Essential Sounds: 20.09.19

September 20, 2019

While we’re working on the ticket sales for September 24, we managed to put together a playlist to keep our nerves in check, and for you to enjoy.

So, once again… dive in!

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Cult of LunaNightwalkers (Metal Blade)

Have A Nice LifeLords of Tresserhorn (The Flenser)

Mike Patton, Jean-Claude VannierChansons D’Amour (Ipecac)

Okay KayaAscend and Try Again (Jagjaguwar)

Angel OlsenLark (Jagjaguwar)

Lavinia BlackwallTroublemakers (Self-Release)

Wet TunaGoin’ (Three Lobed Recordings)

Sharron KrausWanderer (Ghost Box)

Laura Cannell, Polly WrightHelp me (Brawl Records)

Jenny HvalHigh Alice (Sacred Bones)

UmbertoSpontaneous Possession (Thrill Jockey)

Ami Dang Bopoluchi (Leaving Records)

The WarlocksMean Machine (Cleopatra Records)

MonomythAquilo (Suburban)

The Utopia StrongMoonchild (Rocket Recordings)

Drowse, Lane Shi OtayoniiSudo Beast (The Flenser)

Red KiteYou Don’t Know, You Don’t Know (RareNoise Records)

Essential Sounds: 13.09.19

September 13, 2019

As Summer festival season ends and the days start getting shorter, the pace picks up on the number of releases we have to digest each week. There’s so many, it’s pretty hard to keep track! But this week sees the long awaited album from Chelsea Wolfe, and a new release from Cloud Rat – accompanied by a stunning bonus EP (which gets a peek in on this week’s playlist). We hope these playlists help you fumble your way through the mass of new music a little easier – we can but try.

So, once again… dive in!

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Cloud Rat – Keep Flies (Artoffact)

Perfume Genius – Eye In The Wall (Matador)

Lindy-Fay Hella – Nake Du Funn I Skogen (Ván Records)

Future Museums – Infinity Pools (Aural Canyon)

Erasers – No Wonder (Fire Talk)

Death and Vanilla – A Flaw In The Iris (Fire Records)

Chelsea Wolfe – When Anger Turns To Honey (Sargent House)

Bask – New Dominion (Season of Mist)

Portrayal Of Guilt – Sacrificial Rite (Closed Casket Activities)

Essential Sounds: 06.09.19

September 6, 2019

These tracks have been the soundtrack to us working hard behind the scenes to bring you this week’s Roadburn announcement. A constant process of discovery is one of the huge joys of this job – and collating new music into a playlist like this cements that feeling.

This Hether Fortune track is actually not her newest, but it’s still glorious so I included it anyway! To hear her latest track, The Joker, head HERE.

If you’re not yet subscribed to our main 2020 playlist you can do so HERE – that will keep you up to date with all the bands we announce for Roadburn. Listen at your leisure.

‘Til next week…

-Becky Laverty

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Chelsea Wolfe – Deranged for Rock & Roll (Sargent House)

Soft Kill – Tin Foil Drip (Closed Casket Activities)

Hether Fortune – Birds of Prey (Etruscan Gold Records)

Liturgy – God of Love (YLYCYN)

Coilguns – Manicheans (Hummus Records)

Cult of Luna – Lay Your Head to Rest (Metal Blade)

Pleasure Symbols – Dissociation (Avant! Records)

A.A Williams – Jolene (Holy Roar)

Kayo Dot – The Something Opal (Prophecy Productions)

Cloud Rat – Wonder (Artoffact)

Pharmakon – Spit It Out (Sacred Bones)

Mizmor – Cairn to Suicide (Gilead Media)

Roadburn 2020: two Artists In Residence and more...

September 4, 2019

Every edition of Roadburn has an Artist in Residence who will perform multiple times across the four days of the festival – each time showcasing a different facet of their creativity. Much like with other aspects at Roadburn 2020, this year we’re mixing things up a bit; for the first time there will be two Artist In Residence positions…

With 30+ releases – EPs, splits, full lengths and more – there’s rich pickings to pull together material for four distinctive sets at Roadburn 2020. Full of Hell will perform Weeping Choir in full, as well as sister album Trumpeting Ecstasy. Also on the slate is a set comprising of their early material including songs from Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home, as well as early 7” releases – and perhaps even a couple of covers thrown in for good measure.

