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Divus Julius presents…Teleman

Teleman have always stood apart because of their constant desire to have fun. Signed to Moshi Moshi in 2012, the four-piece return with a third album that continues this fine tradition.

While they’ve always dabbled, ‘Family of Aliens’ is the band’s first out-and-out dance record. ‘Cactus’ recalls Hot Chip at their pomp, its driving bass line underlying the track – while there are some exquisite psychedelic touches that feel like they’re straight out of a sci-fi disco. ‘Submarine Life’, meanwhile, reveals them at their weird and wonderful best, and could reasonably pass as a track left off ‘Random Access Memories’. Tonight in concert at Razzmatazz.

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Music by Bergman: Carpenter Brut

It is like being in a Carpenter (the other one) soundtrack, like sensing the uprising of an army of zombie synthesisers in the woods – the soundtrack for the Rise Of The Synths documentary is his… as well as the one for the announcement of our line up this year–. It is like invoking the undead from the 80s with three words. Carpenter Brut’s litany doesn’t chant “klaatu, barada, nikto” but rather “terror, action and science fiction”, concepts crucial to the new sacred Trilogy of French electronic music. We do not see Franck Hueso’s face but his intention is clear: to take the burden of intimacy to communion, to twist the sound of horror till it becomes a collective celebration. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

Music by Bergman: Spiritualized

In Spiritualized’s music three states of matter exist in harmony: the foundations of his songs are as hard as silex and his arrangements pour out, flow and fill spaces like a liquid. The fact that from this combination comes a music that rises gas-like to the skies is a mystery that only Jason Pierce himself holds the key to. With both Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Jason has been the guardian of an alchemical secret that transforms noise into gospel, traditional blues into futuristic avant-garde music and psychedelic garage into chamber music.

Now after the stellar show with an orchestra and choir in the Auditori del Fòrum at the recent edition of Primavera Sound, Spiritualized are coming back to perform live in Barcelona, this time with a classical formation to present the songs from their recently announced eighth album, And Nothing Hurt, after 6 years of studio silence. An album composed and recorded solo by Jason Pierce, on which bedroom folk sounds like a sonic Big Bang Theory. With them, neither the number of musicians on stage nor how the tracks were originally recorded count: what is important is the matter (and its three states) which constitute their songs. Tonight at Razzmatazz.

The muses of La Musa: Cat Power

Cat Power has paved her way to become one of the most respected voices on the folk and soul stage, and she’s working on a new album that invites us on an emotional journey through her own life story.

The album Wanderer is scheduled for release in October. Throughout, the singer-songwriter sheds light on the path she’s taken to arrive to where she is today: a path that sees her drifting along with her guitar, following in the footsteps of classic folk singers. She’s adding her name to the list of the greats, because she is already a part of folk history.

Now,Cruïlla Festival are able to see her live in Barcelona today at Sala Razzmatazz.

Divus Julius presents…Here Lies Man

For nearly a dozen years, Here Lies Man existed only as a concept. In the mid-’00s, Marcos Garcia (aka Chico Mann) had been playing guitar with Brooklyn-based Afrobeat collective Antibalas, a group that rose to prominence by updating the rhythmic, political funk of Nigerian legend Fela Kuti. Yet between takes in a lengthy studio recording session, Garcia was struck by the idea of translating Afrobeat sounds into more of a heavy rock ‘n’ roll context.

However, the demands of his full-time gig kept him from doing anything about it for more than a decade. It wasn’t until 2016 when Garcia moved to Los Angeles that he got the opportunity to transform Here Lies Man into a fully-fledged band, and released their self-titled debut album in 2017. Here Lies Man have released their second album:  ‘You Will Know Nothing’ Today in concert at Razzmatazz.

Favourite Gig: Iceage

If revenge is a dish best served cold, Iceage have waited for it to be frozen before serving it up. They don’t really have any scores to settle, as the first three records by this post punk quartet from Copenhagen (Denmark) were unanimously acclaimed by audiences and the musical press. But Elias Bender Rønnenfelt, Dan Kjær Nielsen, Johan Suurballe Wieth and Jakob Tvilling Pless have waited patiently for four years to give shape to their fourth album, the first that was recorded all-analog: it will be called Beyondless, and will be released on May 4th on Matador.

If the two tasters that they have already released are anything to go by, there is no doubt that the fourth album will not be a disappointment: the first Catch It, is an amazing apocalyptic post punk anthem; whilst Pain Killer, with the collaboration of the damned diva Sky Ferreira, is an ode to love with trumpet, saxophone and trombone. In this new incarnation, Iceage are deeper, more incisive, and more powerful. Beyondless sounds like the culmination of an unapologetic career, which started with the dark debut New Brigade in 2011 and from then on each album has brought glimmers of light into the cavern. Iceage will display all these credentials at their visit todayat La (2) de Apolo.

 

Favourite Gig: Satellite Stories

Having been highly praised as one of Finland’s biggest indie acts ever, and extensively touring Europe and the US the last years, the band now say goodbye with  their fifth and final album Cut Out The LightsSatellite Stories, which were compared to Two Door Cinema Club, are now heading out on a farewell tour, visiting a number of venues all over Europe. Tonight they will play in Barcelona at Razzmatazz.