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Europavox Advent Calendar 2020

by Europavox.com
1 December 2020

Christmas doesn’t taste the same this year? We couldn’t agree more… But cheer up! The Europavox Family cooked you something special for December: a musical candy a day! From all across Europe, the best picks from Europavox Project partners, team, artists, and journalists!

Each and every day until Santa parks his sleigh outside your door, we will share their favourite musical crushes of 2020 💝

DEC, 25th

My pick of the year is… Snorri Hallgrímsson!

Regardless of whether they are undisciplined like the Daughters Of Reykjvík or contemplative like Snorri Hallgrímsson, Europavox artists from Iceland are offering one more reason to love this country devilishly contrasted. In line with his compatriots Ólafur Arnalds or Jóhann Jóhannsson, Snorri Hallgrímsson dangerously plays with silences, stretches the notes, and engages in slow dancing with melancholia. Smooth but not plain – his music in which life definitely teems incessantly in desertic moors does not allow beatific and tranquil drowsiness.

Based in
Iceland, Reykjavík
Style

Surely one of music’s best-kept secrets, composer and producer Snorri Hallgrímsson boasts an impressive list of credits both as a solo artist and as a collaborator on a wide variety of projects, including ‘The Chopin Project’, ‘Island Songs’, and the BAFTA- ...

DEC, 24th

My pick of the year is… Benny Sings!

Benny Sings — Shoebox Money is probably in my top 10 songs of all time, and Benny Sings is one of my favorite songwriters. There’s also a beautiful gold 7″ single of his lovely song “Can You Believe It’s Magic” available on his Bandcamp in case anyone needs some holiday gift ideas.

Based in
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Style
Pop

The chances are you’ve heard lots of Benny Sings’ songs. You probably really liked them too. You just didn’t know they were Benny Sings’ songs. For the Dutch pop and R&B singer – real name Tim van Berkestijn – has been hugely ...

DEC, 23th

My pick of the year is… Andrea Laszlo De Simone!

A classy, sober, and timeless project. Immensità is an accurate name for this album. Emotions guaranteed.

Based in
Italy, Torino

How can you describe 70s-inspired pop with elements of classical music from the 15th century and spiritual musing, all connected by a central motif of ...

DEC, 22th

My pick of the year is… MOURN!

their lyrics – verbalizing my own impressions and feelings about 2020:
‘this feeling is disgusting, this feeling is disgusting
this feeling is disgusting
– iiiiit sucks!
The future is uncertain
and I don’t know if I can take it,
are we gonna be alright?’

Based in
Spain, El Maresme (Barcelona)
Style

Who could imagine that dual guitarists and singers Carla Pérez Vas and Jazz Rodríguez, born in 1996, would move from high school friends in 2012 to a group - formed together with Antonio Postius on drums and Leia, Jazz's sister on bass - was going to triumph ...

DEC, 21st

 

My pick of the year is… IDLES!

Hitting back at 2020 as hard as 2020 hit us.
💥

Based in
United Kingdom, Bristol
Style

NEW RELEASE - SEPTEMBER 2020  

DEC, 20th

My pick of the year is… Junius Meyvant!

Colorful. We’re in love with him. Sending out signals from us.

Based in
Iceland, Reykjavík
Style

Listening to the velvet sounds of Júníus Meyvant transports one to images of a lazy summer, warm breezes and long, endlessly golden days. But make no mistake, the soul and funk rhythms of the retitled singer-songwriter were born ...

DEC, 19th

My pick of the year is… Marina Satti!

 

Marina Satti is the perfect musical mix between a strong cultural heritage (in that case, Greece) and worldwide modernity. She has been my sunshine in this awful year, and I’m now looking forward to dancing in the streets of Athens, singing Mantissa out loud!

Based in
Greece, Athens
Style

After rising to success with her smash hit “Mantissa”, which topped the charts in Greece and Bulgaria and led her to sign an international record deal with Universal Music Berlin, Marina Satti soon became a promising figure of world music. World pop has gone ...

DEC, 18th

My pick of the year is… De Ambassade!

