Category Archives: Music by Xavier Bergman

The muses of La Musa: Alex Lahey

From uploading her music onto social media and playing gigs around Melbourne to opening up for Jimmy Eat World at a sold-out show at the Brooklyn Steel, Australian musician Alex Lahey has had an insane year of nonstop touring. On stage, she’s an explosive, kind of kooky but endearing rush of energy. Offstage, she’s genuine, down-to-earth, and has a calming and comfortable presence.

With a catchy, energetic sound and intimate lyrics, Lahey’s music has resonated and spread on a global scale, garnering attention from music media.  Alex Lahey has shared the second single from her forthcoming album, The Best of Luck Club. Humble nods to cheap hotel rooms and the nomadic nature of touring (draped sardonically across Lahey’s signature upbeat pop-punk melodies) make “Am I Doing It Right?” an instantly identifiable concession for anyone pursuing music.

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Music by Bergman: Honne

The east London duo combines the best sounds from the past with state-of-the-art, sophisticated pop. Critically-acclaimed electro-soul duo, HONNE (pronounced “HAHN”), have made their highly-anticipated return with two brand new tracks, “Day 1 ?/Sometimes ?” Both songs will be featured on the duo’s forthcoming sophomore album due later this year.

Music by Bergman: Mount Kimbie

In just five years, the British post-dubstep duo Mount Kimbie has earned the utmost respect from the press and the great electronic parish thanks to their acclaimed debut, ‘Crooks & Lovers’ (2010). Now, after becoming one of the most respected bands even beyond dubstep, and sponsored by cult label Warp, and after a second album ‘Cold Spring Fault Less Youth’ (2013) they’re back this year with ‘Love What survives”their third album, where the duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos venture a bit into the land of pop.  Tonight they will pay at Razzmatazz.

 

Music by Bergman: Gengahr

When Gengahr’s comeback single ‘Carrion’ rolls into life, the most noticeable change from their brilliant debut ‘A Dream Outside’ is the vocals of Felix Bushe. His floaty falsetto has become a snarling, swaggering voice, recalling Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox in its new-found twang. It provides a base on which the band take their sound to darker, heavier places.

Gengahr have announced plans for new album ‘Where Wildness Grows’ which will be set on March 9th, Tonight they play with Jungle at Razzmatazz.

 

Music by Bergman: Vessels

Leeds-based five-piece Vessels have shared the first cut to be taken from their new album, which is set to be released later this year.

Muscular, vibrant and euphoric, ‘Radiart’ is a hearty cut of dystopian techno that’s been cross pollinated with band’s penchant for playing live — and there’s no doubt in our mind ‘Radiart’ is going to be the centrepiece of the band’s forthcoming live shows when their as-yet unnamed new album drops later this year. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: Boniface

Boniface is a new band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Boniface released their first single “I Will Not Return as a Tourist” just last week and has already signed a deal with Transgressive Records who is home to artists like Alvvays, Flume, Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and more.  The track is overwhelmingly dream-like with its lo-fi production and airy synths. Most importantly, the track’s complexity is what makes it so intriguing; it’s difficult to define the genre it falls under. Some may call it indie while others could suggest it’s experimental.