It’s that time of year once again when a team of some of the finest bloggers of this land come together to nominate a few bands and artists that we think could and should become successes next year. Every blogger gets to nominate five of their favourite up-and-coming acts, and then put together by Robin of Breaking More Waves, and Andy of Von Pip Musical Express into the list you see below. There were 170 acts in total nominated by the 49 bloggers, showing the breadth of opinion across the group, and then the 15 with the most votes become the nominations – and the winners will be announced on January 2nd.
We feel this gives a good independent alternative to the BBC’s own Sound of 2013 poll, and in fact compliments it in many ways.
The panel of bloggers was made up of the fine folk from:
A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands,Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Details Of My Life So Far, Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters, Electronic Rumors,Faded Glamour, Folly Of Youth, Flying With Anna, God Is In The TV,Harder Blogger Faster, Howl, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon, Kowalskiy, Love Music : Love Life, Mudkiss,Music Broke My Bones, Music Fans Mic, Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Bands Better Than Your Band, Not Many Experts, Peenko,Real Horrorshow, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Song By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Storm’s Brewing, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Electricity Club, The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Music Hoarder, The Recommender, This Must Be Pop, Von Pip Musical Express, 17 Seconds.
Here are the nominations (in alphabetical order):
AlunaGeorge – Infectious and pop-infused R&B.
Curxes – Industrial and almost gothic sounding at times electronic two-piece.
Chvrches – Catchy electropop from Scotland
Daughter – Soft, and beautiful folk music
Haim – Catchy rock’n’roll and tipped for great things from everybody from NME to Neon Gold
Laura Mvula – Jazz and soul that steps away from the mainstream
MØ – Cool Scandinavian electro-pop
Palma Violets – Ferocious and energetic rock
Pins – Ultra-hip all girl indie from Manchester
Randolph’s Leap – Brass-infused folk from Glasgow
Rhye – Soothing and blissed-out pop
Savages – Female-fronted post-punk with some serious swagger
Seasfire – Electronics and rock’n’roll from Bristol
The Neighbourhood – Atmospheric pop from the sun-drenched California
Tom Odell – Piano-led pop ballads
This list contains two of my five picks – can you guess which ones? All the Walrus writers will be picking their top five for next year in the coming few days, so keep your eyes peeled…