Fresh Faves: Batch 449

Chewy She

Artists at a glance

ADERYN
BROKEN DOWN GOLF CART
BUG TEETH
CHEWY SHE
HARRIET DAGNALL
IVOR GAME
KITTY PERRIN
LANGUAGE LAB
LOUIS RIVE
NIAMH MCKINNEY

These Fresh Faves were picked by our readers over the weekend – and reviewed by Fresh On The Net’s Steve Harris this week. You can hear all these tracks in a single Soundcloud playlist here.

ADERYN – Honey

Aderyn returns to our Fresh Faves with Honey, a song about seeing all the flaws in someone that you really liked, and wishing they could be better. You can feel the frustration in the lyrics, perfectly summed up in the chorus: “Honey, up the dose, it don’t work anymore, and I want to want you”. There is a fun video too.

Released on Clwb Music (Clwb Ifor Bach’s record label, which aims to develop Welsh artists such as Aderyn, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and Panic Shack for a global audience), and that seems right, because this sounds like Clwb: it’s infectious and smart, with a keen sense of fun behind it.

Aderyn will be no stranger to regular readers, as every time she’s submitted a track to us, it’s made our Fresh Faves — she was also Artist Of The Week on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio Wales show last week too. Honey is streaming now on all the usual platforms.

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BROKEN DOWN GOLF CART – The Science Behind

The Science Behind is an understated track about dealing with difficult emotions. From Liverpool, Broken Down Golf Cart is Jen Baranick, who not only makes the music, but also creates animated videos for them. Going down well with our listeners, and with support from Dave Monks at BBC Introducing Merseyside, our own Tom Robinson on the BBC Introducing Mixtape, and The Von Pip Musical Express, it’s clear Jen is hitting all the right metaphorical notes too.

Find her videos on YouTube (her “main jam”), and stream her music on Soundcloud and Spotify, and catch her at the Future Now Weekender in Birkenhead in late August.

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BUG TEETH – Ice-9

Ice-9 from Bug Teeth starts out as a twinkly, dream-pop track, but quickly builds up these layers of guitars, synths, vocals and increasingly urgent drums to a soaring crescendo that’s a lot more psychedelic — the result is captivating, and it’s maybe no surprise then that it topped our Listening Post last weekend.

Bug Teeth is fronted by PJ Johnson (guitar and vocals), with George Orton (guitar), Sonny Mitchell (drums), and Alex Calder (synth), and I’m guessing they are from Norwich, given how much they do around there. Ice-9 is available to download now from Bandcamp, and you can catch them at the Norwich Psych Fest this October.

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CHEWY SHE – Je Suis Nue Il Est Habillé

Je Suis Nue Il Est Habillé (I’m Naked, He’s Dressed) is a trashy electro disco track with heaps of style and attitude, and I love it. The video is well worth a watch too, because it is pure madness, and the visual aspect (costumes, performance, dance, etc) are an intrinsic part of Chewy She’s work. There is also… a sitcom?!

So, who are these nutters? Well, Chewy She self-describe as an “ethereal electro-disco-punk band” based in London and fronted by Garance Louis, who has apparently collaborated in studios with Andy Ramsay (Stereolab — yep I can imagine), Eddie Stevens (Roisin Murphy — absolutely) and Dan Leavers, aka The Comet is Coming’s “synth wizard” Danalogue, amongst others.

With support from Cerys Matthews (“beautiful, bonkers, beautiful”), an Arts Council grant for their upcoming multi-disciplinary immersive show, and a crowdfunded debut EP on the way, I’d say this is a very promising start to an intriguing, and doubtless very entertaining artists’ journey that is worth keeping an eye on.

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HARRIET DAGNALL – Dead Time

Harriet Dagnall is originally from Bolton, now in Manchester, and has been writing and performing since the age of fourteen. Dead Time sounds very accomplished to these ears: the lyrics are strong, those vocal melodies never stand still, and there’s a sophistication about the songwriting and production. It’s poised and polished, and hits every mark.

You can stream this track now on all the usual platforms.

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IVOR GAME – You Know Who You Are

For a masterclass in songwriting and acoustic performance, check out Ivor Game’s You Know Who You Are. It gets right in there and says and does what it needs to, wasting not a single one of its 95 seconds. Ivor’s skilful guitar playing matches the lyrics in being somehow concise and economical — plenty of flair, but no unnecessary flourishes. As a love song, I think it’s also perfect — the mystique of “you know who you are” even if he isn’t saying, allows the listener to fill in the gaps.

