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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With a post-punk sound partly indebted to the Cocteau Twins and The Cure, Eagulls are an English five-piece consisting of George Mitchell (vocals), Henry Ruddel (drums), Liam Matthews (guitar), Mark Goldsworthy (guitar) and Tom Kelly (bass). Formed in 2010, the band has quickly garnered praise from such outlets as NME, The Guardian and Vice and have opened for the likes of the Manic Street Preachers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The War on Drugs and many more. After releasing their self-titled, guitar-heavy debut in 2014, Eagulls are set to put out their highly-promising sophomore effort, Ullages, this Friday via Partisan Records. The band’s most recent single, “Skipping,” is a textured delight and marks a telling departure from their once more shoegazey sound.
The solo endeavor of Los Angeles’ own Dre Babinski, Steady Holiday might be best characterized as a combination of the orchestrally cinematic and the hauntingly delicate. Formerly the violinist and vocalist of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, as well as one-half of the folk-pop duo Miracle Days, Babinski chose to pursue a solo career as a result of her desire for self-expression, which she only recently having found. Although Steady Holiday’s debut LP, Under The Influence, is set for release on June, 24, Babinski has already put out a number of worthwhile singles including “Open Water,” a track recently described by Stereogum as positively “beguiling.”
Hailing from Montreal, Charlotte Cardin is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter boasting an emotive and impressively expansive voice. After Cardin first made a musical splash in Quebec while participating on The Voice, she quickly found herself in hot pursuit by many a label, opting to sign with Cult Nation, with whom she released her debut single, “Big Boy.” Demonstrating her penchant for electro-minimalism and highlighting her haunting vocals, the song caused quite a stir and has left us clamoring for her forthcoming full-length debut. In the meantime, check out her latest single, “Like It Doesn’t Hurt.”
Born and raised in Bowmanville, Ontario, Meghan Patrick lists Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris as major influences and first got her start in the music world as the lead singer of The Stone Sparrows, a roots rock band that split amicably back in 2013. Recorded between studios in Canada and the U.S., Patrick put out her debut solo record, Grace and Grit, late last month. Largely autobiographical, this modern country classic is chock-full of high-powered collaborators, including producer Justin Niebank, who has mixed for such stars as Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton in the past. Songs like lead single “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” are indicative of the quality of the record as a whole.
The Lowest Pair
Old-timey Olympia, Washington-based banjo duo known as The Lowest Pair first came together at a 2009 bluegrass festival in Minnesota where future cohorts Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee were both performing separately. Best understood as a variation of indie folk with string-based nods to a bygone era, the pair released their debut album in 2013 and have since been called “one of the best under-the-radar Americana duos today” by Paste. Having recorded five albums in that time brief period, the highly prolific duo just released their latest two full-lengths, Uncertain As It Is Uneven and Fern Girl and Ice Man, on the same day. While the former is a stripped-down beauty summing up The Lowest Pair at their most elemental, the latter reconciles those high-lonesome stylistic tendencies with their fresh, shimmering take on modern folk, as demonstrated well on album opener “The River Will.”
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