One of the most promising bands in Denmark these days, Magnolia Shoals, released their debut album, “Tenants”. The compositions are balanced – the sad, melancholic vocals give them depth. Many Danish bands are masters at ‘melancholy’, but Magnolia Shoals manages to take it to a higher level by incorporating classical instruments like violin, cello and trumpet, mix it with lyrics filled with symbolism and trump it with baritone-voice, which is not really so many out there. Each song has so many layers created by classical instruments, as well as the highly delicate use of electronic tools, almost barely heard, yet present. The perfection of the whole is fulfilled by the lyrics.
The four Danes: Nicolai Noa (vocal), Thomas Halkier (bass), Kristian Lorenzen (drums) og Samuel Medina (guitar), have always tried to do things their way and with a pace that suits them and not surrender to hype and dive into the first offer served. If you’re a fan of The National, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, Sigur Ros and Tindersticks – then you’re already a fan of Magnolia Shoals!Tonight in concert at Antiga Fàbrica Damm of Barcelona
The fertile and prolific alliance between soul and electronic music has found in SG Lewis one of its most recent and outstanding disciples. At the young age of twenty, this Liverpool producer has uncovered a path which travels from James Blake to Disclosure and gives a digital gloss to smooth and velvety R&B. After remixing “You & I (Forever)”, by Jessie Ware, the British artist debuted on PMR Beat Club with “Warm”, his first single was streamed over half a million times in just a few months. At the end of last summer, Lewis followed it up with “Shivers”, an EP on which the warmth of R&B takes on a more avant-garde facet. With growing popularity, at the same time, as a DJ, the British artist has released a second EP .
He moves like his compatriot Nick Cave and the press have called him a cross between Alan Vega and Ariel Pink, but the Australian Alex Cameron dodges all comparisons in order to create a strange and fascinating soundscape that takes a little from each of atmospheric electronic music, dark pop of the eighties and the least conventional crooners. The Sydney artist, accompanied by the saxophonist Roy Molloy, has just release Jumping The Shark on Secretly Canadian, a record with out-of-this-world arrangements with which Cameron at times evokes Suicide, Bruce Springsteen and at others Arcade Fire. This next Saturday at Primavera Club.
Mordant lyrics, indie-pop effervescence and shades of Blondie meets Best Coast characterise London up-and-comers Anteros. Originated by Laura Hayden and Joshua Rumble, Anteros’ sparkling sound developed when the pair were joined by drummer Harry Balazs and Charles Monneraud on guitar. They’re about to release their debut album.
After the break up of Smith Westerns, Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek have changed direction to launch Whitney, a new project in which rock and psychedelia give way to a sound that is closer to the Americana orbit associated with The Band, dynamic pop with the drive of soul. Their first record, “Light Upon The Lake”, has received unanimous applause from the critics and has led the Chicago band to be compared to the exuberant sound of Girls. They will be at Primavera Club.
The Pictish Trail aka Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch’s eloquent songs are as wildly varied as his selection of brightly coloured bobble hats and have seen him get mentioned in the same breath as his heroes Beck, The Beta Band and Hot Chip. His extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths and have been accompanied by everything from acoustic guitar to a full-on four piece metal band to throbbing dance beats and samples, and often during the course of the same gig. Future Echoes, the third album proper from the artist known to his Mum as Johnny Lynch, is undoubtedly his best yet.
This indie dance duo is a big deal in its home country. They were nominated by ruling youth radio station Triple J for an “Unearthed” award when the band made its break in 2010. They opened for Australian dance pop queen Kylie Minogue, which is like opening for Madonna basically. They’ve got a glorious handle on lush composition and feel-good summer waves on a level that is completely lovable, and the duo’s third album Virtual Islands is a delicious gift.