We continue our build-up to the the imminent Dot To Dot Festival, a multi-city event taking in Bristol, Nottingham and Manchester from the 2nd-4th June, with a look at Clock Opera‘s top artists to check out whilst you’re there. Dot To Dot promoters Anton Lockwood and Dan Ealam and co-headliners Pulled Apart By Horses recently gave us their picks here and here, but now it’s time for Guy Connelly, who sings in the indie/electronic quartet, to provide his recommendations.
Willis Earl Beal
“Played in Amsterdam at the same festival as us last week & just caught a couple of songs before we played. Amazing voice & presence, stalked the crowd like a puma. We had to run off, so looking forward to seeing a whole set.”
The lo-fi blues singer-songwriter has been earning many plaudits lately, mainly due to his debut album Acousmatic Sorcery. The vastly stripped back “Monotony” is proving to be the most popular track, with 912 unique Last.fm listeners last week.
Here We Go Magic
“Love their last album. Heard a lot about their live show being very different to their recordings (in a good way), so can’t wait to see what happens. New album sounds great too, as you might expect with N. Godrich at the helm.”
Here We Go Magic can count 1,839,558 scrobbles from three albums and one EP, with the latest album A Different Ship released earlier this month. “How Do I Know” is the most popular track from that album, boasting 21,587 scrobbles to date. It was listened to by 3,625 listeners last week alone.
“Been looking forward to seeing him play for a little while. Makes really interesting & playful productions.”
Experimental producer and songwriter Kwes, who makes self-proclaimed ‘freepop’ music, is a man of many collaborations, having worked with Dels, Ghostpoet, The XX and many more. His track “Bashful” was by far his most popular track last week, counting 1,037 listeners. The track appears on his latest EP Meantime - released at the start of May.
Hooray For Earth
“A new discovery when searching the line-up. The internet tells me they’ve been around for a while, new album came out a couple of months ago, I like what I hear.”
Indeed they have, with the experimental indie band having formed in late 2005 in New York. Latest album True Loves was released earlier this year and the track “No Love” has been scrobbled 91,628 times.
“We were lucky enough to join the Metronomy roadshow for some shows a few months back. So we can be sure that anyone who can move like Olugbenga is guaranteed to come armed with funk, style and tunes. Really liked the remixes I’ve heard of his too.”
Olugbenga is the bassist of electro-pop act Metronomy but is going solo at Dot To Dot. With no solid material of his own just yet his scrobbles aren’t yet anything to speak of, but his reputation should lead the crowds to his set at the festival.