De Ambassade’s psych-rock-haunt energy has been on my radar for a while now. Dutch dynamite not from this world, and totally destructive live!

Based in
Netherlands, Amsterdam

Sometimes, mystery can be a powerful thing. Just ask Pascal Pinkert. The Dutch producer and musician is the brains behind cult favourite Dollkraut, but he’s also the driving force of De Ambassade, a shadowy cold wave outfit based in Amsterdam ...

DEC, 17

My pick of the year is… Emilie Zoé!

I discovered her at the same time as Emma Ruth rundle and I am a fan of the énergie she has. I always wanted to sing with this intensity and I explore a lot of thing by my way of singing and she is a precious source of inspiration.

Based in
Switzerland, Neuchâtel
Style

Ever since childhood, Emilie Zoé has wanted to tell stories by playing music and singing. Her dreams came true. She started taking guitar lessons, and then took her own path as a teenager with an electric guitar. This self-taught musician has always listened ...

DEC, 16

My pick of the year is… Repetitor!

Can you ever imagine a musical mix of Sonic Youth and Black Sabbath meets Hüsker Dü, all sung in the Serbian language? Some would say it’s a bizarre formula. But Repetitor do this.

Based in
Serbia, Belgrade
Style

You wouldn’t think it when looking at the two diminutive girls and lanky guy that make up Repetitor, but they can deliver one furious sonic beating. Growing up in war-torn Serbia, they picked up instruments and learned how to play them on their own, then ...

DEC, 15

Our pick of the year is… King Krule!

The reason why we chose King Krule is pretty obvious to us! He still our biggest inspiration and few years ago he changed our way to approach music and compose! His vibe helped us to craft our own!

Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style

It might be hard to believe, but Archy Marshall, aka King Krule, is already a veteran aged just 24. The musician, poet, and artist has been releasing music under a variety of monikers since he was 14, attracting no end of critical acclaim along the way. A ...

DEC, 14

 

My pick of the year is… Jesse Markin!

Rich urban-pop arrangements with soulful, introspective songwriting. The sonic palette of Jesse Markin’s 2019 debut album, largely a solitary and intensely personal effort, provide the compelling soundscape to his thoughtful words, rising and falling in line with his uniquely emotive tones with a mind-stretching combination of rap, pop, indie and soul. That’s how damn good Jesse is. Hands down, my artist of the year.

Based in
Finland, Viljakkala
Style

Jesse Markin knows all about being an outsider. The Liberian-born rapper-turned-singer-songwriter grew up in the Finnish town of Viljakkala, a provincial settlement of just 2,000 people that was 100% white. But he wasn’t simply, as he puts it ...

DEC, 13

 

My pick of the year is… Fontaines D.C.!

I absolutely want to see them on stage! ¡SHA SHA SHAAAA ! 👊❤️

Based in
Ireland, Dublin
Style

NEW: Fontaines D.C. "A Hero's Death" (Soulwax Remix)

January 2021

DEC, 12

 

My pick of the year is… Lina_Raül Refree!

The genius producer of Rosalia, Cocanha and so many great artists, decided to make a LP with Lina_Raül Refree is a great Fado Singer
Their first album is a real trip to dark Lisbon
It’s brilliant, dark, atmospheric, experimental, and sometimes noisy…
It was for me one of the best live performance of 2020…

Based in
Portugal, Lisbon
Style

Portugal is not only a beautiful country, it also has a unique sound: fado. Typically, it is mournful and heart-wrenching, so that it pulls emotions from within, even for listeners who are not familiar with the language. In its ...

DEC, 11th

My pick of the year is… The Psychotic Monks!

French post punk band the Psychotic Monks were the very first act i booked for the 2020 edition of our annual festival Loftas Fest. It was the band i was mostly looking forward to see, but sadly due to the pandemic they couldn’t attend. I really hope to introduce this mix of chaos and beauty to the Lithuanian audience as soon as possible. They have a very impressive live performance I highly recommend to see.

Based in
France, Saint-Ouen, Paris
Style

They don’t want a frontman, nor do they need one. They don’t like the verse/chorus structure in their songs, either, nor do they need it. On their Facebook page, they have listed Francis Bacon as their main influence and "post-George Orwell" as their genre. ...

