SXSW 2012 Spreadsheet 118:
I got a quick follow up with a really exciting set. Add Young Buffalo to the list of potential breakouts this year - great new sound! Highlights:
Yellow Ostrich (9): Complex while still remaining catchy and accessible, Yellow Ostrich breaks out of standard song structures with an air of experimentation.
Young Buffalo (8): Young Buffalo have a dense pop sound with surprisingly effective harmonies, like what Fleet Foxes would sound like in some alternate rock universe.
Yael Kraus (7): After dabbling in the art rock band Panic Ensemble, Kraus takes her sound back to her roots with bossa nova grooves (“Boo”) and Middle Eastern string melodies (“Floor”).
YAWN (6): YAWN’s mix of catchy synthesized melodies, hazy layers and airy vocal harmonies is a great fit for Animal Collective and Yeasayer fans.
You Can Be a Wesley (6): You Can Be a Wesley is a Boston-based indie rock outfit with a dreamy sound, highlighted by engaging guy/girl vocals. They’re a little like a moody Givers.
You Say France & I Whistle (6): Like a bedroom pop version of The Killers, You Say France & I Whistle have an understated way of building pop anthems with a simplified but equally dramatic touch.
Yacht (5): Experimental pop artists have a tendency to be a little hit and miss. Though Yacht achieves some greatness with their quirky electronic pop songs, there are just as many tracks to fall a little too far off the track for my ears.
Yearbook Committee (5): Indiana’s Yearbook Committee falls under the orchestral folk out umbrella, but has a slightly darker sound than expected, though their range is wide with rotating songwriters in the band.