American wanderer Julie Byrne’s second album, Not Even Happiness, vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road – bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the aching weariness of change, the wildflowers of the California coast, as well as the unsolvable mysteries of love. A more confident beast than her 2014 debut, Rooms With Walls And Windows, adding atmospheric instrumentation and electronic flourishes to Byrne’s unusual guitar tuning and finger-picked melodies, moving the songs from the front porch into subtle anthem.
Since bursting onto the Madrid DIY scene, Hinds – Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen – have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own.
The best band in the whole damned land (and Texas is the reason), they kissed the sublime, and splintered apart in the process. Their arc, however, isn’t yet complete – see them together once again in The Dissection Room.
Norwegian artist and writer Jenny Hval has developed her distinct take on intimate sound. She has received thoughtful and widespread international acclaim for her fascinating voice, singular delivery and markedly non-traditional arrangements which incorporate elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film.