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: Declan McKenna
Based In: Hertfordshire, UK
Sounds Like: Socially Conscious Indie Pop
The 18-year-old Declan Mckenna has quickly become one of the most sought after new acts in the UK. In 2015, Mckenna won the Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition and never looked back. With more than 40 record companies knocking on the young artist’s door, Mckenna ultimately linked up with the legendary Columbia Records and soon after released his first single, “Brazil,” to great critical acclaim. Many of McKenna’s songs deal with real world issues, such as the FIFA corruption scandal, police brutality and the misrepresentation of transgender youth. This year is going to be the biggest yet for McKenna, as he was just highlighted as a part of the BBC’s “Sound of 2017” and is on track to release his debut studio album sometime this spring with the aid of producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode).
Name: Jayro Rosado
Based In: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds Like: Eclectic Latin-Infused R&B
Brooklyn native Jayro Rosado began to discover his talent for music early on, singing in the shower and learning to play piano and guitar as a kid. Although Rosado describes his music as mostly “R&B and Soul,” it’s a far more eclectic blend that synthesizes a multitude of genres in addition to including some Latin elements. At just 17 his natural talent earned Rosado Showtime at the Apollo’s Top Dog of the Year award, subsequently launching him into a touring stint with Latin powerhouse Romeo Santos. His debut single, “This Woman’s Work” was released just weeks ago to the excitement of many.
Name: Half Waif
Based In: Brooklyn, NY
Sounds Like: Mood Ring Pop
Brooklyn-based artist Nandi Rose Plunkett writes, records and performs under the name Half Waif. The daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent, Plunkett grew up listening to a broad and diverse spectrum of music including the likes of Joni Mitchell, Celtic songstress Loreena McKennitt and traditional Indian bhajans. Her own music is rich, featuring blinking, layered electronic soundscapes, echoes of Celtic melodies and the sort of somber chord changes prevalent in 19th-century music. She is set to kick off her winter European tour next week in London.
Name: Bailey Bryan
Based In: Split Between Washington State and Nashville, TN
Sounds Like: Pop Country
Bailey Bryan grew up playing guitar and singing on the modest streets of her hometown Sequim, WA. Following a chance meeting, she left a lasting impression on Becki Devries of Nashville’s Kompass Music Publishing at the age of 7, and the two would reunite over a decade later at Devries’ songwriting seminar in 2013. Bryan, already an impressive songwriter, stood out from the crowd once again, impressing with her ability to captivate audiences both young and old with her melodic storytelling. Although she has deep country roots, her influences are quite diverse, including Drake and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Having already opened for the likes of Macklemore and Sara Evans, Bailey Bryan’s debut single “Own It,” released late last year, has us anxiously waiting for more in 2017.
Name: sir Was
Based In: Gothenburg, Sweden
Sounds Like: Funky Alternative
Perfectly blending and infusing essences of pop, punk, funk, indie and beyond, Swedish alternative artist sir Was is one of the most eccentric or original new musicians we’ve encountered in some time. sir Was’ music is perhaps best, if not also ridiculously, described as “though D’Angelo and Prince threw David Crosby into the studio with Tame Impala and Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis.” Put it this way: his sound knows no boundaries and relentlessly induces listeners not just to hear, but also to feel. sir Was’s upcoming debut studio album, Digging A Tunnel is set for release on March 10. In the meantime, be sure to check out his newest single “In The Midst.”
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