We were kindly asked to take part in Breaking More Waves’ ‘Blog Sound of 2013’. Its concept was a simple one: an alternative to the BBC’s Sound of 2013 based on bloggers votes and not pseudo celebrities.
Obviously we were hesitant about being included, not because we didn’t like the idea – but we knew it would end up being a list of names we have no interest in, and our suggestions would almost certainly not appear on the final list.
Not surprisingly, we were right, none of our nominations made the final cut, and to be honest we’ve never really heard any of the acts on the final shortlist, apart from the odd one in passing. But from the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be any dance music.
So what does this mean? Well, one of three things: we have no idea what were talking about and have terrible taste in music. 2: we haven’t got our finger on the pulse of emotional indie buzz-bands. Or 3: we should take part in a list where theres clearly there’s going to be a bias towards indie or rock music. Still, the concept was commendable, and we can all now check out some new talent, and who knows maybe we’ll like what we hear.
Now that the shortlist has been narrowed down, the five acts with the most votes, including the winner of The Blog Sound Of 2013, will be announced on January 3 next year to coincide with the BBC’s announcement.
In case any of you where interested in our nominations, they were: A.N.D.Y, Attar!, Blende, Jupiter and Mumbai Science.
AlunaGeorge – Infectious R&B influenced pop from London
Curxes – Dark industrial-pop electronic duo from Brighton and Portsmouth
Chvrches – Scottish electro pop trio formed from a variety of other bands
Daughter – Minimal / ambient sounding folk
Haim – Classic rock from LA with pop sensibilities
Laura Mvula – Jazz / soul singer hailing from Birmingham
MØ – Hip soulful female vocal electronic pop from Denmark
Palma Violets – Raw and energetic indie rock band
Pins – Edgily cool and raucous all female indie band from Manchester
Randolph’s Leap – Glasgow based indie folk pop with a twist of brass
Rhye – Smooth and blissful pop duo
Savages – Intense post-punk with female vocals
Seasfire – Modern rock band from Bristol who mix electronic beats with guitar
The Neighbourhood – Atmospheric Californian 5 piece rock/pop ban
Tom Odell – Piano based singer songwriter originally from Chichester
The UK music blogs involved are:
A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, All Noise, Alphabet Bands, Both Bars On,Brapscallions,Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Details Of My Life So Far,Don’t Watch Me Dancing, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Eaten By Monsters,Electronic Rumors, Faded Glamour, Folly Of Youth, Flying With Anna, God Is In The TV,Harder Blogger Faster, Howl, In Love Not Limbo, Just Music That I Like, Killing Moon,Kowalskiy, Love Music : Love Life, Mudkiss, Music Broke My Bones, Music Fans Mic,Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Bands Better Than Your Band, Not Many Experts,Peenko, Real Horrorshow, Scottish Fiction, Skeletory, Song By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too,Storm’s Brewing, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Electricity Club,The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Music Hoarder, The Recommender, This Must Be Pop, Von Pip Musical Express,17 Seconds