Acoustic folk trio Vandalye have been called Dubai’s answer to Mumford & Sons and play regularly in the emirate. Made up of Scott Attew and twins Lucas and Thomas McCone, their recently released debut EP topped the iTunes Middle East chart. Check them out at www.soundcloud.com/vandalye.
You might recognise frontman Tim Hassall, who’s performed in Dubai for years as a singer-songrwriter, but he formed four-piece Bridge Incident in 2014. Their biggest gig so far is the show they played at last year’s Beats on the Beach concert in Abu Dhabi, and they’ve just released their debut single,
Set Myself Free. Give them a listen at www.soundcloud.com/bridgeincident.
We Speak In Colors
Although Andrew Armstrong only moved to Abu Dhabi from the US last year, he’s already played dozens of gigs both in the capital and here in Dubai. Performing under the moniker We Speak In Colors, he plays melancholy indie rock, which you can hear at www.soundcloud.com/wespeakincolors.
Holly Låpsley Fletcher, who was on the BBC Sound Of list last year, has had more than a million plays on SoundCloud, released her debut album Long Way Home this year, and is just 19 years old. The singer-songwriter makes powerful electronic music, and counts Adele as one of her fans. Find out more at www.facebook.com/lapsleymusic.
From Stockport in the UK, Blossoms say they’re influenced by everyone from Arctic Monkeys to ABBA. While that might be true, a lot of their tracks can be very psychedelic – give Charlemagne and Blown Rose a listen at www.facebook.com/blossomsband.
The name’s deceiving – this isn’t a person. Arthur Beatrice are an indie quartet who make soulful, minimal music and were described as the “new The xx” when they released their first album. They released their second album, Keeping The Peace, earlier this year, and went bigger this time around, enlisting the help of the London Contemporary Orchestra. Head to www.facebook.com/arthurbeatrice for more.