Big Deal - Homework
Based in East London, the duo of KC Underwood and Alice Costelloe's hazy stripped back indie pop brings to mind a bit of the classics Velvet Underground with Nico projects or The Jesus and Mary Chain and Hope Sandoval's "Sometimes Always". Contemporaries would be Tennis, Best Coast etc.
Visit Them on MySpace.
Little Comets - Joanna
I heard this band a couple months ago on Huw Stephen's show on BBC1. They claim to play a style of "kitchen sink indie", which seems to suit them well. Nothing extraordinary, but catchy enough for a worthwhile listen. Also check out their track "Isles".
Available in iTunes.
Cold Cave - Confetti
Being never one to shy away from 80's post punk and synthpop influences, I find Cold Cave pretty intriguing. The solo project is the work of NYC based Wesley Eisold and collaborators. For an album review, check out Pitchfork's Mark Richardson's from April, which I think he nailed perfectly in writing it.
Available in iTunes.
Chad Valley - Up and Down
Going by the name "Chad Valley" for his solo project, Hugo Manuel has already been developing a very solid reputation in the UK. He is also a member of the band "Jonquil" and is based out of Oxford. When the thought of Chillwave is mentioned he tells NME "I'm trying to be less lo-fi. I'm bored with that." I picked one of his tracks from last year, but the new EP "Equatorial Ultravox" will be released on June 20th.
Fixers - Crystals
Yet more talent coming out of Oxford, Fixers sound like MGMT covering Beach Boys to be brief. Sounds like they've had Van Dyke Parks in their sandbox on this track called "Crystals" I like what they are shooting for with this track. Some definite potential.
Visit them on MySpace.
The Joy Formidable - Whirring (Live @ SXSW)
I will readily admit, I'm not often a fan of female lead rock bands (specific to rock genre). Yeah, I know it sounds bad, but honestly how many truly good ones can you think of that last more then a handful of albums, without them splitting because of a failed relationship with a fellow band member or the inevitable love triangle. However I certainly acknowledge that the potential when hitting their mark is through the roof. The Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan has alot going for her. She has talent, confidence and passion which makes an appealing mix without getting all alpha female (man kryptonite) and still retaining some vulnerability. It's a tough job for talented women to find that crucial mix, but so important; as they will be subjected to more undeserved criticism then male lead singers. The three piece band from Wales has made some big strides this year, with their album getting positive reviews and just finishing a pretty extensive North American tour. The song "Whirring" is pretty epic in scale and length, but is handled so well. I had to post the version from this intimate show at SXSW this year. Their album "The Big Roar" is available from iTunes now.