Fresh Sounds for 2011

Posted on: January 9, 2011

There’s something about a New Year that makes you anticipate the 12 months ahead, in a way that excites and builds great expectation on many things. In terms of music, it sparks an annual search for the brightest star amongst a sea of hopeful acts geared up to break through the seal of anonymity – a time when music blogs, magazines, radio and critics all look into the future to compile lists of much deliberated predictions. Of course the most influential of these forecasts is both the BBC ‘Sound Of’ Poll and the Brit Awards ‘Critics Choice’, which have already pointed to Jessie J as 2011’s next big thing – who I also featured in my last post ‘One To Watch’. The following acts are definitely worth keeping an eye on – whether they reach out into success over the coming year or not..

Two Door Cinema Club

The Northern Irish trio released debut album ‘Tourist History‘ back in March 2010, then re released it in October, and have still lapsed the musical blogosphere as something new several times with their hotly tipped sound. Their fun and catchy vibe is pure clean electro-pop and doesn’t try to be anything but – with most tracks sticking to 3.5 minutes of polished synths and guitars. The album boasts indie dancefloor anthems that you won’t be able to get out of your head for a while, but since when has upbeat and electric happiness been a bad thing?

Favourite Track – Cigarettes In The Theatre (below)

Follow TDCC on Twitter or preview their tracks at LastFM

Lauren Pritchard

This 22 year-old singer songwriter has a graceful voice and acoustic charm that is getting her noticed. Tennesse girl Lauren describes her songs as ‘gospelly and soulful’, which is an accurate description of the rustic sounding compositions made up of her stunning vocals, chiming piano and other delicate instrumentals. Debut ‘Wasted In Jackson’ is recommended for lovers of Laura Marling and Bat for Lashes.

Favourite track – When The Night Kills The Day (below)

Follow Lauren on her Twitter or preview tracks at LastFM

Naked and Famous

This boldly named New Zealand 5 piece are bringing their new wave electronic sound to the shores of the UK having claimed they had ‘outgrown’ NZ. The band are exciting the likes of Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and many critics who hail them as being everything MGMT‘s second album should have been – a recipe of psychedelic synth pop distorted by punk-rock vibes and backed with thumping dance beats. Naked and Famous are looking likely to be festival favourites come summer 2011 with their Passion Pit-esque rave anthems and hippy-like chants.

Favourite track – Punching In A Dream (below)

Follow the band’s updates on Twitter or preview tracks on LastFM

Clare Maguire

23 year-old Clare Maguire‘s dramatic vocals are reminiscent of a young Alison Moyet or Annie Lennox – something of a perfect balance between critical acclaim yet mainstream appeal – particularly following the success in the last year seen by Florence and the Machine. The big production of her songs match her big voice, producing an almost operatic sound with electric undertones. An upcoming UK tour with Hurts and the release of debut single ‘The Last Dance’ in February should see Maguire get off to a flying start and take another leap towards success.

Favourite track – Ain’t Nobody [Breakage Remix] (below)

Follow Clare Maguire on Twitter or listen to all her tracks on LastFM


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