It’s here! Thursday is the first full day of Primavera Sound 2018, with a line-up that, as we’ve come to expect, is extensive and impressive, and starts off with a bang on this day that features headliners such as everyone’s favourite Islandic avant-garde artist, Björk, with her latest album, ‘Utopia’ (2017), on which she collaborated with Arca, who you’ll also be able to catch at the festival; and elegance as music with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, blasting out tracks from their emotional and a bit sad ‘Skeleton Tree’ (2016), which they’re performing for the first time in Barcelona. Also getting you moving between stages are Philadelphia band The War on Drugs, who, with ‘A Deeper Understanding’ (2017), have garnered as much praise as with their acclaimed previous album, ‘Lost in the Dream’ (2014), which had the international press kneeling at the feet of their classic rock; legendary band Sparks, that unclassifiable duo from Los Angeles made up of brothers Ron and Russel Mael, who present their 23rd album, ‘Hippopotamus’ (2017); the return of American hip hop artist Vince Staples; electronic and energetic pop from British trio Chvrches, with their much-anticipated new album, ‘Love Is Dead’ (2018); Fever Ray, a solo project for Swedish artist Karin Dreijer (The Knife), who’s also got a new album out, the contagious ‘Plunge’ (2017); electronica from Floating Points, also known as producer and doctor of neuroscience Sam Shepherd, performing live as well as a six-hour DJ set on Friday; Nils Frahm and his experimental electronica; the meloncholy of the all-women quartet Warpaint; iridescent psychedelic pop from New Zealanders Unknown Mortal Orchestra; and American artist Kelela, who impresses with her versatility and perfect adaptation to dominant trends in current electronica and pop.
Former Crystal Castles frontperson Alice Glass has released a new single and video. Titled “Without Love,” it’s the singer’s first foray since 2015’s “Stillbirth.” The video is her first as a solo artist. The clip was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who’s worked with Perfume Genius, Bjork, and Katy Perry.
The wonderful Nick Mulvey has announced his return today, with a stunning new track, video and a couple of UK tour dates
Unconditional is his first new music since 2015’s Mercury Prize-nominated debut album First Mind, and is an utterly spellbinding piece, accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Bjork collaborator Bastian Glaessner.
A French producer/singer who shares a record label with Bjork: s a r a s a r a is a coder who used to work for an apps company, so it’s no surprise to hear a robotic theme in her music. She sold her record collection so she could buy the right equipment to build her own style of experimental dance music, inspired by the likes of LFO, Nick Cave and Vanessa Paradis.
Today at 8pm, Björk will perform an exclusive 4-hour DJ Set for Sónar 2017’s Opening Night, on the Fira Montjuïc’s SonarHall stage (this performance requires a separate ticket from the SonarPass and Delegate Pass). This will be a rare opportunity to enjoy an intense and highly anticipated sonic adventure of disparate genres that have influenced her career, stretching from experimental electronica and modern grime, through to traditional music from around the world. The Icelandic artist typically shies away from orthodox dance floor trends, focusing more on an abstract and kaleidoscopic sound, incorporating inspirations from a wide range of sound sources and displaying innovative nuances to her continuously challenging and exuberant musical discourse.
“Björk Digital” will open on the same day, Wednesday 14th June, at Barcelona’s Contemporary Culture Centre (CCCB) and will run until September 24. Björk Digital has been conceived as an immersive exhibition using Virtual Reality to understand and experience first-hand the unique creative universe of Björk. The exhibition combines performance, cinema, installation, video and interaction and includes several audiovisual pieces produced with the latest technology in the field of Virtual Reality. It will showcase several pieces of her work made in collaboration with artists including Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, Alexander McQueen, Nick Knight, Stéphan Sednaoui; and recent collaborators Jesse Kanda, Andrew Thomas Huang, Warren du Prees and Nick Thornton Jones.
“Bjork Digital” is a co-production between the CCCB and Sold Out, in collaboration with Sónar. Furthermore, Björk will also give a talk at Sónar+D, the Digital Culture and Creative Technologies Congress, which this year focuses on the latest advances in Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality applied to the arts. Björk will speak about her close ties to the audio-visual world, a central theme of her exhibition, on Wednesday June 14, the day exclusively for Delegate Pass holders.
If somebody gets called the Björk from Getxo her music must have something unique and special,. And there is no doubt that everything that Isabel Fernández Reviriego touches becomes magic. So, after splitting with the marvellous power-pop band Charades, the Bilbao artist started a new adventure under the name of Aires, a project of luminous dreamy pop with which she reinterprets in electronic mode her passion for Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. Her third record, “Adieu or die” co-released by K Records and La Castanya, has confirmed that Isabel Fernández Reviriego is one of the great creators on the Spanish music scene.