SUPGlobal's music correspondent Robyn Fisher takes a look at at the 2009 music scene for the discerning stand up paddle surfer.
If 2008 is anything to go by, the 2009 music scene will once again be full of different music to suit everyone’s tastes. From indie bands and electro beats to jazzy urban singers, there is something to please everyone’s ears. In this article I’ve found some bands and artists that will be making an impact in 2009.
Florence and the Machine
Florence and the Machine broke onto the scene in 2008, playing a few gigs around London. Her music has been described as blues inspired indie rock and has been compared to Amy Winehouse and Adele. Lead singer, Florence Welch, has been critically recognised by many music experts and professionals. Although the band remain relatively unknown, they have been awarded with ‘2009 Critics Choice Brit Award‘. Her music is melodically and rousing, with folky undertones that shows off her ridiculously good voice. Welch has named ‘The White Stripes’ and ‘Kate Bush’ as her favourite artists. Her own music reflects her personal, eclectic musical tastes. Move over Nash and Adele, Flo is here!
Key Songs: ‘Kiss with a Fist’ and ‘Girl with 1 eye’.
College student Janelle Monae is a talent with an incredible voice. She originally began studying at American Musical Academy dreaming of a career in Broadway. However, she re-located to Atlanta, Georgia and was attending Georgia Perimeter College and studied Science. Despite this, her passion for music was far too strong to ignore. With her undeniable talent and originality behind her, she was signed to P Diddys’ label, Bad Boy Records. Since then, her music has become recognised globally as a electronic, urban masterpiece. Janelle names her influences as Judy Garland, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill. She has worked closely with Outkast, featuring on many of their records. Monae will release her full album, ’Metropolis’, at the beginning of this year. Fallout Boy’s Pete Wentz describes Monae as “The female version of Prince.” Her voice is dynamic and powerful which suits her eclectic, contempory style of music.
Key Songs: ‘Peachtree Blues’ and ‘Violet Stars Happy Hunting’.
With their odd name and musical style, Dinosaur Pile-Up have been catching peoples attention and making themselves heard. Made up of Matt Bigland (lead singer and guitarist), Tom Dornford-May (Bass guitar) and Steve Wilson (Drums). From listening to their music, it is easy to see why they are compared to the likes of Weezer and Foo Fighters. Their powerful yet melodically songs are full of crunching guitars, creative lyrics and pangs of optimism which suggest this years festival scene is theirs for the taking. The boys themselves are funny and charming. They display a keen interest in all things kitsch and kooky as they list their influences to be “Peanut butter and jam sandwiches, stubbing you toe when you’re already upset, Optimus Prime, Polaroid photographs” and many more. This band prove to be unique and fun, something the music scene is always desperate for. Calling themselves the ‘Most Prehistoric gang on the planet”, they are appealing to audiences with a who appreciate their music and the fun and interesting personalities of the members.
Key Songs ‘Love is a Boat and We’re Sinking’ and ‘My Rock N Roll’.
Little Boots or Victoria Hesketh as she is also known by, is the new queen of electro music. With her influences coming from Gary Numan, David Bowie and Kylie Minogue, she is a true star who would have easily been brought forward in time from 1985. She first began capturing peoples attentions when she began uploading videos of herself performing onto YouTube, covering artists such as Girls Aloud, The Human League,
Madonna and Estelle. Although she is covering other artists, her own music is shiny and fit for clubs and charts worldwide. "There's room in popular culture to do things that are creative and not exactly straightforward," Hesketh says. "Just because something has got the possibility to appeal to a mainstream audience doesn't mean you've got to be bland”. It appears that although her music is mainstream and popular, she still acknowledges she can be different and can breakaway from the traditional pop mould.
It seems her electro-pop sound could not have come at a better time. The resurgence of interest in the genre made infamous be the 80’s now has a whole new audience, and a whole new set of stars fronting it, one of those definitely being Little Boots. She has already had comparisons to familiar faces Ladyhawke and Robyn, but she definitely has the potential and gusto to overtake them. Post-modern audiences with love her.
Key Songs: ’Meddle’ and ’Stuck on Repeat’.