All My Demons Greeting Me as Friends (I)
RIYL: Florence + the Machine, Lykke Li, Lorde
This Bergen, Norway, singer (full name: Aurora Aksnes) achieved some interesting notoriety before Christmas when her cover of Oasis’ “Half a World Away” was used in a Christmas advert for a UK department store. This song—which will be included on her album in March—was already part of a FIFA video game.
Bring Me the Horizon, “Happy Song”
That’s the Spirit (Sony/Columbia/RCA)
RIYL: Bullet for My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, some Slipknot
Being from Sheffield, England, these guys must know the Arctic Monkeys and may even have shared some Friday night pints with them. Sound-wise, though, they’re much more about deathcore and emo than British indie rock. Their sound has evolved with each of their five albums to the point where you might categorize them as pop metal now.
Not to Disappear (Glassnote)
RIYL: Milky Chance, The xx, Cat Power
Five years into their career, this London-based indie alt-folk band was picked up by the always-interesting 4AD label and then signed to Glassnote, the label that brought us Mumford & Sons. They’ve already benefited from having songs included in Tour de France coverage as well as placement in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy.
Vance Joy, “Georgia”
Dream Your Life Away (Warner)
RIYL: Coldplay, Bon Iver, Eddie Vedder in his mellower moments
Everyone’s favourite Aussie footie-player-turned-ukulele-pro had seven of the thirteen songs from his debut album released as singles at one point somewhere in the world. “Georgia” was officially the fifth—it first dropped a year ago—but it’s taken this long to surface because all the other ones continued to do so well.
Royal Tusk, “Fever”
Dealbreaker (MapleMusic Recordings)
RIYL: Foo Fighters, Monster Truck, Big Wreck
How many Edmonton bands can say they opened for the Foo Fighters? After grabbing some attention with a 2014 EP entitled Mountain, they’re about ready to release their debut record on May 6. They’re going to help make this a really loud summer.