Greatest, most promising and DN-favorite band of the moment Arthur Beatrice team up with Kate Moross once more for the video for their new single Grand Union, a joyful and uplifting piece of perfect indie-something. Even though the song feels incredibly light and breezy, lyrics like “dead lungs / you’re becoming someone else’s tongue / coughing up blood / skin coming off” are not as cheerful. The video on the other hand is light and joyful again, with the band hanging out and decorating a lovely, cosy house. Along with the video, the band have announced the release of their long-awaited and much-anticipated debut LP: Working Out, out on February 3 2014 (mark it in your calendars, folks!).
After having our love grow even stronger with the release of their blissful Carter EP, Arthur Beatrice are at it again with new single Grand Union. “Grand” may actually be the perfect word to describe the almost perfect sound of the London four-piece: rich yet smooth indie, the kind that flows over you so gently you hardly notice its obvious beauty. “You’re not in love” sings Orlando, with some help from Ella - they are oh so wrong: we are.
Ella and Orlando of Arthur Beatrice have these kind of voices that compliment each other this beautiful yet shine on their own as well: soft in timbre, but sweet in melancholy. Orlando takes the lead in Vandals, a new song off their forthcoming Carter EP, yet the song gains more depth and beauty when Ella takes over the vocal duties. Building on a piano melody and topped with bits of drum and guitar for melancholy- and indie rock-purposes, Vandals makes you long for July 22 (the release date of Carter) and reaffirms Arthur Beatrice’s status as one of the most exciting bands out there right now.
Arthur Beatrice granted us a new song Carter (Cut) last week (which is very excellent) off their forthcoming EP Carter, which is a truly excellent piece of pop-meets-indie or indie-meets-pop kind of thing. Today the Kate Moross-directed video sees light of day after a full week of teasing us with stills, which is for the Uncut version and starts with a piano intro before it kicks off.
Longtime “DN-supported band that will be really big one day” London band Arthur Beatrice have been re-recording and re-mastering their debut album over and over again, but it looks like it’s finally shaping up to be quite finished. In anticipation and to ease the wait, new single Carter is taken from an EP with the same name and sees the four-piece implement a bit of synths in their much-loved classic approach to indie, which makes it now drift somewhere in the beautiful place between pop and indie.
We kick off our annual “Sound of [insert next year]” lists with an announcement: this year we are doing things a bit differently.
Usually we just make a list of all acts we have big expectations of in the new year, write some bits about all of them and list them up in one big post. This year we have firstly made some categories in which the acts will be divided: The Bands, The Duo’s, The Boys and The Girls. These speak for themselves, obviously. Secondly, we decided to have tip only five acts in each category: we could have easily given a lot more in every category, but this forced us to narrow it down a bit and thus hopefully offer an even better quality.
If you’re a loyal reader of DN none of these bands will be new to you - we share our musical finds all throughout the year; this list is merely a way of looking back (to what acts we discovered) and looking forward (to what acts might become big.)
We would also like to nuance that “get big” thing - we are sure not of all of the acts listed up will break through and/or gain (commercial) success. It’s more of a list of acts we personally have big expectations of and which will
hopefully probably definitely be making and releasing great music in 2013. If they do get big, well, hurrah!
In short: four categories, five acts in each, we love them and they will release amazing music in 2013, possibly break through to a wider crowd.
Today we kick off with The Bands (which requires at least having three people in the actual “band”).
No surprises here, as we are big fans of the Haim siblings. Their Forever EP was crowned as Best EP of 2012 here at DN, as we’re pretty sure we’ll simply never grow tired of it. Pop like it’s supposed to sound, or at least how we think it should sound like. They’ve been playing gigs since they were little girls with their parents - in 2013 their parents will see them depart on world tours to please the millions of fans they will certainly have.
Arthur Beatrice were in last year’s list as well, but we strongly believe in their future and proudly mention them again in this year’s list. After two self-released singles, this quartet is ready for a full-length - and so is the world. Established indie bands, you better make room for Arthur Beatrice among your circles.
Another heart-melter, but so powerful even the coldest heart will fall in love with them. Goodnight London, So Long (GODISDEAD),… Money have released some songs that brought us to tears more than once - we’re going to buy a load of tissues to make sure we’re prepared for more in 2013.
London Grammar conquered the blogosphere by storm with their fitting debut single Hey Now - a slick slice of slow but intriguing electronic pop. We’ve heard more tracks and can confirm this London trio are capable to make you dance and sing as well, like a proper pop band sometimes does.
Kate Boy hint towards The Knife from the Deep Cuts-era with their catchy synth pop but lean towards the more poppy side of said genre. Obviously there are Swedes involved in this project; three to be exact, plus one Australian. Destined to make synth pop more popular than ever in 2013.
Arthur Beatrice, a band we love very much and have got big hopes for (as expressed multiple times) spent the two past months recording their long-awaited debut album. It’s due next year, but as a teaser/celebration they recorded a vibrant cover of King Krule’s The Noose of Jah City live in the studio. The band also recorded a brilliant session for Rob Da Bank last week, which is yours to re-stream here.
London quartet Arthur Beatrice, one of the best new bands around, follow up their excellent debut single Midland with Charity - the studio version sounds an awful lot like the stellar live version. Singer Ella’s voice really shines in the b-side Not Without Thinking, streaming above. The band release the 12” on their own label Open Assembly next month.
London-based quartet Arthur Beatrice have been around for quite some time already - they’ve hosted a handful of shows already and their vimeo holds some videos of them performing tracks live, although they haven’t actually released anything yet. I’ve been waiting impatiently for them to dive into an actual studio to record something and it seems like my waiting is about to be paid off. Arthur Beatrice will release their debut single Midland on a 12” in April and it’s as beautiful as I expected it to be - you can stream it above. I expect big things from them, so I suggest you keep a close eye on them (and listen to Midland rightaway!).