9 New Bands Everyone Will Know Next Year
With music festival season in full bloom, it's the perfect time to discover new acts and emerging artists. From the British invasion of dance-party-worthy vibes to stateside indie-rock darlings, we’ve rounded up our favourite break-out bands of the year so far. Keep scrolling to discover who needs to be headlining your playlist now.
Indie singer-songwriter Andy Shauf’s solo album The Bearer of Bad News is full of quiet, soulful beauty and vivid instrumentation. Touring with Husky and First Aid Kit this summer, his timeless sound has drawn comparisons to both Paul Simon and Elliott Smith. He's the ideal fix for chill, summer evening hangs or a mellow, twilight cruise up the coast.
Earlier this year, NME made the claim Boxed In’s self-titled debut album would “enhance your life.” KCRW DJ Chris Douridas tells us the piano-laden dance-pop record, from London-based producer Oli Bayston, is among his favourites of the year thus far. Eclectic and lyrically verbose, it runs the gamut from club-beats to heavy bass-line drives.
Brooklyn boys Fort Lean will release their first LP, Quiet Day, this spring. Exciting stuff is sure to come from the critically-lauded buzz band and CMJ breakaway faves. We predict their single “Cut to the Chase,” which debuted on Stereogum in October, chock full of relaxed pep and sun-drenched drum beats, will be a staple of summer pool party playlists.
Anyone who has seen The Civil Wars play live can attest to the fact that Joy Williams has one set of pipes. Fans of the Nashville group still lamenting the four-time Grammy-winning duo’s split can seek refuge in William’s solo project come summer. On tour this spring, her first single “Woman (Oh Mama)” is available now via iTunes.
British singer-songwriter Holly Lapsley Fletcher a.k.a. Låpsley, garnered over half a million listens via her Soundcloud page for her debut Monday EP, which she recorded in her bedroom. Signed to XL Recordings in October of last year, Fletcher's newest EP Understudy dropped in January. Her swoony, ethereal vocals and moody, mellow lyrics are full of sultry, ultra-femme cool. Catch her on tour in the US through May.
Twenty-two-year-old Norwegian mix-master and producer wunderkind Peder Losnegård, a.k.a. Lido, is selling out shows across the globe. His first U.S. tour began in March, and he’ll be making the rounds at festivals this summer. Between remixes for the likes of Alt-J and The Wknd, an hour-long mix for Diplo and Friends, and his recent I Love You Too (The Remixtape) EP, he’ll easily be a household name.
Recently named to New Music Seminar’s 100 “Artist on the Verge” Class of 2015, this dreamy Los-Angeles-by-way-of-Virginia band fuses smooth vocal harmonies, electronica, and indie pop. Their 2011 debut, Paradise Falls, placed Mansions on the Moon squarely on the radar of blogs. Having worked closely with everyone from Pharrell to Foster the People, their latest eponymous full-length record, out now, is solid up-tempo, chillwave vibes.
The four-piece alternative rock buzz band from North London, Wolf Alice, was on the tip of everyone’s tongue at SXSW back in March. The group’s distinctive sound, an adept blend of grunge and pop, promises to deliver a substantial hit or two come the release of their debut record, My Love Is Cool, out June 22.
Signed to Interscope, South London electro-pop trio Years & Years is poised to take the U.S. by storm this year. Winner of the BBC’s prestigious “Sound of 2015” poll, stellar vocals, dance-anthem beats, and heartfelt lyrics compose their debut EP. The group’s first full-length record, Communion, is available via pre-order now and slated for release June 22. Catch them on tour while you can. Frontman Olly Alexander’s voice is even richer live and in person.