Best New (Hip) Band: Blind Man’s Colour

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Given props by Kanye West and Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste in January, featured on NPR this past August, Blind Man’s Colour is the new hip unknown and they happen to hail from right here in St. Petersburg. Co-visionaries Kyle Wyss (guitar and lead vocals) and Orhan Chettri (keys, laptop and back-up vocals, both pictured at right) are some damn talented kids who front an experimental foursome most often compared to Animal Collective. But the duo relies more on organic instrumentation rather than sonicboards and synthesizers to get their driving sound, and are joined by a bassist and drummer to bring the low end throb and punchy dance beats to their songs. BMC also relies very little on grandiose washes of sound and aimless barrages of noise so beloved by experimental acts, instead focusing on the delicacies of melody with ’60s pop-inspired vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys, sweet and high and charming, and a driving electromagnetic sound with just enough psychedelia, ambient trance and moments of tropical hop to keep things interesting. myspace.com/weareblindmanscolour.

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