The Last.fm Hype Chart is your weekly guide to the artists making waves amongst music lovers: find out who’s gained the most new listeners, and why they’re suddenly rocking the boat. Last.fm Originals brings you the top three acts every Wednesday, so read on to find out who’s made the cut this week.
In at #3 we find Beak>, a Bristol-based band notable for the presence of Portishead‘s Jeff Barrow. Their self-titled debut was released in 2009, but it’s second album >> that’s really gained them traction and led to a Hype Score of 835. With a krautrock influence, tracks such as “Yatton” have gained 1,624 listeners in the past week, with the rest of the album matching up well.
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The #2 spot belongs to Ty Segall Band, the ensemble project for prolific San Francisco lo-fi musician Ty Segall. Debut Slaughterhouse has fared well since its release in late June: an impressive 3,362 listeners tuned into fuzzed-out “I Bought My Eyes” last week, resulting in a Hype Score of 848 to just edge them into second place.
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In a tightly-run top three, it’s New York-based Port St. Willow who’s come out at #1 with a Hype Score of 853. Holiday is his first full-length, and has had a slow-burn rise to prominence since its release in May made all the more impressive by its self-released status. Most popular track “Amawalk” has had 1,792 listeners in the past week, and it seems that going it alone has paid off.
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