Ir­ish acts to watch in 2012: Jim Car­roll takes a look into the fu­ture,

There is an abun­dance of promis­ing young artists cre­at­ing won­der­ful mu­sic in the Ir­ish mu­sic scene, but pre­dict­ing which ones will suc­ceed is tricky, writes Jim Car­roll

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Front Page -

THERE ARE 10 acts on this list but, in fair­ness, there could eas­ily have been at least 10 more. We’re cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a boom in new Ir­ish mu­sic, a boom that shows no sign of slow­ing down in ei­ther quan­tity or qual­ity. The num­ber of acts mak­ing a splash or ca­pa­ble of mak­ing a splash grows with each pass­ing year.

Of course, when it comes to pre­dict­ing which acts are go­ing to make head­lines in the year to come, there has to be a few caveats. Any list which sets out to high­light trail­blaz­ers in the com­ing year is go­ing to come with rid­ers, con­di­tional clauses and, at the very least, a few get-out-of-jail-free cards for the per­son do­ing the pre­dict­ing. Yes, you’re about to read said rid­ers, clauses and ass-cov­er­ing ex­cuses.

For a start, it’s very pos­si­ble that the Ir­ish act that goes on to set the mu­si­cal agenda for the next 12 months with a fan­tas­tic new al­bum is an act we al­ready know very well. Acts who did great things at home in 2010 and 2011 may go on to do sim­i­lar feats out for­eign in 2012. Acts may re­turn with a bril­liant sec­ond or third al­bum and watch as the world fi­nally catches up with them.

For in­stance, we’re very ex­cited about the new tunes we’re hear­ing from The Cast Of Cheers, a band Ir­ish au­di­ences know all about since their self-ti­tled free de­but al­bum Char­iot landed here in 2010. But, to for­eign au­di­ences, the now Lon­don-based band are a brand new propo­si­tion and are thus seen as “new”. Like­wise, Deloren­tos’ new al­bum Lit­tle Sparks is eas­ily the best, bold­est and bright­est thing they’ve put their name to thus far in their ca­reer and catches them in a whole new light.

No act emerges fully formed and ready to take on the world from the re­hearsal stu­dio, garage or bed­room at the first time of ask­ing. It takes time for an act to de­velop their chops and smarts. We’ve seen this with James Vin­cent Mc­mor­row – he talked in an in­ter­view with The Ticket a few months ago about spend­ing four or five years work­ing at his craft be­fore try­ing to start record­ing an al­bum, which then took an­other two years to come to­gether.

The same goes for We Cut Cor­ners and oth­ers. A great de­but al­bum does not hap­pen overnight.

As you can see from our list of 10, some of the acts high­lighted (such as Lit­tle Green Cars and This Club) have been around the block al­ready, yet are only now re­ally ready for their close-up. Most of the acts are ones we’ve pro­filed in the New Mu­sic sec­tion in The Ticket as they’ve emerged and de­vel­oped. What they all have in com­mon, though, is that they have yet to re­lease de­but al­bums and have grand plans for the year ahead. We think they’re 10 to keep an eye on as 2012 de­vel­ops. See you back here in a year’s time to as­sess how they got on.

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