SXSW Recommended Artists Part 6

Here is our sixth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list focuses on some singers with truly beautiful voices.

Odetta Hartman is a talented musician with a beautiful voice. She combines her talents with some gorgeous production to compete some great music.
Odetta Hartman
RIYL: Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse
Pseudo Genre: Beautifully produced Electro Singer-songwriter

Here is the official video for “Dreamcatchers”.

The second video is a live version of “Batonebo”.


Davie is an artist that straddles the line between R&B and Gospel to create some truly inspired music.
Davie
RIYL: The Weeknd, Luther Vandross, Kirk Franklin
Pseudo Genre: Rhythm & Gospel

”Testify” is a song that most embodies his overall music style.

We think that talent really shines through in live performances and this version of “Love Sick Fool” highlights his great vocals.


Sunflower Bean are a band with two lead vocalist that swap off lines throughout their songs. It creates an interesting dynamic that fans of The XX and Stars are familiar with.
Sunflower Bean
RIYL: The Cardigans, The Pixies (Popier songs), Stars
Pseudo Genre: Swapping vocals and hooks
This is the official video for “I Was a Fool”

Here is a 20ish minute live performance in the KEXP studios that allows you to hear the band live.


SYML is an American musician with a Welsh name that creates some hauntingly beautiful songs.
SYML
RIYL: Hozier, R. Kelly
Pseudo Genre: SINGER Songwriter

”Where’s My Love” is a simple and beautiful song with a very simple, yet powerful, video.

Here is a very simple live recording of “Fear the Water”.

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 5

Here is our fifth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list includes one artist that you may have heard in the past (Amy Shark), and a good sample the mixture of sounds you can hear at SXSW.

We start this list with another Australian lady. Amy Shark is an Australian singer/songwriter with a beautiful voice for Pop Music. She breaks with current trends by utilizing sparse instrumentation instead of overproduced backing tracks
Amy Shark
RIYL: Kesha, Adele, Pink
Pseudo Genre: Beautiful Vocal Pop

This is a live version of her breakthrough hit “Adore”. Believe it or not, the video starts off with a real life fish story.

The “Golden Fleece” video was recorded in a studio and demonstrates how she sounds with full, but simple, production.


The next recommendation, Surfbort, brings great contrast to this the other bands we’ve recommended. Their brand of raw, hardcore Punk Rock is something you feel more than hear. These songs are definitely not for everyone
Surfbort
RIYL: L7, Sex Pistols, The Slits
Pseudo Genre: Punk that will shake you to your core

”Hippie Vomit Inhaler” is a song and video that are as intense as the name implies.

The ”Back to Reaction” video begins with an alarm waking someone from bed, and this is the most calming part of the video.


WILD are a socially conscious band from California that use Male/Female Harmonies to create infectious sing alongs.
WILD
RIYL: Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes, Lady Antebellum
Pseudo Genre: Harmony and Hooks

The video for “All My Life” includes messages about shelter animals, a subject near and dear to the SWB staff.


“Throw Me in the Water” is one of their most recent songs and gives a glimpse of what we can expect from WILD in the near future.


Uni rounds out this group of recommendations with their modern take on Glam Rock. They create fun songs while channelling the spirit of progenitors such as David Bowie, Lou Reed, and T-Rex.
Surfbort
RIYL: David Bowie, T-Rex, Lou Reed
Pseudo Genre: Glam is back and it is FABULOUS

”What’s the Problem?” an amazingly catchy tune with a NSFW video that embraces Glam and all of it’s excesses.

NSFW

This is a live video of ”Adult Video” which was the B-side of “What’s the Problem”.

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 4

Here is our fourth group of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list highlights some of the many amazing women that we hope to be able to see at SXSW.

Stella Donnelly is an Australian singer/songwriter whose delicate and beautiful voice shares her delicate and personal emotions.
Stella Donnelly
RIYL: Lily Allen, Courtney Barnett, Kesha
Pseudo Genre: Confesional Folk Rock

”Boys Will Be Boys” addresses rape in a misogynistic culture. It could easily serve as an anthem for the #METOO movement

This “Mechanical Bull” video demonstrates how strong her music can be when conveyed in an intimate setting. We hope to see her at a church or other similar setting this March in Austin.


