Fresh Faves: Batch 305

The Yada Yada Yadas

Artists at a glance


These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by Fresh On The Net moderator Christopher McBride of The Metaphorical Boat this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

BLEDIG – Bruise

I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest fan of jazz-inflected tunes. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised to be rather taken by Bruise, from Brighton trio Bledig (and I wasn’t the only one, seeing as it got the most votes in the Listening Post this week). It’s got elements of smoky piano jazz, that’s for sure, but it’s mixed with breakbeats and a growling electronic flourish to create something rather captivating, like a modern updating of trip-hop.

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DARCIE – How Was She?

Manchester duo Darcie describes their interests on their Facebook page as “McDonalds and glitter.” And that is how you grab my attention before I even hear a note of your music.

How Was She is a soulful pop song that would go down very well with people who like London Grammar, and one can see why they’ve received plaudits from the likes of the NME.

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ECKOES – Without Prejudice

Stoke Newington based Eckoes has already gathered some well-regarded admirers, recently winning the approval of super-producer Naughty Boy amongst others. Without Prejudice is a good introduction to her music. It’s a dark electronic tune, one that can be rather overwhelming on first listen, but one that is filled with a great deal of depth. It’s not an easy listen, but it is definitely a rewarding one.

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EVI VINE – Sabbath Ft. Simon Gallup

I imagine that many people were hooked in to Sabbath through the presence of Simon Gallop of The Cure’s trademark basslines, but there is much more to enjoy on this song by London artist Evi Vine. Taken from her upcoming album Black//Light//White//Dark, the song melds the vulnerable, slightly gothic Portishead-esque vocals of Vine with a powerful industrial-metal backing to create something quite captivating.

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FETHERSTONE – Ticket To You (Unspoken Stories)

Fetherstone is the pseudonym of Aussie born, London based singer/songwriter Brianna Cowlishaw, and it is under this name that she has embarked on a project called Unspoken Stories, in which she travels to a various cities from across the UK to collect a story, then records a song based around that story which will be premiered in the city that it was inspired by.

Ticket To You is the first song of the project, and was inspired by a 7-year-old visiting Jimi Hendrix’s house in London. It’s quite a lovely chilled-out pop introduction to the project, there’s shades of Zero 7 among other influences in there, and it’s definitely piqued my interest enough to see what other UK cities she decides to visit next.

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I always get a little bit nostalgic whenever I hear this type of indie-rock, it reminds me of the bands that would always play at my uni’s Students’ Union when I studied there in the late 00s/early 10s (and of course, I would go to see them every single night they were on). Gold is the latest single from Swindon-based four-piece Rainy Day Fund, which calls to mind the dreamy indie-rock of Swim Deep.

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SADLY DAN – Savage.

If I wanted to try and get people to listen to Savage by Sadly Dan, it would be to describe them thusly – they sound like early Arctic Monkeys if they had the budget for mariachi horns, and were angrier. The Sheffield ‘pity-punk’ duo already have quite a polished sound for a debut single, with Sadly Dan seeming to have a good grasp of what sort of band they want to be. It’s the kind of song that I would absolutely love to hear them play live, although one suspects that there would be a 50/50 chance of a (hopefully orderly) riot breaking out the moment it started.

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STRAW BEAR – Be Prepared

Straw Bear are a group that I’ve loved for quite a while – I really enjoyed their 2012 album Black Bank (a record that really should have become a cult hit by now), and I am quite excited that they’re finally getting around to releasing its follow-up. Taken from their new album is Be Prepared, which reminds me why I loved them in the first place – the dreamy vocals, the jangly folk melodies, and lyrics that balance the fine line between profound and twee. Plus, there’s a ukulele, and for some reason it’s been years since I’ve heard a song on that instrument that I haven’t really loved.

Now, time to dig out my favourite music-related dad joke – if other musicians like their music, and end up being influenced by them, will we say that they’re Straw Bear-y flavoured?

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Human Emotion is the kind of authentically discordant, off-kilter 90s alt-rock that one would usually associate with groups like The Flaming Lips or Pavement. Which is quite an achievement for The Yada Yada Yadas, given that they are from Durham, and recording very much in the here and now. They really do make some lovely noise.

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WOOZE – Ladies Who Lunch With Me

And we finish off this week’s batch with Korean/British duo Wooze, who apparently have performed on an episode of Made In Chelsea, a fact that I unfortunately cannot personally corroborate, as I prefer to watch more refined television programmes, like Bodyguard, or Mrs Brown’s Boys. Still, they do know their way around a good tune, as Ladies Who Lunch With Me can attest to. It’s a rather engaging slice of off-kilter wonky-pop that you can’t help but strut to. There’s elements of Franz Ferdinand in there, as well as some Bowie at his most poptastic.

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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.


Christopher McBride is the Belfast-based captain of The Metaphorical Boat, a music blog & podcast dedicated to new music, brilliant music, and the glorious intersection between the two. He has also written for Drowned In Sound & Chordblossom, and has been on the judging panel of the Northern Ireland Music Prize from 2013-2020. Has a known penchant for Battenberg cake.

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