Fresh Faves: Batch 114

Apache Darling

Artists at a glance


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


Nice to see Apache Darling getting some Fresh on the Net love with their debut offering which was a firm favourite with voters this week.  I featured them myself a few weeks back on The VPME and described them as “a brand new electro-pop collective who it appears deliver the same sort of sky scraper razing pop monsters as Lauren Mayberry and her chums.”  And I guess comparisons with Chvrches are inevitable given that both bands hail from Glasgow and deliver high quality electronic pop that whilst having an 80’s influence doesn’t feel particularly retro. Fun fact – apparently, their name was inspired by singer Stefanie’s Dads love for The Shadow’s hit ‘Apache.’ Look forward to hearing more from them in the future.

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Another debut release this time from Brighton singer songwriter Daisy Jean Russell.  If I were to get all poetic, I could perhaps compare Daisy’s delicate vocals to confetti drifting on a gentle summer breeze…  or something. It would certainly tie in nicely with the songs back-story, as apparently Daisy wrote ‘Only You’ for her parents when she found out they were marrying after being together since they were thirteen. Of course this could, if not handled with skill enter the realms of extreme cheesiness but rest assured Daisy eschews camembert instead favouring genuine emotion.  It’s soothing consoling and possibly just what the doctor ordered for those poor exhausted mud splattered souls returning from Glastonbury trying to adjust to reality.

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DOREY THE WISE – Rise & Fall

And from the calm of Daisy Jean Russell we plunge head first into the effervescent relentless bounce of Dorey The Wise with ‘Rise And Fall’ the title track from their latest EP. It’s a track that barely pauses for breath and manages to be spirited, uplifting and energising without ever crossing the line and drifting into ‘jaunty’ territory. It rather feels like mainlining ‘Red Bull’ ( other high-caffeine energy drinks are available)

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JOE INNES+CAVALCADE – God Only Knows I Tried

I can’t think of too many songs that boast of attempting to rip off Brian Wilson.  However, Joe Innes & The Cavalcade manage to do just that with some style.  ‘God Only Knows I Tried’  from their ‘Brian, I’m A Genius Too’ Ep is full of whip smart lyrics, reflective melodies and radiates a warm self-effacing wit which make this song an absolute joy. “Why don’t you rip off Brian Wilson?  /Because I already did/ I spend  the day in my pyjamas it’s the only way to live” sings Joe and you’d have to be the ultimate Grouch not to be won over by Mr Innes and Co’s offbeat observations and joyous melodies.  Sublime

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POHL – Eraser

POHL, pronounced ‘pole’ are Will Pearce (guitar/vocals), Hugo Morgan (bass) and Jamie Thompson (drums) and they add an infusion of raw visceral power to this week’s listening post.  ‘Eraser’ is a driving riff heavy alt rock beast that fuses melody and power with a nod to the Queens of The Stone Age and classic grunge.

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THE VILLAINY – A House In The Sky

Is hard to believe that Anglo/Swedish band The Villainy only formed in 2013.  They certainly have the spit and polish of a band who’ve been together rather longer than just over a year.  Classic song writing skills with echoes of Matt Berninger and even a dash of Springsteen are very much in evidence here and imbue ‘House In The Sky’ with an epic crowd-pleasing lighters aloft at a festival kind of vibe.

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THE WICKED WHISPERS – Chronological Astronaut

This tune doesn’t so much sound as if it’s been influenced by the sixties more so that it’s arrived via the sixties by way of some sort of tripped out time machine or psychedelic Love-Tardis.  Perhaps part of The Wicked Whispers charm is that despite their retro vibe and authentic vintage sound, they neatly avoid pastiche due to the quality of their songwriting.  This track featuring a rather splendid brass section is taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Maps of the Mystic’, which is released on Monday 22nd September 2014.  Cosmic baby 😉

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PS from TR: If you’ve submitted a track that hasn’t made the Listening Post you’re welcome to re-submit it another week. If your music has appeared on the Listening Post but not in our Fresh Faves, feel free to send us an even stronger track another week.

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.


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 ?


  1. Hi Andy – Will from Pohl here. Just wanted to say thanks for your kind words and to add that we also have our own website at Really enjoyed your reviews of these tracks. Loving the psych vibe on that Wicked Whispers track! Cheers.

  2. Steve Harris

    Hey Will, I researched the artist links this weekend while Tom was at Glastonbury, and missed your official site. Sorry about that! I’ve added it to the post now.

  3. Cheers folks. I do like your website tagline- excellent ! hahaha.

  4. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and to everyone at FOTN for doing such sterling work. Especially thank you Andy for your kind words. We’re on tour this week and will be playing The Good Ship, London on the 4th July, The Fleece, Bristol on the 6th and The Joiners, Southampton on the 7th. Come down and say hello!

    Marcus – The Villainy.

  5. Well done everyone.

    A strong week and stonking reviews by Andy Von Pip

  6. Another great mix of Faves, and the usual high quality write up.
    I can’t stop playing the Apache Darling and Joe Innes + Cavalcade tracks. Expecting to hear them both on the mixtape and Tom’s show in the coming weeks 🙂

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