The Smile, a new venture by Thom Yorke and his bandmate Jonny Greenwood with drummer Tom Skinner, a member of Sons of Kemet, and production by their inseparable Nigel Godrich. Their debut single, You Will Never Work in Television Again, pitches an unexpected flash of rock that seems to be in tune with the memory of The Bends, although everybody knows that in a mirror labyrinth of mirrors not everything is as it seems. They’ve just released their debut album A Light for Attracting Attention.
Maria Chiara Argirò has been quietly weaving her way around the UK jazz, classical and electronic worlds since she moved to London from Rome 11 years ago. A pianist from the age of nine and a key player in the capital’s multi-national jazz scene, she’s lent her skills to indie band These New Puritans, lush jazz troupe Kinkajous and, more recently, collaborations with Jamie Leeming – their 2020 album Flow was nominated for one of the albums of the year in the Jazz Revelations Awards.
But with her new album, Forest City, she finds a glistening thread between these movements: it marks her out as an exciting rising electronic artist, where jazz meets Kelly Lee Owens, Jon Hopkins and Radiohead. It’s a concept record, about the “duality of nature and city”, and where organic sounds and textures seem to flow above the urban sprawl.
Included in one of Polly Jean Harvey’s most successful albums, a “Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea” that is possibly the most accessible of her career, this collaboration with Thom Yorke took place in the year 2000, when both musicians were at the top of their careers. of their careers.
Describing Philadelphia trio Another Michael as an indie-pop act is accurate, but it’s also a serious oversimplification. Vocalist/guitarist Michael Doherty, bassist Nick Sebastiano and guitarist/keyboardist Alenni Davis combine a disparate set of influences—including everything from Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, Kanye West and Radiohead to R&B, dance, videogame and classical music—into a compelling debut album. The full-length follow-up to a pair of EPs, 2016’s Sans and 2018’s Land, New Music and Big Pop is the work of a hungry, young band still figuring out what exactly it is they want to say.
Jack in Water is the artist name of the idiosyncratic singer-songwriter talent William Clapson. Currently splitting his time between London and Palma de Mallorca, Clapson was brought up in a little village in Essex, listening to the diverse musical influences of his parents, ranging from the melancholy and drama created by bands such as Radiohead and The Blue Nile, to the powerful R&B and soul voices like Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.
Following a string of emotionally charged singles, rising star Jack In Water released his debut album, You Don’t Feel Like Home, which is not a record to rush.
Ralph Castelli is a Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and producer. His disarming approach blends pop, with hip-hop and electronica to form a style uniquely his own.
He cites artists such as Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Jose Gonzalez, and The Postal Service as early influences. Last year he released his debut album Cut Out.
mxmtoon has released a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”, which will feature on the Life Is Strange game soundtrack, and coincides with the announcement of Life Is Strange: True Colors.