Avenir's Guide to Way Out West Festival
Within the past decade, Scandinavian music festivals have been taking over the European festival scene by storm. Subtly and silently - as is the Nordic way - these festivals have become a fly trap to world class acts and the 2016 edition of Way Out West is no exception. Headlined by the likes of Morrissey, Grace Jones and PJ Harvey, the Swedes have managed to pocket a line up that will send chills down any music lover’s spine. As the long list of must-sees at Way Out West can potentially leave you curled up in a ball from the sheer terror triggered by indecisiveness, Avenir is here to help you with our top 5 acts to see in Gothenburg between the 11th and the 13th of August.
If someone was to be considered angelic, Julianna Barwick would be the one. Using loops and layers to produce heavenly melodies, her music bears ethereal resemblance to that of Nils Frahm, Sigur Rós and Ólafur Arnalds. Barwick’s live show is a spiritual experience that might just be the one thing to make you feel cleansed and complete.
Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance were high school friends in Vancouver but it’s their chance meeting in a New York car park that became the wind beneath the wings of Bob Moses. The duo make hypnotizing electronic music, and their sound places them somewhere between Radiohead, Colder and Kiasmos. With a live show that’s toured from Burning Man to Coachella and Sonar, their set at Way Out West is not to be missed.
José González has been around for a decade yet the effortless elegance of his tender lyrical work is as poignant as ever. This year González returns to his hometown for a magical homecoming.
Consisting of the Danish trio behind Efterklang with the Finnish percussionist Tatu Ronkko, the live show of the experimental 4AD-signed supergroup is a living organism. Changing every so slightly at every gig, the foursome put on a show filled with finesse and ubiquitous artistic presence.
Known for his colossal soundscapes and live shows, Hecker is a contemporary virtuoso who makes “pagan music that dances on the ashes of a burnt church”. Fake church music or not, the Canadian composer’s sensory sermon is without a doubt one of the biggest climaxes of the Way Out West weekend.
Words Kasimiira Kontio