TIDAL Rising: This Week’s 5 Artists to Watch
TIDAL Rising is a dedicated showcase for today’s emerging and independent artists. Curated by the TIDAL Editors, Rising highlights artists just beginning to make waves. We’re continuously updating the Rising section’s album and track lists, but each week we highlight five special picks you really shouldn’t miss out on.
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Coming to us all the way from their hometown of Bridlington, U.K., the up and coming duo known as Seafret put out their debut album, Tell Me It’s Real, on January 29 by way of Columbia/Sweet Jane Records to the excitement of the British music scene. Consisting of Jack Sedman and Harry Draper, the band has been lauded for their delicate and rippling sound, already garnering favorable acclaim from a variety of music publications including Clash, who wrote: “There’s something moving, something unmistakably chilling about Seafret.” Featuring “Oceans,” their massively popular 2015 single, in addition to the uplifting “Wildfire,” Tell Me It’s Real marks a compelling point of departure for this worthwhile new act.
The last couple of weeks have been rather exciting for Sidney Selby III, a.k.a. the Brooklyn-based rapper working under the moniker Desiigner. Initially making a major splash with “Panda,” his Menace-produced single, the 18-year-old hip-hop hopeful is the newest signee to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. Appearing on The Life Of Pablo tracks “Pt. 2” and “Freestyle 4,” the mysterious MC is off to an exciting and uniquely high profile start. Be sure to keep an ear to the ground on this one because this guy is going places and quickly, too.
Born out of a lasting childhood friendship, the Bushwick-based act Honduras has been a staple of the Brooklyn indie scene for some time. Founded by guitarist-vocalist Patrick Phillips and lead guitarist Tyson Moore, this ’70s punk-inspired four-piece has garnered a reputation as a bit of a live performance powerhouse, earning comparisons to the Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols. Having shared a stage with such notable acts as Blur, Twin Peaks and the Kaiser Chiefs, Honduras has rightfully earned the attention of tastemakers like Rolling Stone, Noisy and The Fader along the way. In September 2015, the band released Rituals, their confident debut full-length, and one rich with what NME calls “garage-rock attitude.” Their next EP, Gathering Dust, is set for release on March 4 and already has the indie world waiting. In the meantime, check out “Hollywood,” their newest single!
The Big Ship
Though currently split between Chicago and Philadelphia, The Big Ship – a.k.a. the duo of Doug Kaplan and Areon Small – have maintained a fruitful creative relationship since childhood. Featuring serpentine song structures and enveloping synth texturing, the band have managed to draw conceptually from a variety of disparate styles including country rock and krautrock, to name just a few. Released by way of Fire Talk records last month, their most recent EP, Searchlight Casting, marks the intricate and largely instrumental musical culmination of several years worth of thoughtful aesthetic consideration. If pleasantly drifting away amidst a combination of sparkling acoustic guitar and electronics is your cup of tea, we suggest you take note of The Big Ship.
Since the release of her bluesy and impassioned 2015 debut single “Keep Lying,” New Jersey-based Donna Missal has earned the eager attention of music lovers and tastemakers everywhere as they look for the next big thing. Routinely drawing comparisons to the likes of Lana Del Rey and Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Missal further entranced the world with her fervent cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” this last January. Billboard has since flatteringly stated that “2016 is sure to be the year Donna Missal truly arrives” and boy, do we agree. Be sure to look out for this young star in the making.
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