At long last Sónar is back, this time celebrating its 25th year, with more than 140 performances scheduled. And as has become tradition, it kicks off the first day with Sónar by Day at the Fira de Montjuïc with a line-up that includes the return of one of the most-anticipated acts in the history of the festival, which has left audiences wanting more every year since it started up in 2014. It’s DESPACIO, the club experience from James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and brothers David and Stephen Dewaele (2manydjs) at the decks. Along with a spectacular sound system, they’ll play only vinyls in three six-hour DJ sets, one on each day of Sónar by Day. The first day of the festival, highlights also include the session ‘Laurent plays Garnier’, where renowned French DJ Laurent Garnier closes out the day with a session that sees him reviewing his whole career behind the turntables; Francisco Contreras (Niño de Elche) and flamenco dancer Israel Galván, with a show they’ve created for the first time together and which makes its debut at Sónar; Norwegian artist Jenny Hval and her extravagant, provocative and avant-garde spirit; the precise melodies of British artist George FitzGerald, who presents his second album, ‘All That Must Be’ (2018); Little Simz, a project from young vocalist, actress and rapper Simbiatu Ajikawo from London by way of Nigerian parents; emerging Korean DJ, singer and producer Yaeji; Kode9 presents a show inspired by video games, with visuals by legendary anime artist Koji Morimoto; composers Yuzo Koshiro & Motohiro Kawashima put on a show inspired by classic games such as Streets of Rage; iconic DJ and leader of the New Jersey garage sound Tony Humphrieshas a set house lined up that’s inspired by the golden age of radio in New York; urban beats from Valencia’s Mueveloreina; and Putochinomaricón, an electro pop project from Chenta Tsai, who’s from Madrid with Chinese roots.
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. Convertida ara en un dels noms essencials de l’avantguarda artística i després d’una extensa gira arreu del món i d’actuar de telonera al tour de The XX, el seu art-pop original i provocador arriba al DNIT per presentar per primera vegada a Barcelona el seu sisè disc, ‘Blood Bitch’ (2016). Aquesta nit al CaixaForum dins del cicle DNIT.
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.
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.