Ah, it’s finally here. For many, 2016 was a train wreck and now we are just a few short hours from its demise. While this year was an interesting one for music, 2017 is set to be an extraordinary year for some of our favorite acts. We have spent a few days thinking about a few artists set for a banner year.
These boys from LA have been darlings of both Spotify and us for months. After the release of their fantastic Outcast EP, the guys have dropped regular singles in hopes of a full release in the near future. Mixing clever lyrics with straight rock with no pretension. “Beggars” was even sampled for a Taco Bell Commercial. While we are not sure if that is a good thing or not, we do know that their sound is smooth enough to find its way into heavy mainstream play.
For their newest single, “Dummy Test”, the act went in a different direction with what they call “angular guitar stabs” while letting the rest of the song come naturally. The drums are relentless and the tune showcases vocalist Jordan Topf’s unique prose and power. It is sort of a new punk direction for them but in the best of ways. Check out two tracks below, and prepare to hear more from them in the new year.
Speaking of tracks that are all over the advertising world, UK singer songwriter Bishop Briggs has been featured on ESPN and the new Madden ’17. And this is only the beginning. Though living in Los Angeles, Briggs was raised on a heavy diet of American pop culture with time spent in Hong Kong, Japan, and the UK. She has been writing music since she was seven and the world is just now taking notice of her commanding voice and electronic pop beats.
Her strong work ethic and unique approach to music has earned her opening slots for acts like Kaleo, Passion Pit, and Coldplay. Perhaps this is fueled by the 12 million global streams for her smash hit “River” or her various performances on late night television. Either way, her newest single is just as memorable. “Wild Horses” comes complete with a bizarre video you are going to have to see to believe. “They were supposed to be different fragments of my imagination. The whole point was to have this borderline fantasy of people that are obscure and mysterious that you may find as you walk through life.” says the songwriter.
If by chance you have not heard of Bishop Briggs, let this be your last chance to hear here before she totally ignites 2017 with her confident and infectious sound.