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Music by Bergman: Far Caspian

Leeds quartet Far Caspian habitually move with style and panache while their latest effort “Blue” is no different. Oscillating between dream-pop and post-punk undertones, the group brings their infectious sonic resonance into a halcyon soundscape worth spending time in. Warm and soul-comforting, Far Caspian’s brand of dreamy rock is polyrhythmic, displaying the band’s sharpness and skills once again.

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Music by Bergman: Carpenter Brut

It is like being in a Carpenter (the other one) soundtrack, like sensing the uprising of an army of zombie synthesisers in the woods – the soundtrack for the Rise Of The Synths documentary is his… as well as the one for the announcement of our line up this year–. It is like invoking the undead from the 80s with three words. Carpenter Brut’s litany doesn’t chant “klaatu, barada, nikto” but rather “terror, action and science fiction”, concepts crucial to the new sacred Trilogy of French electronic music. We do not see Franck Hueso’s face but his intention is clear: to take the burden of intimacy to communion, to twist the sound of horror till it becomes a collective celebration. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: Spiritualized

In Spiritualized’s music three states of matter exist in harmony: the foundations of his songs are as hard as silex and his arrangements pour out, flow and fill spaces like a liquid. The fact that from this combination comes a music that rises gas-like to the skies is a mystery that only Jason Pierce himself holds the key to. With both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Jason has been the guardian of an alchemical secret that transforms noise into gospel, traditional blues into futuristic avant-garde music and psychedelic garage into chamber music.

Now after the stellar show with an orchestra and choir in the Auditori del Fòrum at the recent edition of Primavera Sound, Spiritualized are coming back to perform live in Barcelona, this time with a classical formation to present the songs from their recently announced eighth album, And Nothing Hurt, after 6 years of studio silence. An album composed and recorded solo by Jason Pierce, on which bedroom folk sounds like a sonic Big Bang Theory. With them, neither the number of musicians on stage nor how the tracks were originally recorded count: what is important is the matter (and its three states) which constitute their songs. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: Orquesta Akokán

The lost paradise of Latin music pre-bogaloo and pre-salsa is the dancehalls of Havana and New York in the 50s and 60s. Orquesta Akokán, twelve outstanding Cuban musicians of different generations led by the singer José “Pepito” Gómez, in their debut recover the styles that swept through those dance temples like a Caribbean hurricane: mambo, chachacha, Latin-jazz… Their desire to recover those sounds, as old as a well-matured rum, is an injection of traditionalism that is not so different from the impulse which drives the most traditional Americana artists. But reproducing the sound (long live variety!) of those Latin big bands is much more demanding: you have to have experience, to sing like a star, to have a special rapport, and basically you have to give it your everything. Well, Orquestra Akokán is the sort of band that puts its heart into every note it plays. Because in Yoruba that is what Akokán means: heart. This next friday in concert at Sala Apolo, Primavera Club.

Music by Bergman: Desire

Desire’s self-titled debut is a smouldering ache — saturnine synthesized pop about heartbreak & infinite longing, late nights by the telephone & break-up letters smeared by tears.

Johnny Jewel discovered singer Megan Louise performing at a club in Montreal. So transfixed was he by her voice that he elected to mirror his Portland Suite 304 studio and create a second recording room in Quebec. With the addition of Jewel’s longtime collaborator Nat Walker (Chromatics, Symmetry) on drums & synthesizer, the part-American, part-French Canadian band was born. 
Desire is melancholic pop grandeur — the soundtrack to new love that feels like the end of the world. Desire, just one of the many italo-leaning dream pop acts featured on Johnny Jewel’s Italians Do It Better label, have shared ‘Tears From Heaven’, their first new single in nine years.

Music by Bergman: Puma Blue

Puma Blue is Jacob Allen – a musician from South London who is busy taking classic sounds and moods and adding his unique vocal essence into the mix. Puma Blue the musician, the band, sounds wonderfully fragile on record and especially on stage. Think of Jeff Buckley baring his damaged soul while Chet Baker emotes smoky jazz vibes underneath.

Introducing…Kamaal Williams

If jazz is undergoing a sweet resurgence it is thanks to names like Kamaal Williams, the artistic name of Londoner Henry Wu. The keyboard player and producer has had a meteoric career in the last few years, a career that includes the album Black Focus in 2016 together with Yussef Dayes. 2018 sees the confirmation of his talent with the brilliant solo album The Return,an album of visionary jazz with snippets of urban London music, with the textures, sounds and the traffic signals of the busy streets of  of his hometown.

Critically acclaimed and praised for its combination of timeless R&B, cosmic soul and bubbly psychedelia, The Return is the soundtrack for a retro futuristic, foggy London where every corner hides a secret. Kamaal Williams will come to present this album to us on the stage of La [2] de Apolo de Barcelona on tonight.