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 7th December 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.
This week have just over 1 hour of eclectic picks in the final playlist as we bid farewell to 2020.
A FEW WORDS ON THIS WEEKS PICKS
Our lead out track this week comes in the form of a sublime offering from Welsh duo, Tacsidermi, an atmospheric track with echoes of Warpaint. We have no idea what they are singing about but that doesn’t matter, vocals are merely an instrument, and the unfamiliarity shrouds the track in a mystique that Sigur Ros fans would appreciate.
Next up, and keeping the flag flying for Wales, come Ritual Cloak who create an intense, yet angelic, soundscape. More atmospherics follow with Data_haven, with a track that starts of chilled & downtempo, but don’t let that fool you, there is a dancefloor of electronica poised to explode.
The Cult of Free Love continue the theme of nicely textured atmospherics, but with a psychedelic, and almost tribal, twist. That slots in nicely with a regular here at Eclectic Picks, Junkyard of Silenced Poets. At times their latest track can be anything from psychedelic, abstract or chilled but always engaging in a way that ought to give fashionable ‘go to’ soundtrack experts such as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross a run for the money. To Kill A Nation continue in a similar fashion, with a dark and engrossing piano driven soundscape (which actually reminds us of the first part of the melody for ‘funky town’, slowed down and skewed to fit the soundtrack of a horror film).
In keeping with the ominous tones, we move on to the curious case of Hannya White. Another regular here, but we are gripped by more than curiosity. Her latest track screams sci-fi and intensity, and nicely continues the list of candidates that ought to have film directors as interested as they are curious.
Time for a flurry of electronica. Starting with Gianna Barba, where electronica is at the fore of a dense atmosphere that builds up to create a haunting ambience. More electronic soundscapes follow, this time driven by the synths of A Collection of Notes, with Particle Drift exploring the galaxy in a similar fashion!
Returning to ground level, Heart Shaped picks up the pieces by serving us a delicate piece of dream pop with nods to Melody Prochet, complimented nicely by YES CHEF and his own lo-fi dream state. From there, and at long last, it’s time for the guitars to take centre stage with an ‘alternative post punk riot’ from ĠENN, a lo-fi blaze of Cure-like grooves from Witness Protection Programme and a fierce wall of sound, with echoes of the Deftones, from CreepJoint.
Not just the final track this week, but bringing the final Eclectic Picks playlist of 2020 to a close, the honours go to Richard T. Holmes. Richard signs off using a distorted ethereal ambience of the Godspeed! variety that would sit comfortably as the ’28 Days Later’ soundtrack – which seems an apt way to summarise 2020.
For the best listening experience… crank up the volume and immerse yourself in the music!
ARTISTS SELECTED THIS WEEK
- TACSIDERMI – Gwir
- RITUAL CLOAK – I Lawr Ymhlith Y Tywyllwch
- DATA_HAVEN – Lithium
- THE CULT OF FREE LOVE – Everyone Wants To Go To Heaven, But Nobody Wants To Die
- TO KILL A NATION – Hold The Fear
- JUNKYARD OF SILENCED POETS – Paraphernalia Of The Bacchanalia
- GIANNA BARBA – Night Sun
- PARTICLE DRIFT – Transient Harmonics
- HEART SHAPED – Sometimes
- A COLLECTION OF NOTES – Lady Calandria May
- HANNYA WHITE – Wanna See
- COLUMN:INCHES – Redux
- YES CHEF – Steam Rolla
- GEN – 23rd March
- WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAMME – On My List
- CREEPJOINT – Fits and Starts
- RICHARD T. HOLMES – Theme For Recovery
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!