From “just outside” London, Ivor Game is a singer-songwriter who, over the years, has been “touring his short acoustic tunes across the UK to Ireland, Los Angeles to Nashville, parts of Europe and beyond.” Tom Robinson is a fan, obvs. You Know Who You Are is taken from Ivor’s latest album, Fine Summer Rain, which is available on Bandcamp now.

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KITTY PERRIN – The Escapist

The Escapist is the debut single from Norwich singer-songwriter Kitty Perrin, and is taken from her debut EP Stick It Out, released last month. This song reflects on the the end of a relationship that finds Kitty’s voice somewhere between between strong and wistful, with glistening pianos, guitars, pounding drums, and cymbals crashing with the waves of emotion. Despite the apparent melancholy, it somehow comes out sounding hopeful — we live and learn, I guess.

As well as making her own music, Kitty also happens to work as a presenter at BBC Radio Norfolk, including on their BBC Introducing show. Catch her at the Tilted Queer in Norwich Arts Centre next weekend, and stream her music on Spotify and Soundcloud now.

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LANGUAGE LAB – Cast Him Down

Cast Him Down is, according to Language Lab, a “spoken word journey through Edinburgh’s underbelly” set to a meandering and sometimes menacing soundtrack, with interspersed vocal stabs and field recordings of traffic. It sounds great, and certainly holds your interest.

Language Lab are “Electro drone senile delinquents from Embra”, or lab technicians Brodsky and Magnus from Brawsome Productions, and their debut EP Electronic Für Alle was released on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube on February 25.

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LOUIS RIVE – House In The Sky For A Gallowgate Child

By coincidence, following straight on from that Language Lab track, House In The Sky For A Gallowgate Child is, according to Louis Rive, “a musical tour through North-East Glasgow”. Two of Scotland’s cities battling it out, but ranking equally on our Listening Post this week (phew!).

House In The Sky For A Gallowgate Child saunters along, with Louis’ gravelly vocals delivering some poetic, sometimes choice lines about the locale — it’s well worth listening closely to the lyrics on this.

I love the mini bio on Louis’ Bandcamp page: “Louis plays folk music; not the kind about orcs, glens, wizards etc, more about people and places. Like Tom Waits and Judy Collins if either of them wrote about Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. Closer tae home he wants to follow on from top lyricists like Michael Marra, Liz Lochead, and Hamish Imlach”. Speaking of which, this track is part of Louis’s Dear Green Place EP, which was released on April 1 and is available to buy on Bandcamp now.

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NIAMH MCKINNEY – Damn Luxury

It was pretty much love at first listen for Damn Luxury by Niamh McKinney. According to her, this is “a song about a woman who became a mother when she was a young teen, and ended up a single mum,” in which we hear “the dialogue between her and a childless friend, who, as she sees it at first, is still free to ‘have fun’, and ‘be childlike’ […] but at the end of the song we hear how she realises the richness of her life.” There are some great lines in this, and Niamh’s smooth and controlled vocal delivery really stands out.

Niamh McKinney is a singer-songwriter from Wicklow who’s kept notebooks of poetry since childhood, but didn’t start writing songs until 2015, when they suddenly started pouring out. She writes her songs a capella, and her musical partner and husband Stephen McKinney crafts the accompaniments. They are currently working on their debut album.

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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.

But if we’ve recently featured you in our Fresh Faves – or on my BBC Introducing Mixtape – please wait three months before sending us another track, so we have space to help other deserving artists… For more info see Robinson Has A Good Old Moan.

Steve Harris

Steve Harris is an independent app developer living in Swansea, Wales. A passionate music lover, his hobbies include not working and pretending to understand science. Find him on Twitter: @steveharris. Read more about Steve.

4 Comments

  1. Great reviews Steve. A really enjoyable read. Incidentally you are right about Bug Teeth being fro Norwich. I believe PJ Johnson is actually FOTN regular Poppy. 🙂

  2. Nice work Steve! Congratulations to all the artists who made it into the Faves.

  3. Andy Page

    Brilliant reviews as always Steve!

  4. Steve Harris

    Thanks all!

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