As you search for fresh, new music from our Emerging Icons, we’re going to give you a few pointers each week.
You’ll know by now that there’s the playlists on the radio to help you out, as well as all the news from the Headliners too. Then there’s the acts that have shows coming up in the gig section… but what about everywhere else? It’s okay, we can tell you about some of our favourite artists we’ve recently listened to- and maybe you’ll want to add them to your own personal soundtrack.
We’ve discovered some amazing tracks, a cracking E.P and two awesome albums this week. If you like them too, make sure you head to each artist’s profile and leave them some feedback of your own by commenting on their tracks!
With industrial sounds and electronic beats alluding to Nine Inch Nails, Static Plan already started out on a whole load of ‘sexy’ before we even fully got to grips with their self –titled E.P. The fuzz and crackle of the introductory bass line in ‘Will’ steals attention like a cheeky glimpse of saucy underwear even before the dominating chug of guitar makes its presence felt. Seriously, all these people under the illusion that ’50 Shades’ is something to get hot and bothered over really don’t have a clue.
The vocals and down tuned guitar that follow into ‘Your Type Kills Mine’ swiftly lead Static Plan into something unmistakeably Deftones-like, but considering the epic sound reverberating from the speakers, it really isn’t something to get upset about. This band’s music will undoubtedly get the heart rate going at their live shows- and not just cos it’s hot in the pit.
The fact this track has already zoomed up the iTunes rock chart is one thing, but today, Fans of Faye have finally got the accolade they’ve always wanted. ‘Paint The Sun’ gets the ‘double thumbs up/full head nod/ excited-in-our-pants’ seal of approval from Emerging Icons.
Yep, this catchy little number has sent our Likelihood-For-Future-Success-ometer off the scale. The sophisticated balance of pop appeal with accessible alt tendencies will secure Fans OF Faye’s place in the thriving rock gig circuit in years to come- especially if the echoes of bands like You Me At Six and Taking Back Sunday strike a chord with their vast fanbases. We’ll be front row though, that’s for sure.
Imagine going to a gig and seeing Muse, Elbow, Radiohead and Doves. Would be pretty awesome, right? Now imagine hearing that all in one band. We’ll give you a moment whilst you collect the fragments of your blown mind. Now, allow us to draw your attention to The Doppler Shift.
We need to clarify that this foursome are by no means knock-off merchants. Rather, this band have merely harnessed the best qualities from a number of incredible acts and masterfully channelled them into one insanely good sound. Their album ‘The Lost Art Of Living’ was released this week, and we’ve completely fallen for it. Each track is a new world to be explored, with thoughtful creativity drawing your ear to new ideas each step of the way. Weaving through post-rock, to cinematic indie soundscapes and colossal Matt Bellamy-worthy electronica; this is a gift that keeps on giving.
TRACK: The Robbie Boyd Band ‘Spring Generation’ Seasonal mavericks The Robbie Boyd Band have unveiled a snazzy new video for feel-good sensation ‘Spring Generation’ just as autumn kicks in. It’s just as fresh and colourful as the title may suggest; and as an appropriate side effect, it really does inspire a spring in your step too.
With those Mumford characters unleashing their second offering on the world this week, Robbie & Co are certainly going to assuage those country folk-thirsty masses. However, we’re inclined to think the spirit that dominates this band’s sound resonates even further. The Robbie Boyd Band feel more like a stirring rally of positivity- and we certainly fancy getting in on that.
Just when we thought we couldn’t love the 80’s alt pop sound of The Cellophane Flowers any more, they go and get their latest album recorded by The Cure’s producer. Talk about making things authentic. ‘Staring At The World’ is the next step in the band’s journey through dark atmospheres, trippy soundscapes… and the glimmers of light in between.
Whether in the Cocteau Twins-like balance between the vocal and guitar in ‘Rock n Roll’, or the confident swagger of ‘Pendulum Eyes’- The Cellophane Flowers carve a strong sense of identity and a creative approach to their musicianship. They’re striking and stylish with plenty of stories to share. You’ll have to hear them for yourself.
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