If you're embarking on a summer filled with filthy festivals these could very well be the soundtrack to your season, so stop what you're doing, you need to get your lug holes around these:
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I watched Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros last year and they were just brilliant live. For a band with a relatively small following in the UK, they infected the audience with a manic happiness akin to that of a gospel choir. Their audience was a field full of rained-soaked, muddied up, miserable cunts at Leeds Festival, so that was no mean feat. There seemed to be around 137 members on stage and if I remember correctly the lead singer Alexander Ebert looks like Jesus Christ himself - if you know, Jesus Christ was really fit and a bit trendier.
This is 'Home', which was the most successful single from their debut album. If it doesn't get your foot tapping then you probably have no soul, sorry. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros' second album delivers the same calibre of happy, clappy, thigh slappin' folk so make sure you check them out if you're at Lattitude Festival or the Secret Garden Party this summer.
Mazes originally formed in Manchester back in 2009. They sound like Yuck after a dose of happy pills and they reference a vast range as their inspirations, some appearing quite obviously in their tracks.
Mazes demonstrate a detectable appreciation for Pavement and Dinosaur Jr and their second album includes an adorable cover of The Beach Boys' “Don't Worry, Baby”.
You'll be able to catch Mazes at Tramlines and Beacons festival this summer. This is Wait Anyway which sounds like an enthralling homage to Iggy and The Stooges' I Wanna Be Your Dog:
Beach House are an indie duet formed in Baltimore, consisting of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. They have been labelled as dream pop and their music is relaxing and addictive.
If you are lucky enough to be attending Pitchfork Music Festival, Rock en Seine or End of the Road festival you should definitely check them out. By the time you've let their hypnotically soothing lullabys wash over you, you will have almost certainly forgot that you've caught ring worm from the portaloos or trench foot from your cheap leaking wellies.
This is Zebra from Beach House's third album:
Wild Beasts are a four piece from Kendal, they have been playing together since their school days and their first album was released in 2008. Lead singer Hayden Thorpe has a falsetto so achingly beautiful and haunting that you almost, ALMOST, don't realise that all of Wild Beasts' songs are about fucking.
With frequent literary references, Wild Beasts are as poetic as they are erotic. They are playing at Latitude and Beacons festivals so if you're going to either make sure you see these mucky pups. I promise you won't regret it, they are filthy and fantastic.
This is We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues from their second album:
Jeremy Walmsley and Elizabeth Sankey make up English indie pop duet Summer Camp. The band's first album 'Welcome to Condale' sees Walmsley combine electronica with ukelele and toy piano playing. The dark undertones of Elizabeth Sankey's lyrics contrasts with the feminine sweetness of her voice revealing that she is basically, a sugar coated bunny boiler; but don't hold it against her, the juxtaposition makes their music brilliant.
And heartbroken lasses, I have it on good authority that screeching along with 'Better Off Without You” is basically the indie alternative and just as therapeutic as donning a leotard and performing the entire choreography of HRH Queen Beyonce's 'Single Ladies'.
Summer Camp are playing Hove Festival this week, Leefest this weekend and you'll also be able to catch them at Loungeabout, Y Not Festival and 2000 Trees.
Here, try it for yourself...
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