IoS Sounds of 2013: Pop
Sunday 06 January 2013
First, a seasonal recommendation, for though decorations are down and detoxes are underway, blow me down if I haven't found just the thing to soundtrack this bleak midwinter: Pedestrian Verse from Scots rockers Frightened Rabbit. Out in early February, it sees their marriage of grimly poetic lyrics and gustily anthemic choruses more on point than ever.
Less masochistically, I'm also looking forward to a raft of incoming dance-pop LPs, from the debut of It-MC Azealia Banks to new ones from dubstep diva Katy B and Swedish disco chanteuse Sally Shapiro. Staying in Sweden, April sees the return of The Knife, while in March, expect to be entranced by John Grant's stunning second LP, which sees the troubadour adding dark synth-pop textures.
As for newbies, instead of regurgitating the BBC "Sound of …" list, let me flag up three as-yet less-heralded names: dreamy electro-soul crooner Deptford Goth, sonorous electro-country singer Daughn Gibson and noirish Brooklyn duo MS MR, who sound something like Lana Del Rey minus the icky submissiveness. Oh, and then there's the prospect of a new-and-improved Charlotte Church, the ex-voice of an angel reconfiguring herself as the voice of an anguished shaman, judging by her Björk-like makeover on recent single "Glitterbombed".
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 2 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 3 Pamela Anderson rejects ice bucket challenge because of ALS experiments on animals: 'Mice had holes drilled into their skulls'
- 4 Homer Simpson takes the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he does
- 5 Hello Kitty is not a cat after all
Great British Bake Off, episode 4, review: Heat gets turned up as Iain goes into meltdown
Great British Bake Off 2014: Diana Beard quits due to illness
Homer Simpson takes the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he does
Friends reunion: Jennifer Anniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox perform mini sketch on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, gig review: Just what everyone was hoping for
Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
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