The third and final part of this series of posts in which I have been looking at Acts I predicted would do well this year and looking at where they are now. The original to this part is here.
11. Lucy Rose
Lucy Rose released her very lovely debut record this year ‘Like I Used To’. It failed to chart and received middle of the road reviews but I still think it is a very nice attempt at a debut and one she should be proud of. For me, it’s Lucy’s live shows which have grown and grown this year. Seeing her at Barn on the Farm festival and how the crowd reacted to her was incredible and her and her band sound so tight, it’s a wonderful show to see. Lucy has been working hard at this for years and 2012 is finally the year great things have started to happen.
12. The Staves
Like Lucy, The Staves have been around for a while now, constantly gigging and supporting just about everybody. Their debut record ‘Dead, Born and Grown’ was released at the beginning of this week. It highlights everything The Staves do well, lush harmonies, pretty songwriting, sweetness all round. It’s also got a couple of surprises like last track ‘Eagle Song’ which is a bit more exciting than the rest. Maybe next year will be the year The Staves will start to come into their own limelight, and lose that reputation of being forever the support act.
13. Peter and Kerry
Peter & Kerry didn’t really do anything for me this year. Their debut album isn’t very exciting in any way and live they are possibly even less exciting than that. Oh well your allowed one flop on the list right?
14. Rae Morris
Next come two acts which I predicted a year to early. Rae Morris is set for big things in 2013, but 2012 has been the growth year. She got signed, played a headline tour, supported the likes of Lianne La Havas and Noah and the Whale and released a rather gorgeous EP. With a debut record due next year, the best is definitely yet to come…
15. Matt Corby
Matt Corby, I also predicted a year early. But like Rae, this was the year things started to happen for Matt. He got signed, and sold out Scala (something which shocked everyone I think!). Matt is incredibly talented and has taken a long time to develop and nurture his talent. It feels like he has finally found his sound, which sits somewhere between Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver. 2013, watch out.
16. Doe Paoro
Doe was a last minute edition to my list based on me hearing her song ‘Can’t Leave You’. The rest of her debut record didn’t live up to that song and the whole thing had a bit of a rushed, unfinished feel. Doe has serious talent but I think she needs more time to let it mature.