Favourite Gig: Florence + The Machine

Florence + The Machine and their epic sound are back in Barcelona to present their fourth album, ‘High as Hope’ (2018), the majority of which was written composed and recorded by Florence Welch herself, and finished up in Los Angeles along with producer Emilie Haynie. This album also features collaborations with Jamie xx, Kamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Tess Jr. and Kelsey Lu. This time around you’ll see a more transparent Florence, singing unreservedly about her fears. Tonight at Palau Sant Jordi.

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Music by Bergman: The Amazons

The Amazons are a four-piece rock band from Reading. Their debut album was released in May 2017, and charted at #8 in the UK Album Chart following a long list of tips and ‘ones to watch’ acknowledgements from The BBC (Sound of… 2017, Brit List), Spotify, Apple, MTV and many more.

The success of their first release, which included the singles Black Magic, Little Something & Junk Food Forever – all of which were supported greatly at BBC Radio 1 – allowed the band to tour the world through 2017 and 2018. Headline shows in the USA, Japan and Korea, as well as a run of sold out UK & European dates have kept The Amazons busy.

They are now heading back into the studio to record their second album with MPG’s Producer of The Year for 2018, Catherine Marks, with whom they worked on the last record. 2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the band, who are excited to get back on the road.

Best Covers: Preoccupations “Pontiac 87″

The split 7″ where bands cover each other’s songs is a proud indie rock tradition, and we now have a new entry into the canon. Prrotomarty and Preoccupations, two likeminded postpunk bands from cold and desolate corners North America, recently went off on a co-headlining tour together. And today, they’ve released the new split Telemetry At Howe Bridge, on which they leave their own marks on each other’s tracks.

“Pontiac 87″ originally showed up on Protomartyr’s 2015 album The Agent Intellect, and it’s a sinuous and brooding song, a little less splenetically word-heavy than a lot of other Protomartyr joints. That makes it perfect for Preoccupations, who hone in on the song’s heady churn and inject a bit more Joy Division-style dread into it.

Introducing…Big Thief

Surfing the tsunami of therapy often means realising that the simplest answers are the right ones. “Write, write, it’s therapeutic”, say the couch professors.  But whilst most people would do it in a small notebook that lives on their bedside table, Adrianne Lenker cures her insomnia, her ghosts of the past and present, the names in her life (Haley, Mary, Paul, Lorraine, Randy)… through songs. For the album covers of Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017) Big Thief steals the most sacred memories, family snaps that show strange moments caught just a second after saying “cheese”, just when they let their guard down.  That is what her songs are like too, sung with echoes of both Hope Sadoval and Joni Mitchell:  comforting and strange, beautiful even though they thresh out childhood accidents and traumas (Mythological Beauty), and are recognisable as we recognise ourselves in our mothers and fathers, and they in us. Because often, not only are the simplest answers the right ones, but they are usually the same for everyone.

The muses of La Musa: Stealing Sheep

Stealing Sheep are an electro pop band from Liverpool, England, who formed in 2010. The debut studio album ‘Into the Diamond Sun’ was released in 2012 by Heavenly Recordings. The band’s second album, ‘Not Real’, was released in the spring of 2015.

They have shared new track “Show Love” alongside its dopamine-driven video, directed by Korean animator Gyuri Cloe Lee. The track is taken from their forthcoming album Big Wows available April 19th, via Heavenly Recordings. The band will be playing of dates behind the album, starting March 30th in Liverpool.

 

 

Divus Julius presents…Ólafur Arnalds

The mysterious and cold beauty of Iceland lands in Barcelona with musician Ólafur Arnalds. An expert in creating unique soundscapes, Arnalds combines a mastery of avant-garde electronica with classical music. After having played Sónar last year, he now fills the Palau de la Música Catalana with a grand piano, string quartet, drums and electronic basses to present his new album, ‘Re:member’ (2018). This latest effort sees him exploring new pathways with software called Stratus, which he created himself along with his friend Halldór Eldjárn, from the electropop group Sykur. Stratus creates different rhytmic textures of various complexities that play in two automated pianos.

Hit of the week: ALASKALASKA ‘Moon’

On “Moon,” the new song from London’s ALASKALASKA, Lucinda Duarte-Holman sings about her identity and how it changes at certain times of the month thanks to good old human biology.

“Moon” is also the latest single from ALASKALASKA’s forthcoming debut album, The Dots. The album is due for release on May 3 via Marathon (also home to Courtney Barnett and POND in the band’s native U.K.).

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