2020 may have been something of a damp squib in terms of everything, not least the music world. But, nevertheless, we still managed to find a whole host of new artists emerging as well as those who first raised their heads a little earlier shining through.
We asked a few of our contributors to give us a handful of acts that have been impressing them and who they are earmarking for more attention in 2021.
Here in Part 4, Sam Geary shares some recommended choices.
Grantham, Lincs-based singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone was named in the prestigious BBC Sound of 2021 longlist, following her acclaimed debut EP 'Falling Asleep at the Wheel' - which has already amassed over 50 million streams. Still just 21, her lyrical observations exploring mental health and romantic relationships show a profound maturity.
Indie post-punks The Rills dropped a summer banger 'The Angler' in July last year, and ended 2020 with 'Stardog'. The London-via-Lincoln outfit drop ear-grabbing riffs and frontman Mitch Spencer has the style and savvy signature vocal to offer something that is as good for a mosh, as it is very infectious.
This young Liverpool four-piece Courting dropped a run of singles last year, and this year they are ready to unveil EP 'Grand National' via Nice Swan Records. They deliver fast-paced gems that hit the spot musically and lyrically, with frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill embodying Scouse humour.
Yard Act have already made a start on conquering 2021 with the follow-up to last year's 'Peanuts'. The post-punk quartet's 'Dark Days' sees the Leeds-based band once again hauling their distinctive sound to the fore; melding jagged, snaking riffs with the drawled vocal delivery of James Smith, that encapsulates wry storytelling.