CLOUD BOAT (UK)
Sounds like: James Blake, Burial, Bon Iver
Cloud Boat is London based Sam Rickets and Tom Clarke, an incredibly talented duo who are set to release their debut album, Book of Hours, on May 27. With previous singles ‘Lions on the Beach’ and ‘I left For A Reason (It Escapes Me Now)’ already gaining them worldwide fanfare, their latest single ‘Youthern’ is the perfect introduction to this clever twosome.
Having already been handpicked to support James Blake and Mount Kimbie, their mix of melancholic vocals, epic guitar waves and clever percussion are set to see them explode in 2013.
Sounds like: Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Jeff Buckley
DANVERS is the work of David John Williams, a member of eclectic indie-pop band Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!. Unlike many side-projects where it’s hard to notice much difference between the two acts, DANVERS is a complete change of direction for Williams. With elements of folk, jazz and blues all showing up in his tracks, leaving his music somewhere in between that of Grizzly Bear and Jeff Buckley. Rather illustrious company!
Adelaide bred, but now Melbourne-based, DANVERS is readying himself for further releases.
AVA LUNA (USA)
Sounds like: Dirty Projectors, Twin Sister, tUnE-yArDs
Three guys and three girls form Brooklyn-based Ava Luna, which is pretty much the only evenly balanced element to this group. Found by Carlos Hernandez, the son of a 70s New York soul DJ, the band has developed into something of a modern day, experimental equivalent of the music his father played. Full of rich, intertwining harmonies, funky beats and psychedelic touches, the music they create somehow meshes together perfectly.
Over the past few years, they’ve played alongside a variety of different artists, including the likes of Toro Y Moi, Twin Sister and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. They released their debut LP Ice Level last year, and now they’re back in the studio working on a follow up.