Clock Opera - Belongings (via Soundcloud)
Belongings only further enhances Clock Opera's reputation as one of the most promising bands in the UK right now. These guys have such a mature sound, and I'm yet to hear a song of theirs which is anything short of brilliant. The piano lines in this track are awesome, and it builds so well towards the anthemic explosion towards the end of the song. Out soon on Moshi Moshi.
The Good Natured - Wolves
Another hugely promising Brit with a realy strong repertoir of tracks to date. Wolves occupies a great space between commercial and musically accomplished, and keeps her well on track to become the UK's, and world's, next Electro Pop starlet.
Okkervil River - Wake and Be Fine
Okkervil River have Indie Rock down to a tee. Such an accomplished sound..like they could write any old shit and it would still sound brilliant. Fortunately, their song writing is far far from that, and the vocal melody and piano chords of Wake And Be Fine bode very well for upcoming album I Am Very Far - released May 9th through Jagjaguwar.
jj - The End
From absolutely nowhere...jj drop a new track on us. There didn't seem to be any advance warning, or really any album that the song is building towards - but, whatever. The End samples Swedish act Rebecca & Fiona’s Bullets, and sees them at their ethereal best - with rolling drums and sweeping strings to boot. How do these Scandanavians capture ambience so well?!
Joan as Police Woman - Magic
This is actually the first I've heard of Joan As Police Woman, but mos def won't be the last. Magic has rightly blown up all over the internet, bloggers and critics captivated by her sultry, soulful vocals. She also shows that instrumentals don't have to be complicated...that 3-note synth part in the chorus is one of the most infectious riffs I've heard in recent times. The song is off recent album The Deep Field.
Here We Go Magic - Hands in the Sky
Watch out, curveball...Here We Go Magic's The January EP will see a May 10th release date through Secretly Canadian. Intentional mindfuck? Longer-than-anticipated recording process? We'll never know. What we do know however is that it will be 6 tracks, penned around the same time as their 2010 LP Pigeons. And what I predict is that it'll be brilliant, if the gentle, textured, krautrock-influenced Hands In The Sky is anything to go by.