Review: Jeanes – Sleeping Leaves

As the Northern Hemisphere moves through a lazy spring into a long-awaited summer, it's good to be immersed in music that draws inspiration from the magic of nature. Sleeping Leaves may be the debut EP from Jeanes, but, like all good things, it's taken time to gestate and develop. It's been 30¬†years, in fact, with the first ideas emerging as poetry and falling onto scraps…

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Review: Jocasta: A Musical Tragedy

Some stories are timeless. Oedipus, Hamlet, Star Wars, Harry Potter. The underlying themes are resolutely tragic and the leading characters resolutely masculine. Louis Barabbas, whose band The Bedlam Six released their swansong album Down Down Down back in 2016, (check out our review here) combines his love of the classics with attention to contemporary political intrigue to create an epic, 31-track feminist-oriented double-album. How else…

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Review: DIDI Sorry and Awkward

In the music industry, the dividing line between those behind the mixing desk and those behind the mike can seem like the boundary between two nations. Different cultures, different personalities, even different languages. The divide is gendered, too, with far fewer women in the engineering and producing space, so a successful female producer who transitions to performer is bound to attract attention. Lauren Deakin Davies…

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Review: Future Melancholy Pop Music by Johnno Casson

Acquiring the title of "National Treasure" can be a double edged sword. A bit like a Lifetime Achievement Award, it implies that the best is in the past. But when it is offered with the respect and affection of BBC veteran music presenter and Fresh On The Net's own Tom Robinson, it's an accolade any musician would be proud to accept. Enter Johnno Casson, aka…

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Review: For David by Debs McCoy

There are many reasons why musicians are moved to write and record. Creating art comes from the heart, the soul and the moment of inspiration. Often it can be a way to release emotion and express meaning beyond words. This collection of piano-led pieces, brought together by Team Freshnet's own Debs McCoy in her album For David, emerged when her dear friend David Greaves received…

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Review: Songbirds by Kate Dimbleby

Think of a capella music and you may well bring to mind Pitch Perfect, The Flying Pickets or The Roches. What you won't expect is the complex variation provided by singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby in Songbirds. Whilst this is her sixth studio album, it's the first that she considers to be truly herself - "Everything laid bare". Songbirds is the product of a life explored. From…

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Review: Never Closer by Raphael Doyle

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of Tom Robinson's introduction and updates on the album's Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael's intensely confessional poem I Come From Ireland. Released as an early single, it found favour on the Listening Post and reached our Fresh Faves back in October 2016. Would the album live up to expectations?…

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Review: Nothing Of Nothing Much by Albert Man

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man's 2016 album Cheap Suit placed him at the forefront of London's gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio's Head of Music, hailing him as a "brilliant singer-songwriter". We also gave a couple of tracks a spin on the Listening Post and saw them head into the Fresh Faves, so we've been eagerly awaiting his next release. It…

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Review: Prayer To A Snowflake by Mary-Jess

At this time of year, it's easy to write off music as tacky or overly-sentimental, especially when the shops are blasting out Slade and Chris de Burgh as though there's been nothing new since the 70s. Here at Fresh On The Net, we've quarantined all the Christmas-themed songs so that listeners who are feeling the seasonal spirit can indulge, while those of a 'Bah-Humbug' disposition…

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Review: Peste by Belly Of Paris

Belly of Paris made it through the Listening Post and into the Fresh Faves back in September, with their single Aristide's Entry Into Paris. While pulling the reviews together, I heard their plans to release a debut album, Peste, in November, so I hung around in eager anticipation. I wasn't disappointed. Based in Bahrain and bringing together musicians from India, Argentina, Palestine, Hungary, UK, and…

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