Mixtape: Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Just as we Northern Hemisphere dwellers were becoming used to the thought that all music festivals in Europe were preparing for hibernation during the winter months, Pitchfork, has come through with the musical goods. The Parisian off-shoot of the Pitchfork Music Festival annually housed in Chicago boasts a lineup of grand proportions. Majical Cloudz, Youth Lagoon and Savages will take turns entertaining the crowd along with Sky Ferreira, A-Trak and Warpaint, among many other artists that feature on the stellar bill. To whet your/our appetites for the gig in the French capital in early November, we’ve rounded up the acts we’re we’re most excited about seeing and put them together in the above mixtape.
No Age – Glitter
Everything in Between was one of the standout records of 2010. It would be great to see Glitter live and I’m curious how they would sound within a live festival setting rather than being blasted through my headphones.
The Knife – Like A Pen
There has always been an element of curiosity surrounding with The Knife. The creative unity of the wonderful Karin Dreijer Andersson and her brother Olof Dreijer is sure to make for a great performance. I think it will be laden with visual effects and spectacular costumes, a treat for the eyes and ears, while they belt out classics, like Heartbeats, and newer numbers taken from their diverse back-catalogue. Also, our editor Bobby likes to do an interpretive dance to this track.
Mount Kimbie – Blood and Form
I’ve given extensive wordy love to these Glaswegians on Something You Said post-release of their 2013 record, Cold Fault Spring Less Youth. Their brooding brand of lo-fi electronic will be grand to see on a larger live scale.
Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu
How dare you (like me, until about a week ago) be ignorant to the genius of Omar Souleyman? He’s so boss! The Syrian producer has gained attention from Caribou, remixed Björk and had his own music reworked by Four Tet. The dude has made over five hundred records (mostly recorded at weddings as a present for the couple, awh). Just watch the video and try not to dance.
Ariel Pink – Only in My Dreams
I’ve heard that the American art-rock weirdos put on a good show. I find much of their music too drawn out, but there are a few gems – such as the one I have selected – that are close to perfect.
Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
The remix master from Norway will bring kitschy euro-pop bangers to the festival grounds. I hope he plays a headliner set to draw in the night with some serious funk.
Jagwar Ma – Somersault
After seeing them at the Berlin Festival prelude gig, I have faith that the Aussie band will continue to kill it on stages all over in Europe. They are only going to get better at performing much loved tracks like Come and Save Me, as well as the eerier Somersault, both taken from their debut Howlin’.
Blood Orange – Dinner
As long-time listener of Dev Hynes’ music (since the Test Icicles days) and after reading this very sexy interview I have yearned to see the man in live, human form, preferably playing some of his smooth, 80’s throwback tunes.
Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is Thursday 31 October- Saturday November 2, for more details see the events’ website, here.
Words by Carol Bowditch.