DEC, 10th

My pick of the year is… Lous and the Yakuza!

Based in
Belgium, Brussels
Style

Trap-influenced pop and vice versa gains more and more traction in the mainstream, but just like every genre and sub-genre, everything has to do with the attitude, and owning, or being, the message that you want to deliver to the audience. Lousita Cash, as her ...

DEC 9th

My pick of the year is… Molchat Doma!

As Belarus continues to rally against controversial leader Alexander Lukashenko, and the world labours under the impacts of the coronavirus, moody three-piece post-punk act Molchat DomA (‘Houses Are Silent’ in English), from Belarussian capital Minsk, have become unlikely breakout stars of 2020. From underground icons to viral sensations, the trio’s latest record ‘Monument’, their third, was recorded and released amid 2020’s darker moments, and deploys dingy synths and stark lyrics.
The result is darkly atmospheric, the droning vocals and dystopian tones often compared to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, yet delivered in a rapid-fire spiel of their native tongue. Rattling drum machines and echoing verses add to that horror movie feel. A bleak and entrancing reflection of society through 2020’s less than rosey lense, then, delivered with brutalist, doomer chic.
Based in
Belarus, Minsk
Style

NEW RELEASE - OCT. 13th, 2020

DEC 8th

My pick of the year is… Hania Rani!

Hania Rani is a musician of rare elegance and grace.
I am delighted to see there are still projects focused on the quality of the music.

Based in
Poland, Warsaw
Style

Hania Rani

  In a recent feature, Hania Rani’s output was described as “sensitive music for insensitive times,"  a perfect reflection of what Rani gives the world of music. Ideally, she might not just provide that sensitivity, but also contribute a little to it.

DEC 7th

 

 

My pick of the year is… Black Midi!

I was scrolling through the Europavox roster and the second I saw black midi, I was immediately reminded of the first time I ever came across them. I watched their Boiler Room set in London on YouTube and my jaw was on the floor. I spent a lot of my teenage years playing crazy improvised Jams with my friends and it reminded me of that but on another level. As a drummer, I have huge respect for Morgan Simpson and how he approaches the kit. Their album is amazing but they are on a new level live. Amazing band, amazing musicians, equally great music

Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style

Hype can be a terrible burden. A mass of critical acclaim before a band has properly figured who they are and what they want to do rarely leads to potential being fulfilled, instead stultifying creativity and imposing impossible expectations. But Black ...

DEC 6th

My pick of the year is… Pongo!

PONGO is simply brilliant! Europavox
invited her on several occasions, and she struck us down each time. PONGO excels on stage, with a powerful, captivating voice, and crazy energy. Her mix of breakdance, samba, electro, black music; it’s the kuduro, of which she is the queen. It is fresh and exciting. PONGO will help us to forget this 2020 lousy year and to think about getting together as quickly as possible on the dance floor. Uwa Uwa Uwa !

Based in
Portugal, Lisbon
Style

NEWS : Pongo is one of the winners of the 2020 Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, the EU prize for popular and contemporary music. Click here for more info!

DEC 5th

My pick of the year is… Sir Was!

 Cool/fresh tracks that feel modern and old-school at the same time.

Based in
Sweden, Frillesås/Gothenburg
Style

MUSIC EUROPE DAY 2020 – INTERVIEW & LIVE On Saturday May 9th, from 2pm to 12am, the European Union and Europavox presented a great musical journey for this day that unites Europeans. Recorded by whatever means available and with plenty ...

DEC 4th

My pick of the year is… Sinead O’ Brien

My favorite new artist of 2020 is Sinead O’Brien, an Irish poet, and performer who released her debut EP, Drowning in Blessings, in September. Her influences: Mark E. Smith, Patti Smith, The Slits. In a year of anxiety and uncertainty, her powerful songs mixing spoken words and post-punk have brought me some much-needed thrills!

 

Based in
Ireland, Limerick
Style

“Why am I forever in recovery, from a thing you call joy?” asks Sinead O’Brien in her key track, an otherworldly piece of punk-poetry in which her vocal seems to oscillate between slightly robotic and deeply tinged with emotion. O’Brien is closer to a writer ...

