Fresh Faves: Batch 261

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Artists at a glance

ANIMAL NOISE
ECKOES
EMILY WATTS
IZZY’S DAUGHTER
OWEN DENVIR
RALE
SØLV
VICTORY KICKS
WHITE KITE
YARBO

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and are reviewed by Emily Pilbeam who works across BBC Introducing in York, West Yorkshire and Humberside. She curated Tom’s BBC Introducing Mixtape at the end of October – and meanwhile you can hear all this week’s Fresh Faves in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

ANIMAL NOISE – Fly

As regular readers will know, Animal Noise are an experimental/indie-rock trio from Colchester. The key thing about this band is that they are, in fact, experimental. This track Fly flickers across the alternative and indie genre spectrum easily, and its pop undertones in the chorus made the song really stand out in this week’s batch of tracks. There’s something genuinely intriguing about this band, and if you share our readers’ enthusiasm, you can catch them on tour from the end of this month into December.

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ECKOES – Nobody Else

Let’s be honest, we’re not exactly short of new music these days… and we’re not exactly short of new music from any genres, particularly electro-pop. But, Eckoes offers something new to the table. Her vocals are deep, velvety and meaningful, and that matched with her ethereal synths create something really special. Eckoes is already garnering a lot of support, and Nobody Else looks to propel her forward. This track is the perfect song to listen to after a hectic day in the office.

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EMILY WATTS – Wait For You

Influenced by the likes of Kate Bush, Bat For Lashes and Joni Mitchell, Emily Watts is the next of our Fresh Faves chosen by our readers this week. She’s already had support from her local BBC Introducing show, as well as radio play on BBC Radio 2. Her latest single Wait For You sees her working with producer Daniel Moyler, whose previously worked with the likes of other BBC Introducing supported artists including JP Cooper and Rae Morris. She’s currently working on her next EP, due for release in 2018, and we’re sure she won’t disappoint.

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IZZY’S DAUGHTER – Luna

In the cold winter months sometimes all you need to listen to is a beautiful bit of piano music and this is exactly what Izzy’s Daughter offers. This exquisite piece of music Luna is haunting, chilling and – to me – reminiscent of Kate Bush’s classic Wuthering Heights. And when she describes her music as “Gothic Celtic Folk”, I can’t be that wrong… can I? Word on the street (her Facebook) is that she’s currently working on a Christmas cover, and I for one, can’t wait to hear it.

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OWEN DENVIR – Jackhammer

Jackhammer by folk singer-songwriter Owen Denvir caught the imagination of our readers this week. His impressive vocal range and sincere way with words is one of the many reasons he’ll soon be everyone’s favourite singer/songwriter. It seems clear that Owen writes from personal experiences and his heartfelt lyrics resonate well. With his pop cover mash-up videos gaining viral interest and with widespread interest from the media, it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up in a year or so.

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RALE – Friction

For a band that have seemingly only been going for a year, Sheffield three-piece Rale have done a lot in a short space of time. First off, their debut single Sprinkle With Rust has received airplay from BBC Introducing in Sheffield, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2. That single was recorded by Dean Honer who’s worked with the likes of Moonlandingz and Human League. They also played the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. Having had the pleasure of seeing them at Leeds, let me tell you they’re even better live than on record.

Friction encompasses everything that makes this band so unique and exciting. The shimmering synths and harmonies juxtapose the unwavering vocals. This gives a kindness to their sound that other post-punk, New Wave pop-influenced bands don’t necessarily have. Get locked in to Rale before it’s too late.

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SØLV – All To You

From just one listen to Sølv it’s clear that she wears her influences on her sleeve. Her ambient, dark electro-pop style screams of Banks, James Blake and FKA Twigs – and we love it. She’s a 21 year old producer based in London who’s only been making music since late last year. Although the sound of All To You can be quickly likened to others, her voice is distinctive and the music she is creating is futuristic. Sølv will without doubt be garnering ever more interest in the next few years.

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VICTORY KICKS – The Dead Zone

Taken from their fifth album, The Dead Zone is the latest latest single from Victory Kicks – the project of songwriter and guitarist, John Sibley. Rather than writing and waiting for a record deal, John quickly realised the best way to release music in this modern age is to do it yourself. In that vein, he made his own home recording studio and started his own record label – an achievement in itself. To then record and release no less than five albums is a bit of a triumph.

Having only heard their latest record, I can honestly say that if you like this tune, then you will fully fall in love with Out Beyond The Radar. A lot of artists tend to overcompensate for the influx of indie / alternative acts by making their music sound messy in an attempt to be “edgy” and “different”. But Victory Kicks do indie-rock and do it brilliantly. If top-quality DIY indie is your thing, I’d highly recommend this record.

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WHITE KITE – Devil’s Pact

My personal favourite from this week’s Fresh Faves is the London trio, White Kite. The brains behind this band is Louis Shadwick, with twins Tom and Will Dunning joining on guitars and drums.

Sometimes it takes a while for a band to click with me, but with these guys it was instant. Their laid-back, relaxing experimental electro-pop is genuinely magnificent. There’s so much going on in Devil’s Pact, but simultaneously feels like not that much at all. The first time you hear it, it’d be easy to overlook the brilliant songwriting amid the cool sounds the group have created. But on a second listen, it’s all about the wonderfully simple lyrics: “Did you forget what it felt like to be alone?”. White Kite have packed a lot of very cool sounds packed into this tune, and I am very excited to see what the future holds for this band.

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YARBO – The End Is Coming


Finally, from this weeks Fresh Faves is the sounds of alt-rock, Liverpudlian band, Yarbo. Yarbo are Daniel Pye, Kieran Joyce, Anthony Rathbone and Andrew Finney. If you’re in the know on bands from Liverpool, this lot originally performed under the name of Paraffin Oil Shop. The End Is Coming is a feelgood, arms-in-the-air singalong tune that will be impossible to get out of your head. They’re playing a free entry show at 81 Renshaw in Liverpool on 23rd November.

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Based out of Leeds, Emily Pilbeam works on the production teams of BBC Introducing in York, BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire and BBC Introducing on Humberside. She also work part-time at BBC Radio 1 in London. Emily recently stood in for Tom Robinson as host of the BBC Introducing Mixtape on Radio 6 Music at the end of October.

Emily Pilbeam

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.

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