These may already be known to you, but these are my three tips for the success stories of the first bit of this year.
1. The Arcade Fire – Sounding like Bright Eyes mixed with post-rock, Pitchfork have already named their debut album of the year, although it is yet to be released on This Fair Isle. When it is, no doubt it will be a critics darling, although what I have heard from it is truly fantastic, and anything that will move the music press from “ver- Libertines-me-too-London-scene”. But back to the music, it’s good, it’s catchy, it sounds new and fresh, and I urge you to go buy it when it’s released.
2. Bloc Party – After a string of fantastic singles, their debut album, already leaked on the net (though unheard by me, being the good boy I am) should be fantastic. No doubt you’ve all heard them, but for those who haven’t, basically, Gang of Four with strange dark sounding doo-wops, jagged guitars, mind blowing drumming and less minimalist jagged-ness. However, judging from their b-sides some of the album at least will be mellower than the high energy singles. These calmer tracks are fascinating with intricate guitar and general fresh intrigue value. I have a feeling Bloc Party may be the new Radiohead, in a punkier sort of way.
3. Lyca Sleep – A local band, who I like, recently released their first single which is very reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine. I think there’ll soon be a back lash against all this minimalist music, so, here kids, is the start of the shoegazing revival.