Helena Deland has a beautiful voice and she accompanies it with elegantly layered musical tracks.
Helena Deland
RIYL: Adele, Joanna Newsom, Fiona Apple
Pseudo Genre: Elegant Songs written by a singer

”Aix" was our first exposure to Helena and the doubled vocals and backing track coupled with her lead vocals just blew us away.

”There is a Thousand” is a song off of her upcoming album.


Sammus (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is an erudite, Ivy League educated rap artist. She entertains and will likely educate you with her lyrics.
Sammus
RIYL: Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Lauryn Hill
Pseudo Genre: Scholarly Hip Hop Rock

Immediately upon hearing Sammus I thought of Open Mike Eagle and was pleased to find out she has a song “Qualified” that features Mike.


“1080p” is a very personal track that includes a voice mail from her mother.

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 3

Here is our third batch of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

This list is a bit different than the previous, and we are making a prediction that these are artists that are going to “make it big” after SXSW. Now is your chance to listen to them before they become really popular. March, in Austin, might be one of your last chances to see them in a small venue.

Sam Fender is a singer/songwriter from England with a soulful voice and great indie rock insticts. Sam is only 21, and he has a bright future ahead.
Sam Fender
RIYL: Hozier, Jack Johnson, John Mayer
Pseudo Genre: Soulful indie rock

This live video demonstrates the beauty of his voice and music while he sings his most renowned song “Play God”

“Greasy Spoon” demonstrates the harder edge that exists in some of his music.


Ruby Fields is a self taught musician that composes earnest and catchy indie rock songs. She is driven to express herself and even creates her own music videos.
Ruby Fields
RIYL: Avril Lavigne, Kesha, Lady Gaga
Pseudo Genre: Indie Rock for a new generation

”P Plates" is a perfect example of her DIY ethics. The music and video are all her own.

The song that first brought her some attention was “I want”.


Sinead Harnett is a English R&B artist born to Thai and Irish parents. Who, like Sam Smith, gained attention by being featured on a Disclosure track.
Sinead Harnett
RIYL: Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Adele
Pseudo Genre: Soulful, experimental R&B

The true test of the quality of a singer’s voice is how they sound live. Here is a live tape of Sinead’s biggest hit ”If You Let Me”.


Here is the video from one of her more recent tracks “Still Miss You".

SXSW Recommended Artists Part 2

Here is our Second batch of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018

Ahi has a voice that has been described as "gravel on silk". His lyrics and voice are a timeless pleasure to listen to.
Ahi
RIYL: Chris Stapleton, Shawn Mendes, James Taylor
Pseudo Genre: Modern Country Folk Pop

His biggest hit is "Ol' Sweet Day".

You can also check out his Tiny Desk Concert from NPR.


Cape Francis is a nom de plume of Kevin Olken Henthorn. Most of his previous experiences are in power chord driven Indie Rock bands. Despite the slower pace of these songs, his Indie Rock background shows through.
Cape Francis
RIYL: Real Estate, Jason Mraz
Pseudo Genre: Indie Soul-Folk

"Olly" is a great example of his new signature sound.


Rapsody is a politically and socially conscious MC. She gained her largest audience as a featured guest on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly. Her topics and reference vary from life experiences and political opinions to movie and superhero references. She pulls no punches and is not afraid to speak her truth.
Rapsody
RIYL:Kendrick Lamar, Open Mike Eagle, Dessa
Pseudo Genre: Hip Hop with a message

Kendrick returns the favor and features on "Power".


Here is the smooth flowing "OooWee".

SXSW 2018 Recommended Artists Part 1

Here is our first list of recommended artists that will be performing at SXSW 2018.

Flyte are a London band with a Timeless sound that would have fit into the late 60s as well as today. Their beautiful harmonies and catchy melodies will have you humming along.
Flyte
RIYL: The Beatles, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Mumford and Sons
Pseudo Genre: Classic Catchy Pop Rock

Here is their video for "Faithless".



Fabrizio Cammarata is an Italian crooner with a soulful voice and gorgeous melodies. Don't worry, he sings in English
Fabrizio Cammarata
RIYL:Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Sam Smith
Pseudo Genre: Singer/Songwriter/Wife Stealer

Here is a live video for "Misery".