Eclectic Picks: Batch 435

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, however, all the credit goes to our guest curator, JUNKYARD OF SILENCED POETS.

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 JUNKYARD OF SILENCED POETS

It all started in October 2020, when Junkyard of Silenced Poets submitted ‘Don’t Fear The Roofer‘ in batch 381, and in doing so became the first artist listed on the first Eclectic Picks playlist published on Freshonthenet. That slick bass line and dirty guitars sounded as great then, as it does today, and with 6 more tracks making the Eclectic Picks over the coming weeks, it was only a matter of time before they would break down the doors to the Listening Post. Having done so, they were duly exalted by the public to the throne of ‘Fresh Faves’, and there was much rejoicing.

Outside of Freshonthenet, Junkyard of Silenced Poets have impressed in many forms, having reworked their track, Automata Exhibition, to a multi-directional music album (MDMA). What’s that you ask? Every time you listen to it, you get a different experience, and once you have listened to all the variations, a special treat awaits. The curious ones can check that out here.

Embracing the musical community doesn’t stop there, Junkyard of Silenced Poets’ exploits can also be seen in their recent collaboration with Uncle Kid, Lamplig Deranged. That aside, they can be regularly seen on the Eclectic Picks, Listening Post and on Twitter, championing their weekly favourites. This week, however, the stage is theirs. And some belters they have picked out indeed!

A FEW WORDS FROM JUNKYARD OF SILENCED POETS

It’s a massive honour to be Guest Curator for Signal Committee’s celebrated Eclectic Picks – many of our favourite tracks & artists have been discovered here over the last 16 months.

Each week there are many phenomenal tracks submitted to the Fresh On The Net inbox – some of these make it to The Listening Post, some then become Fresh Faves, some appear here in The Eclectics, some make all three; and some of these incredible tracks don’t get selected at all. Occasionally some of these ‘overlooked’ masterpieces make Tom Robinson’s Mixtape … and obviously the limited runtime of that show makes this a statistical improbability for even the finest of songs! The Eclectics continue to be a vibrant element in broadening the range and diversity of tracks given more exposure; and the Guest Curators (and, indeed, Guest Moderators) ensure that Fresh On The Net remains not only one of the best resources for artists, but also the freshest!

This week’s inbox contained nearly 11 hours of music, and despite pushing the runtime of our Eclectic Picks to its maximum, there were many exceptional tracks we have not been able to include – we sincerely hope these tracks and artists have good fortune elsewhere! So, for the tracks we have included…creativity, invention, wayward musical inclinations and abstraction feature heavily; ear-candy and sonic thrills abound; and, of course, they ALL sound utterly fantastic!!! You are now reading about the greatest Eclectic Picks this week! Why aren’t you listening to it?

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. HOUSEHOLD DOGS – Jesus In Leather
  2. CHINA SHOP BULL – 2 To 1 (Remastered)
  3. JACK DEAN – Lead Me Back Into Love
  4. YA – Fear
  5. MULES – Clapping For Carers
  6. TEN EIGHTY TREES – Pathfinder
  7. BLUESKI – Tabi
  8. THE TRUSTED – Eli
  9. MATARISON – Mega City One
  10. ZAPHO – Peoples
  11. AXEL FLÓVENT – You (Feat. Tusks)
  12. THE JOJO MAN BAND – Plastic Fantastic
  13. LIVE WIRE – Klondike Girl
  14. ELECTRIC HIGH – Colorful White Lies
  15. MOTEL CARNATION – Sweet Separation
  16. ANDREW VAN GARRATT – The Pain
  17. FLAKEBELLY – See Jessica Popkiss
  18. STRESS DOSS – Alaska
  19. LEE SWITZER-WOOLF – Holy Smoke
  20. GRANFALLOON – The Pigeon
  21. FROZEN INERTIA – Brynn Can Win
  22. OUT OF THE SWIM – Tilt The Mirror
  23. CHICKEN MAN AND THE BAD EGGS – Indian Pale Fale
  24. PHILIP MORGAN LEWIS – The Minute
  25. KELP – Shady Palsm
  26. NATIVE TONGUE – Guinea Pig

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.

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