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10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2015

George Ezra, Tanya Tagaq, Marmozets and more artists shaping your tomorrow

YP and the Marmozets

YP (left) and Marmozets (right)

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Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: Marmozets' mathy punk fits, George Ezra's indie-folk croon, YP's impassioned Chicago hip-hop, Tanya Tagaq's avant-rock take on Inuit throat singing and more.



Jack Davison


Sounds Like: Justin Timberlake trying to out-falsetto Jeff Buckley's in an ambient synth rainstorm: Pop has rarely been this emotionally unashamed since the days Spandau Ballet

For Fans of: James Blake, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver

Why You Should Pay Attention: Almost right away, Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher's pastoral electronic project from the scenic English village of Silverdale started blowing over the U.K. press with SoundCloud singles "Calling Me" and then "You There." Each song — captured on a pair of EPs — combines intensely emotional vocals and pillowy synthesizer wizardry: Think "Chariots of Fire" maestro Vangelis toying with Future's robot vocal effects. Following attention from The Guardian and BBC Introducing, the duo's fourth show ever was at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, and more festival appearances have followed. Higham and Fletcher now share a flat where they're working towards a full-length album.

They Say: "When we first started making the music, we had never thought about how we were going to play it live — that was never our intention," Fletcher says. "We weren't living off music, so Tom was working in a factory and I was working in a cafe. We were only able to practice once a week, really. Our first show was basically a practice show in front of friends and family in the local pub where we lived, which is just near Lancaster. After that, we played two more shows, and then we played Glastonbury with BBC Introducing. It's a fairly big step up."

Hear for Yourself: The Sohn-produced "Human" gradually piles effects and voices atop piano chord progression until it's a closing-credits spectacle. By Reed Fischer


Ralph Barklam


Sounds Like: Tough, ragged Nineties indie-rock revivalism with just the right amount of anthemic lift to push them beyond the basement.

For Fans of: Jawbox, Lungfish, Unwound, other bands that scraped at their angst with jagged guitars and body-confusing post-punk charge.

Why You Should Pay Attention:  The teenage trio from Nottingham, England had a bit of a coming-out party at this year's Glastonbury festival, where they made good on U.K. hype built on their artfully retro sound and an ebulliently downcast live show. The band will be releasing their debut full-length soon and, if their great 2014 single "It Knows It"  b/w "Adjust the Way" is any indication, it should be a fun little bummer of a record.

They Say: "Being born in '95 in England meant we kinda missed the Nineties," says guitarist Cai Burns. "It was at our first few gigs where we got people mentioning Smashing Pumpkins and Fugazi. The names meant very little to us. It was a world we hadn't even poked our noses into. I checked out some bands mentioned in a review of one of our gigs and instantly felt at home amongst them. A few long, dark days at my computer followed. What a religious moment it was finding Dischord Records…..It just happens that when we play songs together they fall into that style. I try to write simple catchy songs but they always seem to end up a bit wonky and wrong."

Hear for Yourself: The pumpy, smashy "It Knows It." By Jon Dolan