Brace yourselves music fans: with the BBC Sound of 2013 list now well on the way to being counted down, and a whole host of names, from the established print press to online sites and the smallest of blogs, having their own say, you’re about to be bombarded with a gluttony of new music to listen out for, to and read about. Will they all be as amazing as their respective champions claim they are? Most likely not, but part of the, uh, ‘fun’ of wading through the endless tips of the year is discovering a song or an artist that - though you’d never heard it before – will go on to provide a soundtrack for, perhaps, the rest of your life.
Here at Contactmusic we’ve attempted to pick out a mix of the names you’ll be seeing in bright lights everywhere else, interspersed with a couple of our own personal favourites who we're keeping a personal eye on over the forthcoming months...
Blogger's Delight - The names that will be everywhere
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Montreal electronic artist Doldrums (AKA Airick Woodhead) has unveiled a unique and rather bizarre video for his brand new single 'She Is The Wave' featuring Guy Dallas released this week on Souterrain Transmissions and taken from his upcoming double sided album 'Lesser Evil' due out on February 25th 2013.
The video, directed by Emily Kai Bock (of Grizzly Bear's 'Yet Again' video and Grimes' 'Oblivion') and shot by Evan Prosofsky, shows Doldrums pushing along a shopping cart through a Moroccan desert on top of which a computer set up with a set of speakers is perched precariously. He appears to be struggling to push it before both the set up and Doldrums collapses in the sand. The weirdest twist of the clip comes when he and his cart are rescued by a man (played by John Shevlen) in a car shaped like a cat. It's a bizarre reflection into the creative mind of the artist and the tune attached is not unexpectedly a chaotic confusion with sporadic rhythms and much slower, haunting vocals.
The producer is currently on tour with Purity Ring in Europe and they are set to hit the UK very soon. He has also been favoured by artists such as Portishead, Grimes and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and he has made festival appearances at the likes of SXSW in Texas and The Great Escape in Brighton, UK.
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Hailing from Montreal, Doldrums has recently released a spellbinding three track single, 'Egypt', earlier this month on Berlin based record label Soutterrain Transmissions (EMA, Crocodiles, Zola Jesus, Moon Duo). He will also embark on a European tour with unique dream pop artist Grimes including appearances at Brighton's Great Escape Festival and Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester's Dot to Dot Festival after immense success at Texas' SXSW Festival.
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