Music: January Playlist: Top 5

8 January 2013

January Playlist: Top 5

You ran around trying to find the perfect christmas presents for those fussy 'loved ones,' ate ten thousand times your normal daily calorie intake and drank some pretty weird alcohol concoctions that on any normal day you'd decline, so now it's time to relax back into another new year. Getting back into your normal routine after a lot of festive fun is never fun but it always helps that there is some great music out there to get you on the right road in 2013.

My Top 5 songs you should be listening to in January.

Nothing Arrived
Villagers have been around for quite some time now, their first album came out in 2010, but it is only recently people are starting to take notice due mainly to their music being used in a lot of advertising and the ever trustworthy BBC radio 1 giving them some much needed air time. The irish band, fronted by Conor O'Brien, have toured with the likes of Tracy Chapman and Elbow whilst their debut album "Becoming a Jackal" was shortlisted for the Mercury prize and choice music prize. Their follow up album is due for release 14th January.

Folky sound with a dreamy accent.

Don't Save Me

The band is made up of three sisters, the front ‘man’ as it were is Este Haim with Alana and Danielle providing her with an eccentric back up. They are being described as a ‘nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B’ pop group and first started out in an even larger family unit, they formed a band with their parents named Rockinhaim, nothing about this new girl group is ordinary. Named as the 'Sound of 2013' by the BBC this is the girl band that you will all want to listen to and I think better role models than the girl bands we have now. 

Girl power with an eclectic twist.


Formed in London in 2010, the band started out as a solo project by singer/ songwriter Dan Smith but has now turned into a successful ‘neo-synth’ alternative group. The attention around the guys grew when they started to play at some of the big name festivals such as Glastonbury and Isle of Wight, not too bad for a band who had only made their music known online. This is their latest single and right now my favourite tune of the year, it's out 24th February and the band are touring with Two Door Cinema club throughout the year.

Psychedelic sounds with a beautiful man at the helm.

First Aid Kit 
The Lion's Roar
This band was a happy surprise that I stumbled upon one night whilst looking for new music, the swedish folk duo is made up of sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg. Their music can only be described as earthy with beautiful vocal harmonies, if you like Fleet Foxes then you will love this twosome. They began writing songs in 2007 and when they covered the song "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" by Fleet Foxes they started to spread their name across the globe. All this comparison of these two girls and Fleet Foxes meant it was only a matter of time before they performed with them, the time came at a concert in the Netherlands.

Country music with two charismatic voices.

Lord Huron
Ends of the Earth
Yet another example of what midnight internet browsing can do for your music library, an American indie folk group from Lose Angeles they already have their album "Lonesome Dreams" released on Iamsound. After the release the five piece appeared on the Tonight Show and received a great response, there isn't all that much known about them yet but I predict big things.

Mysterious with romantic lyrics.

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