Review: Specimen EP by ELK

There is music which by default tumbles into that categorical looseness known as post-rock, a term so vague that even the most knowing of oracles would be hard pressed to define it. I like to think of it as a musical free spirit; music without a map or specific direction, meandering aimlessly through a myriad uncharted territories.  Chameleon like changes of sound and texture, vacillating between tempos,…

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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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REVIEW: GHOSTS BY KIIRSTIN MARILYN

"I am an activist". That's how Brooklyn-based underground alt-pop artist Kiirstin Marilyn introduced herself. So, naturally, with U.S. politics at the top of the news, this is a good time to hear what she has to say through her songs. Kiirstin has appeared on The Listening Post a few times, so her work may be familiar to FOTN regulars. It's good to know that some…

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REVIEW: SERA ROCKS!

Regular visitors to The Listening Post may well be familiar with Folkstock Records, a prolific boutique label well known for championing new, acoustic folk and roots music. It's a testament to the excellence we've come to expect from them that their artists frequently make it through to the Fresh Faves, including Sera who appeared in Bobby's reviews of batch 212 - but rock? That would…

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