Looking back on 2022 we have chosen nine artists to feature in our year-end review. Most of these artists have been around paying their dues. We don't want to insinuate that they are new. But we do want to let our readers and Instagram followers know about these amazing artists that might not be on their radar.
Amber Mark – we’ve described Mark’s 2022 album, Three Dimensions Deep, as genre-blurring. But I have to say there is an 80’s Chaka Khan feel to her music. “Darkside” really hits that vibe. Mark had a great year touring Europe and playing the American festival scene. We see her blowing up the radio charts in the future.
COIN – Early this year we wrote that COIN’s album, Uncanny Valley, was the type of album that launches careers. Judging from how many times I hear the song “Brad Pitt” on SiriusXM, your opening for 5 Seconds of Summer, and the current European tour they are starting to garner attention. “Chapstick” is simply one of the best songs I heard in 2022. I was lucky enough to catch COIN this last year in Tulsa (I just happened to be there for business). They already have the perfect mix of edge and polish and are ready to open for big rock acts in big venues.
Bartees Strange – Bartees Strange is the epitome of blended elements. His storytelling, musical style, and persona all convey a complexity that demands attention. His music leaps back and forth between genres (sometimes three or four times in a single song. The song from 2022 that stuck with me was “Wretched.” As an artist, it took him a while to find his place, where to live and thrive as an artist, and sound. But the journey was worth it for his listeners. He appears to be a person that connects well with other artists. He played billings in the last year with Phoebe Bridgers, The National, Spoon, and Car Seat Headrest. It’s just a matter of time before one of his tunes pops and lands on radio stations across the globe.