1) Gossip- Perfect World
The unforgettable and fearless Beth Ditto, returns with her band Gossip this year, after a three year absence from the music scene. The band who release their fifth studio album titled “A Joyful Noise” in May, get stuck in head first with highly contagious, lead single “Perfect World”. The goth inspired video sees Ditto dressed in a bride of Frankenstein come Morticia Addams inspired ensemble, as she reclaims her rightful place as one of mainstream rocks leading ladies. Welcome back Ms Ditto.
2) Jessie Ware- 110%
Jessie Ware, a unique unsung talent with a fantastically chill voice and awesome tunes, released single “110%” last week on iTunes. The video for the track sees Ms. Ware newly made over, looking every inch the star I knew she would be when she first came to my attention last year. The comparisons to Katy B seem like a distant memory now, as do her dubstep roots. If she continues to release quality tracks like this, then there is no stopping her. Check it out...
3) Grimes- Obilvion
Newly signed to British indie label 4AD, Canadian based, Vancouver native artist Grimes aka Claire Boucher, found the perfect home in which to release her third album “Visions”. This lo-fi dream pop sensation continues to explore dreamy soundscapes on the track “Oblivion”, whilst branching out further into the worlds of electronica and witch house inspired genius. Vocally reminiscent of amazing Cranes vocalist Alison Shaw, Boucher proves to be more experimental in her style allowing her to explore uncharted dream pop territory. Check out her latest, awesome video for the track “Oblivion”. Always stunning.
4) Keaton Henson- Small Hands
Keaton Henson who IDOL tipped for success in 2012, continues to win over a devoted legion of fans with his melancholic folk tunes. His latest single, “Small Hands”, taken from critically acclaimed album “Dear...” recently hit iTunes. The track was accompanied by an inspired video, featuring woodland creature puppets by Jonny Sabbagh and directed by Jospeh Mann. The narrative of the sentimental track is all the more affecting, with the addition of this enchanting hand-crafted world.
5) Blood Red Shoes- Cold
Alternative rock duo, Blood Red Shoes, featuring Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell, returned in March with the release of their third album “In Time To Voices”. Having taken a liking to them in 2006, when they released the track “You Bring Me Down”, they have always remained on my playlists. Their 90’s tinged rock/indie sound, was always preferred and welcomed over the samey sounding, generic indie of the noughties that was coming out around the same time. A safer, less edgy version of The Kills, but nonetheless well-crafted and honest in sound, they soldier on with the track “Cold”.
Words: Michael Blackmore