First up is Sisters - I know absolutely nothing about these guys I'm afraid other than they are from Limerick and are signed to Just Off Pop. I followed a link from the excellent http://nialler9.com and came across their song Hush Hush. A lovely jangly late 80's early 90's indie affair. I shall be keeping an eye out for more from these.
Next is Warpaint, I fell in love with these through Jools Holland and must have listened to the Exquisite Corpse EP and 2010's The Fool a million times. This is my singalong nighttime driving record of choice, with Jenny Lee Lindberg's sumptuous bass turned all the way up to 11.
Above is the first track from the eponymously titled 2nd long player. Warpaint have a new album out on Rough Trade in late January, if its half as good as previous records it will get many a play in this household.
Snowbird sound like the last 20 years never happened and the indie charts are back in the safe hands of 4AD. Thats because Snowbird is the result of a partnership between the Cocteau Twins Simon Raymonde with Stephanie Dosen. A new record titled moon is due to land late this month on Bella Union with guest appearances from members of Midlake, Radiohead and Lanterns on the Lake. If this deliciously soothing first release is anything to go by this is going to be one of the records of the year.
Turn off the lights, pour a large glass of red, light a candle or whatever takes your fancy and have a listen to this:
According to BBC6Music North London's Wolf Alice were the most blogged about band last year, I can see why. I have heard them compared to Elastica but everything I have heard has been a lot slicker than that, more Veruca Salt to my ears (production wise). This band are dripping with potential and front woman / head honcho Ellie Rowsell's voice is so delicate you feel it could just shatter into a million tiny fragments at any moment. The topless lady on the cover of their albeit beautifully designed Blush EP confuses me, as I suspect it is intended to, reminding one of naive teenage fumblings. I hope they don't get nudged in the wrong direction by corporate forces as I feel a talent like this at this stage in the media spotlight could easily go either way. The EP is well worth purchasing, a real grower - one to watch, which is the purpose of this little blog :)
If anyone has any recommendations for me, please pop it in the comments, I'd love to hear from like minded people, am always looking for new tunes and will give anything a go (musically)!
Happy New Year peeps, be excellent to each other and party on!