The Courier's Class of 2020

Music editor Joe Smith lists who he thinks will be the stars of 2020

Joe Smith
30th November 2019
Image: Instagram, @arlo.parks, @wychelmband, @drycleaningband, @working_mens_club

Arlo Parks: 19-year-old Arlo Parks already has more depth to her than many mainstream artists. She illustrates perfectly the highs and lows of growing up in the UK. Her music is a perfect blend of bedroom pop mixed superbly with contemporary soul. With one EP under her belt already, it is obvious to me to say she will be the new voice of the super sad generation.

Image: Instagram, @arlo.parks

Working Men’s Club: West Yorkshire’s Working Men’s Club could hold the key to the future of electronic post punk pop mashup music. They seamlessly combine synths with incredible basslines and ripping vocals to fantastic effect. They are part of the indie/punk revolution, tearing apart typical, and somewhat boring, guitar music and transforming it into something hopeful.

Image: Instagram @working_mens_club

Dry Cleaning:  What do you get when you mix a university lecturer and artist with a band of friends who have known each other for years? The answer would be London’s Dry Cleaning. This band is destined for nothing but greatness next year. It takes a lot for a singer with incredible talent to step back and not actually sing. Lead vocalist Flo Shaw delivers her lyrics in almost spoken word like fashion that holds the ability to mesmerise the listener.

Image: Instagram @drycleaningband

Wych Elm: The best band to come out of Bristol has to be Wych Elm. They perfectly deliver a gothic take on post punk that makes their sound truly their own. They released their debut EP Rat Blanket in March of this year, which firmly planted them as something special. Here’s hopes to 2020

Image: Instagram @wychelmband
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