Welcome to the four edition of New Music by Region. Every fortnight we aim to present the best new music in 8 major cities and regions from across the UK. With the help of regional correspondents, we plan to present our shortlist of new music in Birmingham, Brighton, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Norwich, Manchester and Oxford.

New Music by Region #3 can be found here!

Birmingham Birmingham

  • Name: A Hawk in the Rain - 'I Run From You’
  • Website: N/A
  • Correspondent: Simon Goff

'Birmingham - An international city with a local heart'. One group that has embodied this are Lantern Music. The group this year collaborated with New York musician Cassis. The blend of their ambient sound with quirky female vocals and a eclectic mix of instruments has produced an album that they recorded between Berlin and Leeds and set for release in the next few coming weeks. Fans of bands like Godspeed, Bjork, Sigur Ros and Sparkle Horse will find them selves in good company with this record. The group are set to do a couple of one off shows very soon so keep an eye out to catch them.

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  • Name: The Vaudeville – ‘Where There's a Mission’
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Gary Scattergood

Judging by some recent blistering performances, Brighton's The Vaudeville are well worth keeping tabs on. Their pulsating live act - featuring harmony-driven choruses and intricate arrangements - has led to them supporting the likes of The Vaccines, Little Comets, All The Young and The 22-20s since they formed in 2009. With word of mouth praise in abundance in Brighton, it's only a matter of time before they receive some much-deserved attention from further afield.

Cardiff Cardiff
  • Name: Jewellers – ‘Weightless’
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Jake May

Although technically Newport rather than Cardiff based, Jewellers are without doubt one of south Wales’ most exciting acts right now. Formed of two Gareths, the pair make interesting, intelligent, and inspiring electronica. They self-released their debut album, Sleep Education, earlier this year and it's 42 minutes of pure chilled-out beats and ambient-electro bliss.

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  • Name: Beerjacket - 'Violent'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Rory Cargill

Scottish folk/singer-songwriter Peter Kelly, better known by his pseudonym Beerjacket, has been hailed by The National's Matt Berninger as 'The new Elliot Smith' and as 'F***ing great' by Feist. 6 albums later and support slots with Guillemots, The Gutter Twins and Bat For Lashes to name but a few, people are finally paying the sweet-voiced Kelly some much deserved attention - drawing unavoidable likenesses to Bright Eyes, Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright.

London quadrilles
  • Name: Quadrilles - 'Jigsaw Technique'
  • Website: Official website
  • Correspondent: Liz Jones

I couldn't have said it better. London's Quadrilles self-describes their music as 'rocket-fulled maths homework', and its a quite a strange and wonderfully accurate way to paint a perfect genre picture of the band's cerebral math-rock theatrics. It's a fine intermixing of noodly guitar melodies and vocals only when necessary. Catch the band on their last few dates before an unfortunate hiatus has them holed up until Spring 2012. The debut single ‘Jigsaw Technique’ is included below.

Manchester 255s
  • Name: The 255s – ‘Acting Class’
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Chris McDonald

Aside from being approximately 62.96% of The 405 (I have a calculator), The 255s are a band drawing on the great and good of North American indie-rock (Superchunk, Ted Leo, Archers of Loaf), adding a pop-punk slant on affairs for good measure. Hard-touring, record self-releasing chaps; theirs is a no frills mix of fuzzy guitars and earnest vocals. The band is touring to promote their new split 7" with Americans Unwelcome Guests over the end of July and beginning of August.

Norwich Norwich

  • Name: Grenouilles - 'Snow Hare'
  • Website: Bandcamp
  • Correspondent: Alex Carson

Grenouilles are a 3 piece folk outfit comprising of Piano, Guitar, Violin and dual vocals provided by Ally and Matt Myles. Having independently released their debut EP “Hawk on the Down” last year they took a brief sabbatical whilst pianist Joe Levell was in another continent. Since his return they’ve been cutting a stride through the Norwich music scene. Their latest outing was when they contributed a track to local independent label Bare Feet Records compilation record: “Sing me to Sleep.” The track attached is taken from that project and is titled: “Snow Hare.” And was the closing sound to the nocturnal compilation.

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  • Name: The Yarns – ‘No One Was Holding Hands’
  • Website: Myspace
  • Correspondent: Sebastian Reynolds

Ploughing a similar furrow to fellow Oxfordian acoustic led pop bands Ute and Alphabet Backwards, The Yarns have a more rustic, rootsy sound. 'No One Was Holding Hands' sounds like vintage Bright Eyes in their 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' period, with it's keening acoustic guitar figure and chattering drum pattern. John's laconic, pitch perfect vocal is a joy to behold, never ostentatious but quietly precise and controlled, it's velvety in texture, like a good pint of Guinness. With a pair of well received, locally released EPs under their belts and a national release in the pipeline for the autumn, things are looking bright for The Yarns.