LONDON GRAMMAR [UK]
Minimalism. A cinematic piano. An ambient guitar loop. A voice capable of heating up a frozen heart, and mend a broken one. In between euphoric love and deep sorrow the London trio London Grammar emerged during 2013, and became of the success stories of the year. Using small means to convey big emotions, the band released their debut album “If You Wait” back in 2013. The album has been certified double platinum in the UK alone, and has sold 1,5 million copies world wide. It also generated a BRIT Award nomination for the band, as well as a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for the hit single “Strong”.In 2017 London Grammar will release the highly anticipated follow up, and judging by the singles “Rooting for You” and “The Big Picture” we’re receiving a modern minimalistic classic.
JENS LEKMAN [SE]
Jens Lekman is one of our greatest storytellers. Rather than telling epic tales, Lekman writes about everyday, average stuff. By doing so, he takes the listener from one point to another in a whirlwind of pure emotion. This has been Lekman’s specialty since the early 2000s and his debut album “When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog”, that introduced his work to an international audience. Even though Lekman’s stories are rooted in his own life and often features references to Gothenburg, the whole world can still understand and connect with him. Jens Lekman is a universal storyteller – don’t miss him on his home turf this summer.
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF [US]
Hurray for the Riff Raff is what Alynda Segarra calls her when she creates bittersweet folk and americana tunes. After being a part of the New York hardcore scene for a while, the then 17-year old Segarra went on a journey, which in the end made her settle in New Orleans. There, Segarra was able to refine her creations during busking sessions and started to find her own voice through folk songs. Since, Hurray for the Riff Raff have released six studio albums as well as several unofficial collections of songs. Her latest output ”The Navigator” is her most ambitious project yet, and was released just this year to critical acclaim. The album is basically a concept album, following Segarras alter ego Navita Milagros Negron through stories that both belong Segarra herself, but also to many other in her position.
JULIA JACKLIN [AU]
There are a lot of guitarists out there, but few who can play as honest as Julia Jacklin does. After thinking for a long time that she would become a social worker, Jacklin found the music of Britney Spears at an early age and reconsidered her future. After a long journey, her debut album ”Don’t Let the Kids Win” was released last year – a critically praised album about being 24 and not understanding a single thing. Jacklin’s distinct voice and refreshing alt-country sound made her stand out of the crowd, and together with the likes of Sharon van Etten and Angel Olsen she’s in the forefront of the new alt-country movement. Julia Jacklin recieved a major breakthrough with her two first singles, ”Pool Party” and ”Coming of Age” who got picked up by several radio stations. Since then Jacklin has toured the festival circuit and played with the likes of Okkervil River and Whitney.
LVL UP [US]
Hard and melodic – New York quartet LVL UP are able to create a sound rooted in two fairly different musical traditions. After realizing that they either had to call it the quits or release their music on a bigger label than their own, the band released last years lo-fi pearl ”Return to Love” on Sub Pop. The label, like tons of other eager new fans, immediately started loving this band that combines the best of 90’s with something of their own.
SUNFLOWER BEAN [US]
Things have been moving fast for Sunflower Bean. With jangly guitars, an endless love of the late 60’s, and songs that sound anything but generic, this New York-based band has become one of the most promising acts in indie rock. Their debut release ”Human Ceremony” was one of last year’s most anticipated albums and a textbook example on how to incorporate weird sounds and cleverly alternate vocal duties, featuring the distinct voices of Nick Kivlen and Julia Cummings. What sounds impossible on paper is everyday business for Sunflower Bean, who can put together a range of styles and sounds into a single song. With their career finally kicking off for real, we are very eager to welcome Sunflower Bean to Stay Out West.