Artists at a glance
ELLIE DIXON & AUSTIN PRINCE
FLO PERLIN AND PILGRIMS
ALI HORN – End Credits
Sturdy drums kick off this song, with a marimba riff that’s hiding underneath some nice drums, this is Ali Horn’s track End Credits. The vocals are so chilled, and there’s a nice reference to David Bowie in the lyrics with “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust”. It’s one of those songs that you can listen to easily, bubbling sounds. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this artist.
ELLIE DIXON & AUSTIN PRINCE – New Waves
This is a duet between London singer/producer Ellie Dixon and Californian singer-songwriter Austin Prince. It’s so soulful, I just want to light candles, break out my favourite book, and chill to it… the guitars blend so nicely over vocals that melt together like chocolate. It had my head bopping, I could really imagine them having so much fun putting this together, and when things open up and this being performed live… The arrangement is on point, and it’s worth a listen multiple times. Just what you need after a long day, something to give your ears an audio cuddle.
EVE GOODMAN – Pellter
This song is sung entirely in Welsh, and from a musical point of view it conjures up quite an image. This song is beautiful with its simplicity, just a bass, acoustic guitar, piano and whispy vocals — the lyrics speak of being given a chance and loss. It’s got such a folksy feel, and you can feel the emotion of a lost loved one. The melody is pretty and gives me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing this song with us Eve, it’s a very personal piece and a beautiful thing. Eve Goodman is a singer songwriter from North Wales, and her current writing explores grief, in this time that we are in, it’s such an important outlet.
FLO PERLIN AND PILGRIMS’ DREAM – Life Lives Inside
The thing I like about this song is that it’s a moody piece, with dark lyrics, and it’s sung as a prayer. The time signature makes me want to break out the air brushes on the air drum snare, and play along. The piano sounds lovely, and when Rob Cuseley’s vocal comes in over the top really deep, it give it gravity.
Flo Perlin and Pilgrims’ Progress collaborated on this. They met at an open mic night five years ago when they were both going through some personal challenges, and found solace in writing together, allowing them to write this. Check it out for yourself and enjoy.
GOLD SPECTACLES – Lothario
The thing that draws me to this song is the jaunty feel to it. I love the drums on this big snare sound and upbeat, I like the way the song is guitar-led with different instruments coming in, which speaks to the fact they’re a multi-instrumental duo, taking it in turns to play everything. Gold Spectacles describe themselves as being a baroque pop duo, sharing the songwriting and production duties. They should be proud of what they’ve achieved here, and I’m awarding this one my badge for one to watch.
JOSH GEFFIN – Pages
This song is gorgeous. Acoustic guitar, strings, lovely harmonies. Before joining FOTN I have never been introduced to the folk side of things, but gaining exposure to it has made me appreciate it even more. I’m eclectic so I’m completely open to listen to whatever is played for me. In which case I’m awarding my favourite of the week to Josh Geffin. He’s a folk singer-songwriter from London, and has performed on the BBC and at the Barbican.
LEG PUPPY – Paycheck (When The Fun Stops, Stop)
Now this! THIS is different! This is alt pop with attitude! 808 drums playing 4 on the floor pounding beats punctuated with growling guitars and the vocals… oh the vocals fly at you, shouting at you to take their pay check. This song’s going to stay with me a while. I love a good 808, so thumbs up to Leg Puppy. They are a very mysterious duo whose live shows have been compared to early KLF, but profess to not having the million pounds yet (if you do don’t burn it send it to me!), they’re all masked-up and have music online — if you like this seek them out and get more!
MADELYN – Hold On, Light Up
I love the vocals on this. I’m a sucker for a good melody, and if you put some nice electric piano under it you’ve touched my soul. This is smooth, the progression is sexy as anything, and the vocals are like hot chocolate. The drums are not in your face, but you can tell this could do well on a drum and bass remix… hmm, something to consider. Madelyn is a UK songwriter and producer, and this is her fourth release, and I’m going to break my own rule and award her my second one to watch badge.
SARA WOLFF – You Like Talking About Yourself
Norwegian singer songwriter Sara Wolff comes brings a song that (correct me if I’m wrong!) is in 3/4 and swings quite nicely. The guitar part got me hooked, I love a good riff. Also one thing that catches you off-guard is that while the beat is steady, it does this thing where it goes out of time then falls back in step. I like that. There’s an audio dream sequence a la “A Day In The Life” – she lives in Liverpool – I wonder if the ghost of the greatest band on the planet has rubbed off on her…? Time will tell!
SLABS – Watch Me As I Watch You
“Watch me as I watch you…” That’s our intro to this song. This is a mixture of rap and spoken word at its best. This is SLABS’ commentary on life in 2020, talking about technology, the hand sanitzer, spending and watching the pennies, over a jazzy beat, mixed with a warbling electric piano. If Channel 4 need an alternate Christmas Message this year, this is it. There isn’t much about SLABS online, but from what I can find he proclaims that we are all slabs. Given that this speaks about what we’ve all been through this year? Well… I agree.
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.
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