Guillemots - Walk the River
I found out about this band five years ago when a song of theirs was a Single of the Week on iTunes. I have forgotten about them in the time that passed, but was reminded again with the impending release of Walk the River. I was reminded of elements that made them more interesting than the typical British indie rock band, including musicians of diverse backgrounds and the occasional atypical instrumentation.
Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
When one ends, another begins. This band reminds me a lot of LCD Soundsystem, in that they use electronic elements to create songs of fairly typical structure. It's fitting that their debut album is coming on the heels of LCD Soundsystem's farewell.
Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting
R&B has become somewhat staid over the past few year. Leave it to a slew of primarily British (and mostly white) artists to finally do something different with the genre (besides adding hip hop, not so innovative). A couple of months ago, James Blake released a dubstep/electronic-infused, but extremely sparse take on the genre, and now we have another. Woon's sound is much fuller than Blake's, but the feel is the same.
Lenka - Two
Happy, perky, cutesy indie pop, something Australia does pretty well (along with hard rock, there's a disconnect in there somewhere). Lenka's music is nothing profound, but it's fun. Something to listen to while getting ready to go out or to perk you up when you're feeling down.
tUnE-YaRdS - w h o k i l l
I've been hearing a lot about this band lately, but had yet to check them out until yesterday. Amazing! I can't believe I waited. Reminds me a lot of Dirty Projectors in the basic sound, but still a very original and interesting sound. Loving it already.