Good news for you: it’s early 2014 and there have already been instances of hearing new music we haven’t been able to shake. These are the artists who we’re on the major lookout for at Ones To Watch.
Salem, Oregon’s Hustle and Drone are all fumbles and whispers, a simple package hiding two beautiful imaginations. With an affinity for Broken Social Scene’s intuition for building upon simplicity, their experiments simmer in an ambient pastoral of rushing, humming fragments. (Shoutout to Portugal. The Man for turning us onto them.)
Moses Sumney does more than sing; he melds harmonies, handclapping and vocal percussion into a verdant sonisphere. His EP is due out this year.
Jillian Banks’ poison of choice is doomed relationships, and she just may be the new zeitgeist of them all. Her debut album is out this year.
Multi-instrumentalist Lo-Fang, who Lorde tapped to open her first 2014 tour, produces and plays every instrument on his forthcoming album. His music inhabits both acoustic and electronic realms.
Rock quintet Vanaprasta luxuriate in the valleys of indie-rock and psychedelia, recalling numerous comparisons yet nothing quite the same in a musical canvas bursting with interstellar ideas.
This indie-folk duo’s story sounds like the beginning of Inside Llewyn Davis: a newcomer duo, beautiful southern twang-seeped harmonies, and an ownership of their sound that eludes even some of the biggest pop artists.
After releasing a trail of blaring, urban-electronic dance tracks out of obscurity last year, Denmark’s MØ is poised to touch down in our memory for good this year.