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An Indietronica Preview of NOS Alive 2018

NOS Alive

We do like a good festival, and after hearing that NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal is up there as one the world’s best music festivals, we decided to plan a trip in July to find out what all the fuss is about!

In the mean time, buckle up and check out our ones to watch within the indietronica genres (looks like we’ll mainly see you at the Sagres Stage then!).

THURSDAY 12 JULY

Friendly Fires, Sagres Stage

Friendly Fires

Energetic Brit boys Friendly Fires return to the festival circuit after a hiatus.

Having already had massive success with hits such as ‘Paris’, ‘Jump In The Pool’ and ‘Skeleton Boy’, their new single ‘Love Like Waves’ doesn’t disappoint and continues the theme of tropical-tinged synth sounds.

Expect a highly fun and bold performance at NOS Alive.

Sounds like: Fenech-Soler, Two Door Cinema Club

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Jain, Sagres Stage

Jain

Jain is a multi-cultural singer/songwriter and self confessed beat-maker, originally from France, but who has also spent time in Dubai and The Congo.

Jain means achieving liberation of the soul, and that’s exactly what this music embodies with its flecked sounds of African rhythms with simple, yet vibrant vocals.

Watch the video for highly recognised song ‘Makeba’ below and catch Jain at the Sagres Stage on Thursday.

Sounds like: Brigitte, Santigold, L.E.J, Yodelice, Lilly Wood & The Prick

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Khalid, Sagres Stage

Khalid

One artist we are super stoked to check out live is Khalid.

The American singer/songwriter originally started writing music during his college years, where he was also declared prom king. Amalgamating an array of sounds from classical, pop to hip hop, Khalid shows a real sense of urgency in his music.

We can’t get enough of his track with Billie Eilish, and can’t wait to see him perform at NOS Alive.

Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Father John Misty, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Lorde, James Blake, Billie Eilish

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Wolf Alice, Sagres Stage

Wolf Alice

Indie rockers Wolf Alice have been our firm favourites from the UK for some time now. They never disappoint at a live show, fronted by a fresh-faced Ellie Rowsell’s seemingly blasé but endearingly nervous attitude.

Expect a set full of their most brilliant tunes…so that’s all of them then!

Sounds like: Black Honey, Peace, Superfood, Foals, Circa Waves, Harry

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Sampha, Sagres Stage

Sampha

Sampha is to be one of the UK’s best musical exports in 2018.

He has a knack for writing songs with deep and personal lyrics of pain and reflection, some of which have unfortunately has stemmed from health hardships suffered with his family at home, and we can’t help but think we are supporting him on this journey.

Truly thought-provoking stuff, definitely worthy of a slot at NOS Alive.

Sounds like: Jessie Ware, Frank Ocean, Solange, Moses Sumney, James Blake, Chet Faker, SBTRKT, Dallas Green

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FRIDAY 13 JULY

Two Door Cinema Club, NOS Stage

Two Door Cinema Club

We have watched Irish electro-poppers Two Door Cinema Club play live countless times, and that’s why they’ve made this list.

It’s hard to believe these youngsters have been around for over eight years. Still full of energy and banging tunes, catch them on the Friday!

Sounds like: Phoenix, Hot Chip, Passion Pit

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Future Islands, NOS Stage

Future Islands

Future Islands‘ front man Samuel T Herring’s dancing is reason enough to go watch these guys at NOS Alive. And of course, the US synthpop band are wildly brilliant in as many unique, refreshing and inspiration ways possible.

Expect big things on stage!

Sounds like: Arcade Fire, Perfume Genius, Twin Shadow, Sylvan Esso, Austra

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CHVRCHES, Sagres Stage

CHVRCHES

Feisty feminist attitudes and catchy lyrics is what CHVRCHES brings to the table.

Lauren Mayberry has faced her fair share of trolls online, but to her testament, the Scottish trio continue to go from strength to strength. We are very much looking forward to this show!

Sounds like: Kate Boy, Avec Sans, Purity Ring, Vogue Dots, R.A.B.B.I.I., Kaleida, Gems, IYES, For Esmé, ALMA, Pale Hands, Acre Tarn, Prinze George, Leitbur, Monogem, PALMEDO, NONONO, Still Corners, MUNA

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Portugal. The Man, Sagres Stage

Portugal. The Man

Bold American rock band Portugal. The Man have been making serious waves of late, and if you haven’t heard of them, you soon will.

