Kids from Mars are, clearly, one of the young promises of the Catalan music scene. With only 15 years old, the duo lead by Roger and Óscar managed to attract the attention of both the specialized media and the audience with a two releases, “August” and “The Words I Already Said”, characterized for an elegant electronics based on pop tunes. Both songs show the way their EP debut will be. Tonight at Heliogàbal and this summer at Vida Festival.
Seems like every song Greta Kline writes is a low-key wallflower anthem, each one full of jangly guitars and lemon-drop lyrics about looking for courage. Even backed by a full band—as she is on the latest Frankie Cosmos record, Vessel, which dropped in March—Kline exudes intimacy and loneliness. “Apathy” is a gawky, dreamy favorite. Tonight at Razzmatazz.
Since their debut album hit in 2012, Danish band Lukas Graham have been rolling along picking up rave reviews and masses of fans. Somewhere between pop and soul, their songs are the sort that bring a huge grin to your face, and even more so when you see them live, when they’re so full of energy and clearly having the time of their lives. They present ‘3 (The Purple Album)’, which was released last October. Tonight at Razzmatazz.
After a 5-year hiatus following the release of their acclaimed sophomore release, Barcelona based outfit Oso Leone return with an alluring new album touching on soul, funk, R&B and pop, out via Apollo Records on March 11th.
Following their meditative self-titled debut and its captivatingly sparse follow-up ‘Mokragora,’ ‘Gallery Love’ achieves what it sets out to do and more, taking the listener on an auditory journey with lucid song structures that ebb and flow like the waves. A sublime musical experience, its hypnotic repetition is an ode to refinement, and the gentle forays into ambient electronica and jazz show impeccable restraint and sensitivity.
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.
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.
British trio Crystal Fighters are back in town, this time at Poble Espanyol, to play tracks off ‘Hypnotic Sun’, their latest EP. They’re currently working on their upcoming LP, so maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll give us a preview of what they’re up to. Belako get things going as the opening act.