It is that time of year when life is one big list. Who are we at Camden Store HQ to resist this trend?
So here it is, the definitive Camden Store list of 10 acts to catch in 2011. Unlike some such lists, we are not trying to highlight bands for the first time, instead, we want to flag up some acts who we think are going to have (and deserve to have) a truly tremendous 2011.
1.Nic Dawson Kelly
Nic released his debut album Old Valentine in 2009. Though critically acclaimed, this record received too little PR, and we suspect that too few people heard it. Fresh from supporting Laura Marling on her German tour, 2011 should be a great year for Nic and his distinctive voice.
2.The Low Anthem
The Low Anthem self-released their debut album What the Crow Brings in 2007, following that up with a second Oh my God, Charlie Darwin in 2008. In the UK, label Bella Union picked the band up and re-released the second album to significant commercial success. There are a number of truly magical tracks on the record. The band are set to release their 3rd album Smart Flesh in February 2011, and we can’t wait. This year should be a great one for this timid Rhode Island quartet.
3.Yngve and the Innocent
Here at Camden Store HQ we have been mumbling on about Yngve for a few months now. That said, even with these muted mumbles, we have been entirely late to the game, with the songsmith releasing his first album Tell Men This way back in 2008. Now including The Innocent in his line up, Yngve looks set to have a successful 2011 with his most recent music video setting a distinctive new tone for a foot stomping future.
We caught up with Crowns back in the balmy days of summer. Since our first encounter with these Cornish lads we have kept a keen eye on their progress. They have not disappointed. Most recently supporting The Pogues, these boys are set for the dizzy heights. Catch them now before they mature into legends.
5.Dry The River
Set to perform at the HMV Next Big Thing festival in February, there is no denying that the mainstream music industry is well aware of the talent of these five boys. This should not deter you from getting involved yourself. Their alt-folk sound is both a happy companion to the likes of the Mumford/Marling alliance, and also a happy detractor, leaving the Celtic crescendos behind. In 2011 you should see them when you can.
Controversially, we have not made a mistake here. We accept that most pundits are all a fluster about Cloud Nothing and his indie pop. However, here at the Camden Store we are more intrigued by the distorted electro sounds of Cloud Control. Promoted most recently by the infamous Black Cab Sessions team, this outfit certainly have some sophisticated support behind them. Playing at the Australian Laneway festival in February, we predict a return to the UK for this band by the summer season.
Having already received attention following some much sought after 6music airtime, this Midlands/St Louis pair are due to release their single Halfway Blind in the UK in mid January. This will be followed by an album in the coming months. Hugely appreciated on the continent, there is no reason why their low-fi folk songs shouldn’t be just as adored over here.
The début gig of The Vaccines at The Flower Pot back in October was one of our gigs of the year. Since then, Justin and his merry men have been catapulted into a hype frenzy of the kind not seen since the time of Mika (!?). 2011 will certainly be the year of The Vaccines. Let’s hope that they manage the hype machine well and live to see a fruitful 2012 and 2013.
We bang on about Jamie Ley a fair amount. He has a great voice, excellent lyrics and is an all round delight to listen to. Our prediction would be a mighty rise to fame for Jamie with him hitting the big time just in time for the festival season. This guy is set to have the summer of his life. We’d recommend that you catch him quick before he sets sail from Camden for pastures new.
10.David E Sugar
Last, but not least, we see a bright future for Mr David E Sugar. Signed to Sunday Best and with a significant fan base, this dashing young man and his electro beats are on to a winning formula. A regular performer at both Proud and the Lock Tavern, a trip to see David E Sugar should be on all your New Year resolutions lists.
2011 is going to be a good year.
The Camden Store Team X