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Mac Demarco is back! He finally released his new album “Salad Days”. Even the title sound delicious and fresh for this (hot) spring! I heard the whole album and I found that it sounds a bit like the previous album, 2 (which was excellent, have a listen to Cooking up Something Good, My Kind of woman, and/or Freaking Out the Neighborhood). 
But it doesn’t really matter because as long as he keeps his “shameless attitude”, his songs will always be special. Especially Salad Days, and Passing out Pieces which I find quite different. 
Another Birmingham band, Superfood! They came up last year with their three tracks Melting, Bubbles and also Superfood. They have already shown us how special was their sound. But they are back today with TV, which is very DIY, for its lyrics, and for their kind of noisy guitars too. And here the link of the video.
Superfood, not only because of their name, but mostly because of their fresh songs, bring us some good energy and is definitely one of the most promising bands of the moment! I think it is now safe to say: What the hell is happening in Birmingham?
►Top bands

Best Artists/Bands:

►King Krule

►Mac Demarco

►Alt-J

►Jagwar Ma

►Tame Impala

►Swim Deep

►Peace

Best Albums:

*Oshin, DIIV

*Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, Mount Kimbie

*Six feet beneath the moon, King Krule

*Some Say I So I Say Light, Ghostpoet

*Good Don’t Sleep, Egyptian Hip Hop

*Where the heaven are we, Swim Deep

*Howlin, Jagwar Ma

*Monomania, Deerhunter

To Watch:

- Only Real

- Wolf Alice

- Blaenavon

- Superfood

- Childhood

(Merry New Year!)

DIIV released their album Oshin in 2012. This brilliant album is certainly unexpected for its cold wave sound. The setback voice, the fast rythmic and the ocean of guitars creates a cold and light atmosphere at the same time. Doused and How Long Have You Known are maybe the best songs of the album. They are different but coherent. 
Yeah! It’s Christmas! And Peace didn’t forget it. They made a “marvelous” gift for their fans. A special Christmas song that you might have already watched. This song is called “It’s been a year and it doesn’t surprise me” a cover of Wham. Here it is. And to round things up, this little DIY interview from Harry Koisser (the lead-singer) Delicious!
The Garden is for certain one of the most striking band of the moment. The twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears from California merged in 2011 and now made 12 tracks. Their one minute long songs, their grungy guitar combined with an omnipotent drum melted with their haunting languid voice make the right recipe to get all the attention needed. Or perhaps was it their woman’s clothing ? Whatsoever, they undoubtedly make a lot of noise around them. Music is like their playground where they display the whole variety of their inspirations. And various it is, for I can’t assimilate them to one sound or even one specific genre. Some would say it’s a neo-punk band as you can hear it in What we are, yet I was not so sure when I listened to Girl a song wherein the sole presence of the synthe takes you back to the 80s electro sound.
All in all, I think it is safe to say that those twin brothers arise our curiosity by being unexpected.
We’re coming back to Swim Deep, the “californian” four-piece band from Birmingham. Well, seems they have more fans everyday! But first, I want to talk about the demo Isla Vista, that they made in their start. Different in every ways: Austin’s distant voice, the guitar’s riff, a piercing sound in the back. Actually it almost sounds like Joy Division (especially the intro), or another Manc band of the early 80s. Anyway, it’s a very good demo, as good as their best songs.
Speaking of their best songs, have a listen to Orange County. They qualify their music as “escapism”, this song is a good example. 
Finally a band in which the lead-singer is a woman. This North London four-piece,Wolf Alice, is composed of Ellie Rowswell (vocals/guitar), Joel Almey (drums/vocals), Theo Ellis (bass). They didn’t release any album yet but they already have attracted reliable music reviews such as NME who ranked them among the young British bands of 2013 to watch ( here is the link). The band describes their music as being rocky pop, but their style varies from tracks to tracks. Bros and She display the many influences they have: from grunge bands of the 90s to something more pop. However the autobiographicals lyrics of Ellie Rowsell make their own signature as you can hear in Fluffy.
Peace is not a a hippie band coming right from the 60s, as you might think. Indeed not, the guys from “B-Town” released their first album In Love this year. It’s quite hard to describe their style for the moment. There are a lot of differences between their singles Lovesick or Follow Baby and Bloodshake, which is the most striking song of the album. More rocky for the first two tracks, and a little tropical sound (quite similar to Troumaca or Petite Noir) very “fruity” and rythmic for the last one. 
Egyptian Hip Hop released its first album last year. About time! After the success of their EPs “Some Reptiles Grew Wings" and their single Wild Human Child in 2010, they finally released “Good Don’t Sleep”. This album is quite surprising, it sounds really different from their first songs. Their music still have a good energy, but with a sort of melancholy and an amazing bass, especially in SYH. Well, we can say that Manchester still got it…