After half a decade flitting in and out of nothing hype-bands (hello Les Incompetents and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man.), Frederick Blood-Royale seems to hit pop gold with new outfit Spector. The indie icon-in-waiting fronts the five piece who bring you this, so delightfully retro you can almost envisage the vinyl signle. With Blood-Royale’s vocals pitched somewhere between Morrissey and Brandon Flowers and the music marrying the best elements of every good indie band of the past decade, “What You Wanted” is immediate, a possible instant classic and hints and big things in the future. Who said guitar music was dead?
Yes, it’s rolled ‘round again; the BBC Sound Of 2012 longlist has today been revealed. Having previously been topped by the MOR likes of Ellie Goulding, Mika, Keane, Adele, and Jessie J, this year’s list sees very little in the way of a big potential chart star. The longlist is also lacking in guitar bands. Last year’s list contained The Vaccines, Anna Calvi, Esben & The Witch, Yuck, Warpaint and Mona as the six-string stars for the future whereas Spector are the only nominees representing the indie world this time around. The inclusion of Skrillex is a baffling one, not only because he’s awful but also because Sonny Moore, the man behind the moniker, has been around for ages. Most commentators are chipping in that it’s not only too late to include him on this year’s list, but last year’s too.
The longlist in full is:
Dry The River
Jamie N Commons
Liane La Havas
Niki & The Dove
If we were a betting blog, then our hypothetical money would be on OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean to claim the top spot, since he’s clearly got the biggest chance of success and crossover potential. Azealia Banks is another likely choice, considering the rumbling ball of hype surrounding her (first in the NME Cool List, opening slot on that publication’s Radar Tour, support from Pitchfork).
Hailed as the new guitar heroes, the hype around indie revivalists Spector continues to snowball with the announcement that their debut album Enjoy It While It Lasts is to be released August 13th.
When talking about the album, foppish frontman Fred McPherson said;
Pop music is the perfect medium for turning pain into entertainment. As this dawned on me over the last year, our album evolved into the most exhilarating outlet for the bi-products of romance, heartbreak, nostalgia and social monotony. It took five band members, six months and seven producers to make this record, and I’ve never taken anything more seriously in my whole life. Life is short and happiness is fleeting. We search for it all our lives expecting that it will arrive and then everything will change. But if and when it does, it comes and goes. It’s not forever: Nothing is. We need to savour every moment of love and pleasure. We need to enjoy it will it lasts.
The album can be pre-ordered now at http://spector.co.uk/ along with ticketss for the band’s Spectour III tour.