5 bands that I’ll not miss at Osheaga 2017

By August 1, 2017 No Comments

Osheaga 2017 is coming so fast, are you ready Montreal? Have you already decided on which band you'll spend your time and which you don't? Here is my ultimate top 5, those that I won't miss for anything.

1. Temples

Melodies seem to come effortlessly for Temples, the English four-piece comprised of James Bagshaw (vocals, guitar), Tom Warmsley (bass, backing vocals), Sam Toms (drums) and Adam Smith (keys). Their debut album, Sun Structures, was a Top 10 UK debut, named Rough Trade’s “Album of the Year” for 2014. All the elements people loved with that record remain intact on Volcano, but this time around, there’s a noticeable evolution presented from the outset. There are sun-dazed numbers and lysergic dream-pop songs and those where synth and mellotron interweave to beguiling effect. Entirely self-produced and written by all four members of the band, Volcano is the sound of Temples squaring up to their potential.

Scène de la Vallée Vans
Sat, August 5, 3:25 PM > 4:10 PM

2. Angel Olsen

Anyone reckless enough to have typecast Angel Olsen according to 2013’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness is in for a sizeable surprise with her third album, MY WOMAN. The crunchier, blown-out production of the former is gone, but that fire is now burning wilder. Her disarming, timeless voice is even more front-and-centre than before, and the overall production is lighter. Yet the strange, raw power and slowly unspooling incantations of her previous efforts remain, so anyone who might attempt to pigeonhole Olsen as either an elliptical outsider or a pop personality is going to be wrong whichever way they choose – Olsen continues to reign over the land between the two with a haunting obliqueness and sophisticated grace.

Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile
Fri, August 4, 2:45 PM > 3:25 PM

3. Solange

Solange describes A Seat At The Table, which she began writing in 2013, as “a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.” Just enough of R&B to let you try it and ask yourself if Solange is up to the sister challenge.

Scène de la Rivière Virgin Mobile
Sat, August 5, 7:20 PM > 8:20 PM

4. Whitney

Whitney make casually melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band, and the slack groove of early Pavement. Classic and modern at the same time, they revel in concrete details, evocative turns of phrase, and thorny emotions that don’t have exact names. These ten songs on Light Upon the Lake sound like they could have been written at any time in the last fifty years.

Scène de la Vallée Vans
Sun, August 6, 3:25 PM > 4:10 PM

5. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine is an album of songs Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam wrote and recorded together between July 2014 and February 2016. In the spirit of collaborative albums, not unlike those of David Byrne and Brian Eno, each musician’s individuality remains in tact, while in fact, on this record, both Hamilton’s identity as a singer and Rostam’s as a producer seem to reach new heights.

Scène des Arbres SiriusXM
Fri, August 4, 8:05 PM > 8:55 PM

About Martin Bertrand

Founder and director of Shoeclack - He loves a bit too much everything about music festivals!