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Music by Bergman: Wild Palms

Southgate boys Lou Hill, Gareth Jones and James Parish grew up together and formed an early incarnation of the band, Lou then met Darrell Hawkins whilst studying at Brighton University and completed the line-up. Academic duties fulfilled they all moved back to north London en masse and set about recording their acclaimed, post-punk leaning debut Until Spring.

After its release the band experimented with additional members, contributors and different set ups. After spending a good year developing a sound in this manner, the songs and music that were produced over this period of time were deemed not up to scratch and scrapped. What they had created just wasn’t right. The four men decided that they would record the record themselves to have as little outside influence as possible in order to create as true a reflection of their ideas as possible. They locked themselves away again and fused inspiration from the psych sounds of Silver Apples, the industrial shimmer of Portishead, the leftfield soul-infused hip hop of Madlib and Doom’s Madvillain project, DJ Shadow.

Five years later, Wild Palms return with the first taste of what’s to come with two new singles – Temper Gold and Ennio – both produced by Liam Howe (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs). Temper Gold will be released through One Little Indian Records on March 4th 2016.

Wild Palms are: Lou Hill (vocals), Darrell Hawkins (guitar), Gareth Jones (bass) and James Parish (drums).


Les muses de La Musa: NAO

La Musa ens presenta avui a la veu del nou r&b. Amb tot just un parell de llançaments, la londinenca NAO ja s’ha convertit en una de les veus més fresques i prometedores del R&B contemporani i el pop negre. Comparada amb artistes de la talla de FKA Twigs i  però amb especial predilecció per les cadències funk i el soul amb vistes de futur, la de Hackney es va donar a conèixer el 2014 amb un primer EP, el vibrant i bromós “So Good”, al qual li han seguit “February 15” i el single “Bad Blood”. Una bafarada d’aire fresc per als sons urbans que, a més d’obrir una nova escletxa en els camins del pop contemporani, ha portat la britànica a colar-se com a veu convidada al “Caracal” de Disclosure. Està previst que el seu àlbum de debut vegi la llum aquest mateix any.

The muses of La Musa: Jenny Hval

Our muse of the week comes from the cold Norway and she’s gonna be today at Primavera Sound. There are few biographies that are as curious as that of the Norwegian singer songwriter Jenny Hval: she started in a gothic metal band, got into ethereal pop and experimentation under the moniker Rockettothesky and now under her own name she has established herself as one of the most original and committed voices in contemporary pop. On “Innocence Is Kinky”, her fourth album, she uses songs that oscillate between the vapours of Kate Bush and the abstraction of FKA Twigs to explore themes of gender and sexuality and to tackle political questions, but it is on “Apolcalypse, Girl” that she has taken her condition of performer, intellectual critique and creator of provocative pieces of distorted pop even further and her name is now a synonym for commitment and creative freedom.

Ville à Dômat: Capítol 130

La nova fàbrica de sons de Barcelona torna com cada dilluns a les 18.45h al 100.5FM. Divus Julius Bonasera entrevistarà el director del Minifestival de Música Independent Punxarem el més nou de The Coral, Marissa Nadler, Gold Panda, Richard Ashcroft, Damien Jurado, Parquet Courts,Woods i Eagulls entre d’altres. El mestre Bergman ens presentarà a les bandes Quilt i Mass Gothic. La Musa ens desvetllarà els guanyadors dels Oscar Awards .També us informarem de la nova edició de l’ Americana Film Fest ,del Mutek [ES] i del concert inaugural del Sónar Festival
Tot això i molt més a la fàbrica de sons indies de Barcelona; Vile à Dômat.

L’art-pop deconstruït de Jenny Hval

Encara que a finals dels 90, a punt d’entrar a la vintena, exercia de vocalista d’una banda de metal gòtic, de nom Shellyz Raven, la carrera musical d’aquesta noruega no va arrencar de manera oficial fins a 2006, any en què va publicar el seu primer EP i el seu LP de debut. En els seus successius discos el seu so ha evolucionat fins a arribar al seu cinquè disc, ‘Apocalypse girl (2015), publicat a l’estiu i on el seu art-pop, original i provocador, més deconstruït que mai, fa emergir melodies des de la abstracció i l’acosta al carril que transiten Björk o FKA Twigs. Aquesta nit Jenny Hval serà a la sala Sidecar.

Sónar: FKA Twigs

Although her first two EPs showed great promise, nobody expected Britain’s FKA Twigs’s first album (simply entitled “LP1”) to reach the level of excellence it achieved, appearing in 9 out of 10 ‘best of 2014’ lists (in many of which she was number one). Her breakthrough is great news for the pop world, too often devoid of figures with her personality, versatility and talent and she will come to Sónar having transformed into a global star.

FKA Twigs -whose real name is Tahliah Barnett- is a complete artist. The daughter of a Jamaican jazz dancer, she dedicated herself to professional dancing as soon as she hit her teens, appearing in videos for Kylie Minogue and touring with Jessie J. She started to produce her own material at just 16 years old. Originally known as Twigs, FKA was added (short for “formerly known as”), as another singer already existed with the same name. She began to compose, create beats and sing, and her first release “EP1” was an exciting combination of dark electronica, pop and future r&b. It was released in December 2012, along with her first videos (one of which was directed by Jesse Kanda), helping to share her powerful image on the world stage. Her second EP was produced in tandem with Arca, arguably one of today’s most interesting young producers. It soon became abundantly clear that this was no ordinary artist with her unique ability as a singer, producer, instrumentalist, arranger and video producer (for herself and other artists). “LP1” counted on input from Sampha, Blood Orange, Paul Epworth, Clams Casino and Arca, but her powerful personality and voice prevails, and is the dominant force of her sound. At 22.45h at Sónarpub.