An iPhone soundtrack waiting to happen; expect goosebumps, sway inducing vocal harmonies and a fist pumping bass line.

Sounds like: Foster The People, Broken Bells, Grouplove, Circa Survive, MGMT

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Surma, Coreto Stage

Surma

Imagine if M83 and Joanna Newsom met one day and decided to make some music. The result would be the quirky and ambient tones of Portuguese Surma (aka Débora Umbelino).

Working with loop pedals, the solo artist works with analogue and digital sounds creating a primal yet sonic environment.

Sounds like: Yellerkin, Yoke Lore, M83, Joanna Newsom

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SATURDAY 14 JULY

Lotus Fever, Coreto Stage

Lotus Fever

Kicking off Saturday’s ones to watch are Lisbon natives, Lotus Fever.

They fit somewhere in-between Alt-J and Pink Floyd and it’s really refreshing to hear. We are expecting a super tight performance, thanks to their longstanding stint together since 2011 and it being their local city.

Sounds like: Alt-J, Pink Floyd

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Mighty Sands, Coreto Stage

Mighty Sands

Mighty Sands is a Lisbon-based quintet.

Their music has tendencies to sway in the 60’s, psychedelic market – imagine riding on a surfboard in space. However, we expect their set at NOS Alive to be a relaxed affair, where you can chill out and have a cider…or ride a surfboard in space, whatever takes your fancy!

Sounds like: Father John Misty, Tame Impala, MGMT

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MGMT, NOS Stage

MGMT

Less under the radar than the counterparts in this piece, but still worthy of a slot on one’s to watch at this year’s NOS Alive. The mighty MGMT!

The eclectic US-based duo are known for their otherworldly take on modern indie rock music, often combining psychedelic synths, crunchy guitars and stodgy vocals with fun videos.

Sounds like: Empire of the Sun, Foster the People, Tame Impala, Portugal. The Man

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Perfume Genius, Sagres Stage

Perfume Genius

Covering topics such as sexual abuse, suicide and alcohol abuse, Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) is one such musical role model we want to be more involved with.

His music represents such struggles and recoveries in a camp but delightfully magnificent way.

Sounds like: Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Kate Bush, M83, David Bowie, Future Islands, Fever Ray

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Bernado, Coreto Stage

Bernardo

Wow, Bernado‘s vocals have blown us away after watching her live performance of ‘The Boy Is Mine’.

The London based British/Portuguese singer/songwriter effortlessly combines modern attitudes from London attitude with a jazzy flair.

Sounds like: Amy Winehouse, Jorja Smith

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Real Estate, Sagres Stage

Real Estate

With a warming lo-fi sound, Brooklyn-based dream team, Real Estate is our last act to consider watching at NOS Alive.

Run by childhood friends who played in their backyards during the summer months, Real Estate write simple and endearing songs full of luminous guitar riffs and delicate synths.

We envisage this show to be a perfect end to a perfect weekend.

Sounds like: Summer Heart, Washed Out, MGMT

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Find out more info about NOS Alive and purchase remaining tickets here.

Best Youth – Black Eyes

Best Youth

Best Youth

Best Youth is a funky synth twosome from Porto in Portugal.

Their incredibly seductive new video for ‘Black Eyes’ features the duo, Ed Rocha Gonçalves and Catarina Salinas.

Ed and Catarina met as teenagers during the summer holidays. They formed a three-piece band called Genius Loki which released two EPs and toured nationally, but later disbanded. After a few years, while working on a solo album, Ed got back in touch with Catarina for a few recording sessions and they started officially working together under the name Best Youth.

Sounds like: True Noir, Rilo Kiley, Moullinex

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Vaarwell

Vaarwell by Tomás Monteiro

Vaarwell by Tomás Monteiro

Lisbon quartet Vaarwell formed in late 2014 and have been making music and touring ever since. They are currently preparing their first album, which we can expect in late 2016.

After being named Tradiio’s ‘Artist of the Week’, we decided to find out more…

How did you meet and why did you start making music together?

We all studied in the same art school and we were studying music production. Since we were all from the same class, we eventually got to know each other better and decided to try making music together and we think it worked out well!

Describe your sound in three words.

