With exams just around the corner, I often find that I discover new artists when my days are spent listening to music, desperately scribbling revision mind maps, and completing past papers. Hopefully these 5 musicians, who I believe are ones to watch this 2018, will help distract you from the reality of the exam season this January.
I initially discovered Sigrid when I went to watch Oh Wonder in November, when a fresh-faced girl took to the stage as their support act in just a pair of jeans and a simple white tee. I was unsure what to expect, and she really does prove true as why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Her voice is incredibly rich and versatile, creating the perfect match with the epic, anthemic nature of her tracks. She is the cool girl that I want to be, that I think part of us all wish to be. With one EP, ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ and her latest single ‘Strangers’, I hope 2018 brings about her debut album.
dodie, or doddleoddle, is someone I’ve had the pleasure of watching blossom and develop into a stunning artist in the years that I have subscribed to her. Her voice, tone and lyrics are refreshing in this world which appears to be overrun by booming dance music. dodie’s latest EP, ‘You’, captures the perfectly imperfect nature of the balance of life; love, happiness, heartbreak, and mental health instability. With her signature, off-the-shoulder hair, full-circle glasses and ‘is it dodie yellow tho’ branding, she is not just a great musician, but an incredible individual in bringing about awareness to mental health and sexuality in elegant ways, with the release of her book ‘Secret for the Mad’ building further on the stories behind her lyrics. dodie’s latest single, ‘Party Tattoos’ released on New Year’s Day, she is certainly an individual with an exciting career ahead of her, simply waiting to begin.
Dylan Minnette, or more familiarly known to many as Clay Jenson from Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, is one of the three that makes up Wallows. Now, I may have only discovered this band because I had a little google stalk after finishing the series, but I am incredibly glad I did. ‘Pleaser’ is a song that I’ve had stuck in my head for months, which is unsurprising with its indie, laid-back feel, with a style that is alike to Circa Waves, The Hunna and Sundara Karma. Wallows currently only have four singles which were released throughout 2017, and I simply can’t get enough. The day that an album is released, will be the day that all I will do is listen to them on repeat, having even tweeted the band recently asking for them to extend their US tour to the UK.
Anyone who is close to me understands there are certain genres of music that I don’t particularly warm to; one of them being that of music produced by DJs. I’m not sure what I usually find so off putting, maybe it’s how I sometimes feel there is a lack of musical depth, or how sometimes they repeat too much within the space of 4 minutes that I simply get bored. But the release of ‘The Ocean’ in 2016 really opened my eyes to this genre. For me, this was one of the songs of my summer (jumping slightly late onto the bandwagon I know), but with the releases of ‘Stay Young’ in collaboration with Tessa, and ‘Hands’ with The Vamps last year, I can only hope that 2018 will see Mike expanding further.
Stereo Honey is a band I have very recently discovered, another due to the wonders that is one of Spotify’s ‘Hot New Bands’ playlists. This London-based quartet caught my attention with their beautiful intertwining of falsetto vocals with wonderful melodies, to create beautifully haunting tracks. In the light of today with #MeToo and #TimesUp (both incredible campaigns that I could talk to length outside of this article), the deep and meaningful lyrics are what is required in 2018, with ‘The Heart’ discussing relationship abuse.
Why not check some of these artists on Spotify next time you’re revising?
Text by Olivia Mitchell
Picture research by Donna Darafshian; featured image from flickr.com.