TIDAL Rising is a dedicated showcase for today’s emerging and independent artists. Curated by the TIDAL Editors, Rising highlights artists just beginning to make waves. We’re continuously updating the Rising section’s album and track lists, but each week we highlight five special picks you really shouldn’t miss out on.
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Name: Empty Houses Based In: Detroit, MI Sounds Like: Fitz & The Tantrums go to Motown
Staggering between modern and classic, Empty Houses is the latest and greatest retro-soul band to emerge from the storied music hub of Motor City. Following the dissolution of Detroit pop-punk act Fireworks, members Adam Mercer and David Mackinder joined forces with singer Ali Shea to solidify the ultimate rock-pop trio. With an array of instrumental abilities and a colorful vocal range, the band brings forth an infectious and charming feel-good vibe anyone can dig. Having released their increasingly-acclaimed debut full-length, Daydream, earlier this summer and we expect they’re headed for big things in the coming year.
Name: Tall Heights Based In: Boston, MA Sounds Like: Bon Iver & Kings of Convenience
For Tall Heights’ Tim Harrington and Paul Wright, beauty is simplicity. With restrained instrumentals, modest percussion and sharp, harmonized vocals, the Boston-based folk duo strips back their sound to the elements to cultivate songs of profound intimacy, proving it doesn’t take complexity or grandiosity to craft even the most suave of compositions. Their effective minimalist set-up works to define the project’s musical boundaries, even as they continue to mutate their sound and our expectations, earning acclaim from the Wall Street Journal and NPR along the way. While we wait for Tall Height’s newest album, Neptune, to drop next month, check out their string of singles: “Two Blue Eyes,” “River Wider,” “Sprit Cold” and “Iron in the Fire.”
Name: LVL UP Based In: Brooklyn, NY Sounds Like: Weezer meets Frankie Cosmos
If you miss angsty ’90s rock bands and dig the classic indie rock sound, LVL UP might be just what you’re looking for. The Brooklyn based quartet of Mike Caridi, Dave Benton, Nick Corbo and Greg Rutkin formed in early 2011 and dropped their first album, Space Brothers, shortly thereafter. Providing the perfect balance of pop-rock and experimentation, each member brings their stylistic differences, uniting to create one, unique vision. Guitar-driven and lyrically astounding, LVL UP has since dropped two more albums, and just shared “Pain,” the lead single for their upcoming LP, Return To Love, which is promised to follow the emotionally-charged, avant-garde vibe of their previous releases. LVL UP is currently on tour across the country.
Name: Julia Jacklin Based In: Sydney, Australia Sounds Like: Norah Jones and Lana Del Rey
Born and raised in Australia, Julia Jacklin is bringing her soothing vocals across oceans. Resonant of Norah Jones, Lana Del Rey and artists of the like, the young singer-songwriter is on our watchlist for her soft, emotive harmonies and incredibly cool attitude. While she only has a few official releases out to date, Jacklin provides the perfect soundscape to pair with any sunset, and we can’t wait to see what she puts out next. We can’t stop listening to her newest track, “Pool Party.”
Name: 21 Savage Based In: Atlanta, GA Sounds Like: Future
Recently named a member of XXL’s freshman class, this young Atlanta rapper calls himself 21 Savage, and rightfully so. Growing up burying the people closest to him, it’s no surprise his music pulls from his dark and disturbed upbringing. The rapper’s foundation returns to the core of trap music with his descriptive narrative of growing up on the streets. In contrast to Savage’s hardcore lyrics, the addition of beats by ATL’s premier producer Metro Boomin makes for a melodic compilation of easily digestible tracks that are gaining increasingly wide attention. Most recently the two young talents collided to create Savage Mode, a 9-song pack of trap excellence. With his new joint project making a lot of noise and XXL cosign to spark off the year, we can’t wait to see what 21 Savage does next.