Every year since Breaking More Waves inception in 2008, come November or December we publish a list (in the form of a series of blog posts) of relatively new artists that we think are ones to watch for the following year. As with any forecast for the year ahead, 12 months on we are sometimes left scratching our heads thinking ‘why did we pick them?’ and with other artists we give ourselves a pat on the back for inspired crystal ball gazing. Then sometimes those ‘why did we pick them?’ moments actually turn good a few years further on, whereas others don’t. Such is the unpredictability of pop.
Looking back at our list from 2012 the likes of Laura Mvula, Savages, Valerie June and Gabrielle Aplin have all released albums that to a greater or lesser extent justified their inclusion on the list, whilst the likes of Chvrches, and Haim are looking grand for later this year.
Other acts have been a little slower of the mark; Independent d-i-y singer songwriter Alice Jemima had a prolific year last year but with the exception of her Kavinsky cover has released absolutely nothing in 2013. Is this a case of artist lethargy setting in or behind the scenes music business involvement slowing the output for the time being? Time will tell. Certainly her name has started to show up on a few festival bills recently including Dot to Dot, Beach Break Live and Larmer Tree Festival.
Then there’s the ‘where are they?’ bands. What has happened to our tips The Night and Avec Sans? There hasn’t been any musical output at all, hardly justifying them as ones to watch. Well the good news is that The Night are about to step out of the shadows and release their debut EP Still Thinking Of You and Avec Sans are also beginning to wind things up, playing a few live shows with a single on its way.
Which brings us (finally) to another one of our Ones to Watch 2013 and the reason for this post; say hello again to Australian dude Matt Corby. Like his year so far this song may be a little slow out of the blocks, but as the acoustic guitar and percussion builds adding piano and gospel style backing vocals, it’s on its way to the summit. “So don't you worry, you will be my resolution, characters of no illusion, you will be my resolution,” sings Matt. Sometimes the good things are worth waiting for. For those (like us) in the UK who are wanting to see Matt Live, he’ll be playing a host of festivals this summer including Glastonbury Festival, Barn On The Farm, Blissfields, Latitude,Wilderness and supporting Lianne La Havas on July 13th at Somerset House. Hopefully some solo shows will be announced to coincide with these outdoor dates.
Matt Corby - Resolution