Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Tom Rogerson

There’s only a couple of days to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Tom Rogerson

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Performing Friday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

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Staggeringly talented British composer and pianist Tom Rogerson has impressed us many a time with his creativity and technical skill behind the keys in Three Trapped Tigers, the trio he founded a decade ago. A prolific classically trained musician and gifted improviser, and a long-time presence in the London experimental/improv scene, Rogerson has played and collaborated in various other projects. His most recent venture saw him collaborating with Brian Eno, and Failing Shore is the fruit of it, the first album under his own name. Today he shares his thoughts on which acts he’s most looking forward to seeing at Le Guess Who?.

 

I could have picked from so many. I’ll be trying to watch Julianna Barwick, GAS, Steve Beresford,Tiny Vipers, Prurient, Ex Easter Island Head, Yves Tumor.

But here are my three:

Richard Youngs

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Performing Friday 10th November at LE:EN, curated by Grouper

“Singular vision and artistic courage. Very influential on me artistically, especially in relation to what’s ‘allowable’, how far you can take something. But I’ve never seen him live so this is a must-see.”

 

Visible Cloaks

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Performing Sunday 12th November at Theater Kikker

“Bit of a highlight of the year so far, so much so that I bought the CD. We’re used to hearing these sounds in ironic contexts, but here it’s tactile and organic. Also the album seems very loose and live so I’m looking forward to seeing how/if they recreate that in performance.”

 

Matana Roberts

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Performing Sunday 12th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart

“Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
This album is basically one piece so it’s hard to pick a specific track. Incredible depth of vision and ambition, someone striving to push the form forwards while reckoning with its history. Confrontational, cathartic.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

The New Spring share new single ‘The Moon’ from upcoming album Wholly Wholly

Danish singer-songwriter Bastian Kallesøe has a new album on the way under his project The New Spring. Entitled Wholly Wholly, the album finds Kallesøe, who previously operated as a one man band, accompanied by a full band. Ahead of the album’s release next February, The New Spring have shared new single ‘The Moon’ and Kallesøe had this to say about it:

“I’ve always been obsessed with the moon, and I’ve written countless songs to it and about it. However, this is the first to get on an album. Most of what we think we know about the moon is a lie. Man has never walked on the moon and will never do so. The moon is as far away as the most distant of stars, and we are doomed to admire it from afar while imagining that it’s close. In addition, moonlight is not a reflection of the sun’s light – the light actually comes from a source in the moon’s core.”

“I’ve always thought that the struggle between the moon and the sun is a kind of ancient battle taking place everywhere. The sun is daytime, work and life (productiveness). The moon is nightime, stagnation and death (nothingness). The sun illuminates the visible, the moon induces the invisible. The light of the sun uncovers the world, the moon’s light shrouds it. Many cultures have been enormously fascinated by the moon and it’s a common story that people became crazy if they gazed upon the moon for too long (the word ‘lunatic’ says it all). The moon has always been alluring and mysterious, and at the same time dangerous as if it could swallow you up. Today, we no longer believe it is dangerous – because we are sure that we as humans have it under control – and so we do not really look at it anymore. This is the most dangerous thing we can do. We have to look at the moon!”

Wholly Wholly is out on February 2nd through Tambourhinoceros. Now listen to ‘The Moon’.

Palm set to release second album Rock Island in February

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Following the excellent Shadow Expert EP released back in May, Philadelphia’s four piece Palm have announced their second album, Rock Island, due out on February 9th through Carpark Records. On the record, the band “produces evidence of a distinct musical language, developed over time, in isolation, and out of necessity”, describes a press release. It adds: “On the island, melodies are struck on what might be shells or spines. Rhythms are scratched out, swept over, scratched again. Individual instruments, and sometimes entire sections, skip and stutter. There is the sense of a music box with wonky tension or a warped transmission in which all the noise is taken for signal.”

Lead single ‘Pearly’ is now streaming and it comes with an accompanying visualizer created by Greg O’Connell. Check it out.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Oiseaux-Tempête

There’s less than one week to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Oiseaux-Tempête

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Performing Thursday 9th November at De Helling, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart

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French collective Oiseaux-Tempête, the core duo of Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul, released AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams) earlier this year and we fell completely for the album. Partly recorded in Beirut last year, it radiates and reflects its cultural diversity and social and political atmosphere. Euphoric and tumultuous, beautiful and urgent, enigmatic and emotive, their rich soundscapes also draw from their improvisational energy and genres aplenty, from post-rock and free-jazz to Arabic music and electronica. Today Frédéric and Stéphane tell us which three acts they’re most excited to see at the festival.

 

“So hard to pick up three names in this killer line-up! We could have chosen the 12hours drone feat. Jessica Moss, Yann Gourdon, Lea Bertucci, Ashtoreth… – Dälek – Linda Sharrock – Matana Roberts – or Alanis Obomsawin performing ‘Bush Lady’… These are three acts we might be in the audience shaking heads:

 

BIG I BRAVE

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Performing Thursday 9th November at Pastoefabriek

“Theses guys get everything a power-trio should be: direct and ecstatic, loud and graceful. Their last album ‘Ardor’, recorded by the mighty Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) is a total blast! We will miss their tour in France in the upcoming weeks so we are delighted to be able to see them live at Le Guess Who?!”

 

Pharmakon

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Performing Sunday 12th November at EKKO, curated by Perfume Genius

“Behind the cure and poison oriented moniker and sometimes harsh sound, Margaret Chardiet questions the link between body, flesh and feelings.
It can be creepy, dark and scary, but it speaks also about hope and light hidden in the human nature.
We definitely won’t miss the fury and anger on stage, as we follow carefully her work recently.”

 

Ahmed Fakroun feat. Altin Gün

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Performing Thursday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg

“The Lybian legendary crooner and multi-instrumentist Ahmed Fakroun meets the psychedelic vibes of Dutch-Turkish Altin Gün. Prepare yourself to dance.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Watch Ex-Easter Island Head’s video for ‘Sixteen Snares’

The heavenly ‘Sixteen Snares’ off Ex-Easter Island Head‘s latest album Twenty-Two Strings has recently received the visual treatment. The video, made by Jack Whiteley, offers a fascinating glimpse of just how unique and mesmeric the trio’s live performances are.

Ex-Easter Island Head will perform at Le Guess Who? on November 11th, as part of the program curated by James Holden. If you haven’t yet seen their own picks for the festival, find out which acts they’re most excited about in Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Julianna Barwick

There’s just over one week to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Julianna Barwick

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Performing Sunday 12th November at Academiegebouw, curated by Perfume Genius

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Julianna Barwick’s celestial soundscapes are flush with emotional and sonic depth. Known for her ethereal and immersive loop-based compositions, Barwick’s mesmerizing songwriting is deeply inspired by her church choir upbringing in Louisiana and Missouri. Needless to say we can’t wait to see her perform at Le Guess Who?, and we asked her which bands she’s most looking forward to.

 

Grouper

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Performing Thursday 9th November at Domkerk

“one of my favorite artists of all time
here is one of my favorite tracks”

 

John Maus

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Performing Saturday 11th November at at TivoliVredenburg

“also a favorite
one of my favorite tracks”

 

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

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Performing Thursday 9th November at Domkerk, curated by Perfume Genius

“i’ve been intrigued by them for many years, and can’t wait to hear them live!”