Dead Can Dance, started in the early ’80s by Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, are considered one of the most influential bands around. They’ve inspired the likes of Björk, Enigma, Florence and the Machine, This Mortal Coil and Cocteau Twins. The duo are back in Barcelona to play two nights at BARTS as part of their tour called A Celebration. Life & Works 1980-2019, where they celebrate their 40th anniversary of a career filled with beautiful and eclectic music. Tonight and tomorrow.
The old folks of London will say that they saw a kid fooling around at a bus stop in Camden, getting on the roof of a double-decker, singing apparently absurd lyrics in broken Spanish and sounding like a stag night in Benidorm. The youngsters will say that they haven’t got a clue. Because Jimothy , the alias which conceals Timothy Gonzales, is the best thing that has happened to highly viral bedroom pop since the Internet stopped being a technology used exclusively by the CIA. Jimothy – FKA Jimothy Lacoste – has dropped his first ‘official’ single of 2019, ‘Getting Talkative’.
American producer and singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons presents ‘Mission Bell’ (2018), a chronicle of the tumultous last year of his life, particularly of the separation from his second wife. The resulting 11-song album tells the story of a 10-year marriage that was destroyed and then finally rebuilt from zero. William Fitzsimmons is known for quiet melodies, introspective lyrics and engrossing emotional narratives. Tonight in concert at Tradicionàrius.
It all started as a joke, but has now become a batshit crazy, worldwide sensation. Confidence Man have elevated the party anthem to a work of fine art, playing their energetic electronic dance-pop with – well, a healthy dose of confidence. Janet Planet and Sugar Bones catch the eye as the all-dancing, all-singing, freaking male/female duo, ably supported by the masked drummer Clarence McGuffie and keys player Reggie Goodchild (yes, they too are pseudonyms). These headstrong Australians made their official debut last year with Confident Music For Confident People. A banging party for sure then? We have every confidence. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.
If indie rock, hip hop, jazz, punk, electronic music and the rest of contemporary music have already found their millennial renovators, how was the dream pop of the school of Beach House and Cocteau Twins not going to? The dreamy dreamt dream is called Hatchie, but is actually the result of many sleepless nights for Harriette Pilbeam, bass player and singer songwriter who, when she feels like it is sweeter that any other. Sweet things never made anybody bitter, and less so the ones that this Australian artist is bringing to us: a celestial breathless voice, caramelised melodic choruses, drowsy guitars and bass, beating drums, synths and huge lines that are so catchy they radiate glitter.
Noel Gallagher, it seems, was not content to let his brother Liam Gallagher get all the solo record glory and has announced his newest EP. He’s gone as far as to share the EP’s title track to whet your appetite. But it’s nothing like you’d expect.
The track is a space-tinged groove which has more in common with EDM than Britpop and will see Noel move into a new sphere. He opened up about some of his influences for the record “It manages to combine the influences of David Bowie, INXS, U2, Queen, Indeep and ZZ Top!,” said the former Oasis leading man.
Hola Chica, was born in 2012 in Barcelona and combines pop songs with a good dose of synthesizers for achieving a fresh, danceable and elegant sound. Three years ago they released their first album Magnetism and last year they shared two new songs. Tonight in concert at Sidecar.