With festival season fast approaching, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the newest crop of Next Big Things. In this week’s roundup, we have new tracks from Ofelia K, Black Honey, Bleached, Wild Belle and Aquilo. Listen to your new favorite songs below.
Fans of Sylvan Esso and Dirty Projectors will find something beautiful in avant-pop crooner Ofelia K. On “Cinco,” she swoons with dreamy vocals and experiments with ghostly noises that are both electrifying and danceable. She’s on our ones to watch list after hearing this track.
U.K. alt-pop band Black Honey is back with a single that pays homage to ‘90s grunge and has the elements of catchy, mass appeal. With cinematic hooks and lead singer Izzy Bee’s soaring vocals, Black Honey’s first single off of their upcoming EP makes it seem like the band is destined for success.
Garage pop band Bleached is back with a fun single that pays tribute to their punk aesthetic. Opening with bong rips and the rumbling of an engine, the track sums up the Bleached’s ethos as a band that just wants to have a good time.
Wild Belle’s sophomore record comes out later this month, but the band has already released its title track. “Dreamland” very easily could be confused for a Lana Del Rey track, with vocalist Natalie Bergman swaying through the equivalent of Quaalude-soaked melodies. The song is definitely dreamy, that’s for sure.
British duo Aquilo is back with a moody, down-tempo rock track that will make you cry. Some of Aquilo’s best songs meditate on loss and heartbreak, and this song is no different; it’s a gorgeous return featuring a lot of violin sans electronica.