Last year was a great one for music. With Adele continuing her world domination at the Grammys and indie pioneers Alt J triumphing with a Mercury Prize, there were plaudits aplenty for both the internationally famous and the lesser known.
Along with Frank Ocean and Michael Kiwanuka making breakthrough waves, the biggest albums of the year included offerings from Olympic-ceremony darling Emeli Sandé, folk rockers Mumford & Sons, and those pesky little love rats: One Direction. As we look to the second month of the new year (yes, already – tell us about it) we thought we’d take a look ahead at the next eleven months, and place our bets on who’ll be the biggest, brightest new music acts of 2013…
What’s a sure fire way to get to number one these days? Put your song on a John Lewis advert of course! Thanks to her cover of the classic Frank Goes to Hollywood hit, The Power of Love, this twenty year old from Wiltshire grabbed everyone’s attention back in December, getting to the top of the charts with her sweet and pared down cover. Similar to the girly, folk-style voice of Birdy, Aplin is tipped for success with her debut album: English Rain.
With the success of Azealia Banks, there was bound to be a new female rapper rival on the scene soon enough. Arriving in the form on Angel Haze, a New York native (and someone who evidently isn’t afraid to shout about it) – she is in fact quite different to the aforementioned Banks. Focusing on sharp rhymes over simple beats, Haze is a name on many a hip hop fans lips.
With endless comparisons to Fleetwood Mac, as well as being touted as the ‘female Hanson’, it’s difficult to know what to think of this three-piece band from Los Angeles. However, after winning a whole host of new fans as the support act for Mumford & Sons’ recent US tour, this talented sister act are set to be everywhere in 2013 – the buzz around their imminent release appears just as catchy as their guitar-fused tunes.
Although it’s a genre that many have tried before, Ms Mr might just be the first to properly breakthrough with ‘chillwave’. Using sparse, synth beats, the vocals of the lead singer create the perfect antidote the moody backdrop of their first single, Hurricane. With comparisons to The xx and Florence and the Machine, this New York band is definitely one to watch during the upcoming months.
22 year old Tom Odell from Chichester has been creating a buzz of late; since appearing on Later with Jools Holland and giving a handful of stellar shows, he has followed in the footsteps of Jessie J and Ellie Goulding to become the winner of this year’s Critic’s Choice award at the Brits. With soulful melodies and brutally honest lyrics, Odell is a new singer-songwriter that could probably be said to rival everyone from Damien Rice to Jeff Buckley – however, with his unique look and refreshing talent, we think his own name will do him just fine.
Feature image courtesy of Robin Ball photography