7) Aslyn - "That's When I Love You": This rootsy, uplifting ballad comes from another artist recently signed to Capitol Records. This talented, Canton, Georgia-based singer-songwriter's first album is expected to be released in 2004; "That's When I Love You" was written by Aslyn and produced by Andy Slater, who has produced Macy Gray, Fiona Apple and the Wallflowers, among others, and is president of Capitol Records.
8) Beth Orton - "Thinking About Tomorrow": Taken from 2003's Daybreaker, her acclaimed third album, "Thinking About Tomorrow" epitomizes the sound of Orton's electronica-enhanced future folk: ethereal and nuanced, in no small part to the melancholic soul of Orton's distinctive voice. Orton has proven herself one of today's premier artists, having collaborated with everyone from the Chemical Brothers, William Orbit and Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt to Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris; in 2000, she won the Brit Award-the U.K. Grammy equivalent-for Best British Female.
9) Tremolo - "Promise Ring": Tremolo are an unsigned discovery, and an exciting one, as "Promise Ring's" undulating, Jeff Buckley-jamming-with-early-Radiohead vibe makes clear. Based in Oakland, California, Tremolo is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Justin Dillon (formerly of the Athens, Georgia buzz band Dimestore Prophets), who produced the track with ex-Counting Crows drummer Steve Bowman. Already receiving radio play, Tremolo expects to put out their first full-length album in 2003.
10) The Music - "Take The Long Road And Walk It": Interview magazine said the Music "are not your father's Britpop," comparing them variously to Jane's Addiction, Led Zeppelin and the Stone Roses. That's not far off, but this young British foursome-each member under 21-have their own pounding, passionate, psychedelic sound, as made clear by the Music's 2003 self-titled Capitol debut (a smash success upon its release in the U.K.). "Take The Long Road And Walk It," a swirling, rhythmic anthem, was in fact the song that first drew attention to the Music, resulting in a worldwide record deal.
11) Marjorie Fair - "Waves": Marjorie Fair are a new addition to Capitol's roster, signed after they were seen performing their residency at Los Angeles' legendary Spaceland club. "Waves" comes from their upcoming debut album Self Help Serenade (due in fall 2003), which was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck, Vines) with additional studio work by Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann). While more uptempo than much of Self Help..., "Waves" captures the essential elements of Marjorie Fair's sound, from the lush, reverb-laden instrumental interplay that evokes everything from Pet Sounds to the Smiths to leader Evan Slamka's emotional, intimate vocals and lyrics.