Category Archives: Music by Xavier Bergman

Music by Bergman: Milk Teeth

Tipped as one of Britain’s hottest rising rock bands Milk Teeth released the Smiling Politely and Sad Sack EPs before reaching a wider cult audience with their 2016 debut album Vile Child. Along the way, they’ve supported the likes of Refused, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and Against Me!,

 Milk Teeth have released their first new music of the year. The band signed with Music For Nations back in July, with a new album released this 2020. It’s new track ‘Given Up’

Music by Bergman: Baxter Dury

Baxter Dury was the five-year-old urchin standing alongside dad on the cover of Ian Dury’s groundbreaking 1977 debut album, New Boots and Panties!! He has forged an intriguing career in the slipstream of his father, who died in 2000, two years before Baxter’s own debut album.

.As with many musical offspring, similarities are superficially striking in both voice and style.  Baxter is no wannabe Blockhead, however, with 2017’s acclaimed Prince of Tears showcasing a mature artist less reliant on dazzling wordplay and more focused on mood and character. He continues the good work with sixth album The Night Chancers, a set of seductive, atmospheric late-night grooves on which Dury conjures sinister vignettes of insomniac dwellers of the wee small hours.

Music by Bergman: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

After 15 years of recording and performing, Thao Nguyen, of San Francisco-based band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, was exhausted. She had been touring the band’s 2016 album A Man Alive, a critically acclaimed, bone-shaking reckoning about her relationship with her absent father. She bought a house with her girlfriend; they’re married now.

Temple is the fifth full-length album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Kaleidoscopic and danceable, grounded by Thao’s singular voice, Temple feels boldly dissonant while still highly accessible. Golden, longing pop meets punk roots. Rock draws from hip-hop, funk, and folk rhythms for intricate, danceable beats. The poetic lyrics are expansive, yet shatteringly personal, inspired in part by the work of writers like James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, and Yiyun Li.. Rage, honesty, clear-eyed regret, and optimistic wisdom run parallel, finding a new way forward.

Music by Bergman: Disq

Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences. Collector ought to be taken literally—it is a place to explore and catalogue the Madison, Wisconsin band’s relationships to themselves, their pasts, and the world beyond the American Midwest as they careen from their teens into their 20s. This turbulence is backdropped by gnarled power pop, anxious post-punk, warm psych-folk, and hectic, formless, tongue-in-cheek indie rock.

Music by Bergman: Poliça

The synth pop band of Minneapolis Poliça, led by singer and songwriter Channy Leaneagh passes through Barcelona as part of the presentation tour of her fourth album, ‘When we stay alive’ (2020). The album, which arrives two years after Leaneagh has recovered from a sharp fall from a roof while taking ice and in which eleven vertebrae broke, is about the courage to rewrite your own story, heal, recover your identity and move on . Tonight in concert at La Nau.

Music by Bergman: Kiwi Jr.

Though all members hail from Charlottetown, PEI, and they’re signed to Vancouver’s Mint Records, Kiwi Jr. are very much a part of Toronto’s independent music scene. Full of 80s college rock and 90s indie rock feel-goodness, the band’s debut album Football Money will no doubt fool throwback slackers into adopting this band as their own.

Music by Bergman: Twen

The DIY-to-the-core duo Twen have debuted with an album. Awestruck is a time capsule two years in the making and recorded in different locations along the way. Though unabashedly indie rock, Twen’s songs genre-bend from shoe-gaze-sized walls of sound to Beatle-esque call-and-response harmonies, while frontperson Jane Fitzsimmons’ voice weaves through guitarist Ian Jones’ guitar lines with Cocteau Twin’s inspired flair, giving breath of ethereal mysticism across the album. Tonight in concert at Heliogàbal.