Firstly, let's get a bit of an apology out of the way. I left a lull in my posts and that was something that I promised I wouldn't do. So let me make that up to my followers. Here are two bands you may not know:
The Chapel Club hails from London, England, ever the haven for great bands that you haven't heard of. They have been in the making since 2007, releasing singles and gaining the critical acclaim of such trusted sources of music as NME (much better than Rolling Stone at least). Unlike most of my artists you may not know they follow the lineup for a traditional band fairly closely, and it comes through in the music. It isn't very innovative, you won't see Animal Collective-esque avant gardness here, however they do have something that I've been missing from a lot of bands lately: harder music. While they aren't as guitar, drum, or bass heavy as say, the Arctic Monkeys, they are a pleasant departure from the usual airy and ambient sounds that dominate the indie scene. That being said they have consistently smart lyrics and a very tight sound. Though their song structure is conventional it touches the very boundaries of that convention and their lead singer is a baritone, a very unique characteristic in modern bands. This particular song, "All the Eastern Girls" has a distinctly rising progression that offers complexity as the song progresses. It challenges the listener to integrate a constant pattern with an ever changing instrumentation that is endlessly interesting. Their debut album Palaces debuted January 31st, check it out.
The second artist is I Blame Coco, a play on the nickname of Eliot Paulina Sumner, aka daughter of Sting. This is her musical experimentation and I'm hesitant to endorse her entirely. She has a very capable voice that is somewhat unique. Her most popular song at the moment is Selfmachine, which has garnered over a million views on youtube. However it's not a song that I particularly enjoy. All it really offers is some bland electronica beats that aren't entirely interesting or provocative. For that matter, neither does the song linked above, In Spirit Golden. What is intriguing about this song however is the pitch changes that she does vocally. They seem to put a strain on her voice and really indicate a deep seated attempt to expand the song. She's pushing herself and it shows. Her vocals on this song mesh beautifully with the music and although it is mainly typical electronica the product as a whole is much more substantial than Selfmachine (although the lyrics are not as clever). That being said, she did an acoustic set on the black cab sessions (http://blackcabsession.com) which featured Selfmachine that was sung and performed beautifully.