Getting Ethereal for the weekend.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – Beach House in concert at Paleo Festival 2013 – Nyon, Switzerland – July 24, 2013 – RSR
Staying at The Paleo Festival 2013 tonight for a set by Baltimore Dream Pop/Space Merchants Beach House (actually, one half of the band, Victoria Legrand is from Paris . . .but the band did form in Baltimore so . . .), recorded on July 24th, just one day after Sophie Hunger.
What I am loving about the current festival scene is the eclectic nature of it – a lot of musical styles are getting mashed up under one tent, and there’s something refreshing about that. Nobody seems afraid to experiment and nobody seems afraid to try different things. That bodes well for the continued cause of music and new genres to form.
Beach House are of the well-defined Dream Pop genre, but they are still wildly enjoyable to listen to. Victoria Legrand’s voice has the right essence of ethereal to make it compelling for repeated listenings. Initially formed in 2002, Beach House really didn’t get off the ground until the release of their self-titled first album in 2006. With a lot of positive Press and favorable audience reaction, the band started to take off.
Now they’re on their 3rd album and the audience is building. They’ve been touring quite a bit and that’s helped cement the reputation.
Tonight’s post ought to get you acquainted to them if you aren’t already – or let you know what you might have missed earlier this week if you weren’t around Nyon, Switzerland to catch them up close and in person.
Crane Angels – What’s a band without Potassium?
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Crane Angels – In Concert at Villette Sonique Festival – May 17, 2013
Over to the Villette Sonique Festival in Paris, held this past May, for a concert by the Bordeaux-based Music Collective Crane Angels.
I haven’t been able find out very much about this band, other than they’ve been together since 2011 and have 2 albums and an ep out. And that’s about it.
But suffice to say they are a fascinating group of musicians, reminding me (in size and versatility of musicians) of Arcade Fire. But they are a bit more experimental and Electronic in their music. And judging from the sound of the audience, they seem to be building a good word-of-mouth.
So in keeping with that spirit, here they are in concert – check out their Bandcamp website and pick up their latest ep as well as their debut album. It might be a game changer.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Duke Spirit – Live @ Exit Festival, Croatia – July 13, 2012
The Exit Festival in Serbia is probably one of biggest festivals going on in Eastern Europe at the moment. It hasn’t been around for long (since 2000 as far as I can suss out), and this years’ plans to be a memorable one. If the rumors currently floating around are true, this will be the final appearance of Bloc Party before their scheduled hiatus. It also will feature Atoms For Peace as headliners (this Saturday, the 13th), and the buzz surrounding the Thom Yorke/Flea collaboration is pretty intensely positive at the moment (having been to the “rehearsal” gig in L.A. last month, I can attest it will be something not to miss). The festival site has been making available some of their previous headliners, including tonight’s post with The Duke Spirit from last year.
One of those bands who have achieved far flung popularity based on the Internet and word-of-mouth, The Duke Spirit made a big splash a couple years ago, and are actively touring, including a few dates in the States this summer. This concert from 2012 is pretty high-energy, made probably more high voltage by the amount of limiting the soundboard engineer used during the performance. I suspect they were pretty loud though, so putting a big foot on the loud bits was probably a necessity at the time.
In any event, this performance kicks ass and the Turbo-charged vocals of Leila Moss make this one of those must-play-loud concert offerings, particularly since we’re galloping to the middle of the week and need all the help we can get.
Braids – Canadian Shoegaze comes to Berlin.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Braids – Live at Lido, Berlin – June 28, 2013 – RBB Berlin
Shoegaze from Canada tonight, live in Berlin at the “Introducing . . . .” showcase at Lido, recorded June 28th of this year. Braids is originally from Calgary but have re-settled in Montreal. With their second album slated to come out in August, Braids have gotten much good word of mouth in the Canadian Press, and their first album Native Speaker was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in Canada in 2011.
Fronted by Raphaelle Standell-Preston, the band originally got started in high-school in Calgary around 2006, and put out their first ep a little while later. After relocating to Montreal they began work on Native Speaker, finally finishing it in late 2010.
After much gigging and work, their sites are set for broader horizons, having completed their very first U.S. tour and topping it off by appearing at SXSW.
The show in Berlin marks their very first foray on to European shores.
Pretty auspicious start. Pretty bright future. Pretty nice reception.
They like them in Berlin – so much so, they’re coming back in the Fall. They are also slated to come to Los Angeles in October.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/frida-sundemo-in-session-at-sveriges-radio-april-3-2013.mp3]
And now for something a little different tonight – Frida Sundemo is a Swedish indie/alt/Pop artist currently touring around Sweden and hitting London later on this month with her new ep Indigo, which has been getting a lot of attention both in Sweden and the UK.
Here she is in session, recorded this past April 3rd in the studios of Sveriges Radio.
Her music is described as “Undefinable pearls of Pop”.
I would describe it as “ethereal with a side order of catchy”.
Either way, check her out and see what you think.
Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches – Figuring prominently on a veritable who’s who of “best-of” lists.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/chvrches-live-in-munich-may-17-2013.mp3]
In case you haven’t noticed, Scottish electro-pop raves Chvrches (pronounced Churches if you were wondering) are currently embarking on a North American tour which began in May and goes until the end of June, when they head back to Europe and keep the ball rolling at least until October. A lot of festival appearances are booked, so it should be a good year for them.
Very busy band. Very busy new band. Chvrches have only been around since 2011 and only started making waves last year when they managed to get on most of the “best of” lists around Europe and became one of the main bands to watch in the coming year.
Tonight its one of their German “introducing” gigs from early in May. I’m not sure of the venue but am guessing it’s Munich, although it might be Berlin – as the date didn’t show up on their site’s itinerary, but Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin are all in there someplace. So . . .
Check them out if you haven’t seen them yet. They should be heading east this week. After that it’s back to Europe for, what looks like, the rest of the year.
- Chvrches… (bintheknow.wordpress.com)
- Chvrches – Music Inspiration (chinabambi.wordpress.com)