The twist in the tale is that for one of their four sets they will collaborate with fellow Artist In Residence Kristin Hayter AKA Lingua Ignota.

Performing four times over the course of the festival weekend, Kristin Hayter will peel back a layer of the Lingua Ignota form, shining a light in a dark corner. Performing alongside our other Artist In Residence, Full of Hell, some dark forces are sure to be summoned by the unholy noise they’ll make collaboratively. In addition to that, there will be an extremely special covers set (the details of which we will keep under wraps for now) and a performance comprising entirely of All Bitches Die material. The centrepiece of Kristin’s residency will be a grand re-imagining of Caligula – pulled apart and elegantly pieced back together in a new way.

Read more about Full of Hell HERE and Lingua Ignota HERE.

The first artist to be confirmed as part of Emma Ruth Rundle‘s curated event is Hide. An uncompromising duo who have a message that alone deserves to be heard, but the accompanying pulse of grit-flecked industro-slickness is what makes Hide an essential booking for Roadburn. Demonstrating that heavy music doesn’t need a guitar to be crushing, Hide are dragging ‘heaviness’, kicking and screaming, in their wake.

Emma commented: “I’m very happy to announce Hide as the first band in my curation. No one else is touching on all the subjects that really twist the blade in my being the way they can. Their work is brutal, visceral, painful and poignant in all ways. From their videos, albums, lyrics, uniquely sourced samples and undeniably intense live performance- Hide not only transcend – they absolutely destroy.”

Read more about Hide HERE.

Boy Harsher’s minimal synths, beats and fuzzed up vocals have been in our eyeline for a while now – and we’re thrilled that our intentions line up with those of our curator.
He comments: “Boy Harsher brings a kind of visceral darkness through their minimal electronic beats that is extremely fascinating. The whispering-like vocals mixed with detuned-synths and old drum machines always felt to me like an invitation to a forbidden yet alluring world.”

Read more about Boy Harsher HERE.

Health has plenty of sharp edges; jagged, pixelated, and raw. The complex layers of synths and samples coagulate into a hypnotic, pulsating mass – perfect for those who find comfort in the claustrophobic confines of noise and synthwave.

James comments: “Health are amongst my favorite acts out there at the moment. Their unique sound blending heavy electronics, pop vocals and aggressive noise will make for a perfect addition to the festival.”

Read more about Health HERE.

As part of James Kent‘s curation for Roadburn 2020, we are thrilled to announce that modern Turkish darkwave legends She Past Away will be joining us to share this year’s Disko Anksiyete in its entirety. Over the course of their prior albums, the band built a strong identity rooted in genre classics yet carving its own path rather than merely following in the same well trodden gothic footsteps.

Read more about She Past Away HERE.

Also announced…

As the band gear up for the release of their as-yet-unnamed second album, we’re thrilled to announce that Dool will be premiering their new material at Roadburn next year. We may have to wait a little longer for the juicy details of the release, but much like it was in 2016 when they first debuted at Roadburn, our faith in them delivering the goods is unwavering.

Ryanne Van Dorst (guitars/ vocals) comments: “After giving us a showcase spot in Cul de Sac back in 2016, with nothing more than just a single song released and a handful of shows played, Roadburn basically gave birth to us in a way. Now, we’ve been invited to premiere our new album on the 2020 edition. We couldn’t be more proud to enter this new era of Dool together with you all at Roadburn.”

Read more about Dool HERE.

Bada is another vessel for the Gothenburg-based musicians Anna Von Hausswolff, David Sabel, Gianluca Grasselli, Filip Leyman and Hannes Nilsson (some of whom also perform as part of Anna Von Hausswolff’s solo project) to channel their creativity.

Bada‘s output is a cinematic drone – sliced through with abrasive noise passages and ominous darkness. Fans of Dead Magic might have to adjust their receivers to be able to detect the Anna they’re most familiar with, but through the layers of static something special will still shine through.

Read more about Bada HERE.

Though Acid Rooster have flown their freak flag high for many moons, the band only released their impressive S/T debut very recently. And not to exaggerate — Acid Rooster is one of the best contemporary psych records around, hence inviting them for Roadburn 2020.

Read more about Acid Rooster HERE.


Tickets to Roadburn 2020 will go on sale on Tuesday, September 24. More details will be made available in the coming weeks.

