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Up and Coming Artists to Watch in 2022
SoFaygo, Brevin Kim, Wallice, Junior Varsity, and many other key up-and-coming musicians are poised to have a significant impact in 2022. It's always fun to compare this year's picks to last year's and see how everyone has progressed. According to 2021's list of performers to watch, Arlo Parks, Teezo Touchdown, Tom The Mail Man, Fousheé, Blxst, AG Club, Nilüfer Yanya, 347aidan, and many other artists had a significant influence in their respective fields last year. The class of 2021, on the other hand, did not have the same opportunities as most aspiring artists. They were not allowed to go on tour, meet new fans in person, or win over unknown crowds at festivals.
Amber Mark, a singer, songwriter, and producer based in New York, announced the release of her debut album, Three Dimensions Deep, on January 28, 2022, via PMR/Interscope, some four years after the release of her second EP, Conexo. Mark also provided her fourth single from the album, "What It Is," which follows "Worth It," "Competition," and "Foreign Things," the last of which was listed among Paste's top songs of August, as a preview of the upcoming release. Infused with R&B influences, "What It Is" takes a soulfully electronic approach to the genre, with Mark's voice achieving calming highs and seductive lows. She frequently sings about her problems, yet she skilfully ties a bow around her melancholy and musings with elegance.
Arooj Aftab, a composer, singer, and songwriter who is now based in Brooklyn and was born in Lahore, Pakistan, graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her most recent album, Vulture Prince, comes after her 2018 collection Siren Islands but is directly related to her 2015 debut, Bird Under Water. The fourth tune from her debut, "Baghon Main," is reimagined for Vulture Prince and features bright, lovely violins in place of the original's gloomy harmonium, as if adopting a more forgiving perspective on a traumatic past.
The main action of Vulture Prince, which is devoted to the memory of Aftab's younger brother Maher, whom she lost while composing it, is the act of reflecting on the past. Mohabbat, a decades-old example of an ancient literary genre known as the ghazal, is one of Aftab's most powerful investigations of the transitional area between love and sorrow. With Vulture Prince, Aftab not only ties her songwriting to revered artistic traditions, but also creates music with a bittersweet beauty that will endure through the ages on its own.