Clowdy’s A-Z of new bands in 2014 – A is for…

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Here are some of the new bands we’ll be listening to in 2014. Starting with the As…

Apache Darling

The synth has been the sound of British summertime for the last two years, with bands like CHVRCHES and Future Islands breathing new life into a genre some thought best left in the 80s with The Human League and Liverpool’s trophy cabinet. Although Apache Darling hail from Glasgow, they have more in common with Future Islands than their fellow Glaswegians.

With their More Than Me single winning national airplay and a debut EP ready to launch, it seems like the duo could be ready to carve out their own place in the unexpectedly vibrant genre of synth-pop.

Aquilo The understated, moody electronica of Aquilo might bear comparison with the likes of How To Dress Well and James Blake, but this Lake District pair also conjure up a special atmosphere redolent of their home region’s spectacular gloom. Nice jumpers, too. A much-hyped spot on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury could see the youngsters make the step up to mainstream success. Certainly, their lush brand of melodic pop grabbed my attention.

Alaskan Faction

Nottingham’s vibrant music scene may not have benefited from the hype around other mid-sized northernish cities like Sheffield and Leeds, but it is increasingly gaining recognition for producing an eclectic array of exciting new bands (and Jake Bugg, the new king of the Midlands).

Alaskan Faction, who met while studying at Nottingham University, definitely have aspirations to be the next big thing to emerge from the city. Their hook-laden indie pop might not reinvent the wheel, but it undeniably keeps it well-oiled and rolling, which is all I’m asking for.

Follow them on Twitter here.

Fearghus Roulston

Fearghus was tempted into training as a journalist after an injudicious exposure to the Tintin books at an early age. He worked in several content marketing and writing jobs before starting at Clowdy, where he deals with blogging, social media and other non-Tintin or international espionage-related activities.