The final day of Primavera Sound 2018 at the Parc del Fòrum won’t disappoint, charged as it is with unmissable concerts like the much-anticipated return to the stages of the UK’s Arctic Monkeys, led by Alex Turner, who, after releasing a second album in 2016 with his other project The Last Shadow Puppets, seems to be ready to get back to his Monkeys, who haven’t released a new album since 2013’s hit ‘AM’; back in Barcelona after killing it in Sant Jordi Club when she made her concert debut in the city back in October, it’s New Zealand pop star Lorde, with her second LP, ‘Melodrama’, one of the best albums of 2017; charismatic hip hop star A$AP Rocky comes back to the festival with his latest album set for a 2018 release; another mystery of the moment is whether Swedish pop artist Lykke Li will present her new album at Primavera Sound, as she’s had us waiting quite a while since her ‘I Never Learn’ from 2014; Baltimore duo Beach House comes along with their charming pop and a new album; Jane Birkin performs the songs of Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a symphonic orchestra of 50 musicians; we won’t be missing one of the most interesting artists in recent years, Ariel Pink, and his fascinating style of pop; the hypnotic Grizzly Bear; and British shoegaze from Slowdive.
Last Friday, Arctic Monkeys released their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. The album has already proved divisive amongst fans, some of whom are praising it as their new Humbug, and others who dislike the slower, piano-driven approach the band have taken.
The first music video from this new era of Arctic Monkeys is for ‘Four Out Of Five’, and was directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown mainly at Castle Howard in Yorkshire. There’s lots of screens, a horse, and a dog. We’ll leave you to enjoy the first visual glimpse at Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
This week we are introducing…Bilk. Essex based working class Indie 3-piece Bilk released debut single ‘Give Up’ produced by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, The Coral) at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool a month ago.
Having all just turned 18 years of age Bilk write honest songs about the world they live in and the things they go through as teenagers living in modern suburban Britain. The band spent last year gigging extensively in Essex building a strong grassroots following, leading to their debut play on BBC Introducing at the end of 2017.
With influences ranging from The Jam, The Streets and Arctic Monkeys through to Eminem and Dizzee Rascal, Bilk are a young Indie band inspired by the authentic attitude and message in Hip Hop and Grime.
Dua Lipa has covered Arctic Monkeys‘ “Do I Wanna Know?” for BBC Radio 1’s ‘Live Lounge’ segment, she performed this alongside her well known track “New Rules”. Dua Lipa covered the quartet’s song ‘Do I Wanna Know?‘, taken from their last album ‘AM’ iand transformed it from a gritty, bluesy rock song into a sombre piano ballad.
A recent episode of the BBC drama Peaky Blinders saw the premiere of a rare new track by PJ Harvey — a somber cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Red Right Hand.” The alt-rock heroine’s moving cover was the latest addition to the program’s pretty impressive soundtrack, as songs by Arctic Monkeys, Johnny Cash, and even Cave himself have been featured on the historical drama since its premiere in 2012.
Alexandra Savior is a newly discovered gem. Even though Alexandra Savior‘s demo “Risk” appeared in series two of True Detective, and off the back of that she collaborated with Tame Impala’s Cam Avery on dusky torch tune “We’re Just Making it Worse,” the 21-year-old is still a secret. She’s your secret, but not for long. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, her slinky vocals and diaristic lyrics quickly caught the ear of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, who produced and co-wrote “Shades” along with James Ford (Florence, Haim). In fact, Turner’s so enamored he’s producing her whole debut album. The lush late-‘60s/early-’70s sound is the perfect backdrop for her upcoming debut album Strange Portrait,