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Best Covers: William Fitzsimmons “I Kissed a Girl”

American producer and singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons is known for quiet melodies, introspective lyrics and engrossing emotional narratives. He also dared to cover Kate Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl.”

Favourite Gig: Passenger

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.

The muses of La Musa: r.e.a.l.

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.

Favourite Gig: Balthazar

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.

Introducing…HVOB

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.