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Music by Bergman: Mini Mansions

Mini Mansions unveil their brand new single “Works Every Time” and announce their new Works Every Time EP, due for release September28. Listen here.  The single is infectious, with dark cool sounds layered with zingy guitar work and Parkford’s love-torn lyrical confessions. Although arguably a pop hit, Mini Mansions do not shy away from the melancholic toe-tapping grit that is their staple.

Mini Mansions are singer and guitarist Michael Shuman (bassist of Queens of The Stone Age), bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets) and singer and keyboardist Tyler Parkford.

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Hit of the week: Miles Kane ‘Coup de Grace’

The Last Shadow Puppets co-frontman Miles Kane is back with a new solo album, his first in five years. Coup De Grace follows 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are and arrives on June 8th via Virgin EMI.

As a preview to the release, Kane has shared the lead single, “Loaded”. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by John Congelton (St. Vincent), the track was co-written with Lana Del Rey and Jamie T. In a press release, Kane describes the hooky, guitar-laden tune as “upbeat and kind of punky.” His last single is  ‘Coup de Gras’.

Primavera Sound 2018 #Saturday

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.

Best Covers: The Last Shadow Puppets “This is Your Life”

The Last Shadow Puppets issued a new EP last week called The Dream Synopsis. The six-track effort features two reworked tracks off their Everything You’ve Come to Expect album as well as four studio versions of cover songs they’ve performed during their 2016 tour.

In support of the project, Alex Turner and Miles Kane have now shared the music video for their rendition of the 1980 Glaxo Babies cut “This is Your Life”. Directed by Focus Creeps, it’s an entertaining clip in which the well-dressed pair, backed by a full band, performs in front of a shimmering and prism-like foil backdrop. At one point Turner can be seen crawling across a catwalk while Kane manically mans the mic.

Best Covers: The Last Shadow Puppets “Is This What You Wanted”

There were eight years between the debut from The Last Shadow Puppets, The Age of the Understand, and this past April’s Everything You’ve Come to Expect. But fans will have barely waited eight months before the British group drops their next effort, as they’ve today announced a December 2nd release for The Dream Synopsis EP.

Coming via Domino, the five-track effort features new versions of the title track and “Aviation”, both tunes from their sophomore LP. The rest of the songs are studio versions of covers the band has been performing on their 2016 tour. Included “Is This What You Wanted” by Leonard Cohen.

The muses of La Musa: Alexandra Savior

Alexandra Savior is a newly discovered gem. Even though Alexandra Savior‘s demo “Risk” appeared in series two of True Detective, and off the back of that she collaborated with Tame Impala’s Cam Avery on dusky torch tune “We’re Just Making it Worse,” the 21-year-old is still a secret. She’s your secret, but not for long. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, her slinky vocals and diaristic lyrics quickly caught the ear of Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, who produced and co-wrote “Shades” along with James Ford (Florence, Haim). In fact, Turner’s so enamored he’s producing her whole debut album. The lush late-‘60s/early-’70s sound is the perfect backdrop for her upcoming debut album Strange Portrait,

 

 

Primavera Sound 2016 #Friday

A la jornada de divendres del Primavera Sound hi ha un nom que destaca per sobre la resta. Si més no pel temps que fa que no passen per Barcelona, i és que Radiohead no ens visiten desde 2008. En aquest temps, el quintet liderat per Thom Yorke s’ha consolidat com un dels pocs noms capaços d’atraure un públic massiu i, al mateix temps, mantenir a ratlla qualsevol tipus de concessió, adoptant elements de l’electrònica, el jazz i fins i tot el dubstep. De la resta del cartell de divendres el formen altres grans noms dels quals desetaquen Miles Kane i Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), que tornen a aparcar temporalment els seus projectes principals per recuperar The Last Shadow Puppets, barreja de pop psicodèlic, folk luxós en la línia d’Scott Walker i referències a l’spaguetti western; el pop somiador i captivador de Beach House, duo de Baltimore format per Victoria Legrand i Alex Scally, que tornen per hipnotitzar-nos amb els seus dos últims discos, publicats el 2015, ‘Depression cherry’ i ‘Thank your lucky stars’; les llegendes de l’indie nord-americà Dinosaur Jr., amb J. Mascis al capdavant, que després de celebrar el 2015 el trentè aniversari del seu furiós i atronador debut amb una marató de sis concerts a Nova York segueixen sense intenció de jubilar-se; el retorn dels australians The Avalanches, que l’any 2000 van publicar el seu recordat debut, ‘Since I left you’, una obra d’artesania sonora construïda a partir de més de 3.000 samples; les mutacions sonores de la banda de Baltimore Animal Collective; l’orquestra ambulant de Zach Condon i els seus Beirut, que tornen a mesclar el folk i els sons tradicionals al seu disc ‘No no no’ (2015);Cabaret Voltaire, considerada una de les bandes més influents i respectades de l’escena britànica, que tornen després de dues dècades allunyats dels escenaris, amb el seu pop fosc i la seva electrònica experimental; el hip-hop reposat, reflexiu i amb vista al soul del raper de Los Angeles Jay Rock; la intensitat lírica, màgia melòdica i pop perfecte de l’australià Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) o l’exploració del minimalisme experimental de Kiasmos, projecte a quatre a mans entre Ólafur Arnalds i Janus Rasmussen.

 

Entre tants noms internacionals, juguen a casa el pop dels barcelonins Inspira i Big Summer; el madrileny C. Tangana, un dels principals renovadors de l’escena del rap a Espanya; la psicodèlia tranquil·la dels madrilenys Baywaves; el hardcorde i screamo dels cordovesos Viva Belgrado o el punk-pop garatger dels gironins Aliment.