Already announced for Roadburn 2020 is: Emma Ruth Rundle and James Kent as curators, commissioned projects from James Kent & Johannes Persson, Jo Quail, and Vile Creature & Bismuth, and the return of Julie Christmas.

Essential Sounds: 30.08.19

August 30, 2019

Yet another Friday rolls around, and right on cue, here’s another playlist for you to dive into

This week’s playlist kicks off with some sounds emanating from folk familiar to Roadburners: Gost and Peter Hayden. Roadburn alumni also features elsewhere with Have A Nice Life making a welcome return to producing new music, plus The Body and Lingua Ignota.

There’s also plenty of people yet to play Roadburn, and one or two that may only do so in our wildest dreams – Lana Del Rey, First Aid Kit. We can always dream…

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need…

GostLigature Marks (Century Media)

PHJustified (Svart Records)

FröstMatters (Lost Room Records)

AlgiersCan the Sub_Bass Speak (Matador Records)

Have A Nice LifeSea of Worry (The Flenser)

RomskipAliens (Back To Beat Records)

DaufødtForbudte Frukter (Fysisk Format)

FearingBlack Sand (Self Released)

Mark LaneganNight Flight to Kabul (Heavenly Recordings)

First Aid KitStrange Beauty (Colombia Records)

Lana Del Rey The Next Best American Record (Universal)

LeonovHunted (Fysisk Format)

The Body, Lingua IgnotaHallow Hollow (Thrill Jockey)

FågelleHelvetesdagar (Bengans Records)

Rev Rev RevOne Illusion Is Very Much Like Another (Fuzz Club Records)

Bonnacons Of DoomEsus (Rocket Recordings)

UboaLay Down and Rot (Self- Relase)

Essential Sounds: 23.08.19

August 23, 2019

It’s been a busy week over here at Roadburn HQ, what with announcement of our first names for Roadburn 2020 and all that. But we have still found time to gather together some new tunes for your regular Friday playlist. Enjoy!

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need…

HIDE – Chainsaw (Dais)

Uniform, The Body feat SRSQ – Patron Saint of Regret (Sacred Bones)

Cloud Rat – Wonder (Artoffact)

Fuming Mouth – The Spirit’s Chain (Triple B)

Flesh of the Stars – Rites (Septic Jukebox)

Kungens Män – Öppen För Stängda Dörrar (Self Release)

HELGA – Mörker (Icons Creating Evil Art)

Kayo Dot – Turbine, Hook, and Haul (Prophecy)

clipping. – Nothing is Safe (Sub Pop)

Ceremony – Years of Love (Relapse)

Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops (Joyful Noise Recordings)

Zonal feat. Moor Mother – System Error (Relapse)

Roadburn 2020: Two curators, three commissioned music projects and Julie Christmas

August 20, 2019

Each year we give over a slice of Roadburn’s line up to a carefully hand picked curator; they put their distinctive stamp on a corner of the festival and make it their own. For 2020, we have not one but two curators stepping up to the plate. Operating entirely separately, and connected by little more than their common association with Roadburn Festival – and of course their insatiable appetite for creativity – Roadburn’s 2020 curators are limbering up to deliver something special. Expect the unexpected.

Emma has left such a mark on the festival, and the wider musical landscape over the past few years; we’re honoured to invite her back to Roadburn as a curator – a new role for her, but one that she is more than ready for. Her expansive creativity and curious explorations have already led her towards collaborations – both live and on record. Her musical taste is broad and in keeping with Roadburn’s desire to explore the many facets of heavy music.

Read more about Emma‘s curation (The Gilded Cage) HERE

Few artists have straddled metal and electronic audiences as effortlessly as Perturbator. With personal tastes deeply rooted in metal, and an output that pulsates with digital slickness, James Kent embodies everything that is exciting about dark synth music today. His refreshing approach to creativity and his ability to explore heaviness in innovative ways makes him an ideal candidate for Roadburn’s 2020 curatorship role. We’re thrilled to have him on board.

Read more about James‘s curation HERE

2020 marks the third edition of Roadburn during which we will host specially commissioned pieces of music making their worldwide debut. Already, Roadburn’s commissioned projects have spawned ambitious, life affirming, bone-trembling ensembles that exceeded our expectations and wildest dreams. 2020 is shaping up to continue where we left off, with yet more innovative and exhilarating collaborations…

Our 2020 curator, James Kent AKA Perturbator is set to join forces with Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson for a commissioned performance that will form something of a grand centre-piece for Roadburn, and of James‘s curation.

