Discovering new music doesn’t mean what I thought it did many moons ago when fear gripped me into anxiety filled nightmares over the inability to find the edgiest, newest, most hip-and-happening new talent on the streets. Turns out that discovering new music can just mean exactly what it says on the tin: hear something new to your ears and decide whether you like it or not.
I say all this because my ears pricked up so sharply when they first heard “A Berry Bursts” from Twin Hidden that I could have used them to halve citrus fruits. As I’ve made quite clear this month, I’m a sucker for the kind of melody you’d call an aural hallucination if faced with your mental health therapist. There’s two very specific moments in this song which just kick out the worries in my head and replace them with stardust and rainbows. Exactly the kind of discovery I love to know, and share.
Who on earth Twin Hidden are (and where they’ve been, you know, hiding) is a mystery to me. I stopped thinking about the hard facts as I dived further into the sweet waters of their charming lyrics, so sweet and, yes, twee, but all sharply defined. You may find it folksy, even kooky, and I can understand how close it sails towards both those things. The water seems fine to me though, I hope to discover just how deep things go with Twin Hidden from here…
Back in 2013 I had an idea. You can see the Index for that idea here. Very pop-orientated. Very mainstream. I have pop sensibility and like a chorus strong enough to use as ballast, but really, I’m surprised by my choices coming across as more Radio 2 than 6Music. I would not choose the same list, nor put it in the same order now.
One year later is my 2014 Index . It is certainly less mainstream, maybe not organised quite how I would if doing it again (opening with Katy B, now there’s a misunderstanding about drawing in readers).
This year has seen my Spotify, SoundCloud, and ‘tucked in the back of the brain’ longlists growing by the week. Soon I will confirm the results of all that here – and as ever, the chosen 24 songs are presented in no particular order. In so many ways, this ain’t a chart.