Liverpool Sound City is now only a month away and as the cutting edge festival approaches, Getintothis’ Will Whitby brings another edition of Getintothis’ Ones To Watch at Sound City 2019.
Sound City has always been a place for the UK’s best upcoming acts to showcase themselves to an ever-welcoming Scouse audience.
But notably compared to other UK weekenders, Sound City pride themselves on making their festival as internationally orientated as possible.
The festival this year is on the May 4th-5th weekend in the Baltic Triangle and sees Loyle Carner and Mabel headline, accompanied by Shame, Confidence Man and The Magic Gang to name a few and a return of Tim Burgess’ Tim Peaks Coffee sessions.
Fans can revel in a roster from all over the world as acts from every continent bolster this year’s bumper line up and in this edition of GIT’s Ones To Watch, we take a look at a few.
Dutch pianist Annelie brings her haunting and engaging melodies on the Saturday to the festival. From the Netherlands’ second city of Rotterdam, Annelie explores the many levels possible working with ethereal and emotive piano pieces.
Her 2018 album, After Midnight, released on Sony Music has raked in Spotify streams in the millions as she offers more than just piano playlist fodder. It is attentive, it is full of focus and it keeps you waiting and wondering where the melody will go next.
For fans of Ludovico Einaudi, uber-relaxing lounge music and even Aphex Twin.
Bringing the noise from Guimaraes in Northern Portugal, Paraguaii are going to blast their set on Saturday. Their 2019 album Kopernikus was released via Elephant Musik at the start of March and gets right up in your face with darkly motivated electro-rock.
Suited perfectly for an early evening bottle of Corona stood within a smokey Hangar 34, the duo will probably make you neck your beer to jump into the raucous as oscillating synth lines crash into breakbeats with a healthy dollop of zappy overdrive on the guitars.
Brisbane psych-pop beasties started as a band to play a mates stable party and from there they’ve not looked back as the Aussie six-piece are due to break the waves at Sound City on Sunday.
Delve into the biscuit tin for mixes of surfer melodies, 70s krautrock and Tame Impala vibes with their 2018 release, Digital Mountain. Nice Biscuit are a product of the boss Aussie psych scene as worlds will collide as fans of the emerging Liverpool garage punk scene will no doubt get wavy indulging themselves in the fresh sounds from down under.
Korean/British duo Wooze will get the crowd dancing on Saturday with a set packed with infectious pop licks and eccentric synth dance motifs. Setting up base in the eclectic Brixton scene, the pair of Theo Spark and Jamie She has been gaining a lot of fans for their vibrant shows and get-stuck-in-your-head bangers.
Check out their single Ladies Who Lunch With Me with a Beatles meets Disco-pop vibe to sink your teeth into. Their debut EP What’s On Your Mind? is released via Young Poet Records on the May 3rd- and they’re playing Sound City the day after!
Emerging dark electro-soul producer Them Lights from Luxembourg will get the crowds throwing the shapes on Saturday. Addictive dance beats with a mysterious RnB counter to offer more to the incendiary synth waves that bark and howl at you with debut single Go No below.
Definitely, for the fans of acts like Jamie XX and Justice, it is their first show in the UK and a fine product again of Sound City thriving to find the cutting edge in emerging international talent. Get the rave paint on and sink your teeth into their edgy melodic synth beats.