Up first is the sibling duo of Maggie and Tyler Heath, otherwise known as The Oh Hello’s. From the great state of Texas these two have been making music since childhood, and when you hear their self produced EP you can tell that it was well worth it. There’s a calm beauty to their tracks where they just gently build to this great crescendo of passion. It’s easy to make the comparison to Mumford and Sons because they are an acoustic folk band, however there is so much more compacted into these four tracks. They have released their debut album Through The Deep Dark Valley but this track is from their 2011 self titled EP and I believe it fully showcases the magnificence of this pair. Available at theohellos.com this is Hello My Old Heart.
Also from Texas (Austin to be exact) is the band Shivery Shakes. Formed by members of two really good bands, The Bubbles and International Waters, Shivery Shakes comes with a real sense of the old school. At the very first listen, what struck me was their their harmonies had a strong Beatles/Beach Boys-esque vibe to them. Add in some fantastic guitar work and you some really fun surf pop. From their 2012 EP, avalaible from shiveryshakes.bandcamp.com this is Stay Young.
Lastly we have London Grammar. Based out of London (shocking, I know), this trio headed by the beautiful voice of Hannah Reid (a vocal blend of Florence Welch and Adele) with a classically inspired mix of sounds together with a gentleness of guitars and drums to create this laid back, relaxed feeling that can just take you away, something I feel is missing in popular music at the moment. And with Radio 1’s Greg James recently making their track “Metal and Dust” his big thing of the week and championing these guys, we should all expect to see and hear a lot more from them in the near future. Off their EP Metal and Dust out on iTunes now this is Hey Now.
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