FAMILY OF THE YEAR - ST CROIX
This tune by Californian indie rockers Family of the Year is exceedingly summery. It makes you want to jump up and hop out for a swim on a silk, med beach in the midst of the blazing sunlight. However, on a dank, dull night in the middle of Leicestershire this song sounds equally cheerful, brightening up any murky November night. The band themselves have had very little airplay in the UK meaning a lot of you wont know this tune, however it's a blinder and I'll certainly be looking out for the band on festival bills in 2013.
THE KILLERS - RUNAWAYS
Love the Killers or not, you cannot doubt the songwriting ability of Brandon Flowers, a genius in a time when songwriting genius' hardly exist in the mainstream world. The lead single from the Las Vegas rockers latest album sticks to Flowers solid basics, very similar to 'Crossfire' off of his solo album, but equally as fantastic. The triumphant feeling to the song embraces you into a love story. A great effort from a band many question, but they still keep banging out some classics.
OF MONSTERS AND MEN - MOUNTAIN SOUND
Talk about Icelandic musicians and the you talk about Bjork. That was until 2012. A new band from the island famous for volcanic eruptions have emerged from the ash in the shape of 'Of Monsters and Men. Many people will be familiar with their breakthrough hit 'Little Talks' however it was the follow up named Mountain Sound that caught my ear. A folk song very similar to it's predecessor but with better vocals and an anthematic feel to it that will surely be heard a lot more around the UK in 2013. The band head over for a tour early next year, one you may not want to miss.
JAKE BUGG - TWO FINGERS
And so to the first British artist and who else could I include but the incredible Mr.Bugg. A sensational year for the 18 year old from Nottingham. A number one album with his very first effort, two UK top 40 singles and touring with none other than Noel Gallagher himself, he may need to pinch himself. I could've picked any of the songs of his self titled album but I stuck with the one which has bought him most success 'Two Fingers'. You get the feeling that this guy could be the person to guide us into a new era of music. Let's hope so for the nations sake.
WALK THE MOON - ANNA SUN
The next song on the list come's from the Cincinnati four-piece Walk the Moon who enjoyed a productive year in 2012. The song 'Anna Sun' launched the band into mainstream radio fame over in the US, unfortunately like Family of the Year, British radio only seems to be interested in Americans who sing with the aid of autotune and little talent. This upbeat, stompy tune is exciting as well as fun and cleverly put together.
TAME IMPALA - ELEPHANT
Imagine John Lennon crossed with Kasabian crossed with Pink Floyd and you'll come up with a song as wild as this. It is scarily harrowing how much lead singer Kevin Parker sounds like the late Beatles vocally. 'Elephant' appears from the band's second album Lonerism and is followed by an equally fantastic single named 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards'. On their recent tour of the UK, the band were said to be overwhelmed by the support they had built on these shores, the culmination of this being them selling out the Brixton Academy in London. With a belter like this you can easily see why.
PEACE - BLOODSHAKE
NME magazine have recently championed new, upcoming bands in an attempt to spread the word. Leading the pack are Palma Violets, Peace and Swim Deep (See next song). Peace from Birmingham have been turning many heads in 2012 with their idiosyncratic style. I could've easily chosen the song 'Follow Baby' to appear on this list but I have plumped with the lead song off of the EP 'Delicious'. Funky, Nirvana-ish and carrying substance, which most alternative British artists lack these days, 'Bloodshake' is a great song.
SWIM DEEP - KING CITY
As mentioned previously, there is a buzz surrounding several bands in the UK in the minute, mainly through the NME. Swim Deep are one of these bands. Indie? Yes. Revolutionary? Maybe. King City really is an exceptional musical piece. Clever lyrics, fantastic background harmonies, an all round good song oozing influence from Nirvana, is that a bad thing? Not at all. The band have spread their name by touring with the successful Spector and will look to push on in 2013.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE - SPECTRUM
In a world with terrible pop acts filling our charts, it's very easy to write off Florence + The Machine as just another one of the manufactured rubbish. However, the reality couldn't be more different. Florence Welch has once again produced a great indie pop tune with the help of Paul Epworth and Calvin Harris. Let's be honest this song isn't anywhere near era- defining but it is representing the slightly more experimental type of music in a world where it doesn't get a look in. Good on you Flo.
ALL THE YOUNG - THE HORIZON
You can't beat a good, down to earth guitar band straight from the reality of the British streets. It's what made Oasis appealing and it's why people love the Arctic Monkeys. It's real music. No new band of 2012 is anymore real than Stoke rockers All the Young. The problem this band had is that they'd already released three of their best songs from their debut album before its release in 2011. However, lets take nothing away from this band who not enough people know of. 'The Horizon' is an anthem, nothing more, nothing less, full of spirit and emotion, a true gem.