London – With no Grammy or Brits winners to highlight this week, Best New Band’s weekly round-up takes a look at some up and coming names with new music to unveil. We won’t mention the Oscars for risk of pushing the wrong envelope.
Presently it seems that scarcely a week goes by without Indie darlings Bella Union unleashing another new addition to the label. Following on the heels of Holly Macve – whose debut album, Golden Eagle, is one you should definitely check out – and Will Stratton whose recording debut for the label breaks on 12 May, Bella Union has announced the signing of young, rising Norwegian band Broen. The five-piece somewhat defy genre-pigeonholing by combining elements of R’n’B, rap, jazz, improvisation, psychedelia, dub and electronica into a fresh, distinctly different sound. Fast building a reputation of being one of Norway’s best live bands, Broen brings sparkle-laden costumes and signature dance moves to noticeably strong musicianship.
With recording of a debut album in progress, Broen has shared a first taste of the LP in the form of the track “<3” and will be playing two London live shows on 25/26 April as part of Music Norway’s Oya Nights.
Continuing the Scandinavian theme, Sweden’s Adna has released “Closure”, the third single and title track from the singer-songwriter’s upcoming album due out on March 17. Still just 21 years old the record will be Adna’s third. Written and recorded last year in her adopted hometown of Berlin, Closure is Adna’s most personal record yet, delving deep into her own past and darkness. There is a quiet melancholia about the artiste’s work and a detachment that will resonate with the broken-hearted the world over.
More associated with euphoria than melancholy, LA-based artist-producer Gryffin has just released new single, “Feel Good” with fellow producer Illenium and featuring pop prodigy Daya, who at 18 has just won her first Grammy (Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down” with The Chainsmokers). The result is an emotive and high-energy song that makes you feel summer has arrived early. It’s blessed with a strong melody, driven by a bold combination of swooning synths, meaty guitar lines and elaborate percussion. Daya’s vocal in delivering her own lyrics about the positively of love is suitably soulful and intense. “Feel Good” could be the best slice of electronica with heart you’ve heard in a long time. Meanwhile Gryffin will be on tour this spring and summer, with appearances at Coachella in April and New York’s Governors Ball in June already lined up.
Photo of Broen by Maria Gosse
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Tony’s great passion in life is music and nothing gives him more pleasure than unearthing good, original new music and championing independent musicians. His association with Best New Bands brings great opportunities for this. He also writes for Consequence of Sound and is a judge for Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition.
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