Say hello to the hardest working band in shimmering, unapologetic ‘80s-‐inspired indie-‐pop. Following in the slick footsteps of Phoenix, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club, Fickle Friends are the essential new British pop band.
In November 2015, OUTLYA (pronouncedOutlier) started a journey that saw them ditching subtleties and self-conscious songwriting for perfectly-crafted bombast. Since then, they’ve been making songs that strive for a feeling of escape and have a striking quality to them.
Abbie McCarthy is the presenter of BBC Introducing in Kent every Saturday night. She can also be heard on BBC Radio 1, covering for the likes of Matt Edmondson and Huw Stephens, playing the best brand new bands & alternative sounds.
Exploding out of Matlock, Derbyshire the band’s infectious rhythms, glittered guitar riffs and pop nous has already caught the attention of tastemakers including The Line of Best Fit, Clash DIY, The Guardian and NME who featured the band in their ‘100 Best Bands of 2018’ feature.
Successfully bridging the gap between pop sensibility and rich musicality, Nottingham’s DECO have spent the past two years building their reputation as one of the country’s strongest indie-pop artists.
The Pylons are a 5 piece band from Lincolnshire. Blending acoustic instruments with electronic sounds and powerful vocal harmonies the band has developed an emotive style with a tremendous sense of warmth and space.
Comprising of Emma Foster, Paul Holliman and Andy Richmond, Arctic Lake are a British trio who create reflective and thoughtful music which relays the depths of human emotion, thoughts and experiences.
Martha Hill creates true journey music. Her roots firmly in soulful folk and seductive jazz, married to the eccentricities of modern pop. Far from traditional, she fuses timelessness with alluring arrangements that have hooked and held peoples’ ears both in England and across Europe.
You may hear hints of Gold Panda, The Japanese House and Bonobo in Laminate Pet Animal; but the electronica trio from Leeds have quickly fabricated their own sound with organic samples, lush vocals and pulsing bass lines.