Fresh Faves: Batch 196

Girl Friend

Artists at a glance


These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed this week by longstanding mod, vintage dress wearer, DJ and Amazing Radio presenter extraordinaire, Shell Zenner. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.


While one Midlands city was sat on the edge of its football seat this bank holiday weekend (YES, LEICESTER, YES!), another Midlands city’s new music was getting under Fresh On The Net listeners’ skin. Taken from the forthcoming Rainmaking EP due out later this month on Denizen Recordings, Field Studies’ Listener offers experimental yet ambient art rock with an incredible juxtaposition of gentle light tones and raw heavy rock edge; quite the feat.

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GIRL FRIEND – Tragic On The Dance Floor

About four years ago M83 released the single Midnight City and I distinctly remember it completely going off when the sax solo kicked in, so I was soooooo hyped to hear the new Girl Friend single Tragic On The Dance Floor had multiple sax solos. POP SAX, POP SAX! I’ve been a fan of the band for a few of years now and have witnessed them growing into such a tight unit. Now a four piece, their latest show features sibling harmonies, electro pop vibes and an array of striking light boxes. Go and see them live!

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HEZEN – The Girl You Want

This week Hezen waved her magic wand and the Fresh On The Net listeners fell under her spell instantly. French producer Sara Hezen’s breathtaking debut offers the perfect cocktail of eerie orchestral electronica and gorgeous haunting vocals to intoxicate. Prime your ears for EP Stigma next month.

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Portsmouth’s Jerry Williams is just 19 years old, yet she has the indie-pop thang totally down.  Sugary sweet vocals: CHECK; catchy guitar riff: CHECK; summer vibes: CHECK. Grab an ice cream, close your eyes and get lost in Jerry’s world why don’t you?!

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I don’t know about you, but as a non-musician I’m constantly in awe of the talented musicians that excite my ears every day. I mean, how do they even start to put melody and words together? How many hours of personal investment does it take to be able to write a song and at what age do you decide to learn to play an instrument? For Birmingham singer songwriter Ruth Owens, that age is 4 and that instrument is the violin! Ruth showcases her multi-instrumentalist capabilities beautifully on new track Strong.

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Last month Some Velvet Morning announced How To Start a Revolution would soundtrack a Renault Megane advert and earlier this year a demo version of The Disappeared featured on an advert for David Beckham’s Haig Club Whisky too! The song has since been given the full recording treatment and is the fourth release of the twelve monthly singles the industrious band are planning to release this year. Go SVM!

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TYNESIDE RAIN – A Gun and a Girl

Here is a first for this week, a Rock Opera! Tyneside Rain is a story about two brothers growing up in a changing world and it spans six years from the summer of love 1967 to the harsh winter of 1973. The project features on the Creative Arts curriculum at Gateshead College and the stripped back A Gun and a Girl was a hot fave of the Fresh On The Net listeners this week!

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The intricate instrumentation of Norwich quintet Wooden Arms delighted this weeks ears. Those harmonies <3. Assembling alternative and trip hop genres with some kick ass classical strings, Burial builds and builds until alas, it’s gone, leaving us wanting more…

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YOUTH HOSTEL – Out Of My Mouth

A fresh and exciting Liverpool outfit apparently birthed in 2k16. Youth Hostel may be challenging to track down online for obvious reasons, but their bouncy youthful exuberance will go far. Definitely my favourite biog of the week: “We’ve got more tunes than a pharmacy counter”. Out Of My Mouth is their debut single and certainly stands up to that hype, stomping along with abandon.

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Youth Hostel

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.

Shell Zenner

Shell Zenner is a vintage dress wearing, cupcake making, vinyl junkie and new music obsessive. Living and breathing Manchester, Salford and the North West, she gets her kicks from obscure instruments, flea markets, festivals, gigs and digging around at the back of venues for embryonic new talent that she can showcase on her Amazing Radio show. A deliciously chatty interviewer and friendly face for touring bands, Shell treats her radio shows as a mutual appreciation society between musicians, labels and listeners. She also writes, blogs and social networks feverishly! An accomplished DJ, Shell is as comfortable on the stage introducing the bands enthusiastically as she is booking the festivals line up. Her warm energetic approach helps her lend a hand to a range of music related roles from artist liaison, project management to judging talent. Shortlisted for the AIM Awards Indie Champion award in 2012, Shell is far more than your average DJ.


  1. Bobby

    Cracking picks and a cracking good read. Lovely reviews, Shell!

  2. Love the energy of these reviews! Thanks Shell, and well done to all the artists who made it to the Fresh Faves this week

  3. Paul meeney

    Youth hostel track is 2 members of kids on bridges is it a side project good tune though

  4. Great words & tunes!

  5. Some wonderful tracks – matched by the great reviews!

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