Thursday, 22 January 2009

Class of 2009

Drowned in Sound have begun a series profiling their pick of the best new bands of 2009. For my money its a better roundup than the similar BBC's Sound of 2009, which is largely packed with synthy garbage or underwhelming "ghetto" princesses.

However both lists do feature Brooklyn's Passion Pit, who, i admit, have a synthy side too, but come over like a glammy-disco Avalanches meets Hot Chip with the detached coolness (and take-off appeal) of MGMT. Tunes from their UK debut EP, Chunk Of Change, are on myspace, with a video below...

Melbourne band Temper Trap join Empire of the Sun on the BBC list which i thought was an interesting couple of Antipodean choices. And the latter's record has been inching its way back up our local charts and popping up on UK radio too. I don't have a huge amount of time for Temper Trap's U2-lite indie-rock, but there's no doubt also they have the sound of "now"... if by now you mean the last 18 months rather than the next. Judge for yourself from the video for "Sweet Disposition" below:

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