So far, 2017 has been an incredible year for new and emerging artists, creating an intricate and intoxicating journey of discovery. Although exciting, it can be overwhelming with so much out there, so we’ve picked out three of our favorites for our new ‘Artist Noise’ feature who, if you haven’t listened to yet, we highly recommend you do so soon:
It’s hard to believe that Jerry Williams hasn’t been snapped up by a record label yet with such sensational vocals as hers. The singer-songwriter from our new home of Portsmouth first released music in 2014 with EP ‘A Hairdresser called Sids’ and since then has been going from strength to strength. Her indie-pop records are not only addictive and enjoyable but many of us can relate to her witty lyrics with songs like ‘I’m Not In Love With You’ that sing about no longer being in love with someone and wanting ‘a love you see on TV screens’ and ‘Boy, oh boy’ with the catchy chorus ‘Boy, oh boy, I hate you but I love you’ expressing the ever familiar feeling of young love.
In 2017 alone, Jerry has racked up over 5 million Spotify streams on single ‘Mother’, had her track selected as BBC Radio 1’s National BBC Introducing Track of the Week as well as music featured on Made In Chelsea and Take Me Out. It’s safe to say, she’s making noise on the scene and definitely one to check out.
If you like 80s style indie pop, then FOURS are the one for you. As the name suggest, the band are made up of four members – Dan (Guitars), Jezza (Bass), Luke (Drums) and Edith (Vocals) who generate infectious music with undeniable hooks and bold vocals.
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, FOURS have taken 80s electro and indie pop and fused them together to create a modern genre that truly has them stand out from the crowd. Their latest musical offerings show the versatility in their talented songwriting with the hauntingly beautiful ‘Tell Me In the Morning’ that show off Edith’s soulful voice, and upbeat ‘Overthink’ with its hypnotic rhythms and guitars.
2017 has seen them playing extensively, including a sell out headline show at Thousand Island, a slot at Bestival, and support to the likes of Kyla La Grange & Avec Sans. If you’ve not yet seen them live, you’re in for a party, with the likes of ‘Fade to Love’, ‘Sickly Sweet’ and ‘Painful to Watch’ getting you moving infant of a band sharing their enthusiasm and passion as they show off what they do best. Next time they’re in your town, make sure to buy a ticket, as they are a band not to be missed.
Another indie-riser to check out are five piece band Swimming Tapes who have been making waves (sorry) since they emerged in 2016. Their debut single ‘Souvenirs’ was self-produced and landed them a support slot with fellow indie-fav Day Wave that summer.
Their vibe is very much Belle & Sebastian meets The Beach Boys as their music glistens with nostalgia and sixties pop. Songs like ‘Cameos’, ’Alison’ and ‘What’s On Your Mind’ wrap you in sunshine with chiming guitars and warm melodies and will have you dreaming of being by the seaside. They have a satisfying chilled out sound which replicates their self-describing genre of ‘dream pop’.
They’ve had radio support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Elton John plus this year have showcased their talent at festivals such as Dot to Dot and The Great Escape. Having recently sold out their headline show at Lexington, it’s safe to say they’re on the rise, so make sure to check them out.
Words: Rosie Chadwick (@RosieChad)