Each week in NME Radar, we feature a guest columnist tipping us their favourite new acts. This issue (Nov 29) sees BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens fall for Fort Worth's Leon Bridges, and take a trip to Iceland.
If you've read Courtney Barnett's tip columns for Radar you'll already know she's better at being an A&R scout than most actual A&R scouts. Fraser A. Gorman (above) is a fine case in point. He's been part of Courtney's crew for a while now, releasing bits and bobs on her Milk! Records label and appearing in her videos. Now he's getting a proper push outside of Australia, with a debut album due here in the UK early next year.
In this week's NME, Alex G tells Radar that he developed his knobbly, homespun indie sound "in a self-taught bubble". Unreleased track 'Soaker' is a perfect example of what the 21-year-old Philadelphian songwriter – whose full name is Alex Giannascoli – means. Recorded in the bedroom in which he made 'DSU', his recently released UK debut, 'Soaker' is pulled along by a soft guitar riff and Alex's conversational lyrics. He says that its "All I ever do is soak through you" line is inspired by frustration: "It's about a relationship where I just couldn't connect with something.
This week's Buzz section in Radar sees us big up The Symposium, who've risen from the same Chicago scene as The Orwells and Twin Peaks.
"Wait until we find our feet," promises Hannah Lou Clark on 'Kids In Heat', slurring over a lonely guitar grind that teeters between sweetness and something more sinister. It certainly sounds like she's found hers on new EP 'Silent Type', spinning a Bukowskian tale of numb suburban ennui ("you can see the doldrums in our faces," she growls on its mesmerising title track) around gently crunching chords and breathy, lilting vocals, like a punch-drunk Polly Harvey.