Clowdy’s A-Z of new artists in 2014 – G is for…

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Looking for some new artists in 2014? Look no further with our A-Z, which is now on to G.

Gold Jacks

I don’t think I’ll be able to top Gold Jacks’ description of themselves, which makes reference to the eternally great Roy Orbison and a host of other soul, R’n’B and rock legends. Big shoes to fill, but a bit of swagger is always a pleasure.

Based in Manchester, these local lads are a straight-down-the-line blues-rock combo who would sound happily at home on the soundtrack of The Commitments (arguably the highest praise I can give to a band of this kind).

Great Ytene

Great Ytene are apparently named after an old Anglo-Saxon term for a part of the New Forest. I’ve never been to the New Forest, I don’t really have anything to say about this. Let’s start again. Great Ytene are a dreamy, wispy band; think Deerhunter without the country licks, or contemporary UK psychedelia like Tame Impala and Toy.

They maintain a good balance between drone and tunes, and gave a good indication of their excellent taste by covering Scottish post-punk pioneers Orange Juice for a recent Marshall Teller sampler record.


Gaps are really not anything like Avicii, despite the fact that – as in the toothy Swede’s chart-topping recent single Wake Me Up – they combine folk-ish vocals with electronica. They’re far more understated than that, avoiding the easy hook in favour of a complentative, low-fi approach.

Their languorous, intimate, glitchy songs make for perfect headphone music; music to curl up into. We’re eagerly awaiting an LP.

Follow Gaps here.


Fearghus Roulston

Fearghus was tempted into training as a journalist after an injudicious exposure to the Tintin books at an early age. He worked in several content marketing and writing jobs before starting at Clowdy, where he deals with blogging, social media and other non-Tintin or international espionage-related activities.