London Grammar, “Big Picture”
Recommended If You Like: Melancholy Florence Welch, Nico (if she could actually hold a note)
Boy-girl- boy alt trio from Nottingham, England, that began when one member messaged vocalist Hannah Reid on Facebook when he saw her posing with a guitar. This song was first shared via their Facebook page last month. They only have one album but they’ve already won a bunch of awards.
Vol. 1 (Last Gang/Dualtone)
RIYL: Bands who love ALL CAPS but hate vowels
Supergroup time again! This outfit features FIVE lead singers: Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Fran Healey (Travis), Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Jason Lytle (Granddaddy) and Eric Pulido (Midlake). Their ten-song debut will be released April 28. (Cf MGMT, JPNSGRLS, MSTRKRFT, etc.)
Biffy Clyro, “Howl”
Ellispsis (Beggars Banquet)
RIYL: Sum 41, Fallout Boy, Simple Plan
Well-regarded, commercially successful and long-lived (est. 1995) Scottish band that has yet to catch a break in North America. They won Best British Band from The NME last year, so something must be going on. And hey, the Foo Fighters like ‘em. A lot.
Current Swell, “It Ain’t Right”
When to Talk and When to Listen (Nettwerk)
RIYL: Black Keys cut with Band of Horses and The Lumineers
Four guys from Victoria BC who have already released five albums since 2005. They have worked hard, building their fan base from an ultra grassroots level. If you find yourself thinking of Jack Johnson when listening to them, you aren’t alone. The new album will arrive May 12.
AlphaCub, “Can’t Stand Still”
AlphaCub EP (Culvert Music)
RIYL: Early 80s electro-alt music as made by Depeche Mode, Images in Vogue and OMD
The guy at the heart of this project is Halifax-born singer Marc-Antoine Robertson, ex of an east coast band called Soho Ghetto. That group lasted until 2014 and upon their breakup, MAR moved to Toronto to work on his solo career.