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Swimming Girls

PS from TR: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t been picked for the Listening Post, our team has definitely listened to it and there’s no need to send it again: feel free to send us an even stronger track another week. The same goes if you were picked for the Listening Post but didn’t feature in our Fresh Faves.

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.

VonPip

In his first flush of youth a cherubic fresh-faced young Andy fell in love with something his parents described as a ‘god awful cacophony of talentless, directionless anger’. Yes he had fallen hook line and safety pin for the musical enema that was Punk, a savage incendiary explosion that effectively flushed away the egotistical histrionics of becaped hippies obsessed with Arthurian legends, who regularly produced spirit crushing self indulgent wankathons known somewhat grandly as ‘rock operas.’ Although too young to experience the first wave of punk it inspired young Andy to form a band, dye his hair various shades of red, blue and yellow and wear a safety pin through his ear. This made his parents VERY proud. His band the little heard, barely talented Distant Echos was built primarily around Andy’s distinctive songwriting style which could be described as “a mesmerising folly of epic proportions”. In 2007 his music blog the Von Pip Musical Express (VPME) was born under the slogan "asking dogs how they feel about lampposts so that you don't have to". Since its inception Andy’s humble musical organ has been voted in the BT Digital Music awards top ten music blogs and nominated in the Record of the Day Journalism and PR music awards, being named as runner up in 2009. Andy was also a member of ‘The BBC’s Sound Of 2010 taste-makers panel’ and has had press accreditation for numerous gigs and festivals including Liverpool Sound City , The Great Escape And Glastonbury. He is also a some time promoter in his home town of Liverpool putting on gigs featuring some of the most exciting up and coming bands about these here parts and beyond. The challenge still remains, to try and give great new bands a platform and to loosen Cowell’s cankerous grip on popular culture. It’s a tall order, but somebody has to try for f**ks sake. Who’s in ?

2 Comments

  1. Timmy Halfpenny

    I like how the ‘music’ that is being reviewed gets a couple of paragraphs, meanwhile, the ‘journalist’ reviewing the ‘music’ gets half a page of adolescent ramblings. (even though there is no information in that half a page)

  2. Hey Timmy – keep on submitting your music and we’ll keep considering it despite your disgruntled ramble. It’s a level playing field here but we can’t feature everyone.

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