With our new support us campaign, thought it might be nice to share acts you’ve discovered recently or over the years.
Also a good excuse to share music recommendations.
I picked up on this from the ambient thread recently and can’t get enough of it
Going waaaaaay back, I first discovered and ending up signing Bat for Lashes for her debut single after reading someone enthusing about her on here, so thanks for that. Also discovered Twigs before she was FKA twigs through one of the tips threads, and ended up giving ‘ache’ a play when I was a guest on 6 Music - think it was her first ever radio play!
Too many individual artists to remember over the last 16 or so years but I do know that this site was heavily instrumental in my appreciation of the heavier side of things.
Two reviews particularly stick in my memory as getting me to check out the albums in question. Raz’s 10/10 review of Opeth’s Ghost Reveries and Mike Diver’s 10/10 review of Isis’s Panopticon and they both drove me to check out, and fall for, both bands.
I also vividly remembering someone comment that Wolves in the Throne Room were like a cross between post rock and extreme metal and that lead me to get into atmospheric black metal in a major way!
Honestly without this site my music taste (and knowledge) would be far far poorer!
There’ll have been loads I reckon I’ve discovered thanks to DiS, but I’ve spent much more time on here over lockdown and as a result have been introduced to lots more. I compile all the weekly new releases that get mentioned in here (plus from the Piccadilly Records mailout) into a playlist to shuffle every Friday, and have got a couple of things from that (Cassandra Jenkins I think is the most recent one). The Bandcamp Friday threads, Music League and the dreampop/shoegaze/emo ones have helped me discover stuff too. The three that have stood out for me are Nothing, Team Picture and Junk Drawer. All brilliant! I reckon I’ll probably get the Fightmilk album too - Overbite has been a huge earworm since hearing it on a music league playlist.
There are absolutely loads. The weekly new releases threads are invaluable for discovering artists I might otherwise have missed. It’s so much more efficient as a way to find new stuff than waiting for the end of year lists or trawling through playlists.
To pick 3 off the top of my head that I’m confident I heard about here first…
There’s about a zillion. Almost everything I listen to at this point. If it’s not through someone posting on here, then I’ll be excited to bring it here and share it, see if anyone else digs it. That adds to the enjoyment of music a lot for me. I’ve really liked that in the last couple of years there seems to have been more discussion of diverse genres, stuff from around the world, and from all different eras.
Anyway, the latest best thing is a tie between Genesis Owusu’s great album Smiling With No Teeth, which got its own thread, and this family-positivity banger from the hip-hop thread, which gets my neck hairs going every time