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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Name: Jacob Banks
Based In: Birmingham, UK
Sounds Like: Passionate Neo-Soul/Hip-Hop
British singer-songwriter Jacob Banks began his climb to fame in 2013 with the release of his debut EP, The Monologue. Shortly after, he became the first unsigned artist ever to appear on BBC Radio 1 Live lounge and began touring alongside Emeli Sandé. As songs like “Worthy” and “Unknown” went viral, Banks’ tremendous voice began amassing more and more plays on BBC’s Radio One, 1Xtra and 6Music. Jacob Banks recently inked a deal with Interscope Records and we are eager and waiting to see what his next move with be in 2017.
Name: Diet Cig
Based In: New Paltz, NY
Sounds Like: Punkish Indie Rock
Diet Cig is a pop-punk duo consisting of Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman. The two first met at a house party during the summer of 2014, subsequently starting to make music together almost immediately. Diet Cig’s much blogged-about debut EP, Overeasy, was released in the early months of 2015 and explores adolescence and young love from a highly conceptual perspective. Diet Cig is currently gearing up to release their full-length debut, Swear I’m Good At This, on April 7, 2017 via Frenchkiss Records. In the meantime, be sure to check out lead single “Tummy Ache.”
Based In: New York, NY
Sounds Like: Neo-Pop/R&B
21-year-old Kyan Palmer had no clue what the world had in store for him when he packed his bags and left Arizona for New York City to work at a record label. After taking a music class in college, Palmer decided to upload an unofficial version of his “Burn Mona Lisa” track to the internet. The recording thrust Palmer into the limelight and he soon became an overnight sensation as his work continued to circulate around the web. The single has since been re-mixed and re-mastered and proves a pleasant blend of R&B and pop. Although he has yet to release a comprehensive project, if his single “Burn Mona Lisa” is any indication of where his career is going, we’re sure he will be a household name soon.
Name: Middle Kids
Based In: Sydney, Australia
Sounds Like: Sun-Kissed Indie Rock
Sydney-based indie band, Middle Kids, is made up of members Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz and Harry Day. The band was catapulted into the limelight in 2016 with the release of the single “Edge of Town;” a non-fictional tale of a girl who was swallowed up by the Earth. The Middle Kids’ eagerly-awaited self-titled EP was released just last week. Although their sound is still evolving, they’ve managed to gain support from high profile fans such as Sir Elton John. Middle Kids are set to have a impressive 2017, performing alongside The Cold War Kids on their U.S. tour as well as performing at festivals such as SXSW and The Great Escape.
Name: The Fontaines
Based In: Los Angeles, CA
Sounds Like: Funk-tinged Indie Rock
Brother-sister duo Charlotte Fontaine (vocals) and Hank Fontaine (guitar) lead this up-and-coming indie band based in Los Angeles. In 2016, The Fontaines made a name for themselves performing at music festivals such as Savannah Stopover, Canadian Music Week, Broke LA and Make Music Pasadena. Recently described by Oh My Rockness as “One of LA’s hardest-working bands,” the band is currently working to follow up on the success of their 2016 EP, ii, with their forthcoming full-length debut.
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