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The muses of La Musa: Hilary Woods

Nightfall. It doesn’t matter if you are in the darkness of your room, or in a clearing in the forest. It doesn’t matter because there is something in common between the intimacy of four walls in the quiet of the night and the tense calm of nature at peace. Hilary Woods’s first album is perfect for both moments. Colt softly asks to accompany you, be it in a walk in the dark or in the cosy atmosphere of an intimate room. You can sense that it is a record made in intimacy, darkness and delicacy (in fact, it was recorded in an abandoned flat). It sounds like Grouper combined with the atmosphere of Twin Peaks. Piano, synthesisers, field noises, celestial voices, a few harp and drone arrangements and frozen beats: immediately spellbound. Tonight at Sala Apolo.

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Music by Bergman: Orquesta Akokán

The lost paradise of Latin music pre-bogaloo and pre-salsa is the dancehalls of Havana and New York in the 50s and 60s. Orquesta Akokán, twelve outstanding Cuban musicians of different generations led by the singer José “Pepito” Gómez, in their debut recover the styles that swept through those dance temples like a Caribbean hurricane: mambo, chachacha, Latin-jazz… Their desire to recover those sounds, as old as a well-matured rum, is an injection of traditionalism that is not so different from the impulse which drives the most traditional Americana artists. But reproducing the sound (long live variety!) of those Latin big bands is much more demanding: you have to have experience, to sing like a star, to have a special rapport, and basically you have to give it your everything. Well, Orquestra Akokán is the sort of band that puts its heart into every note it plays. Because in Yoruba that is what Akokán means: heart. This next friday in concert at Sala Apolo, Primavera Club.

Divus Julius presents…Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Having been compared to The Jesus & Mary Chain, BRMC is one of the best alternative rock bands on the scene today. Their dirty and powerful sound, their dark folk and the intensity of their live concerts have made their shows one of the must-sees of July. Peter Hayes, Robert Been and Leah Shapiro come to Barcelona with their latest album, ‘Wrong Creatures’ Tonight at Apolo.

Favourite Gig: Animal Collective

La banda de pop experimental de Baltimore Animal Collective, un dels grups més influents de la dècada passada dins el panorama independent mundial recuperen per primer cop en directe el seu cinquè disc, ‘Sung tongs’ (2004), un dels millor valorats de la seva carrera per la seva barreja de pop acústic i experimental i que va canviar la seva carrera. El repassaran de principi a fi Avey Tare i Panda Bear (els únics autors de ‘Sung tongs’) a la Sala Apolo, on sonaran clàssics del grup com ‘Who could win a rabbit?’ o ‘Visiting friends’ per primera vegada en directe. Aquesta nit a la sala Apolo.

Favourite Gig: El Petit de Cal Eril

Una gran dosis de pop metafísic serà el que ens trobarem en aquesta gran trobada a l’Apolo amb dos dels millors discos en el que portem de 2018. D’una banda el ‘Blanc’ (2018) de Ferran Palau, tercer disc de la brillant carrera en solitari del component d’Anímic, que presentarà en directe amb Joan Pons (El Petit de Cal Eril), Dani Comas i Jordi Matas. De l’altra El Petit de Cal Eril, projecte liderat per Pons, que presenten en directe i compartint banda amb Palau també nou disc, el triangular ‘△’, produït, gravat i plantejat com una trilogia d’EPs, cadascun amb tres cançons inèdites i gravats en tres contextos molt diferents. Des d’una casa de palla a la Garrotxa fins a l’estudi Figure 8 de Nova York.

Les muses de La Musa: Christina Rosenvinge

La cantant i compositora madrilenya Christina Rosenvinge torna aquest 2018 amb ‘Un hombre rubio’ (2018), el seu desè disc, on a partir de la cançó ‘Romance de plata’, dedicada al seu pare, Rosenvinge es fica de cap en la fortalesa emocional dels homes amb un so clàssic i contundent que ha produït ella mateixa, gravat a Madrid per Dany Richter amb els músics que l’han acompanyada en directe l’última gira: Juan Diego Gosalvez, David Tuya Ginzo i Manuel Cabezali. Aquesta nit a la sala Apolo.