By Sarah Besnard
Artist: John Talabot
Listen: “So will be now… (feat. Pional)”
From: Barcelona, Spain
Label: Permanent Vacation
Sounds Like: James Blake meets Pantha du Prince
Reason to listen: House wizard John Talabot can transform the most melancholic of The XX songs into a tropical dance tune (listen here http://soundcloud.com/john-talabot/shelter-john-talabots-feel-it-too-remix ). Who does that?! Genius right!
Listen: “Oh Brian”
From: London, UK
Label: Marshall Teller Records
Sounds Like: Veronica Falls, Dum Dum Girls with a MBV thing going on.
Reason to listen: Those three girls have only been playing together for a few months and have already been seen supporting Dum Dum Girls, Gross Magic, etc. Check out their split EP with Echo Lake and The History of Apple pie via Marshall Teller.
From: Cambridge, UK
Label: Infectious (Local Natives, These New Puritans)
Sounds Like: Unique indie electronica with quirky vocals that are both chanty and tribal at times.
Reason to listen: Alt-J are in many ‘Bands to watch in 2012’ list, whether you want it or not, you’re going to hear about them!