Fresh Faves: Batch 327

Hollie Findlay

Artists at a glance

EMPATHY TEST
FAITH ELIOT
HINAKO OMORI
HOLLIE FINDLAY
LOUDMAMMOTH.
SEX CELLS
SHUNYA
ST ALBAN
THE BUGLES
YOUNG BRAVES

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by BBC Introducing’s Emily Pilbeam this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

EMPATHY TEST – Empty-Handed

Cutting straight to the point with slick, polished beats and lyrics full of heartache and emotion, Empty Handed by Empathy Test immediately sparks an instant connection. It’s a dark, anthemic electro-pop tune layered with a sense of desperation.

With lyrics “you can try and help me / you could drown me gently”, they touch on the agony of a relationship and the love of another not being enough to save someone – something that really strikes a chord when placed on a bed of ethereal synths.

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FAITH ELIOT – Lilith

Taken from Faith Elliot’s recently released debut album Impossible Bodies, Lilith is a triumphant first offering from the artist. Speaking on the concept behind the single, the track is an ode to Lilith who was – according to folklore – the first wife of Adam before Eve. Lilith refused to be subservient to Adam and is in turn banished from the Garden of Eden.

Faith’s delicate and sometimes fracturing vocals is what makes this piece of music so wonderfully captivating. Her genius lyrics, enriching guitars & drums that build Lilith into a climatic crescendo shows the sign of a truly talented artist.

If this track is anything to go by, her debut album must be outstanding. Lilith suggests a very bright future for this artist.

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HINAKO OMORI – Teleport

Looking for a track that will let your mind wander and drift off into space? Teleport by Hinoki Omari is the absolute perfect track for that. As soon as the track oozes in and transports you into an other worldly dimension, it disappears into the distance as quickly as it came.

A track like Teleport doesn’t come round all that often. A track that completely stops you in your tracks. A track that seemingly makes euphoria a reality. The superb use of samples and the enchanting vocals are totally exquisite, and leaves you yearning for more.

Teleport is taken from voyage / teleport that was recently released on a 12” vinyl via OCEAN.

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HOLLIE FINDLAY – Querencia

Hollie Findlay’s latest offering Querencia was a real favourite with our readers this week. The soft, subtle keys paired with Hollie’s simple & relatable lyrics are just one of many reasons this track proved to be a popular hit. Hollie was raised in both Greece and Blackpool and has been championed by BBC Music Introducing in Lancashire.

Hollie has a couple of shows coming up including the Blackpool Music Run on Sunday 16th June.

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LOUDMAMMOTH. – Let Go

Jangly guitars, dream-like vocals and with feelings of a blistering summer breeze when listening to Let Go, it’s easy to understand why this was popular with the voting public. Loudmammoth. are a DIY trio hailing from Sunderland.

Let Go will be released on 28th June and you can pre-order your limited edition 7” vinyl now.

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SEX CELLS – Modern Witchcraft

Reminiscent of 80’s synth pop, Sex Cells latest offering Modern Witchcraft is an instant classic. Bringing together their influences of all the greats of 80’s synth pop whilst adding a sprinkle of modernity to the track makes Modern Witchcraft all the more infectious and exciting.

Sex Cells are part of an absolute BELTER of a line-up at Hideaway Streatham on 28th June supporting Meatraffle, Tiña & Naima Bock.

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SHUNYA – The Clay & The Sculpture

Shunya returning with his first bit of music in two years and it is a delightful electronic from the Manchester based multi-instrumentalist. Going straight in with a fantastic beat breakdown, Shunya immediately captivates the listener. There are many twists & turns throughout the track, with instruments seemingly swimming through an ocean of invigorating sounds.

Shunya recently had a single launch at the Carlton Club in Manchester.

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ST ALBAN – The Anchor

Enriched in emotion from the off, St Alban’s single is a beautiful masterpiece. Everything about this track is outstanding: the violin, the strings, the voice, everything. The band St Alban are made up of very experienced musicians which is really telling in this track.

The Anchor is St Alban’s stunning debut single, and is due for release across all digital platforms on 24th June.

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THE BUGLES – What’s Happening?

Hailing from Bristol the next fresh fave is a scruffy punk belter from The Bugles. What’s Happening is a short & sweet track that gets straight to the point – which is everything you want from a punk track that’s fuelled with adrenaline and angst.

Following in the recent wave of Bristol punks, The Bugles are a force to be reckoned with. You can see The Bugles at Sound Food & Drink in Liverpool on 23rd August.

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YOUNG BRAVES – Sleep it Off

Mega riffs, catchy melodies and a huge chorus – what more could you want from Young Braves latest offering? The chorus of Sleep It Off is 110% a lighters-up-in-the-air-at-a-festival kind of chorus, which is perfect for an alt-rock band of this ilk.

Young Braves have been supported by BBC Music Introducing in Shropshire and have supported the likes of The Sherlocks and The Amazons.

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Young Braves

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.

Emily Pilbeam

Emily Pilbeam works across BBC Introducing in York, West Yorkshire and Humberside, and presents the Monday Night MixTape on BBC Radio Leeds.

3 Comments

  1. Great reviews Emily and good to see info about upcoming live performances in there too.

  2. Thanks for the kind words Emily! Greatly appreciated! Glad the track has clicked with you!

    Best

    Pete

  3. Thanks for the lovely review and for mentioning my next performance in Blackpool. Pleased so many people enjoyed my song 🙂

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