One of the great things about the start of a new year is that all the pundits start sharing the new music love and recommendations are everywhere. There is always a load of new music out there to listen to, but so much so, that it can be a nightmare to navigate. It is so handy to have curated lists popping up all over the internets!
So I have been listening to lots of marvellous music, making playlists and deciding who my new favourite bands are likely to be, what I need to buy and who I absolutely must see live this year.
This list is drawn from some of the other lists I’ve been reading and listening to as well as music I’ve found on social media. I have attempted a new music focus, but I’m more fan girl than muso, and I’m often fashionably late to the party, so they might not all be new. Besides, which, I’m not even sure how to define ‘new’; generally musicians work their arses off for years before receiving critical acclaim or a reasonable/sustainable income or whatever established and successful means.
Before I go wildly off on a rhetorical topic and accidentally write a whole other blog post, here are my new favourite bands for 2015. I’ve made a Soundcloud playlist too, which you can listen to here (just don’t blame me for any weird-arse recommendations that follow when the playlist is done!)
Everything about this band excites me. Slaves were long-listed for Sound of 2015 list, and and if I was a pundit on that panel, they would have got my first, second and third vote. Hey was one of my favourite songs of 2014 and now I’m obsessed with ‘The Hunter’. Wonderfully noisy, they sound and look smart. I love those drums, the rifts, clever lyrics and did I mention those drums. Plus the video includes some colourful slow-mo smashing.
They sound as sweet and dreamily dark as their name suggests, I can’t help but sway coolly to their wistful and pretty guitar-based pop.
Darkly delicious synth music with irresistible and unrelenting bass lines. Mysteriously both retro and futuristic post punk, providing my ideal soundtrack for driving in the moonlight or dancing in the dark. My current Soundcloud favourite is Confusion, while over on Bandcamp, I love the latest single Daughters of the Sun.
Their sound is so seductive and hyper hypnotic that I am pretty sure that OOFJ are postmodern sirens. You’re Always Good makes me stop and feel everything – physical and emotional – all at once, making my heart race, yet soothing the soul. It is really wonderful.
Let’s Eat Grandma
Now for some kooky lo-fi loveliness – an experimental duo of fifteen year old bohemian looking girls making whimsical wonderful sounds and they are really, really good.
I can’t resist a bit of nineties nostalgia inducing grungey girl rock, especially when it comes with Veruca Salt style vocals. Get a free download dose of Vitamins – it’ll be good for you.
Riskee and the Ridicule
Their raw energy live is contagious, their post punk ska influences make them seriously good for bouncing about to, while the grime and hip hop roots makes them witty and poetic without any bullshit. Roots is my personal favourite, but I love the passionate and political punch packed by their album, Dawn of the Dog, released last year.
Skinny Girl Diet
A fierce girl gang playing punk music that makes me want to go out dancing in a dark and sweaty underground club with my feistiest girlfriends. I feel much cooler than I am when I nod my head listening to them. Also there is a cat on their Tumblr.
Dreampop isn’t just fun word to say over and over again, as a genre it is wonderful to listen to. My latest dreampop darling is multi-instrumentalist Adryelle, who is a lovely lyricist with a voice to match and is also one of my favourite instagrammers, sharing gorgeous black and white photos.
Colourful, kitsch 80s pop and with sexy fairy powers (I’m pretty sure the Christmas M&S ads were inspired by their video to Get Your Sexy On). Life is a Bitch is impossibly catchy and guaranteed to make you smile on a crappy day.
It is not all about the name, but let’s face it, I did click and listen because they have a bloody well awesome one that made me think – yes, Candy Darling, they sound like a band for me! I wasn’t disappointed. Their edgy elegant aesthetic is matched by their gorgeously gritty music. Oh so cool and cannot wait to hear more.
Energetic and angry in the best possible way (which is the teenage punk rock kind), they make catchy rock music, which I cannot keep still to!
Some hauntingly moody music with matter of fact vocals and pretty melancholic melodies. This track is intense and understated, a beautiful bit of songwriting.
Juice Vocal Ensemble
It is always good to throw some contemporary classical into your listening repertoire. I go into a daydream state when I hear Heal You by Anna Meredith. By chance I caught this trio of angelic voiced stylish ladies performing at Kings Place Festival last September. My ears were captivated by their choral arrangements and pop covers while my eyes were transfixed on their awesome outfits.
I’m looking forward to listening to this lot – let me know what you think and if there is any other great new music I should add to my listening list.