MONEY make us fall in love with them once more with Bluebell Fields, the first new song in little over a year and the first taste of their forthcoming debut full-length on Bella Union. The band have their guitars ghost over an ambient soundscape, creating a hazy and romantic atmosphere that sounds both rough and polished. Kind of reminds us of that brilliant Exquisite Corpse EP from Warpaint. Impossible to deny its beauty, matched by a video directed/animated by Dan W. Jacobs.

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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”).

Haim

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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

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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.

Money

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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

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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

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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.

Jamie from Money sings some lines of Bob Dylan’s Tambourine Man, right before he starts playing a rendition of the band’s fragile Goodnight London. And every boy I’ve ever loved… Jamie creates a very special atmosphere, which you only realise when he bursts out in laughter right when he finished playing the song and the entire pub is still in awe. Thank you La Blogothèque for making this happen.

Death is just an illusion - a high wall. It is not the end.

There is no such thing as ‘the end’.

It is the beginning.

Money (or M O N E Y) have been on my radar for quite some time (blame CiTR, NoFoP, LLL) but their music only just “clicked” with me now. I don’t know why it took so long, as it is just absolutely gorgeous. “A sparkle of hope in all the hopelessness” says Tonje from No Fear Of Pop. Quite minimal and sad (think The xx), yet so full of emotion. And oh, they are from Manchester. Basically all you need to know. You know these bands you can’t really describe but you just feel they are something special? Well, Money is of one those few. Just press play on any of the videos below and fall in love.

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