Artists at a glance
BREAD AND CIRCUS
ED THE DOG
THE DEATH PARTICLE
These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by blogger, musician and BBC Radio’s Matt Tasker this week. this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.
AMAHLA – Old Soul
Amahla wears her influences on her sleeve and is proud to do so. She sings “Cause I was only three when I fell in love with old soul”, and indeed this feels like exactly what modern soul should be – paying respect to the artists that came before but doing it in your own way. And what a way Amahla has… This is a song of moments, from a smooth organ solo to a great handclap breakdown and we’re swept through them all by Amahla’s gorgeous voice. It’s a treat to hear such talent.
Amahla plays live regularly around London. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to find out where to catch her next.
BAEILOU – Eleanora
There’s a lot to unpick about Eleanora. The whispering enchantress behind this piece is Mia Pixley, playing her cello, called Baeilou. Her music is an equal give and take between her voice and her cello, balanced beautifully as if on a knife-edge. This track is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name – although ending in forgiveness rather than retribution. Simply put the result is hypnotic.
Eleanora is the opening track of the new Baeilou EP, Inside Under, released on 24th August.
BREAD & CIRCUS – They’ve Got A Name For You
We have Fraser Parry, our second accomplished cello player in today’s Fresh Faves, to thank for this track. He is a London-based Glaswegian whose expert orchestral arrangements combined with a troubadour’s observations of life appear under the name Bread & Circus. Rather than the original purpose of the Roman namesake, however, Fraser is not going to distract you from the real world and instead embraces both the light and shade of life. If you’ve ever been “shaking someone else’s empty cans for dregs” at house parties then you’ll understand.
They’ve Got A Name For You is taken from Bread & Circus’ Thankyou EP, available now on Bandcamp.
ED THE DOG – Television Era
This singer-songwriter has been championed by Gareth Lloyd of BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts & Bucks. Ed is a smart songwriter with a buzz about his music, never letting this song lose his trademark frantic energy. Most importantly though, he’s having fun and is very happy to let the listener in on it.
Ed The Dog’s debut album, Shame, will be released via ALLONEWORLD records on 27th July. Before that catch him performing his first ever live show at The Old Blue Last in London on Sunday 8th July.
FENNE LILY – Car Park
Fenne Lily has a remarkable talent for filling your world with beautiful colour whilst simultaneously making your heart break more with every line. It’s all thanks to a combination of her soft voice, a sparse acoustic accompaniment and lyrics like “I know you’ll let me down and that is fine”. Car Park is the opening track of On Hold, an album that chronicled her feelings after a break up and one of the best records of the year. Let Car Park draw you in to this album then listen to it all, again and again, and then once more.
If you’re also desperate to see Fenne live then you can find her full line-up of summer festivals (including Wilderness, Green Man and Festival No. 6) on her website. Or go there for tickets for her headline show at The Borderline in London in October. As if that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, she’s also savagely funny on Twitter.
MARSICANS – Pop-Ups (Sunny at the Weekend)
Another Fresh Faves entry for these Leeds lads and no complaints here. On Pop-Ups they’ve pulled a slice of sun from the sky, mixed it with some chilled cider and all your mates dancing in a field, bottling it all into a great summer anthem. With a clear knack for catchy melodies plus some top lead guitar work they’ll be climbing those festival bills like ladders before too long.
Of course the proof of the festival anthem pudding is in the eating and there are plenty of chances to sample Marsicans this summer, all to be found on their website. The BBC Radio 1 Stage at Leeds Festival will be a particular highlight for sure.
ROE – Hey Thomas
Come in Northern Ireland! Roisin McDonald, aka. Roe, is a Derry born multi-instrumentalist who has a singing voice to die for. But this lilt can also snarl as it does many times during Hey Thomas – her call out against bullies everywhere. She takes on the fight for anyone who’s been picked on or pushed around with her weapons of bass line punches and kicking synths, all to great effect.
Her busy summer has already begun with twenty-two gigs between June and September. Plus she says she wants to have an album ready by the end of the year, so we have plenty to look forward to.
SAM EAGLE – Ode To Jack McBrayer
No, not the Muppet… This Sam Eagle is a 19 year old musician from Essex who’s had support from BBC Introducing in the region as well as our very own TR on 6 Music. It’s unclear if it’s the 30 Rock actor Jack McBrayer that Sam is calling “overrated” in this song, but what we do know is that Sam is fast creating a signature sound and this is another great track from him.
Catch him and his band, Sam Eagles & The Lemon Lizards playing a huge gig on the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude later this month or at Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester on the 19th July.
THE DEATH PARTICLE – Like Stems Into The Sky
Take a step in the jazzy world of Herald P. Cattie, the brains behind The Death Particle. This track is built around a repeating brass hook that’s extremely danceable. But just when you think you’re in the groove we’re hit by a neo-classical breakdown and subsequent build-up with a more manic, urgent energy before our hook returns. It’s one for those who enjoy a repeat listening experience, uncovering more each time.
As luck would have it you can enjoy this track again and again as part of The Death Particle’s new EP, The Tangent Universe, available via Bandcamp.
VICTORY KICKS – Out Beyond the Radar
Victory Kicks, aka John Sibley, is a serial DIY music maker. Out Beyond The Radar is the title track and latest single from his fifth album, recorded in John’s living room and Panic Studios in Acton. There’s a mixture of all sorts of guitar sounds here, from distorted scuzz to shoegaze acoustic and it’s testament to John’s songwriting and production skills that it never feels overwhelming, but instead expertly balanced.
Out Beyond The Radar is available via Victory Kicks’ Bandcamp.
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