It’s a bit risky to predict a bands future based on one song. But this is #15, which is my Wild Card. And I choose HAERTS. I have no idea what they are going to do next year, I have no idea if this song is a one off, if it’s a bit of a fluke I don’t know.
But these are something I do know
1. This song is amazing
2. If they do more stuff like this, they could be looking at massive things next year
3. 2013 needs something like this.
Nottingham based singer Indiana has all the ingredients ready for success. She looks a bit like Ellie Goulding, sounds like a mixture between The XX and Delilah and she does an amazing version of Frank Ocean’s ‘Swim Good’. Her chillwave pop sound has been heard on Radio 1 and at festivals such as Gathering in Oxford.
She also now appears to be signed to Sony and is making some fancy new videos for her gorgeous songs. Whether it’s too early for Indiana it’s yet to say and she’s probably not yet ready to make an album. But she’s definitely someone to keep an eye on this year, I know I will be.
Tashaki Miyaki were supposed to release their debut album sometime over the summer. It never happened and why I don’t know. Usually these things are delayed by switching labels, delaying marketing etc. but with Tashaki Miyaki there is no clue.So I’m holding out that 2013 is the year the record is released, and I’m hoping it’s great!
Their sound resembled Big Deal, Warpaint but mostly grungy 90’s girl bands, drenched in love stories and floating melancholic vocals. It’s all so simple, yet so effective and I think that could bring them good things.
21 year old Australian producer FLUME has already had a heap of success down under, his debut record reached No. 2 in the Aussie charts, only stopped from the No. 1 spot by One Direction.
February 18th is when the record will drop in the UK, through Transgressive Records. The whole record is a mixture between massive dance tunes and alternative electronica. Songs like ‘Sleepless’ and ‘Holdin’ On’ I hope will hit the mainstream, but the whole record is probably too alternative to chart in the UK.
FLUME could be a massive summer hit, the festivals are gonna love this. You can currently a teaser whole record over on his Soundcloud page. Get ahead of the crowds.
I only discovered STARRED a few weeks ago but have been insanely in love with their EP ‘Prison to Prison’ ever since. I’m very excited about this band. I think they’ve got heaps of potential to make a truly great record. These songs are never going to please everyone, they are never going to enter the charts, but they might just do something exciting, different and beautiful.
‘Prison to Prison’ is a beautifully raw first effort from the band, which sees Liza Thorn slide from gentle melancholy country-folk tunes to Courtney Love- inspired screeching vocals, forever keeping the passion in her voice. The songs are so delicate and structurally sound like they pour out of the band, with no thought for choruses or hooks. But this is what makes them great, and this is what keeps you constantly engaged and enthralled by the EP.
I am desperate to hear more from this band, and I hope next year we do.
Sounding like a mixture between some of the best guitar albums of the last two years (Ariel Pink, Tame Impala, War on Drugs, Connan Mockasin), Brighton based Gross Magic are onto something good.
Pitchfork will love this, as will NME, as will a whole host of 20 something kids who live in Shoreditch. Still seemingly unsigned, I would predict an album for later in the year rather than early like most of these Ones to Watches. I hope this band get what they deserve and the British open their eyes to a sounds which at the moment is being embraced most by the Americans.
First appearing on the blog back in February, my romance with Wild Belle has already lastest almost a year. With the release of their debut single, ‘Keep You’, a reggae-pop masterpiece, the band quickly gained attention from the online press and have continued to tour and release the odd song, keeping their development as a band slow and steady, but this method has worked very well for them. And I stay excited to see what will happen next for Wild Belle.
Signed to Columbia, the brother-sister duo are due to release their debut album next year sometime, guaranteed to be a unique slice of sunshine reggae. I hope this time next year they are still keeping my interest.