Hailing from South Manchester, Châteaux have risen through the ranks of new music at a staggering speed, receiving plaudits from blogs on both sides of the Atlantic for their reverb drenched, beautifully melodic sound. With only three demos currently available, the band's latest offering 'Everything Seems Better' demonstrates a slightly more abstracted approach as the track begins with chaotic cries and emphatic percussion, before then settling in to the same melodious vocals and echoing guitars that make each track an irresistible listen.

Each of the band's demos instantly provoke references to The Smiths, The Cure, and The Drums, along with a range of other acts that enterprise upon an endearing emotive foundation, aligning this with melancholy and gilted optimism where necessary. Yet to perform their first gig, Châteaux should certainly be seen as an act to watch in 2012.