Category Archives: Música

Divus Julius presents…Erotic Market

“Erotic Market” was born at the beginning of the decade as an electronic pop duo from Lyon, close to the urban rhythms of artists such as MIA, with songs to shake the body coupled with a sense of humour, such as “I want to be some booty”, included in their debut, Blahblahrians (2014). Now a solo project by Rosemary Martins (the nickname of Marine Pellegrini) and after a couple of years time out to come together again, Erotic Market is back with Queendoms (2018), a futuristic R & B album for which she has got together with DJ Flore, priestess of Lyon-based bass music, Bonetrips, a beatmaker, and Nicolas Taite, on live drums.  This friday night free concert at Rambla del Raval.

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Hit of the week: Yves Tumor “Licking An Orchid”

Experimental provocateur Yves Tumor contines his poppier direction with “Licking An Orchid” a new song featuring James K, who made bizarre and haunting pop music with Gobby as Seth. Daniel Sannwald direct Yves Tumor in a video full of ethereal lighting and dancing with one strange doppelganger.

Best Covers: Sharon Van Etten “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”

Sharon Van Etten reportedly hit the studio late last year to begin work on her follow-up to 2014’s impressive Are We There LP. In the meantime, she’s collaborated with artists like Lee Ranaldo, Maggie Rogers, Marissa Nadler, and Michael Cera (yup), in addition to contributing to the Twin Peaks reboot and reissuing her debut album. Now, she’s back with yet another new song to help pass the time, this time a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”.

Filmed as part of BBC’s classical music concert series, BBC Proms, Van Etten was backed on the cover by the Heritage Orchestra for a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The LCD cut is a fitting choice for the series, as this year’s theme is “New York: Sound of a City”.

Introducing…La Plata

They are a bit over 20 years old, but this Valencian quintet evokes the dark synth pop of the 1980s “new wave”, the exact starting point of Valencian scene that would put the Mediterranean coast on the map of avant-garde pop and international club culture, before paellas in car parks and all the other clichés from the bakalao route. La Plata take that baggage in Diego Escriche’s songs, increase the revolutions and crush it with intense guitars not unlike those of Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, with whom they share the producer Carlos Hernández, who worked with them on their EP Un atasco (2017) and debut LP Desorden(2018). Teenage angst from twenty years ago with one of the sensations of the season’s peninsular indie pop.

Local Bands: Tiger Menja Zebra

They’re not here to make friends, or to make you feel better, or to console you, as the title of “Hipster Genocide” makes clear, the track that opens “Anarquia i mal de cap”, their third album and the final album of the “Trilogy of the Self-Destruction of the Human Being”, by “Tiger Menja Zebra“. Sowing electric winds and collecting electronic storms from “Com començar una guerra” (2012), rising from the ashes of the heroes of the postrock of Granollers, “Camping”, the noise of “Tiger Menja Zebra” is relentless in this new album, which is presented with an extended formation of four members, with two drummers and two bassists that cushion the electronics, voices and screams. “Worn-out servilism, disappointment, anger that leads to disorder, no return”.

You can be with them or against them, but if you decide to be with them, don’t expect a pat on the back.

The muses of La Musa: Ama Lou

The things you don’t see and the ones you don’t talk about. What we hide. All those personal and social taboos. The dark side of the moon is where The things you don’t see and the ones you don’t talk about. What we hide. All those personal and social taboos. The dark side of the moon is where Ama Lou’s lyrics orbit, but only in order to make it visible: police brutality, Black Lives Matter, gender issues and socially admitted aesthetic rules are unfold and denounced in a songbook which may still be thin, but full of promises. Because the allies of the London singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer are not exactly feeble: she has toured with her friend Jorja Smith (to whom she has been compared for her R&B which is as powerful as it is subtle), and Drake himself released an Instagram story quoting a line from one of her songs. “Pretty girls seem to get their way / Even if they don’t have much to say”.  Maybe pretty girls get their own way sometimes, but Ama Lou is here to prove that the ones who end up ruling are girls like her. Who runs the world?s lyrics orbit, but only in order to make it visible: police brutality, Black Lives Matter, gender issues and socially admitted aesthetic rules are unfold and denounced in a songbook which may still be thin, but full of promises. Because the allies of the London singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer are not exactly feeble: she has toured with her friend Jorja Smith (to whom she has been compared for her R&B which is as powerful as it is subtle), and Drake himself released an Instagram story quoting a line from one of her songs. “Pretty girls seem to get their way / Even if they don’t have much to say”.  Maybe pretty girls get their own way sometimes, but Ama Lou is here to prove that the ones who end up ruling are girls like her.