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God complex: London dream-popsters Anteros

Andy Welch recommends his 'one to watch'. This week, find out why you should be listening to dream-poppers Anteros

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WHO: Anteros

WHAT: London four-piece dream-pop band consisting of Laura Hayden, Joshua Rumble, Charles Monneraud and Harry Balazs

WHY: If American rockers Best Coast came from the Big Smoke rather than California

HOW: Anteros was the god of requited love and the avenger of the unrequited, and if you wanted to know what he looked like, there's a statue of him by Piccadilly Circus in London (often mistaken for his similarly winged brother, Eros).

As well as the statue being a symbol of the Earl of Shaftesbury's devotion to the poor, the arrow-carrying son of Ares and Aphrodite has also given his name to one of London's best young bands.

Singer Hayden grew up in Barcelona – her dad's Spanish – and formerly worked as a presenter on MTV Spain, while Rumble was a graphic designer, Monneraud a session musician and Balazs (according to an online biography at least) was a sound consultant for Iranian weddings.

They make a radio-friendly type of dream-pop; delicious melodies over sharp guitars. Think a British Best Coast, or even The Pretenders dragged into the 21st century, with Saint Etienne's pop sensibility.

They only played their first gig last year, but have made decent progress since then, and have an EP ready to go next month.

WHERE: There's not much released material so far, but start with The Beat, which has recently been getting a lot of love from the BBC's resident Radio 1 tastemakers Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart.

The Beat is available from iTunes, and can be streamed on Apple Music, Spotify and on Soundcloud at soundcloud.com/anterosofficial, where you'll also find a handful of other songs to listen to.

There is a London live show in September, the band's first headline show in the capital, and more live dates are expected to be announced soon.

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