Lilies on Mars - Aquariums Key
We LOVE this band... that refrain about the 'keeeeeys' will get stuck in your head whether you like it or not. Then again how could you NOT like the almost perfect slice of indie-pop that this three piece dish up. They call themselves 'experimental shoegaze' and they're based in London. Lisa and Marina have known each other for years and have done some uber-cool projects with the likes of Italian film icon Franco Battiato (film nerds will be suitably impressed, philistines like us will have to click here). Lilies on Mars welcomed drummer Matthew last year and produced their second album Wish You Were A Pony... which is out on Monday, Aquarium's Key is the joyous first single - out now.
Roxy Rawson - Fingers
Roxy Rawson's debut album is called Quenching the Kill, which she's self-releasing on her own label Polk Funk Records, try saying that quickly... Her biog is an impressive read Parisian conservatoires, classical piano training, African choirs and a passion for percussion - then there's what she's capable of on the violin too. All sickeningly brilliant. But vocally is where Roxy really does it for us, that voice - grabs you and commands attention. Check her out live if you can, you've never seen someone treat a violin like she does - it's beaten, rapped, plucked and allsorts.