The Blog Sound of 2015 poll aims to showcase some of the best new emerging artists. However, unlike the ubiquitous BBC Sound of poll, the artists nominated aren’t picked just by industry experts. Instead they’re voted for by music bloggers, a small number of whom may work in the music industry, but the majority of which are just hardcore fans who write their blogs because of their genuine passion for music, normally with no financial incentive to do so.
This poll is not about picking acts who bloggers think will be famous. The bloggers involved are asked to vote for their favourite acts, irrespective of chances of commercial success.
How The Voting Worked
This year the Blog Sound Of 2015 poll canvassed 62 UK music blogs in November 2014, the most ever since its 2011 start. It asked each one to pick its 3 favourite emerging artists and rank them in order of preference. In total 148 artists received at least 1 vote, showing the diversity of bloggers’ tastes. The acts scored 3, 2 and 1 points respectively. The bloggers could choose any artist they wanted, providing the artist had not had a top 40 hit (including as a collaborator on a song) by the time voting started and that they weren’t related to or have any financial interest in any artist they selected. Where 2 artists tied on the same number of points, the artist with the most first place votes was ranked higher.
The 15 most popular acts that form the long list include artists that are on major labels as well as indie and unsigned ones, such as Brighton based indie band Fickle Friends, fuzzy sounding Glasgow punks Halfrican, goth ‘n’ soul singer Chloe Black, recent XL signing Lapsley and singer songwriter Sophie Jamieson, an artist who appears on the list for the second time running having also appeared the previous year.
The act who gained the most amount of points in the poll will be announced on January 2nd 2015.
The Full Blog Sound of 2015 Longlist (In alphabetical order)
All We Are
The Blogs That Participated In This Year’s Poll:
17 Seconds, A New Band A Day, A Pocket Full Of Seeds, A World Of Music And Madness, Across The Kitchen Table, Alphabet Bands, Beat Surrender, Beat2aChord, Both Bars On, Brapscallions, Bratfaced LDN, Breaking More Waves, Brighton Music Blog, Daisy Digital, Dots And Dashes, Drunken Werewolf, Echoes and Dust, Electronic Rumors, Even The Stars, Everything Flows, Getintothis, God Is In The TV, Hearty Vibes, Hitsville UK, I Love Pie, Just Music That I Like, Kemptation, Like 1999, Lipstick Disco, Little Indie Blogs, Love Music : Love Life, Music Broke My Bones, Music Liberation, Music Like Dirt, My Day By Day Music, Never Enough Notes, Not Many Experts, Notes For A Road Sign, One Album A Week, Popped Music, Queen Beetch, Rave Child, Scientists Of Sound, Some Of It Is True, Song By Toad, Sounds Good To Me Too, Sound Of Now Music, Spectral Nights, Sweeping The Nation, The Blue Walrus, The Devil Has The Best Tuna, The Electricity Club, The Evening’s Empire, The Mad Mackerel, The Metaphorical Boat, The Paper Penguins, This Must Be Pop, Thoughts On Music, Three Beams, Too Many Blogs, The VPME, What If I Had A Music Blog,
The nominees are.
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers – Old Gold EP
Frightened Rabbit – State Hospital EP
Bob Collum – The Ungrateful Depression
Paper Aeroplanes – Time to Be EP
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker – Homemade Heartache EP
Al Lewis – Our Lines Remain EP
Georgia Ruth – In Luna EP
Fire Mountain – Of The Dust EP
White Pines – Plume of Ash EP
The Woody Pines – You Gotta Roll
Kelsey Waldon – Fixin’ It Up (The EP)
Elizabeth Cook – Gospel Plow
Larkin Poe – Thick As Thieves
Rachel Brooke – Late Night Lover
Browan Lollar – For the Givers & The Takers
Allo Darlin’ – Covers
The nominees are.
Sons of Bill – Sirens
American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die
Ronnie Fauss – I Am the Man You Know I’m Not
Lilly Hiatt and The Dropped Ponies – Let Down
Wrinkle Neck Mules – Apprentice to Ghosts
Corb Lund – Cabin Fever
Eight Belles – Girls Underground
Eastbound Jesus – Holy Smokes
Chris Knight – Little Victories
Mad Staring Eyes – Talking to the Operator
Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys – Release Your Shrouds
Dig Deeper – August Afternoon
Greater Pacific – Incandescent
Arliss Nancy – Simple Machine
Truckstop Darlin’ – Hope & The Heart It Breaks
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Live from Alabama
The nominees are.
First Aid Kit – The Lions Roar
My Darling Clementine – How Do You Pleed
Old Crow Medicine Show – Carry Me Back
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Look Out Mama
The Barker Band – Dig Me A Hole
Otis Gibbs – Harder Than Hammered Hell
Megan Reilly – The Well
Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur
Awna Teixeira – Where The Darkness Goes
Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray – We’re From Here
Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
Shelley Miller – February
Quarter Mile Thunder – Twist
The Honey Dewdrops – Silver Lining
Winterpills – All My Lovely Goners
Annie and the Annie and the Beekeepers – My Bonneville
The Dirty Beggars – Bite The Bullet