Belated Best of ’10: Andy Clockwise

I never got around to sharing my Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear list for 2010 with the internets in general in December, so I’ve decided to mine it for fresh post material in ’11. I’m posting the songs in the order in which they would have appeared in the final playlist, so if you play along at home, you’ll have heard a tidy 80-ish minutes of great music when all is said and done. Today’s contribution is from Andy Clockwise, a one-man-band from down under.

Andy Clockwise, The SocialiteAndy Clockwise first got on my radar thanks to buzz from his performances at the 2010 SXSW festival: the reviews were interesting, so I made my way to his (unfortunately now very buggy, flash-laden) website & downloaded a couple of EPs for free. I was initially drawn to the Are You Well? EP by a really interesting cover of Björk’s “Hyperballad,” but what sold me on Clockwise was the impeccably catchy pop/rock of his originals, especially, “Love and War,” which would end up on his full-length follow-up The Socialite, that unfortunately remains unreleased in the U.S. Head to MySpace to listen to the studio version of the song, and check out a great live performance of it below:

Like what you hear? Head to Amazon MP3 and download the Are You Well? EP.