Hydrogen Sea carry songs back from forgotten dreams. The intimate creative chemistry of lovers.
Birsen Ucar whispers cryptic poetry softly into the ear, carried on a translucent ray of electronica invoked by PJ Seaux. Faint echoes and ripples of Massive Attack, Beach House and Little Dragon in the distance. This, though, is Hydrogen Sea. Automata is their last album.
Making themselves known for their participation in the last edition of Bala Perduda, Honolulu are Lea and Quentin Mevel, two French brothers settled in Barcelona who make a subtle and elegant dream pop very close to the sound of Beach House. A similarity that we could see in their first single “Sparrows”, the first advance of is first album.
In the style of Bon Jovi, the New York band Barrie are an outfit named after their lead singer Barrie, but who also include Noah, Sabine, Dom and someone called Spurge.
In short-hand, Barrie make ambient dream pop. Their debut song Canyons encapsulates their style of drawing on retro synths sounds, modern pop production and melodic sweetness. Fans of Beach House may find Tal Uno right up their street while Michigan comes across like a poppier take on the slow disco atmosphere of the Chromatics.
They’ve just release ‘Saturated’ which is featured on the group’s forthcoming debut ‘Happy To Be Here’, set for release on 3rd May.
Beach House are back in town present their latest effort, ‘7’ (2018). The Baltimore duo of singer Victoria Legrand and guitarist Alex Scally keep the bar high with their latest work, a return of their trademark meloncholic sound that seems to pull from both the sunshine-pop ’60s and the synth-driven ’80s. With ‘7’, the band continues to grow, adding still more layers of complexity to their already sophisticated and rewarding synth-pop sound. In concert tonight at Razzmatazz.
Liverpool is producing some of the most exciting new musical artists in the UK right now, with Her’s and Pizzagirl amongst others putting the indie spotlight on the city. Alex Stephens aka Strawberry Guy dropped his excellent woozy debut dream pop single ‘Without You’. Since then the track has gone on to have nearly 700,000 plays on YouTube which is amazingly impressive for a self-release, without the PR and label machine behind it.
Moonlighting as a live keyboard player for The Orielles, Stephens has been getting a taste for tour-life and is gearing up to take Strawberry Guy live – watch this space! With many more unreleased tracks and a forthcoming EP release on the horizon, we’re really excited to hear more music and watch Strawberry Guy bloom. Strawberry Guy is for fans of Beach House, Tame Impala and Yellow Days. Read our chat below.
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.