Here's my first discovery made from listening to acts on the longlist of the Glastonbury ETC playlist (which you may or may not know that I involved in the preliminary judging of). There are 120 acts in total (from a total of 7,000 entrants into the competition) and the quality already seems very high, some blog favourites like Jagaara, Lazy Day, Oh Sister and Wyldest feature alongside my own three selections, Cattle & Cane, Tyrants and Pockets and many more. Festival organisers will now whittle this list down to a final of just eight to perform at the live finals in Pilton sometime in April.
Staring at Lakes are the discovery, a Dublin based group with just one track on their soundcloud, but it's a stunner, "Consanguinea" seemingly released almost a year ago now is a beautifully atmospheric track that floats effortlessly around layers of shimmering instrumentation and ethereal vocals, glistening like early morning dew amongst a flurry of beat and glacial harmonies. It's discoveries like this, even a year late, that make the music discovery game so fulfilling.
For more about the ETC and to see the full longlist, head to the Glastonbury Festival website.