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, Hannya White.
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 HANNYA WHITE
Hannya White is an artist that we first discovered here on Freshonthenet. I can trace the date precisely to 5th November 2020, because a few Whatsapp messages were exchanged on the Signal Committee thread when we came across her track ‘For You, Without Love‘. Hannya has been a regular on the Eclectic Picks ever since, as well as being a regular on Exile FM’s ‘Trust The Doc’ radio show – courtesy of fellow Freshonthenet moderator, Neil March.
Hannya’s music is the epitomy of what the Eclectic Picks playlist is all about…. experimental and abstract but, more importantly, riding the right side of that fine line between madness and genius. In the same way that David Lynch isn’t so much a film maker, but an artist…. you may say that Hannya White is not so much a musician, but an artist in its purest form. To get an idea of what we mean by that, we would recommend checking out her music videos on Youtube here.
Londoners are privileged with the convenience of being able to see Hannya perform live in the London area – including Neil’s event ‘Vanishing Point’, so do check out her profile for latest releases and dates for upcoming live performances!
A FEW WORDS FROM HANNYA WHITE ON THIS WEEK’S PICKS
Thanks to all the artists for sending music to Fresh on The Net. I have chosen ten of my favourite tracks out of 199 tracks that were submitted this week.
Words by me, have a read and listen.
Enjoy my selection of the FOTN week this November.
No truth is guaranteed….
This track from London based producer Joshua Ward caught my attention immediately. ‘Voyage Age’ is from his EP ‘Metabolism Achord’ and I had the luck that it was submitted to FOTN this week, because he releases just three tracks every year according to his Twitter account. While I am listening, the music takes me somewhere with the experimental, futuristic fragments. I’m not sure where, definitely more a place I know from dreams.
James Adrian Brown
James Adrian Brown, Leeds based musicians released his debut track ‘To Be In Two Places At Once’ on the 23 of October 2021 via Analog Horizons. A dark, electronic, experimental track. It’s a two-part single which will be followed by a short film, which makes me very curious.
Wilcen & Psicell
‘Buried Secrets’ is a collobarative song by Wilcen & Psicell. An upbeat song with dark notes and a whispering voice.
Sir Kapisi is a dark ambient, electronic and experimental track, and a bird sound even found its way into this song.
What is the track about? Sir Kapisi means “the Mystery Gate”, but on Soundcloud he titled the song Sirkapisi xd… and ‘xd’ can have many different meanings?!
‘Balconies’ is a single by Bloom’s Taxonomy. An Electronic, downtempo psychedelic track with piano and stunning vocals, which add an oriental atmosphere. Just a very beautiful mix.
Their track ‘Cheeks’ is a not so perfect pop song. Sub-bass of an old Italian organ and the honking sax of Iain McCall, telling the tale of a squashed individual which was released on 5th November 2021. A puzzle of sounds.
Their next gig is lined up for 17th December at Newcastle Bobiks, and Cheeks is available on 7″ vinyl as ‘Cheeks / Mild Weather’, and also digitally on Upset The Rhythm.
‘Taste it’ is a remix from Bulzara and is included on his new album ‘CROCODILLASEAPIG’. Bulzara is an electronic music producer from Yorkshire, influenced by the like of New Order, Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and more. I just love the remix of the song. Bulzara has similar influences to the original artist, Signal Committee, such as the Chemical Brothers and New Order. So, yeah I can recommend to listen to both tracks. Indietronica right into your ears.
Lines of Flight
Lines of Flight, a dreamwave, synthpop duo from Leeds, released their latest single ‘Please Don’t Say You’re Going (To Let Me Down)’ earlier this month. First heard on Exile FM, I started to follow their journey earlier this year – from their melancholia, atmospheric deep sounds, lyrics to their dreamy visuals in their videos.
Their latest track is track 9 of the 10-track release series “Signs of Life”. The focus of the song is that, in times of acute stress, one coping mechanism is to look back on past experiences. Find out more while listening.
‘Polidics (All I Want For Christmas Is The Rebirth of Our baee J.C)’ is the first single on Rona Mac’s upcoming EP due in March. I listened to a couple more of her tracks and they are differently unique in the ocean of singer songwriters. She is based in Wales, but I hope she will come soon to London for a live gig!
‘Space Dust’ by Dead Anyway kicks off with drums and the lyrics “A tennis ball in a sock against the garage door means your sister’s going to leave you alone for a change. Phew.” That’s definitely the sound of Dead Anyway. Poetry, dark lyrics with beats, angry and a straight forward vibe embedded in a soundscape you just fall in.
Thank you to all who listen…. and enjoy the Eclectic Picks!
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
- JOSHUA WARD – Voyage Age
- JAMES ADRIAN BROWN – To Be In Two Place At Once
- WILCEN & PSICELL – Buried Secrets
- OBBA – Sirkapisi xd
- BLOOM’S TAXONOMY – Balconies (Single)
- BUFFET LUNCH – Cheeks
- BULZARA – Taste It (Remix)
- LINES OF FLIGHT – Please Don’t Say You’re Going (To Let Me Down)
- RONA MAC – Polidics (All I Want For Christmas Is The Rebirth of Our Baee J.C)
- DEAD ANYWAY – Space Dust
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.