The Asturian singer and songwriter Lorena Álvarez manages to go beyond the usual limits of traditional music and place it in a new context in which contemporaneity and tradition can go hand in hand without complexes.
The versatile artist who has collaborated with artists such as Josephine Foster, Soleá Morente or Alonso Carmona, returns with her second album under her arm ‘Collection of simple songs’, her most intimate project to date. Tomorrow in concert at La2 d’Apolo.
Between the hazy pictures, low key early gigs and the intangible music, the mystery surrounding The Japanese House, aka 23-year-old Amber Bain, could seem contrived. It is however, borne of a shyness that speaks to her gossamer pop sound.
Earlier this year Bain dropped her debut album Good At Falling, went on tour, and shared live EP The LA Sessions. That would be plenty for any artist, but she isn’t just any artist. Bain is back again with the announcement of another new EP, Something Has To Change, and dropped the project’s title track. The track is The Japanese House being introspective, which means it’s as great as we’ve come to expect.
Alabama Shakes vocalist Brittany Howard has just released a few months ago her debut solo effort. Jamie, a personal album drawing on the life experiences she shared with her sister, who died of cancer when she was an adolescent. She’s one of the most remarkable soul figures of the moment.
The music of the South African rapper and MC Yugen Blakrok, firmly rooted in the 90s, arises like a profound lyrical and auditory odyssey toward the world which surrounds us. His sound is a mix of science fiction soundscapes, hard drums and meditative melodies which finds middle ground among the musical, political and spiritual influence of hip-hop. After his acclaimed debut record, Yugen will present Anima Mysterium, his new album released last February.
The American singer Courtney Marie Andrews is currently one of the most recognized names in country-folk and country-gospel. Half way between Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and Joni Mitchell – with whom she has been compared on several occasions – Andrews has been unanimously acclaimed by the most demanding critics. With the launch of her sixth album in 2018, May Your Kindness Remain, and already having won the prestigious Artist of the Year in the UK Americana Awards, this young standard-bearer of groove gospel has demonstrated her boundless talent, perseverance and conviction. Tonight in concert at BAM Festival.
The smooth, hypnotic voice of the Syrian singer and composer Bedouine, whose real name is Azniv Korkejian, could be compared with that of Karen Dalton, Minnie Riperton or Laura Marling. The leisurely echoes of Bohemian folk from the 60s, served up as if they were infusions of bossa nova, are capable of fully attracting the listener. Her debut album, which bears her name, was produced by Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys). In Barcelona she will present her second album, Bird Songs of a Killjoy on Saturday 21st of September at 9PM at Pça Joan Coromines.
After visiting Barcelona for the first time last March, when she had only an EP and a few singles to her name, American artist Billie Eilish, who at just 17 years old is an authentic world pop phenomenon, returns to town with her debut LP, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ (2019), which has already become one of the best-selling albums of the year. She goes from the smaller Sant Jordi Club, where she played just six months earlier, to the Palau Sant Jordi to fill the stadium tonight with her secret formula of magnetic pop that has attracted comparisons to Lorde, James Blake, and Lana Del Rey.