On February 1, the most blogged musical group according to The Hype Machine is French alternative rock band Phoenix, whose album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix won Best Alternative Album on January 31 at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. In second and third place are Baltimore-based indie duo Beach House and Canadian electronic artist Caribou.
German "indietronic" band Lali Puna is in the top ten Monday following the release of the single "Remember." Formed in 1998, the band has released three studio albums; Our Inventions, the band's fourth album and the first to come out since 2004, is due out in April. The blog Clicky Clicky Music (jbreitling.blogspot.com) wrote of "Remember," "[t]he midtempo toe-tapper pairs fronter Valerie Trebeljahr's voice with partner Micha Acher's, but it is largely electronics in the fore that drive the track. Fans will find that Lali Puna's skill at crafting pretty and affecting electropop has not diminished during the band's five year absence."
Also in the blogs is Holly Miranda, garnering attention with her new single "Waves." Music blogs and mainstream media began buzzing about the Brooklyn-based singer/guitarist - who previously fronted The Jealous Girlfriends - when one of her tracks was posted on Kanye West's blog. In a 2009 concert review, The New York Times called her "a less fearful Cat Power, a more substantive Feist, a Norah Jones with actual feeling." Miranda's debut album, The Magician's Private Library, is due out February 23.
The 10 most blogged artists on The Hype Machine on February 1 at 10:30 AM GMT:
• Beach House
• The Tallest Man On Earth
• Four Tet
• Lali Puna
• The XX
• Holly Miranda
• These New Puritans
Launched in 2005, The Hype Machine aggregates information from more than 1,000 music blogs worldwide. Known for identifying up-and-coming artists, the site enables music fans to easily find out what music is hot in the blogosphere and to instantly hear and buy MP3s.