WHAT DO WE LOOK FOR?
Every week Signal Committee present 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. This week all the hard work and credit goes to our special guest moderator, Gomrund.
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. If you used to write band names on your pencil case at school, you’ll probably like our playlists.
We first came across Gomrund in July this year when he submitted his track, Wookie, to Fresh On The Net. A nifty, looping guitar riff brought to a life with a solid tempo and electronic layers. Since then, Gomrund has managed to sneak his way on to the Eclectic Picks playlist 4 more times with: Vectrex, Constantine, Zammo, Dwarf. In fact, it had come to a point when Gomrund’s consistency had seemingly got to the point whereby we barely need to listen to the track, knowing it would be destined to make the cut.
Gomrund recently pledged to make it his personal challenge to get as many tracks on the Eclectic Picks as he possibly could. But not this week. This week Gomrund joins a list of other artists that have regularly featured in the Eclectic Picks… as the curator of this week’s list.
OUR PICK OF THE WEEK
Lost Highway by Will Wilder. It’s a truly solid list of 12 that Gomrund has put together, and so many different styles to choose from, but for some reason we just kept coming back to this track.
A FEW WORDS FROM GOMRUND ON THIS WEEK’S PICKS
When I was approached to be the guest curator on this week’s Eclectic Picks, I thought about what an honour it was, but also how difficult a job it would be. I knew from listening to the weekly playlists how diverse and fantastic the tracks normally were, and I wasn’t sure how I would narrow them down. I started with a very long list, then a long list, then the picks here. If I was choosing simply tracks I enjoyed, the list would be practically all the submissions. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy, and remember, as good as it is to get on the 6 Music playlist, the Eclectic Picks are where the cool kids are at…
You can listen to this weeks playlist using the player below, or click here to open the Soundcloud playlist in a new window. For the best listening experience… crank up the volume and immerse yourself in the music!
ARTISTS SELECTED THIS WEEK
- OCTOPHONIC – Ken & Kenny
- BULZARA & TASHI DELAY – Terra Firma
- SIDDHARTHA SAYS – Life Moves Pretty Fast
- THE DEATH PARTICLE – The Human Condition
- JUNKYARD OF SILENCED POETS – Gargoyle Trees
- POST-AMBIENT – Strength In Numbers
- WILL WILDER – Lost Highway
- AULD SPELLS – Sweet Disease
- NINA HARRIES – Water
- ROUTE 500 – Hit Zero
- FAUVES – Ends of Me
- NGMY – Thwind
We all have ambitions to get on national radio, but in the meantime there are loads of great, independent radio stations that are always looking for new music of the alternative variety. They offer no promises, but the following hosts tell me they that, if you made this list, they’d like you to get in touch to be considered for their show:
- Chris Watts, presenter of “In The Moog” online on NCCR (UK) (Twitter: @chriswatts1965. Electronic/synth-based tracks (mp3 &/or WAV) to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with artwork &/or band pic and your Twitter handle).
- Lucas Gil, presenter of Supernova on Glitterbeam Radio (Twitter @lucasgil, apply by his website here)
- Joe Figueira of North Manchester FM (Twitter @moretonguy, apply with MP3, short bio & twitter handle by e-mail to email@example.com)
POLITE REQUEST TO ALL ARTISTS
If you’re on Twitter, IG etc make sure you put a link to your social media pages on your soundcloud profile. It’ll save curators, moderators, radio folk etc lots of time letting you know you made the cut. On the other hand, maintaining anonymity might lead to a cult following in a remote location that you don’t find out about until someone from Svalbard FM hunts you down 20 years later to do a Searching For Sugar Man-esque documentary.