Another festival. Another Top 10.
After the success of our SXSW chart we decided to do one for Europe’s answer to SXSW – The Great Escape.
This festival has around 300 acts and as you can see our Top 10 throws up an eclectic melting pot of artists. That’s because it’s made by clever little server robots who track the online buzz and fan activity of the artists.
So, if you’re going to The Great Escape – make sure you check out some of these bands. We definitely will be…
#1 Sarah Blasko
Like your music, magical, timeless and ethereal? Then this Australia born singer song-writer could well be your new favourite artist.
Sounds like: Indie dinner party music.
File between: Norah Jones and Martha Wainwright
At number 2 in our chart these guys are proving that 2010 is the year of “experimental future folk”. Or something like that…
Sounds like: Folk. (with a touch of glitchy experimental electronica)
File between: Caribou and Mumford & Sons
#3 Band of Skulls
Foot stomping rock ‘n’ roll. That’s what they do, and heck they do it well.
Sounds like: Straightforward, four to the floor rock ‘n’ roll baby!
File between: Rock and Roll
#4 Best Coast
Ever wondered what the Beach Boys would sound like if they were a lo-fi band fronted by a women? Well wonder no more my friends.
Sounds like: Lo-fi sunshine pop.
File between: The Beach Boys and Early Strokes.
#5 Darwin Deez
Someone, somewhere dubbed this guy the Michael Jackson of indie rock. Well I suppose he dances, sings and plays indie rock.
Sounds like: Really indie rock…
File next to: Michael Jackson and Julian Casablancas
Their music is described as “Pop de Chambre”… which is basically French for Pop music with a cello.
Sounds like: “Pop de Chambre” obviously…
File Between: Vivaldi and The Beatles
#7 Naive New Beaters
If you prefer your French music with less cello and more rap then you’re in luck. Hell, they even throw in a sprinkling of electro for good measure.
They first appeared on the radar, if you will, in 2007 after their video for single BANG BANG became a YouTube hit. Then they disappeared… sort of. Now they’re back with a new EP Live Good and a European tour, proving that YouTube fame is no substitute for good old fashioned hard work.
Sounds like: Electro rap-rock
File inbetween: The Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Klaxons
#8 Broken Social Scene
More a collective than a band, on any given night these guys could turn up with anywhere between six to nineteen members.
Sounds like: Baroque Pop…apparently
File Between: Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear
#9 General Fiasco
These guys were nearly called General Music and flirted with the name Marley Jedrejak Fiasco. Thankfully sense prevailed and they combined the two.
Sounds like: Indie innit.
File between: The Wombats and The Enemy
#10 Blood Red Shoes
Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter are like a younger and more attractive version of Meg and Jack White. And no they are not “an item”…
Sounds like: Two person punk.
File next to: Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The White Stripes.