Elle and Shealeen Puckett, sisters born and raised in the American Southwest, comprise the band Poema. The female duo has been playing music ever since they can remember. At ten and twelve, the equal and opposites would walk to the local gas station to play Elvis covers for anyone filling up that day until they made enough money to buy candy.
The sisters have history. They’ve survived a house burning to the ground, countless tours spent sleeping on floors and in parking lots, every manner of car trouble possible and even a record deal coming to an end. After years performing in their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the sisters decided to migrate to a more musical terrain. In 2013, they moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
With a new city comes a fresh sound. “Nashville is a place that sharpens your artistic senses. More than anywhere else, it makes you aware of the flaws in yourself and the areas that need improvement,” says Elle, “For this last collection of songs we gave ourselves complete freedom. No boundaries, no time limits, and nothing to distract ourselves from pulling out the best material we could.” And that’s exactly what they did. On their new five song EP, Poema has ebbed back to their pop roots, slowing it all down with lax guitars and swirly keys to invoke images of swaying palm trees and languid waves. It’s soulful. It’s groovy.
“The last two years in Nashville have had their highs and lows. Days of discouragement, inspiration, excitement and frustration. These songs feel like a culmination of all those days,” says Shealeen. The new songs are mature shift, a changing of the guard, it’s a new horizon. It’s the new Poema. Remembering You is their debut album.
La Musa presents the muses of this week; Reykjavíkurdætur.The daughters of Reykjavík are an all female rap group from Iceland. They have raised a lot of attention in the world for their inspiring texts about body shaming and feminism. They are now releasing an album with all their biggest hits including new unheard songs. Join the revolution!
La Musa ha triat a Suzanne Vega com la musa d’aquesta setmana. La cantant i compositora de folk-pop nord-americana passa aquesta nit pel Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat acompanyada del guitarrista irlandès Gerry Leonard, col·laborador i director musical de David Bowie en diferents àlbums i gires, per fer un repàs de la seva trajectòria, on no faltaran clàssics com ‘Luka’ o ‘Tom’s diner’.
Part of a new and very exciting breed of r&b singers (Abra, Alexandria, Dawn Richard, etc.) Kelela is noted for her versatility and ability to adapt to contemporary mainstream electronica. In 2013 her debut “Cut 4 Me” took the world by storm and was featured on numerous best of year lists. Her latest EP “Hallucinogen” (released on Warp) demonstrates her unique talent as an ever-evolving artist on the rise. Everything about her is special: her name (last name Mizanekristos) of Ethiopian origin; her stunning beauty; her incredibly versatile voice; her eye-catching videos and the unparalleled magnetism of her stage presence. Even more special are the six songs on “Hallucinogen”, lyrically stark and sincere with futuristic and captivating production techniques, featuring participation from Ark, Daniel Pineda, Kingdom and Nguzunguzu among others.
Kelela was born in Washington DC and began her musical career as part of the house duo Teengirl Fantasy. However her big break came thanks to the Fade To Mind family, sister label of the British Night Slugs imprint. A number of artists from the two highly regarded labels (Bok Bok, Nguzunguzu, Girl Unit, Kingdom and Jam City, among others) collaborated on her debut release, “Cut 4 Me”, providing killer beats and futuristic bass lines, perfect for showcasing her considerable vocal skills. The album received plaudits from none other than Björk, and also received rave reviews across America and Europe. Following the album came collaborations with Kindness, Obey City and Future Brown; her signing to Warp; and the release of the extraordinary “Hallucinogen”. Kelela moves with considerable ease between mutant soul, cutting edge beats and contemporary r&b, and has already established herself as one of the most important singers of her generation. Justifiably.
La Musa spent last week a great time at Primavera Sound and met Savages. If “Silence Yourself”, their 2013 debut was a crushing demonstration of power and a stampede of uncut postpunk, Savages have outdone themselves with “Adore Life”, a confrontational, edgy steamroller with which the London quartet has taken their violent and harsh revision of the fiercest punk to the limit. After only four years, the band formed by Ayse Hassan, Fay Milton, Gemma Thompson and Jenny Beth has already reached a degree of intensity that few bands can emulate of which their live performances, like the one in February 2014 in the Apolo in Barcelona, are the living proof- something that you can out at their concert during the festival.