Song of the year (a songwriters award): Sons & Daughters, The Nest
The act's recent album, "This Gift," is a killer rock record, and with vocalist Adele Bethel drenched in the glitter, she looked the star primed for a Grammy stage. Taking its cues from American folk and country, Sons & Daughters have a timeless swing, and "The Nest" is driven by a spooked, scalding bass line.
It slinks around Bethel's vocals, which hint at some sort of forlorn nostalgia. Something bad is alluded to, but its never quite spelled out. What you want when you wake tonight, Bethel sings, is it all in your head? Theres an unsettling and captivating calmness to her approach, but before the listener gets lost in it, a sharp guitar swerves right by her and a mix of hand-claps and background woo-hoos arrive to the rescue.
Read more about the Sons & Daughters SXSW performance here.