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Berlin Festival’s Electric Women

As the Berlin Festival starts this evening, I wanted to take the opportunity to present most of the women of the weekend’s lineup with a small playlist. Below you can also find the featured artists with their respective stage and time.

One can only hope that the festival won’t be as disastrous as its organization has been in the last weeks and months. From changing the venue a few weeks before the festival, to mixing up the timetable and their failure to deliver a better line-up despite all their announcements – it feels like the festival has become a complete farce.

Nevertheless I will enjoy this weekend completely dedicated to electronic music and try to see as many of the women as possible. Even with the likes of Moderat, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and Mount Kimbie performing as well.


Austra | Fr, 23.30-00.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Meggy | Sa, 03-05 | Ipse (Berlin Festival meets FWTB)

Ellen Alien | Sa, 05-07 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Aerea Negrot | Sa, 07-09 | Ipse (Berlin Festival meets FWTB)

Fidelity Kastrow | Sa, 10-14 | Badeschiff

Magda | Sa, 16-18 | Badeschiff

Coely | Sa, 19-19.45 | Glashaus

Nina Kraviz | Sa, 19.30-22.00 | Badeschiff

Eva Be | So, 04-07 | Arena Club

Nod one’s head | So, 15.00-16.00 | Badeschiff

Highasakite | So, 15.45-16.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Warpaint | So, 17.00-18.00 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Jessie Ware | So, 18.30 – 19.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Nene Cherry & Rocketnumbernine | So, 22.00-23.15 | Glashaus

Adi Ulmansky | So, 23-00 | White Trash Food

Hawk House | t.b.a.

 

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[Playlist] Electric Women of Dream Pop

So this is a premiere, my very first post of a playlist for convenient listening. I’ve decided to make this first one about the vast landscape of (electronic) Dream Pop, as quite a few of the hitherto published posts could be categorized into this genre, there is a reasonably good representation of Women in the bands in question and last, but not least, it has always been one of my absolute favorite genres. The boundaries of dream pop are broadly set here, as I not only not agree with the notion of a necessity of strict separation between the genres, moreover I think that those boundaries inhibit musical development and progress so I’ll go with what I’d say could be categorized under the umbrella term of Dream Pop.

Dream Pop is primarily defined by ethereal vocals and a focus on the song’s texture. It has been often used in the 80s and 90s for a sub-genre of alternative rock, but thereafter has been used for a wide difference of sounds including, but not limited to, bands that are otherwise labeled as playing synth- or electro pop music.

There have been excessive discussions on which bands are to place under this term, and whether Dream Pop is part of the electronic music scene or not has been a controversial question. In addition, the differentiation between Dream Pop and the closely connected genre Shoegaze has been questioned multiple times as well. But to me those debates surrounding exclusionist notions of music are moot. So in case anyone is still wondering what Dream Pop is, better start listening to the tunes and see for yourself.

 

Austra – Habitat

The video to Austra’s long awaited ‘Habitat’ EP is out and it picks up where Austra’s soundscapes left off. It tells the very intimate story of emotional and sexual need, desire and longing between couples of every variety.

They even released yet another video this week for another one of their songs from their Habitat EP, ‘Hulluu’.

An alternative link for the Habitat video for everyone coming from Germany.

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Austra

Austra is a Canadian band hailing from Toronto, that mainly consists of three people. Katie Stelmanis who is responsible for the vocals, lyrics and keyboards, Maya Postepski on all kinds of drums and Bassist Dorian Wolf. Katie’s sometimes rather cold but always very intense voice (which she trained through a legitimate education as an opera singer) is what dominates the sound of Austra. It often stands in a juxtaposed position to the more upbeat and straight-forward tunes that Maya and Dorian provide and together they create a very intimate soundscape. Continue reading Austra