Music by Bergman: Chappaqua Wrestling

Brighton has produced a host of promising indie artists lately – several of which are bound for massive success. Although they’ve moved away now, Manchester certainly hasn’t taken the beach vibes out of Chappaqua Wrestling‘s Charlie Woods and Jake Mac.

The duo have caught the attention of many since their fairly recent formation, and there’s no mystery as to why. Pulling inspiration from artists like Steely Dan, Beach Boys and Teenage Fanclub, Chappaqua Wrestling are able to blend elements of indie rock and americana with atmospheric, electronic undertones in a way that feels familiar, but remains as unique as it sounds. Following their killer debut, “EP 1,” Charlie Woods and Jake Mac are back with their brand spankin’ new single ‘Plant Trees.’ Earth friendly and catchy as hell, the Manchester by way of Brighton boys have proven to be nothing short of talented.

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Introducing…Queen Zee

Queen Zee may have only just released their debut album but they’ve already garnered a cult-like fanbase through their influential activism and raucous live shows. Named “The Rocky Horror Picture Show on steroids” by BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, and “Strange, weird & crazy” by Iggy Pop, the five Liverpudlians combine pop melodies with a punk attitude that bring in an eclectic audience.

Queen Zee claim to be an alien concept. Not much is known about their origins other than Davine began as a solo artist but used the name “and the Sasstones” to give the impression it was a full band project and confuse listeners. Queen Zee pride themselves on their diversity of topics, touching on serious issues such as homophobia and transphobia. They released their debut self-titled album which has been praised.

Local Bands: Lildami 

Lildami is the pseudonym of Damià Rodríguez, a rap/trap singer in Catalan language who was a finalist in the 2017 edition of Sona 9 contest, and who stands out for his positive message, away from the stereotypes of drugs and violence.

In 2019 he will present a promising album and tour, with the collaboration of Mr. Chen. His intelligent, sharp and ironic lyrics will be heard at Parc del Fòrum in the city of Barcelona on July 4, 2019 at Cruïlla Fewstival.

Divus Julius presents…Hayden Thorpe

The spilt of Wild Beasts was a knock for fans. Held up as one of British indie’s most individualistic talents, the four boys from Kendal held a mystery that set them apart from the trilby and winkle-picker-wearing hordes of noughties indie boys. At the heart of their appeal was frontman Hayden Thorpe, a whisper-delicate vocalist whose lyrics targeted toxic masculinity and latent sexuality long before such things became regular headlines.

But last month, Thorpe returned from the dead. ‘Diviner’, his debut solo single, is an atmospheric cut of piano-led balladry, Hayden singing of the titular “diviner” like a man discovering a new spirituality. Now, Thorpe has announced a full-length release under that ethereal new guise, also titled ‘Diviner’. A record of “torch songs about intuition, belief and mysticism”, ‘Diviner’ is set for release on May 24 via Domino.

Hit of the week: FKA twigs “Cellophane”

FKA twigs has returned with her first new song in over three years, “Cellophane.” The song comes with a breathless, ethereal new video directed by frequent Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang.

“Cellophane” is one of FKA twigs’ most personal tracks to date, dealing with a period in her life when she felt she had to rebuild herself from scratch.

The stunning video accompanying the track finds twigs pole-dancing, falling through space and eventually being buried in pink mud. She trained for months in advance with pole choreographer Kelly Yvonne to learn the impressive acrobatics she performs in the video.

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