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The muses of La Musa: Maria Chiara Argirò

Maria Chiara Argirò has been quietly weaving her way around the UK jazz, classical and electronic worlds since she moved to London from Rome 11 years ago. A pianist from the age of nine and a key player in the capital’s multi-national jazz scene, she’s lent her skills to indie band These New Puritans, lush jazz troupe Kinkajous and, more recently, collaborations with Jamie Leeming – their 2020 album Flow was nominated for one of the albums of the year in the Jazz Revelations Awards.

But with her new album, Forest City, she finds a glistening thread between these movements: it marks her out as an exciting rising electronic artist, where jazz meets Kelly Lee Owens, Jon Hopkins and Radiohead. It’s a concept record, about the “duality of nature and city”, and where organic sounds and textures seem to flow above the urban sprawl. 

Music by Berman: These New Puritans 

The last we heard from Essex brother duo These New Puritans was earlier this decade with acclaimed album Field of Reeds – an album of sombre, stark indie rock as powerful as Radiohead’s Kid A.

Now, the band, whose core members are brothers Jack and George Bennett, are back with the song ‘Into The Fire’. It’s their first material in five years and it’s not dampened our admiration of their musical ability one bit.

A truly innovative group, the atmospheric track, marries melancholic vocals, choppy drums, doom-y piano, a sinister choir and some distorted bass. Strange samples, somewhat akin to martial arts sounds, and other layers of multi-effects add to conjure an air of chaos and distress. Despite all this sonic experimentation, there is a song at the heart of it that feels somewhat familiar and melodic.

Lyrically, it’s quite existential with numerous panicked references about falling into the sun, it seems.

Ville à Dômat #246: ‘Bonito es’

Divus Julius com cada dilluns té preparat un deliciós assortiment de les millors cançons indie de la setmana. Estrenem el més nou de Foals, Foxygen, The Night Café, These New Puritans, Lucy Rose Jessie Ware i Pet Shop Boys. Parlarem del concert de la setmana: Gus Dapperton i us presentarem a noves bandes com Lex Audrey, Vaarwell, Queen Zee o Para Alta.
Dilluns 19h 100.5FM Radio Ciutat Vella
Ville à Dômat: Bonito es.

Ville à Dômat #236: “Pretty Little Treasures”

Un dilluns més Divus Julis Bonasera obra la seva capsa de petits bells tresors sonors per oferir-nos dues hores del més recent de la música indie. Estrenem el més nou de Foster The People, Panda Bear, The Good, The Bad and The Queen, Balthazar, Deerhunter, These New Puritans o el retorn de Dido entre d’altres. A més repassarem els millors concerts de la setmana: Tom Odell, Her’s, Villagers o Morcheeba i us descobrirem a Vera Sola, Ten Tonnes, Apre o Park Hotel.

Dilluns 19h 100.5FM, ràdio Ciutat Vella, Barcelona

 

El nou puritanisme visionari

These New Puritans presentaran Field of Reeds aquesta nit a Barcelona. El concert està inclòs dins de la programació del 13è aniversari de la sala Razzmatazz. La banda formada per Jack Barnett (lletrista, productor, vocalista, multi-instrumentalista), el seu germà bessó George Barnett (percussió), Thomas Hein (baix, efectes, percusió), i Sophie Sleigh-Johnson (teclats, sampler) tornen amb aquest ambiciós nou disc. Cançons íntimes, melòdiques i personals que ens parlen de temes com l’esperança, l’amor i els seus nèmesis. Originals, visionaris, arriscats han aconseguit el total recolzament de la crítica.

La banda de Collbató: Animic oficialitzarà de teloners. El seu darrer disc és, sens dubte, l’esperat punt d’inflexió en la seva carrera.Sinuosos, foscos, tribals i místics “Hannibal” és segurament la seva gran obra.