A beautiful juxtaposition of guitar, electronica and angelic vocals, Golden Fable truly a unique and thoroughly beguiling sound. Debut album 'Star Map' a must have in any discerning music collection.
Intrinsically gorgeous, although an intense undercurrent pervades within the music of Feldspar, raising them above much in the Nu Folk bracket.
A name on nearly everyone's list for 2013 it seems, and why not. Palma Violets introducing vitality and chaos back into Indie Rock. Exactly how it should be. Debut album out on Feb 25th and catch the guys live on the NME tour commencing Feb 7th.
Retro 60's harmonious sound for sure, although with a modern day harder edge, which should see local lads The Gramotones appealing to a much wider audience in 2013, especially on the evidence of the recently released single "Soldiers Kiss."
Intelligently crafted indie pop, from a new Manchester outfit. Debut EP available now with full video for the title track "Gypsy Blood" following soon.
Gorgeously melancholic folk, with a dark and on occasions, country rock edge. Kodiak Bear, one of the great albums of the year.
Another name on everyone's lips, Savages bring real Joy Divisionesque intensity to the fore, whilst projecting an inherant sensuous nature. A heady and completely enthralling mix. Live EP available now.
Projects galore emanating from Phoenix Lodge during 2012, boding well for a full release from The Phoenix Experiment early in the New Year. In the meantime, feast your ears on Suns of Sam, lodge master Mike Bee in tender, reflective mode accompanied on this occasion by Liam Rimmer.
While slightly concerned by the inner thoughts of lead thief, Chris Fox, his lyrics becoming ever darker and disturbing, there's no doubt it makes for a deeply intoxicating listen. Latest EP Ladies & Gentlemen, My Sweetheart The Lonely available now.
Top notch blues rock with a psychedelic edge from the Anglo French London based combo. Debut album 'Studies' available as a free download on their website.
And there you go, ten of the best taken from relatively lighter circles, for those interesed in the more extreme elements, look out for a seperate post soon. For those without interest in such nonsense, here's wishing you all a Happy New Year.