Mellow, Simple, Genuine.

We also discovered fellow Portuguese artist Isaura on Tradiio. Do you think the music scene in Portugal has a lot of offer the rest of the world?

Absolutely! We personally think that the Portuguese music scene has never been better and more diversified. There’s a lot of potential in some Portuguese projects.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We all came from different backgrounds when it comes to music genre, so our influences vary from indie rock to folk and electronic music, to name a few.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

We’ve been listening to Lapsley, Haitus Kaiyote, Ayelle, Benjamin Clementine and Hippo Campus.

We’ve invested in Vaarwell. Have you? Listen to more of Vaarwell’s songs and support them at tradiio.com/vaarwell.

Sounds like: IYES, Daughter, Frances, Phoria

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Tradiio Exclusive: Interview with Isaura

Isaura by Tiago Costa

Isaura by Tiago Costa

Isaura is an electronic Portuguese musician on the country’s one to watch list for 2015. We discovered Isaura whilst on Tradiio.

Her slow pop jam ‘Change It’ has been produced by Ben Monteiro (D’Alva, Mount Keeper) and it was written and composed by the artist herself.

We caught up with Isaura about writing music in English and her love for a variety of artists.

Why did you start making music?

I don’t quite know how to answer that since it is not something I’ve decided to do. I’ve always loved music and most of all I’ve always felt the need to write and compose my own songs. I think that for me it is the best possible way to express myself, to tell my stories and what is going on around me. I don’t think I could write a personal journal or a book, I don’t have enough discipline for that!, but I really like to preserve memories and write down things I do not want to forget; songs are perfect for that.

You are from Portugal, but you write your music in English. Is there a reason behind this?

I love how Portuguese sounds in songs, it is a beautiful, elegant and mysterious language; but I also think that it has a lot of character and personality and I prefer to hear English in this electronic pop world I’m singing. Besides that, my main influences sing in English and that is also a more universal tool to communicate… I think when you like to tell stories you need to believe that somehow the whole world can actually hear them.

Describe your sound in three words.

Electronic, pop, urban.

We discovered you on Tradiio. Do you think free platforms, such as Tradiio, are making it easier for artists to expose their sound to the general public?

Absolutely. Nowadays almost everyone can go online, use social networks and free platforms and upload songs; for good artists that are strongly committed to work hard and to build a music career it can be good and bad at the same time since you have a lot of things going on and sometimes good artist remain hidden under those infinite gigabytes of stuff and labels will never find them. Platforms like Tradiio act not only as a platform where people can hear music and judge for themselves instead of only hearing what big labels and radio stations choose, it also gives the possibility that good artists can be noticed by labels and hopefully earn contracts. I hope the platform can really make a difference and remain parallel to the music industry.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I hear a lot of everything. I do not hear that much music, because for me it can be an extenuating process since I can’t work and hear music or wash dishes and hear music: when I hear music I have to stop everything I’m doing. But I listen to very different artists that can touch me somehow. However, for my work as an artist I go from Jessie Ware, Chet Faker, Honne, Shura, Jack Garrat, Tourist, Haim to Daughter, Disclosure, AlunaGeorge, Rudimental, Flume, Jamie XX, James Blake, , FKA Twigs and so many others.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’m just like anybody else that loves electronic music: I’m still stunned with Jack Ü feat Justin Bieber.

We’ve invested in Isaura. Have you? Listen to more of Isaura’s songs and support her at tradiio.com/isaura.

Sounds like: Frances, Daughter, London Grammar

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Lyves – Shelter

Lyves - Shelter

Lyves – Shelter

Lyves is the project of North London based singer / songwriter / producer Francesca Bergami; a young artist of Italian and Australian heritage, who grew up in Portugal, before moving to London to study Psychology.

Following on from last year’s well-received ‘Visions’ is the atmospheric ‘Shelter’. The track is so emotive and powerful that it should be listened to in the pouring rain. If you were in doubt of the talent of Bergami’s vocals, then don’t be any longer, as ‘Shelter’ is a stroke of soulful genius.

Lyves will release her debut EP in the Spring, which will be accompanied by her first ever headline show in London.

Sounds like: Years & Years, London Grammar, James Blake, SOHN, The Weeknd, Banks, Jamie XX, Jesse Ware, Shura, Seal, Boards of Canada

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