Fresh Faves: Batch 52

It’s that time of the week again! Team Freshnet always gets excited on a Sunday evening, as we calculate and reveal your faves. In my day job, I take my responsibility of sourcing fresh, new talent very seriously, but I’m often confined to specific specialist genres.

However, the last few weeks have seen me do away with my normal radio shows as I embark upon a ‘Fresh’ (pun intended) adventure: producing my first documentary for BBC Radio 1. In short, I miss trawling through Soundcloud, Youtube, Bandcamp and mixtapes to find talent, so I am delighted to be presenting you with the results of your discerning online sifting!

A LA PUNK – Fuzzy

London’s A La Punk deliver a slice of lo-fi indie rock that (as the title suggests) is Fuzzy in sound. With vocals that are reminiscent of Beck, why not give this track a try if you’ve been craving that long neglected and uniquely Brit-indie sound?! Taken from Free EP Ignore The Bombs.

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This is the first single from the forthcoming Ghost Trains retrospective album Distilled – and highlights the tumult involved in ‘boy meets girl’, turning the concept cleverly on its head through the use of lyrics. Singer Tim Ellis comes highly recommended; Miss Emily has been voted ‘Best Acoustic Track of all time ‘ by Acoustic Magazine. Give it a whirl and see if you agree!

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GIANT FANG – Kingdom

Glasgow’s Giant Fang has, in Kingdom, produced an uplifting debut single which transports you to sunnier climates every time you listen to it. My one weakness is a chopped vocal, which this song nicely utilizes to magnify its dreamy effect. If the name is familiar, it’s because the likes of Huw Stephens, Vic Galloway, Phil Taggart and Jim Gellatly – as well as our own Tom Robinson – have all spun his tracks on the radio!

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Feeling a little self-conscious/down? Take a listen to this Garbage inspired tune! Alt-rockers Hitchcock Blonde deliver a playful yet hard track with a message which is bound to cheer you up. From their EP Five Pounds, which is neither the purchase price nor the amount of weight you need to lose in order to become Sexy Like Them.

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SATURDAY SUN – Like a Stray

The perfect song to relax to, ‘Like a Stray’ is as well executed as it is emotional and comes from a new EP ‘Seagull’, released on Lazy Butterfly Recordings. Saturday Sun consist of Swanage musicians Alex Hedley and Bill Merrick – their Bandcamp page informs me that as well as traditional instruments such as acoustic guitar, the Wine Glass is is also played on the EP. Any excuse for a tipple…

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SHERMAN – Dear Friend

As a part time fashion correspondent, I have an obsession with Belgium which can only be quenched by my going there (I’m saving up, so this can hopefully happen soon!). And Ghent’s Sherman lives up to the country’s reputation for thoughtful and creative art. A nice slice of alt-pop with very listenable vocals.

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The Folk Remedy are a three piece Irish/English folk group. In ‘The Sirens’ EP they have produced a traditional sound which still has a modern feel about it. Inspired by Bob Dylan, the ostensible simplicity of ‘Fool Fool’ is, in fact, notoriously difficult to get right, as they have. The group have upcoming live dates in Manchester and Ireland.

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TINMEN – Holly

Holly by the London based guitar pop band Tinmen comes from their debut release A Handful of Dust, whose title suggests a fascination with TS Eliot that’s also shared by Velcro Hooks (see below). For me the vocals make this track – there’s something very natural and unusual about them, with a touch of The Horrors’ Faris Badwan.

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UNQUIET NIGHTS – Silent Picture Show

Irish band Unquiet Nights have already tasted success, having supported the likes of Toploader and Bloc Party. Silent Picture Show is a mature sounding track with interesting lyrics and is taken from their debut album 21st Century Redemption Songs.

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VELCRO HOOKS – Girlfren’

It’s been a while since I heard a nice bit of Garage Rock! Taken from the Velcro Hooks‘ EP Gymnophoria, Girlfren’ is simple but incredibly catchy. Picked up by Howling Owl records and recommended by the likes of Artocker, this song is proof that uncomplicated needn’t mean boring! Tom has also just added their video to A Love Song For TS Eliot to our YouTube playlist.

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That’s all for this week – but these tracks will keep me going through the long week of speech editing ahead! Thanks for voting once again and remember, keep suggesting tracks and artists that you’ve discovered to us. We couldn’t do this without you!

Emma Segal
This week’s Fresh Faves reviewed
by Team Freshnet’s Emma Segal

FROM TOM: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t made the Fresh Faves you’re welcome to re-submit it again. But if you have been a Fresh Fave in recent weeks could you possibly hold back for at least six weeks before sending us another one. If you keep sending us great tracks every week it leaves less room for new names who haven’t had a chance yet…

Emma Segal

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