Currently stationed in London, after a two-year stint in Taipei, this singularly talented Spanish artist’s work circumnavigates the globe, absorbing the myriad sounds of our everyday world and looping them with layers of sax, synthesizers, rhythms and voice. Having studied classic saxophone, piano and composition at conservatories in London and Barcelona, he now flips the technique via microphones, software and MIDI controllers, taking his show to concert venues and museums from Europe to Eastern Asia, and releasing albums to great critical acclaim: his latest offering, ‘Eclíptica’, scored Album of the Year in Spain’s Go Mag.
Crash Course in Science
Crash Course in Science are synth-punk/electro, DIY pioneers who hail from the East Coast. Their songs “Cardboard Lamb” and “Flying Turns” put them on the map in the US and Europe in the early 80’s, inspiring remixes by David Carretta and Vitalic among others. Their album, “Near Marineland”, was released by Germany’s VOD as part of a box set retrospective in 2009 and is available on iTunes. Band members Michael Zodorozny, Dale Feliciello, Andrea Beeman (The Enchantress of Bioluminosity) and John Wicks (CCIS’s producer) have been performing in Europe and the US and will be releasing new material in 2013.
Born in Chicago 2006, the electronic pop duo of Matthew Mercer and Matt Keppel had appeared on BBC’s premier Radio 1, remixed Ladytron, and released their debut album, After Dark in their band’s first six months. After a Pitchfork feature of their Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago” cover, the duo released the more sophisticated and epic follow-up album, 2008’s The Slingshot Orchestra. Now based in Portland, Ore., Microfilm released several EPs in 2009 and a compilation of their 2006-2010 years, the singles album I Am Curious and remixes album I Am Rewired. They are currently recording their third studio album, due in 2013.
A Place to Bury Strangers
Guitars as jet engines; guitars as haunted electronics; guitars as filling-melting white heat: A Place To Bury Strangers’ new album Worship is explosive, visceral, and dark. APTBS’ DIY-braintrust of Death By Audio wizard Oliver Ackerman and bassist Dion Lunadon continue the evolution of songwriting that began with Onwards to the Wall, the band’s 2011 EP. Now on Worship, they interweave threads of krautrock, dream-pop, and 80s goth without ever losing the edge that is quintessentially Strangers. Unhinged dissonance is artfully framed within a fiercely dynamic and assured melodic sensibility.