SXSW Buzz-o-meter: Milo Greene, Kimbra, and Small Black
By Staff on January 10, 2012
It's 2012, and we're kicked in full gear. We're preparing our ears for some of the most highly anticipated musical experiences of the season. FILTER decided to help you out with getting to know who will bring the buzz SXSW 2012, and we're predicting you'll be praising these picks by the end of the extravaganza in Austin.
Los Angeles-based and Chop Shop artist Milo Greene has been all the talk amongst indie scenesters in L.A. and have more than earned their rep as songwriters combining cinematic harmonies to their unforgettable live shows. With an expected full length release via Chop Shop on its way, Milo Greene is busy getting the word out. Having toured with The Civil Wars, Grouplove and The Belle Brigade, and impressing NPR tastes with the Intern's installment of "Deskless Concert" series, it isn't much of a stretch to consider this band while in Austin for SXSW.
New Zealand native and songstress, Kimbra has peeked the interests of tastemakers early on with her theatrical and quirky vocal range. Best known in the U.S. for her collaboration with Austrialian musician Goyte, Kimbra's name has imprinted the minds of many for their duet track "Somebody I Used to Know." As a singer-songwriter, Kimbra molds a "modern edge" sound to the soulful jazz-influenced voice (basically a combo of Nina Simone and Bjork). Listen for yourselves below.
For an artist who has stayed substantially low-key in an uber-hype world, Small Black has received plenty of notoriety amongst tastemakers and mixtape experts. Like most noteable artists accrediting their fanbase and fame to accessible, free downloads and innovative beats, Brooklyn's own Small Black self-released his Moon Killer mixtape last year. Let's not forget his 2010 release of New Chain put out via Jagjaguwar! Check out Moon Killer below.
Stay tuned for more of our Buzz-o-meter picks for SXSW 2012!