Blog Sound Of 2012
Every year the BBC makes up a
list of what it thinks is “the definitive annual list of exciting new artists to watch out for” – as the list has been created by a number of industry “tastemakers”. They’ve been doing this for years, and I’ve been commenting at various points along the route.
This year, however, 32 of the finest music blogs around have come together to pick our favourites for the coming year. We’ve been wading through neck deep in the hype, and each picked five highlights for the next year, and these were then aggregated into the list you see below. Big shout out to all the Walrus friends and lovers involved – namely
Breaking More Waves, God Is In the TV, Sweeping The Nation, The Von Pip Musical Express, The Recommender, Faded Glamour, Drunken Werewolf, Flying With Anna, Not Many Experts, Underclassed Idle Ideas, Sonic Masala, Mudkiss, The Pop Cop, The Ring Master, Both Bars On, Music From A Green Window, Dots And Dashes, The Daily Growl, And Everyone’s A DJ, Kowolskiy, Just Music That I Like, Cruel Rhythm, The Blue Walrus, Music Fans Mic, Seventeen Seconds, Eaten By Monsters, Seven Sevens, Unpeeled, New Rave Brain Wave, Peenko, Music Liberation and Song By Toad.
And which gems did we collectively pick as our Sound of 2012 longlist?
– Psychdelic indie with a good few nods to the better parts of Brit-Pop Houdini Dax
Houdini Dax – O.L.L. by See Monkey Do Monkey
– Soft and soulful acoustic beauty with a little tinge of jazz Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas – Gone (Live in LA) by Lianne La Havas
– Tropical and danceable indie pop with a nod to the 80s [ Theme Park coverage]
Milk by Theme Park
– Uplifting and heart-warming indie from Glasgow French Wives
Numbers by French Wives
– Female fronted trio of electropop [ The Good Natured coverage]
Video Voyeur by The Good Natured
– Groove filled, quirky, and slightly obscure but very catchy sounds from Leeds [ Alt J coverage]
Breezeblocks (demo) by alt-j
– Soaring indie rock from Australia The Jezabels
Mace Spray by thejezabelsband
– Sweet, subtle, and joyous acoustic beauty Lucy Rose
Lucy Rose – Middle Of The Bed by Lucy Rose
– Soaring electropop that should get anyone to the dancefloor [ Bastille coverage]
FLAWS by BASTILLE
– Rhythm focused pop with an almost-carnival/ R’n'B sounds. Friends
Friends – My Boo by LuckyNumberMusic
– Folktronica with songs built of beauty and noise [ Meursault coverage]
Meursault – Flittin’ (Demo) by Song, by Toad
– Soft, slow, spacious and often haunting folk [ Daughter coverage]
Daughter – Love (taken from ‘The Wild Youth EP’) by ohDaughter
– All kinds of oddities rolled into an alt-folk package [ Beth Jeans Houghton coverage]
Beth Jeans Houghton – Dodecahedron by ronnierocket
– Wild Beats-esque exquisitely crafted indie. Outfit
Every Night I Dress Up As You by OUTFIT
Rachel Sermanni – Communion-supported Folk songstress with one of the best voices I’ve heard all year.
The Fog by Rachel Sermanni
This, ladies and gentleman, is a list and definitely worth a listen alongside the BBC’s own version.
Special thanks to Andy Von Pip for putting it together.
Who have we missed? Let us know in the comments.
UPDATE 02/01/2012: The winners have been announced…