We’ve handpicked three incredibly talented artists for you to get adding to your generic music device. Let us know what you think, and if you’ve got any of your own suggestions be sure to drop us a tweet to @CloseUpPromo.
At 20 years old, Geordie girl L Devine has music under her belt that people years in the industry would give their right arm for. Not only does she sing the songs, but Devine writes, produces, and plays the piano, guitar and drums for them, so it’s no wonder that Warner Brother Records snapped her right up.
L Devine introduced herself to the scene with the likeable ‘School Girls’ – a coming-of-age song citing the lyrics “Welcome to the real world, Everybody’s still a school girl“, about the little changes between school and adult life. A relatable track that is a catchy blend of R’n’B and pop and set the path for L Devine’s continued success. Her EP ‘Growing Pains’ showcases five tracks of scintillating pop melodies. Each is a personal experience to Devine, and a mix of laid back and upbeat. From ‘Panic’ that highlights Devine’s sensational vocals with raw emotions and gentle piano to the bouncy ‘Like You Like That’ with a heavily addictive chorus. The EP is supported by a short film set in Devine’s hometown of Newcastle that’s gritty and honest. It’s a collaboration with influential videographer Emil Nava who was worked with the likes of Selena Gomez and Rihanna.
Whilst 2017 was already a pretty successful year, this is just the start for L Devine, and we’re looking forward to watching her continue to rise in 2018.
As Winter continues to drag on, Cassia are the answer to keeping you warm. The trio from Macclesfield have been making their mark on the indie scene with their distinctive and exotic take on the genre which takes inspiration from the sounds of Africa and in their own words is considered a genre of ‘Calpyso Afro-beats’. Their songs are fresh and sprightly, radiating warmth and sunshine with pop beats and intricate jangly guitars.
The band first bounced into the music world with the release of their song ‘Moana’, a song that evokes summer as it sings of beaches and sunsets whilst showing off their dazzling harmonies with all three members taking their share of vocals. ‘Come & Talk’ is the latest offering from the band and is another feel-good, sun-soaked track that creates earworms and will have you dancing to its rhythmic beats. It’s their first release of 2018 and follows on from the equally energetic ‘Out of Her Mind’ and ‘Sink’.
They’ve played festivals such as Reading and Leeds, and The Great Escape, and have toured excessively across the UK and Europe. If you’re a fan of Bombay Bicycle Club and the feeling of Summer, then Cassia are the ones for you.
Gaffa Tape Sandy
For those of you for whom garage punk rock is more your kind of thing, then you’ll want to add Gaffa Tape Sandy to your music collection. The band consists of three friends who share a love for making music that “makes you want to move around and punch your best friend in the head” and it’s safe to say they’ve managed to craft that sound perfectly. The band released their EP ‘Spring Killing’ in 2017, a six-piece record that’s awash with raucous guitars, plenty of crashing drums and the superb contrast of both a male and female vocalist which lends itself perfectly to creating memorable harmonies and catchy choruses. Check out ‘Black Christmas’ with opening riffs that will instantly have you rocking out, and ‘Transylvania’ that has a vibe of the Slaves about it. Towards the end of 2017, the band released their single ‘Beehive’, an indie-rock anthem that continues to show off what the band set out to do – get you moving.
It may come as no surprise that Gaffa Tape Sandy are influenced by a wide genre of music including The White Stripes, The Pixies, Smashing Pumpkins, Pulled Apart By Horses and the aforementioned Slaves. They’ve earned support from the likes of NME, Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, and 2017 saw them perform on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival. They’re currently on tour with Indoor Pets and no doubt set for another incredible year.
Words by @RosieChad