Anna Of The North is Anna Lotterud, an electro-pop artist whose work inhabits a warm, hazy atmosphere. A native of Gjøvik, Norway, the musician met New Zealand producer Brady Daniell-Smith at one of his shows while studying in Melbourne, Australia. They hit it off and recorded her debut single, “Sway,” over Skype, and released it in 2014.
An obsession with money, an unfaithful lover, a friend’s accidental pregnancy, misogyny, loneliness, death… This is just some of the lighthearted subject matter that make up LONER––the darkly comedic second album from songwriter/producer Caroline Rose. Armed with an arsenal of new instruments and equipment, an ever-growing sense of “ahhh fuck it,” two years of exploration, and a wicked sense of humor, Rose delivers a set of serious songs wrapped in a sprightly, angsty pop burrito. Because, as Rose puts it, “Sometimes sad songs just need a cocktail”.
“I call it Schizodrift,” she says sipping on a martini with her pinky out. “I want to make music that sounds as manic as I feel.” Filled with catchy synth hooks, Ray Manzarek-esque Farfisa, surf guitar, depth of thought and a punk attitude, LONER captures the energy of bands like Le Tigre and The Cramps, and nods to the styles of Blondie and DEVO, the pop hooks of icons like Justin Timberlake, all the while being inspired by the artistry of Kate Bush.
Anna Calvi’s passionate and brooding goth pop/rock imbibed with strokes of flamenco and smoke-filled blues has filled the warm summer night at FIB with cinematic desire.
Hailed as the “best thing since Patti Smith” by Brian Eno, Anna’s also drawn comparisons with the likes of PJ Harvey and Nick Cave as well as garnering rave reviews and awards nominations for her albums “One Breath” and her eponymous debut.
Jenny and Rosa have always been like that, that’s how they grew up. They have been writing songs since they were 13; I, Gemini is already two years old, so it wasn’t just a craze. You shouldn’t have bought one keyboard, as you knew you would have to buy two; you heard them talking about graffiti in Norwich and how they wanted to write a song about it. Yes, they are really young to go on a tour of the United States. Well I think they already have one lined up for Canada too. Yes, it seemed like it was something small but apparently they have connected, honey. That ethereal synth pop is in now and they know how to do it. I know you didn’t expect it. But now you can’t clip their wings, when they have already taken off! Yes, they have eaten grandma and they will eat us next and everything that comes within their reach; aren’t you proud, dear? Watch them, watch them fly. Listen to them fly. The world is all ears.
Her tender and wistful singing will create an incomparable atmosphere on the 13th July. At the age of only eight years old, the artist moved to Northern Ireland, and a few years later settled in London where she was discovered by Mike Batt, the producer and composer known for creatingThe Wombles, who introduced her to the British music scene. This singer from Georgia rediscovered her traditional, sensitive and delicately passionate style; elegant pop with hints of jazz and blues which will leave no one unmoved. Tonight at Festival Jardins de Pedralbes.
Hana Vu’s new EP is called How Many Times Have You Driven By? It’s a collection of ten moody, groovy pop songs that alternate between introspection and self-expression. The record also moves between sounds – from restrained, minimal synth-goth, to motorik-driven indie rock. With each track, the changes in tone feel like a shift in mood or a progression of the narrative, a reflection of real life and its ever-changing emotions and complex storylines.
Annie Clark, known for her artistic name of St. Vincent, has turned into one of the most interesting artists of the current international scene. And there are plenty of reasons. With the release of her last album Masseduction (Loma Vista, 2017), the american singer-songwriter has laid card on the table with her most personal, emotional and critical album. An album that has hits like the first single and one of the ballades of the year, “New York”, as well as the vibrant and surprising “Los Ageless”.