Tag Archives: Primavera Sound

Divus Julius presents…Cuco

Admirers of Mac DeMarco’s rowdy pop, followers of Ariel Pink’s heterodoxy, fan clubs of Ezra Furham’s smile, all those who miss the word “nerd” (and maybe even still use it), please go to the new meeting point: Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles.  Because this Californian enclave is now not only the town of the Beach Boys, but also the place in the world where Cuco’s little heart beats. Thanks to one self-released EP per year since 2016, Omar Banos has, from his bedroom, connected with the wakefulness of post-millennials worldwide. And although he applies the lo-fi mise en place to whatever genre he is cooking up (sunny-side-up, hip-hop, psychedelic soup, a mariachi picadillo in honour of his Mexican roots…), when going live, he brings out the Sunday crockery: up to nine indie big band musicians amplify the great Cuco’s small songbook.

Introducing…The Beths

Eat more fruit. Answer that message from the boy from the other night; honestly it might be worth it. Call your mum more often. And listen to The Beths. This is what the future “you” would say to today’s “you”, or at least to the next May’s “you” when you get to the Parc del Fòrum. The Beths are a band with a jazz formation who don’t mind getting dirty to make pop-punk with glow-worms. Because they are from New Zealand and although that seems far from everywhere, you will see how close it feels. And because that day in the future will come, when you realise that you wasted too much time not being happy because you didn’t listen to the right music. Believe us, you will thank yourself for having let the contagious light and vibe of The Beths into your life… and call your mum, for god’s sake.

The muses of La Musa: Aïsha Devi

Where am I? What is this? The future, the good life or Plato’s cave? No! It’s Aïsha Devi’s galaxy. This  producer performs sets where music is not the (only) protagonist. They are a spectacle, an experience. A mixture of extra-terrestrial sounds and philosophical-tantric visuals. The Swiss artist will present her most powerful non identified flying album to date: DNA Feelings. A journey that will take us all on a spaceship to the Devi mystical universe. After this abduction, you will never be the same again. We promise. Today at Primavera Sound.

Divus Julius presents…Tame Impala

Tame Impala is Kevin Parker –  the almost legendary messianic figure and creative soul who has developed the particular sonic universe of psychedelic pop cultivated with guitar pedals, delays, reverbs and liquid explosions of color. There’s no one like him in the current music scene. We were left in 2015 with Currents, Tame Impala’s third album which ventured further into the pop genre, and added dance beats and R&B that only served to underpin the enthronement of the Australian.

For his fourth album, Tame Impala remained true to his usual impenetrability and stands silent, but we have seen him parade through a number of collaborations: he has shared the studio with Mark Ronson and SZA, he has produced Lady Gaga and Travis Scott, Rihanna covered him on her latest album, he has remixed Mick Jagger and Miguel and has released songs with A$AP, Rocky, Theophilus London and ZHU. So what does all this mean? Well, we know what Tame Impala has been until now, but we haven’t a clue what will happen when he visits the festival again. And that can only be a good thing. Tonight at Primavera Sound.

Music by Bergman: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

We apologise if we scared the hell out of some of you with that baseball cap in our Primavera Pack, the one that said ““Ex-indie”, before releasing the line up so that you could delight in all the names … and relax. Did you think we had forgotten about you, you nineties lovers? Never, whilst Stephen Malkmus has a guitar and still feels like playing it: and it is patently obvious on Sparkle Hard (2018), that the most famous fringes in Pavement have a long career ahead. With seven albums under his belt (one solo and the rest of them with The Jicks), the Portland artist leaves behind him spatio-temporal labels to bring together classical melodies and deafening contemporary lyrics (references to the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements included), without forgetting to deliver three or four tracks with his delightful morning sparkle trade mark, as reassuring as it is characteristic. And as he himself sings on Middle America“I will not disappear”. We have Malkmus, habemus indie, for some time to come. Tonight in concert.

Primavera Sound 2019

The wildly popular Primavera Sound festival has announced the artists who will take to the stages in its 2019 edition, which will be held at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona from Friday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1. This year, half of the artists on the line-up are women, bringing more equality and just as much brilliance to the festival.

Rosalía, Solange, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Robyn and Miley Cyrus are tops among the list of women performing that also includes highlights like FKA Twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen and Courtney Barnet, plus stellar male artists such as Tame Impala, J Balvin, Future, James Blake and Kurt Vile & The Violators.

Key players who hit it big in the ’90s feature as usual, including Jarvis Cocker, Suede, Stereolab, Nas, Neneh Cherry, Róisín Murphy, Primal Scream, Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Liz Phair, who also make room for new sensations of urban music and contemporary pop like Kate Tempest, Princess Nokia, Yung Beef, Empress Of, Charli XCX and Kali Uchis.

The eclectic line-up spans EBM from veterans Nitzer Ebb to alternative rock from Dirty Projectors, plus avant-garde pop from Julia Holter, club pop from Jungle, urban soul from Nathy Peluso, a load of reggaeton artists (Ivy Queen, DJ Playero, Japanese, Don Chezina, Hurricane G, Tony Touch) and much more.

As for electronic music, look out for Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Modeselektor, Helena Hauff, Objekt, Veronica Vasicka, Yves Tumor, Apparat, Suzanne Ciani, SOPHIE and Mykki Blanco, as well as artists in Primavera Bits, a festival within the festival on the other side of the Por Fòrum bridge.

The muses of La Musa: Hatchie

If indie rock, hip hop, jazz, punk, electronic music and the rest of contemporary music have already found their millennial renovators, how was the dream pop of the school of Beach House and Cocteau Twins not going to? The dreamy dreamt dream is called Hatchie, but is actually the result of many sleepless nights for Harriette Pilbeam, bass player and singer songwriter who, when she feels like it is sweeter that any other. Sweet things never made anybody bitter, and less so the ones that this Australian artist is bringing to us: a celestial breathless voice, caramelised melodic choruses, drowsy guitars and bass, beating drums, synths and huge lines that are so catchy they radiate glitter.