New Music – Benbrick, Hey Elbow, The Bluebirds
New bands for you to cheer from London, Malmo and Galway
Previously, London singer and producer Paul Carter earned his corn as a songwriter in Japan and China. As Benbrick, Carter is producing smart, emotional and elegant tunes with solemn, sparse undertones. “And So She Runs” and “Holding On” are the ones to check out if you’re after delicate tracks with full-scale ambient scope.
“Blanca” is what has put the Malmo trio on our radar, a debut single for Double Sun with a few dark twists and turns to its trajectory. The band’s earlier tracks are also full of character, with Julia Ringdahl’s vocals in particular catching the ear.
Galway-based singers Jenny Groarke, Laura Lynn and Lorraine Fanagan rely on their voices to cast a spell. Mixing folk, classical, jazz and choral styles, The Bluebirds’ vocal harmonies are striking enough to still any room.