Top picks from the by:Larm bookers
February 25 2020
Joakim Haugland, Head of Programme
London collective with Mica Levi, amongst others. I dont know much more, but I think that’s enough info anyway.
Karolinski came through over our demo competition (Jury’s Selection) and was one of my favourites this year. It didn’t have a demo feel at all and it felt like her music is ready for the world’s clubs immediately. Dubby house/disco building on the heritage from her peers Bjørn Torske and Prins Thomas.
Marta Salogni introduces Melos Kalpa (UK)
Marta Salogni is known as one of the best mixing engineers and producers today having worked with Bjørk, The XX, Bon Iver, FKA Twigs to name a few. She held a lecture at last years by:Larm, but this year she returns with her own music. Very excited about this one!
Juni Habel (NO)
Another favourite from the Jury’s Selection. Beautiful mellow folk placed in between Bert Jansch, Joni Mitchell, Jessica Pratt and Vashti Bunyan.
Perila’s Irer Dent was one of my favourite releases last year. Graceful minimalist/ambient/spoken-word, kind of like a mix of Kara-Lis Coverdale and Jenny Hval.
Upsammy from Amsterdam makes melodic electronic music somewhere between head and club. Check out her wonderful mini-album Wild Chamber from last year. For fans of Boards Of Canada, Skee Mask and early Autechre.
Sissel Wincent (SE)
We have tried to book her a few times, finally it happened. Part of a wave of Nordic artists that fuses avant/experimental electronics and techno. If you like Astrid Sonne and Puce Mary from last year’s programme, you will love Sissel Wincent.
Bella Boo (SE)
Signed to one of my favourite labels, Studio Barnhus. Her Once Upon A Passion was definitely one of the best house albums of 2019.
Norwegian artist who has lived abroad most of his career, but has now moved back home. He releases his music with Berlin’s Pan Records. I would recommend to check out his track on Pan’s great Mono No Aware compilation and you will have the best introduction to his music.
Klein’s Lifetime album appeared on most “Best of 2019” lists. The album is like no other, completely in its own world, strange and mysterious. Highly recommended and I cannot wait to see her live.
ela minus (CO)
We heard a demo and was immediately hooked. Already booked to Coachella, and signed to Domino – read the signs, and be there.
Giant Swan (UK)
Giant Swan was a small breakthrough sensation in 2019. I have a feeling that their intense, raw and brutal mix of punk and electronics will be one of the best live acts of by:Larm 2020.
8-piece creating a cosmic mix folk and country, and also the latest signing by Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee on their legendary Rough Trade label. When you realize that they also signed The Smiths, The Strokes, Libertines, Anthony and the Johnsons and Arcade Fire, you know it’s already worth listening to. Caroline don’t have any music out yet, but trust us, it’s great!
Sverre Eilertsen, Head of Booking
Black Country, New Road (UK)
Rough-edged and math-rocky (but not awkward) with a narrative and sweet melodies. Entrancing at some points. Very much looking forward to seeing them live again.
Local favourite from the lovely Uteklubb collective, and their label Ute.Rec. Fast paced and timeless. Simply too good, and luckily for us playing both live and doing a DJ set at by:Larm. Excited!
I’ve been a fan for many years, and their debut album Skogen is probably the best Norwegian indie album of 2019.
Emil Stabil (DK)
Easy-going flow, hard banging beats, hyper energy. I’ve slept on Emil for far too long, so I will not let this chance to see him slip away!
Athletic Progression (DK)
Lucky enough to catch their explosive set at Eurosonic, and can’t wait to see them again in Oslo. Instrumental hip hoppy jazz. Mmmm!
From Scratch (NO)
Pure and honest 4-piece from Oslo. One of my favorites from this years Jury’s Selection!
Charlotte Dos Santos (NO)
It’s always nice that someone exceeds in a sound that’s not typically Norwegian to master. Especially when that someone does it at a level few else can match. Super eager to catch Charlotte Dos Santos’ late night show in Kulturkirken Jakob on Saturday 28th.
The track “Hayley” is a real earworm, and a good one that is. Somewhere in an eerie hillside landscape you meet noises of showering, playful synths, string arrangements melted in to vibrant and alternative pop.
Coby Sey, Brother May and Micachu. Great names. I don’t know much more, but I’m definitely intrigued!
Giant Swan (UK)
Relentless, intense and in-your-face mix of punky electronics and noise. Over the top excited, and I’ve got a feeling this will be one of the best shows this year.
Oli XL (SE)
My favorite Swedish act of this by:Larm edition. Glitchy, rhythmic patterns meets gloomy synths and funny details. Highly anticipated!
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