Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Not particularly a great year overall but the new talent was abundant. None more than my pick as best new artist of the year…
Divino Nino: Divino Niño is Guillermo Rodriguez (guitar),Javier Forero (bass) and Camilo Medina (guitar); they share vocal duties. After reforming over a split from a previous band, their sound has retreated into itself and out comes tasty Hispannic-flavoured oldies. Their debut wonderfully juxtaposes a lot of soul into the process and it’s a huge winner.
The best of the rest, in no particular order…
Jamaican Queens: five years ago, a band called Prussia released a gem of a rock album then disappeared suddenly. I always wondered what happened to them. Well, here are two members from that project making great music so I need not wonder anymore.
Lorde; just still 17, Lorde has that smoldering vocals that will last even long after “Royals” dies down.
Norwegian Arms: this was the music Vampire Weekend wanted to make with their recent album.
Merchandise: relevant alone for successfully bringing back the bad hair band days of the 80s.
AlunaGeorge: English electronic music duo from London, consisting of Aluna Francis (vocals and songwriting) and George Reid (production and instrumentation. Making delicious Euro-pop is swiftly becoming their forte.
Popstrangers: three years of making underground music has finally led them to the mainstream.
Charli XCX: multi-talented and bringing a fresh new voice to pop music.
The Child of Lov: Cole Williams is all about that slow burn daddy pop funk.
Courtney Barrett: new Aussie folk pop singer on the scene.
Haim: it’s hard to believe these sisters are white and teenagers.
Radkey: mission to save the world from fake punk has been accomplished.
Protoje: around the local scene for a few years but this year he, as we say, ‘tek off’.
Chance The Rapper: yet another geeky rapper with an intellectual point to prove. Bring it on!
Autre Ne Veut: Arthur Ashin may use a moniker for his music but that crazed 80s vocals will always immediately register. With a stunning debut album that juxtaposed Prince and Van Halen aping, this dude’s unto something fabulous and this is his debut proper.