Every week Signal Committee create an Eclectic Picks playlist. All tracks are selected from the full inbox of 200 tracks that are submitted each week to Fresh On The Net. Check out their picks from Monday 30th November below.
WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?
Our playlists are orientated to the alternative music fan. Lyrics are not essential, abstract ideas are embraced and the fusing of different genres is encouraged.
A FEW WORDS ON THIS WEEKS PICKS
We blast off with Psychlona who set the bar higher than a kite with their distorted wall of psychedelic awesomeness. ∆ Bitmap ∆ adds a dash of electronica to the mix, keeps the kite flying high and swirls it around a cloud of dreamy, surreal melodies. The electronica intensifies, and the tempo is high, with Ego Death Club, before Michael Donoghue dishes out yet another pristine serving of downtempo electronica that you can dance to.
Dolya fill the room with synths and crashing guitar riffs, all tinged with an 80’s vibe that would sit well as an alternative training montage for Rocky Balboa (if Rocky had better taste in music). Back on the psychedelia now, with more fuzz and electro vibes from Dead Naked Hippies, before Tiger Rags takes on the psychedelia with a more abstract composition.
Winding down the psychedelia slowly, we move on to Astral Cloud Ashes, who produce an atmosphere of post-rock hinged on vocals that echo the Polyphonic Spree. That brings us to Shadeemus!, a downtempo form of psychedelia, with vocals that come from the soul followed by an encore of guitars washed out in blues. Pale Blue Eyes drive a smooth bass line in order to crank up the tempo, and keep it dreamy like Tame Impala.
Time to drive slowly towards the abstract now, starting with Elbrook Court, who lays on a hypnotic loop of samples and beats layered up with strings. Novyi Lef threatens to return to a sense of normality, with synths and vocals with shades of Depeche Mode, before descending into a crescendo of electronic chaos. That provides the perfect platform for Crimewave, who deliver a dense consolidation of abstract electronica, whereas EL take the abstract downtempo, scattering their electronics from ear to ear.
Easing off from the abstract, we have another well polished piece of orchestral electronica from Liz Cirella, followed by a chilled, spacey soundscape from Ari Politi.
Taking us in a new direction, Mr Woodnote, somehow fuses hip hop with jazz and then throws in a pinch of Roots Manuva. Another unexpected turn now, as The BD3 give us dark punk, escalating into rapid guitars, before Auld Spells return with another haunting piece of dream-rock that always takes us away to the mystical Roadhouse in Twin Peaks. That transitions nicely to Nick Shane, with a lo-fi piece echoing BJM.
Time for the piano to take centre stage starting with The Last Morrell, who delivers a sombre piano driven track with penetrating vocals that echo OK Computer. Ed Rome uses the keys in a fashion that is as simple as it is gripping, whereas Pulses pads out the keys using trip hop inspired percussion and delicate guitar work.
Bringing the list to a close we have Calming River, who aims to help you drift off into an ambience fuelled by fingerpicking loops alongside a thin wall of distortion, building up to, and signing off with, some soothing vocals.
For the best listening experience… crank up the volume and immerse yourself in the music!
ARTISTS SELECTED THIS WEEK
- PSYCHLONA – Blast Off
- BITMAP – We’re Losing The Will To Survive (The Skylab Disaster)
- EGO DEATH CLUB – Good Shape
- MICHAEL DONOGHUE – Mummy
- DOLYA – Tomahawk
- DEAD NAKED HIPPIES – Curiosity
- TIGER RAGS – Semaphore
- ASTRAL CLOUD ASHES – In Ruans
- SHADEEMUS! – Clovis
- PALE BLUE EYES – Motionless
- ELBROOK COURT – The Saint of 9th Street
- NOVYI LEF – Part of The Bigger Thing
- CRIMEWAVE – Barcode
- EL – Stop
- LIZ CIRELLI – Beach Jeep
- ARI POLITI – A Sky Full Of Stars
- MR WOODNOTE – 12 Get Down (Live Remix)
- THE BD3 – Cat With The Crooked Smile
- AULD SPELLS – 14th Floor
- NICK SHANE – A New Decade
- THE LAST MORRELL – Sometimes
- ED ROME – Ciclismo – Liverpool St Station As It Was In The Early 80’s
- PULSES – Faces In The Woods
- CALMING RIVER – Anniversary
In addition to our weekly Eclectic Picks playlists on Soundcloud, we also create weekly, monthly and ‘all time favourite’ playlists on Spotify. Please check out our other playlists below!