Eclectic Picks: Batch 424

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, Trevas.

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.

INTRODUCING TREVAS

Trevas is an artist we discovered right here on Freshonthenet back in May 2021. His first submission to catch our ears, and find it’s way onto the Eclectic Picks, was Awakening Organica – which can be summarised succinctly as ‘modern Kraftwerk’.

Trevas swiftly returned to the Eclectic Picks in June with a new sound in the form of Thames Iron Works, a track as dark and industrial as the title suggests – and a piece perfect for film makers to yield the power of sound to grip an audience. Trevas returned to familiarity momentarily with another electronic track, Nebula Among Us, before catching us all completely off guard with the superbly crafted, Sandstorm Rising, which harnesses vibes as far East as the East of the Euphrates.

More recently, Trevas’ track, Stretch, sneaked it’s way past the guards and on to the Listening Post. Faced with the choice between Trevas and Barabus, the public demanded that Trevas be set free to walk amongst the Fresh Faves. Alas, such is the poisoned chalice that comes with making the Fresh Faves, Trevas is now facing a 3 month ban from submitting to Freshonthenet. In the meantime, he’ll have to make do with a stab at curating the Eclectic Picks.

Part of our thinking behind having other artists curate the Eclectic Picks is to find new perspectives, whilst keeping true to the ethos of finding great, alternative music. Like all of the guest curators so far, Trevas has done a might fine job, so please check out his picks below and leave a comment if you got this far!

A FEW WORDS FROM TREVAS ON THIS WEEK’S PICKS

Signal Committee inviting myself to choose the eclectic picks is truly a great honour. Where did I start? I reminded myself of the meaning of ‘eclectic’:

‘Deriving ideas, style and taste from a diverse range of sources’

From the 200 inbox I chose tracks which, for me, in the true spirit of eclecticism really offered this definition.

The Deadtime Philharmonic with their driving gritty storyline lyrics and the opposing backdrop of soft backing vocals – a true musical juxtaposition.

Genoveva offering the fun of another language (that I did not understand) but understood the musicality.

Furious Labs Productions featuring The Fantom Man with a dance track having plenty of quirky variation and nuances.

CISMO with an instrumental fusion of nocturnal noises, beats and choir vocals.

Octophonic produces progressive piano with wind instruments and space sounds overlaid on a catchy back beat.

Christen Kwame with a dreamy sung and spoken word track backed with strings and choir voices with a unique percussion.

Industrial-1 with a hauntingly beautiful piano piece played in differing keys.

Cyber Erotic Love Child producing a track building progressively with creative synth sounds to a steady, intoxicating rhythm.

IAMME with a uniquely timed vocal delivery to full effect – which works with the very quirky backing.

The Gorstey Lea Street Choir deliver a jousting baseline with bells and guitar which sets the undulating rhythm with distinct echoed vocals.

Five Pence Game use saxophone, bass and differing drum patterns to great effect.

The Actions give slow arpeggio sounds with a wonderful sultry vocal and a dramatic ‘bendy’ interlude.

Project Concubine produces a unique percussion with chimes, pads, muted bells and slow ‘murmur’ driven vocals (in differing pitches) to draw the listener in further.

Luke Moore produces a short piece delivering spacious and warm cinematic sounds within an ethereal envelope.

Tom Gunn Nash produces a wispy cello driven track that seems to float on your ears with a glowing, I say, accordion type backing.

Stephen Durkan delivers a funky track with lyrics that cleverly makes you listen to every word through the pre-cursor of ‘I want ……’

Talman effortlessly blends cello with seriously catchy beats mixed with fleeting vocals and dialogue from old black and white films to very good effect.

Fluid Armstrong produces a synth driven track with a deep bass punctuated with layers of ethereal sounds and rhythmic beats.

IPLU gives a track which could be formed within the underground chambers of a mountain – unique splashes and drips begin before pads and rhythm set in.

Jupiter Falls produces a mesmerising high-tech intro with beats and high pitched plucks which flow throughout – my second track with a foreign language which gives interest, edge and depth.

LISTEN

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

  1. THEE DEADTIME PHILHARMONIC – Hardlines
  2. GENOVEVA – Tarde Lo Conocí
  3. THE FANTOM MAN – Cassette
  4. CISMO – Bus To Jericho
  5. OCTOPHONIC – The Gnomes Played Piano
  6. CHRISTEN KWAME – Freedom 444hz
  7. INDUSTRIAL-1 – Time
  8. CYBER EROTIC LOVE CHILD – Sketches Of The Bounce: Journey To B1.1.1.1.2.1.1.1.1.1.1
  9. IAMME – Go That Far
  10. THE GORSTEY LEA STREET CHOIR – FireBoySlowBurn
  11. FIVE PENCE GAME – Toque de Queda feat. Luis Gonzales Garrido
  12. THE ACTIONS – Displaced
  13. PROJECT CONCUBINE – Heart Train
  14. LUKE MOORE – Afterwards
  15. TOM GUNN NASH – Lull
  16. STEPHEN DURKAN – I Want
  17. TALMAN – Fearful
  18. FLUID ARMSTRONG – Soft Collision
  19. IPLU – Mountain Lion 8
  20. JUPITER FALLS – Galwa Eto

RADIO OPPORTUNITIES

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 chrisinthemoog@gmail.com, 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 joefigueira@yahoo.co.uk)

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.

Signal Committee

Signal Committee are a four piece band from Bury, England. Their influences include the likes of New Order, Radiohead, Bowie, Jon Hopkins and Massive Attack.

5 Comments

  1. Thank you Trevas for selecting The Gnomes Played Piano, much appreciated. Had a quick listen through to all tracks, a very diverse and eclectic selection indeed. Cheers.

  2. Great work Trev. Interesting choices and succinct commentaries on all of them. 🙂

  3. Thank you! From all of us at Thee Deadtime Philharmonic. Glad you liked ‘Hardlines’ 🙂

  4. An honour to be included ! Glad that you like my welsh song ‘Galwa Eto’.
    Really enjoyed listening to the whole playlist —thank you Trevas !

  5. OCTOPHONIC – The Gnomes Played Piano – great fun, loved it.

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