December, 3rd

Molchat Doma

Our pick of the year is… Squid!

Squid – fast-swimming cephalopod mollusk with ten arm

Based in
United Kingdom, Brighton
Style

Having a truly bizarre band name is one way to garner immediate attention for your new project. Another is to release distinctive, class-embittered, ragged post-punk that screams loudly against the worst of society’s toxicity. Squid, true to the punchy, ...

DECEMBER, 2nd

My pick of the year is… Camilla Sparksss!

Camilla Sparksss finds the way to a perfect sound synthesis of the last 50 years of independent music, mixing 90’s industrial rhythms with modern electronics, no wave vocals with introspective and distorted poetry, leaving just enough room for the dancefloor. And all with a punk attitude.

Based in
Switzerland, Lugano

Barbara Lehnoff, a.k.a. Camilla Sparksss, first found  the spotlight in 2008 as the female half of a duo named Peter Kernel, the male half of which is Swiss musician Aris Bassetti. The pair also founded their own ...

DECEMBER 1st

To begin with, our communication squad has been working hard to build this calendar.

Please meet:

Léa, Head of communication at Europavox Festival,

Manon, Digital Communication Manager at Europavox,

Salomé, Project Manager at Europavox,

Bérengère, Administrative Manager at Europavox,

Clémence, Community Manager at Europavox Festival,

and Margot, Community Manager at Europavox!

My pick of the year is… My Ugly Clementine!

 Pop. Rock. C’est girl power. ✊ (and one of the video clips includes roller derby!)

Based in
Austria, Vienna
Style

Few bands speak truth to mundanity yet never lose a smile like My Ugly Clementine. The four-piece supergroup is backed by musical grandees of the Austrian scene: Sophie Lindinger is the band's songwriter and mastermind, and is best known for her role in indie- ...

My pick of the year is… MOURN!

 If I had to describe Mourn, I’d say it’s a rock version of Haim. A concentrate of pure energy in my ears that made me want to go to one of their gig, like right now! 🤘

Based in
Spain, El Maresme (Barcelona)
Style

Who could imagine that dual guitarists and singers Carla Pérez Vas and Jazz Rodríguez, born in 1996, would move from high school friends in 2012 to a group - formed together with Antonio Postius on drums and Leia, Jazz's sister on bass - was going to triumph ...

My pick of the year is… ÄTNA!

 Great beats and vibes… and soon we’ll all be dancing together again!

Based in
Germany, Dresden
Style

Captivating and tender, the German alt-pop duo ÄTNA paint with such broad strokes with their sonic pallet that over the past few years their work has brushed the corridors of jazz, electropop, and neo-classical. Their press release describes them as being ‘ ...

My pick of the year is… Glauque!

 I saw them with the team at Eurosonic last year, a revelation!

 

 

Based in
Belgium, Namur
Style

MUSIC EUROPE DAY 2020 - INTERVIEW & LIVE On Saturday May 9th, from 2pm to 12am, the European Union and Europavox presented a great musical journey for this day that unites Europeans. Recorded by whatever means available and with plenty ...

My pick of the year is… Biig Piig!

 I like the way she puts her soft voice on soothed productions. I can listen to her all the time, everywhere, and it reminds me a little of IAMDDB which is for me the British queen in the genre.

Based in
United Kingdom, London
Style

Biig Piig - a name chosen by Jess Smyth largely to rid herself of any expectations when it came to her music - comes from a pan-European background. Born in Ireland, and raised in Spain and London, she comes to her brand of urban soul music wearing that varied ...

My pick of the year is… De Ambassade!

 It’s cold and very elegant new wave music. The lyrics in Dutch remind me of the year I lived in Antwerp, Flemish Belgium.

Based in
Netherlands, Amsterdam

Sometimes, mystery can be a powerful thing. Just ask Pascal Pinkert. The Dutch producer and musician is the brains behind cult favourite Dollkraut, but he’s also the driving force of De Ambassade, a shadowy cold wave outfit based in Amsterdam ...

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