Fresh Faves: Batch 250

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Artists at a glance

AAYUSHI
BED
FJOKRA
ISAINTJAMES
LARA SMILES
THE OLD PINK HOUSE
ROXANNE DE BASTION
SANDTIMER
UP DOWN GO MACHINE
VIVIENNE CHI

The 250th Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and are tackled this week by guest reviewer and member of The Glendale FamilyChris Ingram. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

AAYUSHI – Prosaic Tales

After several listens on Aayushi‘s Prosaic Tales, I regressed to a small boy hugging his knees on the back step of my childhood home. Such delicate and honest writing, reminiscent of the Unthanks. You had me at “Unfinished snowman”.

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BED – Bored Walk

Bored Walk has basslines like a buzzing whirligig channelled through a handheld radio. The fuzz gave me the buzz and eerie feeling of the soundtrack from 28 Days Later, with lines like “never hear your name again” still haunting me. Bed. are from Portland, Oregon.

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FJOKRA – Bang On The Door

First thing I thought about Fjokra was… 21st century Lawnmower Man. The intro brought the cyber faced rage to my mind, gurning the refrain “you got lipstick on your dipstick”. But then the Balkan breakdown took me elsewhere. Tastey!

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ISAINTJAMES – Celebrate

I already loved this number by ISaintJames; cerebral, dream scenes with Lemon Jelly echoes. Mr Scruff would make much of this and I’d happily bounce around with a cold country cider as this seen me through a Sunday at any festival.

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LARA SMILES – Lies

I wanted to grab a copy of this on tape and load it into KIT. This tune from Lara Smiles brings ’80s synth, Grace Jones and View To a Kill with Roger Moore and Christopher Walken to mind. Surely a Bond tune in waiting. Make of that what you will.

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THE OLD PINK HOUSE – Talk

This tune’s strapping heartbeat, hooks and loops clipped my ears. The only artist I could compare The Old Pink House to, in my opinion, would be Goldfrapp.

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ROXANNE DE BASTION – The Painter

Excellent production. Excellent harmonies. A strong grip, like the Hulk of harmony.

[Well there’s a quote and a half Roxanne! Ed.]

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SANDTIMER – Mackeral

Sandtimer‘s bending gypsy banjo bars sat me on a deep South porch. ‘Til I remembered I was fishing for a fish no seas closer to home. I liked this song a lot.

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UP DOWN GO MACHINE – Gambler

C’mon Kenny Rogers! Up Down Go Machine channel Steve Earle and Hank Williams’ ideals without being Americana, country or too folksy. More urban fox than domesticated house cat.

“Oh Lord, let me GO!”

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VIVIENNE CHI – Vivienne

“Took the long way round…are you nervous?”. From Feist to St. Vincent and many lovely references inbetween, this tune from Vivienne Chi is tight and tidy.

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Up Down Go Machine

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.

Chris Ingram

Chris is a poet and member of collective The Glendale Family based in North Wales and Chester, and has been involved in music management, festivals, events and broadcasting for over 10 years. Read more about Chris here.

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