These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by Fresh On The Net’s Kimberley-Marie Sklinar this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.
Welcome to this week’s Fresh Faves Batch 121. Ooh, I love palindromes. And good music. And Indian summers. Can we keep this one please? Whilst enjoying Summer 2.0, get your chops around the very best of this week’s submissions:
BRITAIN – Someone Else
Speaking of summer, here’s an ethereal daytime beer garden haze of a track for you. And, could there be a more timely band submissions? Britain are musical duo Joey Cobb and Katie Drew, and although there’s not much about them online at the moment, no doubt the FOTN vote and my huge amount of love for this track will spur them head-first into the blogosphere. Britain’s airy Someone Else is a soaring piece taking influence from both shoegaze and Britpop. A very well-deserved entry into this week’s Fresh Faves.
BROOKE BENTHAM – We’ll Be Ghosts
One of the many FOTN strengths is the sheer variety of both the tracks we receive, and the tracks we differently-tasted moderators pick to make it through to the public vote. I’m quite partial to post-punk and this is one of the biggest curveballs I’ve been thrown of all time.
South Shields-born but now London-based Brooke Bentham‘s We’ll Be Ghosts is a beautiful, beautiful ode to a failed relationship and the wish to make things right. Unusually-delicate diction and a deliciously-high vocal range, paired with Bentham’s heart-tugging songwriting is divine. It’s going to make me cry and I’m not even joking. We’ll Be Ghosts is Brooke Bentham’s first-ever single and is out next week (29/09).
CHAIKA – White Hare
Chaika are an elusive bunch, but not for long I reckon. Their FOTN submission White Hare has an awesome fuzz to it, underpinned with driving garage rock riffs and contained within a busy, Indian-influenced Kula Shaker-style production. The vocals are clear, and I love how there are so many elements to this track. The 6-minute package doesn’t rush itself as it unfolds and is best-enjoyed served whole. It’s yummy.
NB when trying to find this UK project online we kept encountering a well-established Australian outfit, with the same name. The only link we can find for the Leeds-based Chaika is the actual Soundcloud page containing White Hare…
CHIRPING – Ambitions
Stockholm quartet Chirping‘s Ambitions opens with typical Scandi-pop guitar/synth before busting into lyrics from Carl Vikberg’s ultra-cool baritone. It’s not a complex piece but who needs a dizzying oeuvre when you can keep it simple and make something fabulous out of it.
If you ever find yourself in the beautiful city of Stockholm, I would recommend looking them up and getting yourself to a show to bop about to their fun brand of indie pop.
LUCY KITCHEN – Autumn
What could be more appropriate right now than a piece named Autumn? Here, Lucy Kitchen sings a lullaby to our beloved summer months (no!) with ice-cool vocals at a dreamy pace. A self-penned ‘folky bird’, her work is an intimate and well-recorded experience, influcenced by Joni Mitchell, Mazzy Star, Laura Veirs, Bon Iver, Neil Young and Nick Drake on her website.
And there’s a flute. Everyone I knew played the flute at school but nobody ever uses it anymore besides Ron Burgundy. Top marks for including the lonely flute.
SILENCES – Sister Snow
Opening with gentle strumming and just-right high guitar hooks, Sister Snow is heartfelt alt-folk with vocals provided by frontman Conchúr White. Listening to some other pieces from their discography certainly highlights the depth of this band, in both sound and frank emotion. I can definitely hear some Joseph Arthur and Sufjan Stevens (whom I both love). Sister Snow the title track from Silences‘ forthcoming EP which is due to release in October.
SYKES – Anybody Out There
Anybody Out There isn’t full of the most imaginative lyrical content, but we all know there’s plenty more components than that to add up to a good track. Sykes‘ piece is a well-paced alt-pop song that sees elements of dubstep flirt with spiralling indie riffs and sweet, soaring vocal layering. It’s all this fused together perfectly that make Anybody Out There one of this week’s standout offerings. Sykes’ debut EP ‘Gold Dust’ is out on 20 October.
THE GRAVITY DRIVE – Cherry Ripe
The Gravity Drive is the latest project from musical chameleon Elijah Wolf and his wife Ava. Cherry Ripe is a pumping indie-pop track featuring brilliant male-female haphazard harmony – it switches from Elijah singing the main tune to Ava holding the fort, effortlessly within a breath. This indie-pop power couple are going to go far with this great sing-along track and no doubt any other material. Now I desperately want to see them live. The Gravity Drive’s debut album Testament is out on 10th November.
URBAN VOODOO MACHINE – Pipe & Slippers Man
This week’s prize for the best band name goes to Urban Voodoo Machine. And once you hit ‘play’, the surprises don’t stop. Opening their track Pipe & Slippers Man with a plinkity-plonkity piano intro and a drunken slur, the track develops into a swaggery, bluesy wildcard full of kazoos, brass, banjos, strings and a surprise electric guitar solo. It’s a dizzying circus of noise tinged with baroque folk and elegant humbug-striped gypsy garb. I don’t need whisky to warm my insides – the singalong crowd coming out of my speakers is hollering at me to grab a harmonica and join in.
I hope that you enjoyed this week’s Fresh Faves and enjoyed discovering some awesome new music as much as I did writing this. What was your Fresh Fave from this week’s selection?
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.