This week’s NME is a new bands special, crammed full of the most exciting up and coming acts in the world right now, recommended by writers and artists alike. Here’s a taster

I’m going to be cheeky here and pick one band and one solo artist. The band is Montreal’s Half Moon Run – potentially one of the most important bands debuting an album this year. It’s progresive without being pretentious. And my favourite new songwriter is Joe Banfi from Sheffield. He’s dark, edgy, serene and beautiful.

Best song: ‘Hurricane’ (HMR), ‘Guts And Bones’ (JB)

Listen: Half Moon Run; Joe Banfi.