The final day of Primavera Sound 2018 at the Parc del Fòrum won’t disappoint, charged as it is with unmissable concerts like the much-anticipated return to the stages of the UK’s Arctic Monkeys, led by Alex Turner, who, after releasing a second album in 2016 with his other project The Last Shadow Puppets, seems to be ready to get back to his Monkeys, who haven’t released a new album since 2013’s hit ‘AM’; back in Barcelona after killing it in Sant Jordi Club when she made her concert debut in the city back in October, it’s New Zealand pop star Lorde, with her second LP, ‘Melodrama’, one of the best albums of 2017; charismatic hip hop star A$AP Rocky comes back to the festival with his latest album set for a 2018 release; another mystery of the moment is whether Swedish pop artist Lykke Li will present her new album at Primavera Sound, as she’s had us waiting quite a while since her ‘I Never Learn’ from 2014; Baltimore duo Beach House comes along with their charming pop and a new album; Jane Birkin performs the songs of Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a symphonic orchestra of 50 musicians; we won’t be missing one of the most interesting artists in recent years, Ariel Pink, and his fascinating style of pop; the hypnotic Grizzly Bear; and British shoegaze from Slowdive.
Pioners del shoegaze als anys 90, els britànics Slowdive van decidir tornar a agafar els instruments el 2014 per actuar a Primavera Sound i demostrar per què han acabat sent una de les bandes més influents del gènere. Aquest retorn els fa ara passar per Barcelona per presentar el seu quart disc, ‘Slowdive’ (2017), el primer que editen després de ‘Pygmalion’ (1995). Aquesta nit a la sala Apolo.
The reunited shoegaze outfit formally detailed the self-titled LP, which will hit shelves May 5th through Dead Oceans.
The long-awaited follow-up to 1995’s Pygmalion was recorded at the band’s “talismanic Oxfordshire haunt, The Courtyard,” and was mixed at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear). A press release describes this fourth full-length as the English shoegaze outfit’s “most direct material to date,” while also noting that it isn’t meant to be “a trip down memory lane.”
Principal songwriter Neil Halstead says that their 2014 reunion tour had an impact on the making of the new album. Along with the LP news, Slowdive have shared the music video for “Sugar for the Pill”
Cigarettes After Sex are an indie/slowcore band that originated from El Paso, Texas in 2008, though they got their proper start in 2012 when they relocated to Brooklyn, New York, which is where they are currently based out of. Their debut EP was released in 2012, and garnered quite a bit of attention over time, which is definitely deserved. For one, these four songs are practically flawless. Think of the atmosphere and gentle vocals of Slowdive mixed with the evil, dark twin version of a Pixies bass line. They can be slow and moody, but strangely optimistic, which works out to be the perfect dynamical paradox. I highly recommend their first EP, it’s a perfect example of how slowcore/shoegaze/whatever you want to call it can perfectly mesh atmospheric sounds with pop sensibilities.
After a few years and some major line-up shifts, their second EP (if it can be called that) was just released this month. It’s only one song, but it’s one damn good song. “Affection” picks up where they left off, but with a little higher production value, and a very prominent, swelling electric guitar to add some weight to the song.
Ringo Deathstarr són un trio texà de shoegaze nascut a Beaumont però aviat reubicat a la més musical localitat d’Austin. Amb cinc àlbums publicats, l’últim d’ells ‘Pure mood’ (2015), ens portaran la seva poderosa fúria guitarrera plena de caos i veus evocadores que s’endinsa en territoris que recorden a My Bloody Valentine o Slowdive. A més, Pacosan una de les propostes sense cap mena de dubte més rellevants de l’escena indie local amb un meravellós disc de debut “My High”. Avui a la sala Sidecar.