There have always been two sides to Mike Rosenberg, aka Passenger: the epic, radio-friendly sound represented by his international number one single, Let Her Go, and his UK number one album, Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea (2016), and the more introverted, singer-songwriter side heard, for instance, on Whispers II(2015) and The Boy Who Cried Wolf (2017).
Runaway, the new album, finds Passenger embracing the epic once again: the melodies are unforgettable, the choruses colossal. Sonically, too, Runaway draws on Americana, for instance the early work of Ryan Adams. Passenger has come a long way since the release of his first album, Wicked Man’s Rest, back in 2007. The initial incarnation, in which Rosenberg was backed by a full band, was followed by his reinvention as a solo artist and a period of busking, largely in Australia and New Zealand. Suite Festival present him tonight in concert at Gran Teatre del Liceu.
They are not only a cool image, although you must see how scandalously magical their photos are. The temptation to get hooked on r.e.a.l just for their fashion design is overwhelming. The music by Isabel and Sara is above the rhetoric of fads and capital letters. The experimental electronic pop music, according to their own definition, of these two Madrid-based Galician artists draws you in because it appears before you soft and elegant and very refined. That is until you stretch out your hand and, ouch, it pricks. Like some of the names that they mention here and there in their interviews (Warpaint, King Krule, Jon Hopkins, Olafur Arnalds, Grimes…) their beauty is all the more beautiful because… it hurts.
Balthazar was one of the great discoveries of VIDA 2016. An elegant, warm and bright pop, signed by the tandem between Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Pérez, who captivated both the public and the specialized press. After four years of silence and enjoying at the last two editions of VIDA of their parallel projects -Warhaus and J. Bernardt-, Balthazar announces their long-awaited return with “Fever” (Play It Again Sam, 2019). A fourth studio album that will be released on January 25 and we can already enjoy the first single by the same name. Tonight at La 2 de sala Apolo.
HVOB (short for Her Voice Over Boys) was founded in 2012 and quickly developed into an internationally successful act. Initially only known to a small circle of music connoisseurs, HVOB’s music career soon took off with breathtaking speed. Anna Müller and Paul Wallner create songs that consist of rather restrained and minimalistic electronic tunes accompanied by gentle and alluring vocals. Stylistically they are settled somewhere between house, electronica and pop. The tracks are catchy, but the overall sound is surprisingly varied. The result unfolds into a pleasantly melancholic atmosphere with a timeless feel. The Austrian band have just released a new album called “Rocco.” Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz 2.
Blending disco, funk and soul with flowing pop melodies and hints of sugary Balearic music? Double tick. Doing this live in organic formation (with drums, guitars and keyboards) while totally focused on the dance floor? Two blue ticks.
The German artist Marius Lauber a.k.a. Roosevelt has spent his whole life collecting ticks at each step he takes. Before starting his own project he was already resident at the Kompakt Total Confusion night together with Superpitcher and Michael Mayer, but he soon discovered the glory of pop. With it he convinced the Greco-Roman label (co-founded by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip) to release that refreshing sip of iced tea, ie his debut EP, Elliot, in 2013. Three years later, now on City Slang, came his homonymous LP, that is from beginning to end like a delightful boat trip, underpinned by melodic nocturnal breezes, warm waves of synthesisers and rhythms that guarantee total stability.
With his second album, Young Romance, released last year, Roosevelt has reinforced his position in the first division of this genre that includes big names such as Hot Chip, Caribou and Metronomy. Marius Lauber’s band will give us the golden opportunity to get on board tonight at Razzmatazz 2,
Two Door Cinema Club have shared their scorching new single ‘Talk’ – tune in now. The band’s previous record ‘Gameshow’ landed in 2016, and was followed by an extensive international tour. Taking a step back, the Bangor three-piece began teasing their return earlier in the month, hosting a series of interactive billboards in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Sydney, New York City and Mexico City.
New single ‘Talk’ is online now, produced alongside close friend and previous collaborator Jacknife Lee during sessions in London. It’s a dynamic, hook-heavy return, packed with colour and an infectious chorus.
The American rapper Diego Leanos, also known as Lil Xan, is considered one of the pioneers of the “sad rap” style. Rising to fame with the video for his song Betrayed and having released only one album, Total Xanachi, he has worked with artists like Diplo and Swae Lae and has embarked on his first USA tour.
Born in Redland, California in 1996 of Mexican parents, Leanos began to gain recognition through platforms such as SoundCloud and YouTube. His music started off as typical trap and later shifted towards a murkier, dream-like sound.
His single Betrayed went platinum and it peaked at no. 64 on the Bilboboard Hot 100. In December 2017, Leanos announced his The Xanarchy Tour, which sold out in five hours according to Billboard, the tour that also brings him to Spain for the first time. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.