Hi there, hoping you’re all recovered and well rested from festivities and that you’re settling back into your daily lives. This post is going to be a hopeful preview of the year ahead. It’s no BBC Sound/NME Radar list (thank god) but because they all got their lists out before me, there’s going to be some crossover.
First up, we’ve got White Lies. Having been lucky enough to have seen them preview album tracks before most people, I can safely say that with a few editing tweaks, this could be a powerful album that gets the trio into the higher reaches of people’s minds. Due to when it’s being released (17th January, which is accompanied by a HMV Oxford Street instore show at 6pm) it’s only challenge is to beat Adelle to #1, so we just have to hope it doesn’t sound lifeless and that should have their future set.
February sees alternative band Yuck release their debut album. They’ve been slowly gaining reputation with singles and an EP (Weakend) over the last 12 months and with the album coming out on February 21st, it’ll be interesting to see where they’ve taken their chilled sun sound. Definitely a band I’m watching this year.
Check them out at – http://www.myspace.com/yuckband and their blog at http://yuckband.blogspot.com/ is worth a look too.
The Vaccines see their debut album land a month later on March 21st. Surf influenced indie seems to have exploded recently and The Vaccines bring something to the scene that’s a bit different and potentially better. The likes of Wreckin Bar (Ra ra ra) have shown they’ve got a bit of rock and roll in them. They’re on every sound list so far, which suggests they’ll become overplayed, but for good music, I’ll cope with that.
Missing Vampire Weekend already? Like the scene they’ve managed to bring to the limelight? Ten Bears are here to fuel your love. It would appear 2011’s going to be about enjoying yourself instead of dwelling on the state of the world, which acts as an escapism, so with Ten Bears doing assorted shows at minimal cost, what’s not to love? Braces was released last year and there’s more music on their page (even if it is Auto-play grrr) so head on over to http://www.tenbearsmusic.com/
Completely changing the sound of this list is James Blake. You can’t talk to someone with musical sense right now without anticipation about this man’s February 7th self-titled album. With his sublime voice and a set of dub effects, the crossover is undeniably a hybrid that works. This album could be hiding some seriously big sounds amidst the sparse tones we’ve been treated to so far. Either way, definitely one to watch, especially based on the likes of Mount Kimbie’s progress so far. See http://www.myspace.com/mountkimbie for their work and www.myspace.com/Jamesblake for James’
Other bands I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on over the next 12 months are…
2:54 – After supports for Warpaint and Blood Red Shoes, the London duo of Hannah and Colette Thurlow will hopefully put out some new releases in the next few months. See http://www.myspace.com/thetwofiftyfour
Kasiuss – The Yorkshire group are working on new material after winning last years competition to play the Festival Republic stage at Leeds and Reading. Definitely get their EP and pray for more soon at http://www.kasiuss.co.uk/
The Neat – Blending the sounds of Art Brut with something much noisier, the neat will be looking to expand on a busy 2010 with some proper releases this year. Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/uptheneat
Yearbook – With the Squares and Circles EP out last year (download it for free on their site) and DropDead having used them in one of their ad campaigns, Yearbook are releasing more material this year and are playing shows dotted around South England. Look out for them and keep updated at http://www.myspace.com/yearbookofficial or http://ihateyearbook.tumblr.com/
There’s also a lot of bigger music coming out this year. Hopefully by the end of it you’ll have heard new music from The Strokes (March,) White Stripes, Radiohead, The Subways (check out their website for their amazing new ideas,) Miike Snow, Noah and the Whale and Foo Fighters. Not bad really.
That’s enough for now, don’t worry though, I’ve plans to keep you updated with new music much more this year. Cheers