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Bands You Need To Know: Snowmine, To Kill A King, & Willow Beats

Words by Hugh McClure.

The more you get involved in the music industry, the more you realise how many incredible acts are out there. This new series will be dedicated to sharing bands from around the world who aren’t getting as much attention as their musical talents deserve.

Sounds like: Grizzly Bear, Death Cab for Cutie

Brooklyn five-piece Snowmine have been creating atmospheric indie-pop music since late-2010. Since they completed their debut album Laminate Pet Animal two years ago, they’ve released a number of gorgeous singles, with the latest of them being the delicately psychedelic tale ‘Silver Sieve.’

Having shown their wares at this year’s SXSW, this is a band way too special not to be on music lovers’ radars. Let’s hope they manage to make the long trip over to Australia sometime in the not-too-distant future.


Sounds like: Alt-J, The National

The music-world is in great debt to Leeds University, where Alt-J met and members of the Ting Tings and Kaiser Chiefs attended. To Kill a King are another fantastic addition to the reputable University alumni.

Recently releasing their debut album, Cannibals with Cutlery, the five-piece were just selected to support the Flaming Lips on their tour of the UK in May. The album’s current single ‘Funeral’ is accompanied by a darkly humorous video which you can check out below.


Sounds like: Shlohmo, Flume

Melbourne-based uncle/niece duo Narayana Johnson and Kalyani Ellis are one to keep an eye on. Riding the wave of beat-driven electronic music, they received rave reviews for their 2012 debut EP release, which included the superbly produced single ‘From Under the Ground.’

They’re back with new single ‘Alchemy.’ Currently available as a free download on their SoundCloud, it’s a warm, glitchy head-turner in the Flume mould.

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