Una Mullally

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Haim come out on top of the BBC Sound Of 2013 list

Whatever you think about the BBC Sound Of list and how it’s compiled or how relevant it is, it still holds a certain kind of sway, and although occasionally misfiring does attempt to try and gather how a year in …

Fri, Jan 4, 2013, 12:42

   

Whatever you think about the BBC Sound Of list and how it’s compiled or how relevant it is, it still holds a certain kind of sway, and although occasionally misfiring does attempt to try and gather how a year in new music will pan out. There’s a certain amount of predestination that goes with all of this, and indeed an awful lot of pressure, but that probably won’t impact on Haim too much, because they have that essential thing that a new, cool, buzzy, marketable, trendy, gimmeapieceofyou band really needs: decent tunes.

The news that they topped the list is here, and for the past few months, Haim have been on my list of five acts I REALLY want to see live asap, alongside Frank Ocean, Charli XCX, Angel Haze and Zebra Katz. They’re brilliant, and some distance from ‘The Corrs Of Leon’ as they’ve described as on Twitter (rather hilariously) by a few people this morning. Haim make great pop music, and the sound that emanates from their recordings – Fleetwoody, Laupery, nostalgic, airy but with a punch – will be the sound of pop in 2013.

Irish acts Little Green Cars and Kodaline failed to crack the top five of the list, with the runner up acts being AlunaGeorge who managed to impress even in Dakota on Arthur’s Day last year, Angel Haze who will hopefully take some time off scrapping with Azealia Banks on Twitter and just concentrate on the tunes, Laura Mvula and Chvrches.

Here’s Haim with my favourite track of theirs, ‘Don’t Save Me’:
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