Here are the next 5 of 15 acts that I think will become well known during 2015. The Breakthrough Acts
Quite a few will already be known by many of you as a #newmusic fan. Many were on my Ones to Watch For list last year ( this years list will be published soon) and have built up a successful following. Some have already been signed and are due to release their first album early in 2015.
Again in no particular order
18 year old Lapsley would be in my choices purely on the fact that she is the first thing musical to come out of my home town of Southport near Liverpool since Marc Almond who was in my class at school. In fact its a bumper year for Southport and Seattle Yacht Club another Southport act will be in my Ones to Watch list. Atmospheric electronic music with such a pure vocal she has been lighting the blogs up all year and rightly so. Purity, simplicity and quirky seem to sum her up well. Bit XX bit James Blake.
Just made the UK Bloggers Sounds of 2015 and I think will feature highly on BBC Sounds of 2015 too.
Whilst we are in the mood for great vocalists next is Rhodes. Singer songwriter David Rhodes is keeping up Hitchin’s push to be the epicentre of great new music as it is the original home of James Bay too. On my Ones to Watch 2014 list I somehow managed to miss him live 3 last year due to work. Superb haunting vocals as can be heard on this live recording.
8. Nothing But Thieves
Time to let the bands in. Schoolmates from Southend have been progressing really quickly over the last year and every track brings something different to the table. Expect intricate guitar lines and unusual chord progressions, multiple layers and soaring, angelic vocals. They started to get a lot of interest in the second half of last year and I am expecting a great year for these guys. Touring as support to Dalia in February, it’ll be a case of the support outshining the main act
9. Amber Run
No apologies from me for another band with intricate guitar lines and unusual chord progressions, multiple layers and soaring, angelic vocals. It just works for me. Amber Run signed to a major early last year and like NBT they have really progressed. There is a similarity to Bastille and are definitely worth catching live
The video below shows them singing A Cappella with a choir
10. Rag’n’Bone Man
To finish the list we have a singer songwriter with a difference. Rough, gravelly vocals belting a combination of Blues/HipHop/Soul
This is an artist who will split some peoples opinion because of his refusal to be bound by a single “label”.
His 8 track EP contains 8 completely different tracks such is his versatility. I have picked the one that I think captures his variety, but it is worth listening to the whole EP and be prepared to be taken on a journey down many lanes