Ok, I’m heading into the final straight now. Just a few days left for me to make my final decision on the three bands I’ll be submitting in my role as a judge in the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition, writes Joe Lepper. For a quick recap on our involvement click here.
So far I have featured four bands that have impressed me (see here and here). For this, my last article before I make my final choice, I have picked out two very different acts. Both have raised their heads above the parapet and begged me for inclusion.
Nadine Shah’s influences include Scott Walker, Nick Cave and PJ Harvey and it shows on this throbbing, atmospheric and downright frightening track she submitted called Aching Bones. The sparse piano and her croaky voice all add to the mystique of this track, which is part Portishead, part gothic horror sound track. Scary and beautiful music from this north East of England singer ,who has recently completed her debut album Love Your Dum and Mad, has really caught my attention
There were two things that leapt out when I heard this track Allsorts from Wiltshire based Nudy Bronque. The first is that their lead vocalist sounds like the late great Vivian Stanshall, of Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band band fame. The second is that the track has been mixed and mastered by Colin Moulding, who given their Wiltshire location must surely be Colin Moulding from XTC, another hero of ours. So I had a look through some of their other tracks and, yep, they are good as well. Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band meets XTC; I don’t think influences can get any better than this for our website. It’s worth checking out their more upbeat tracks as well, especially Fond Of You.