Their open-mindedness in relation to creativity and composition is well documented in their individual back catalogues, and for the first time we’ll witness what their combined efforts will look, sound and feel like, come April 2020. A hypnotic build of atmosphere and layering is likely to feature heavily during the performance; cinematic ambiance and enveloping emotional soundscapes are coded into their DNA.

Read more about James Kent & Johannes Persson‘s commissioned project HERE

Jo Quail dipped her toes in the intoxicating waters of Roadburn back in April when she performed alongside Mono, At The Gates, and Myrkur. She may not have been centre-stage but her contributions were not unnoticed; Jo conveys enormous emotion via her passionate and extraordinary cello playing.

With an intention to explore heaviness, Jo’s focus is exploring the juxtaposition between classical and more contemporary music, in this case post-metal. “Arguably heaviness is an emotional concept, reaching far beyond the confines of volume, speed and instrumentation,” Jo says. She will join forces with Rotterdam’s highly regarded New Trombone Collective – a group of trombonists who pride themselves on innovation, creativity and collaboration – to work towards communicating specific feeling through their combined output.

Read more about Jo Quail presents The Cartographer HERE

An overwhelming response to both bands at Roadburn 2019, coupled with our own insatiable appetite for creativity and innovation has led to us inviting VILE CREATURE and BISMUTH to collaborate on a specially commissioned project for Roadburn 2020. Titled A Hymn of Loss and Hope, the collaborative piece will be performed for the first – and the last – time at Roadburn. A literal once in a lifetime chance to see these incredible forces combine to perform a piece that is already brewing and a-bubbling as you read.

Read more about Vile Creature and Bismuth: A Hymn of Loss and Hope HERE

Julie Christmas has one of the most distinctive voices in alternative, discordant music – and it’s a thrill for us to announce that we’ve not heard the last of that glorious voice at Roadburn. From Made Out of Babies, through Battle of Mice, as a solo artist, and as a collaborator with Cult of Luna on their stunning 2016 album Mariner, Julie has left a distinctive, subtle but indelible bruise on our record collections.

Her back catalogue is varied but all branded with a distinctive Christmas flair, so whichever route she takes, it’s a rabbit hole that we’re ready and willing to follow her down. At Roadburn 2020, Julie will perform a special, exclusive set comprising of both old favourites and new material. Read that again: new material.

Those who witnessed the creative chemistry between Julie and her Mariner cohort, Johannes Persson, may not be surprised to learn that the pair were eager to work together again. He will join her on stage, alongside – among others – ex-Kylesa guitarist, Laura Pleasants.  Already a backing band to die for.

Read more about Julie Christmas at Roadburn HERE

Tickets to Roadburn 2020 will go on sale on Tuesday, September 24. More details will be made available in the coming weeks.

Last week we unveiled the official poster artwork for Roadburn 2020. Created by Dutch artist, Douwe Dijkstra, the poster very much sets the scene for Roadburn – exploring new musical landscapes and embarking on a voyage of discovery. View the poster below.

Essential Sounds: 9.8.19

August 16, 2019

While we’re either at ArcTanGent, working on our first announcement (next Tuesday), or compiling DJ-sets for Beyond The Gates, here’s our weekly playlist that keeps us going, and hopefully you as well.

If you’d like to seek out the music on the playlist elsewhere, then this is the info you’ll need:

Purple PilgrimsAncestors Watching (Flying Nun Records)

Chelsea WolfeBe All Things (Sargent House)

NotsWoman Alone (Upset the Rythmn)

Bad BreedingTortured Reality (One Little Indian)

Une MisèreSermon (Nuclear Blast)

Rainbow GraveSuicide Pyramid (God Unknown)

Eye FlysCrushing of the Human Spirit (Thrill Jockey)

HarborLights…And Hell Followed (Deathwish Inc)

Made In PolandKu Swietlanej (Antena Krzyku)

Vatican ShadowHellfire Hidden Tribes (Hospital Productions)

Show Me the BodyNot For Love (Loma Vista Recordings)

YouraPRAKTIKA (Self Release)

HaskiJudas (Self Release)

ShortparisFearfully (Self Release)

IC3PEAKDeath No More (Self Release)

Moon DuoLost Heads (Sacred Bones)

Motor!kStellar (Out Of Line Music)

Roadburn 2020 Artwork

August 13, 2019

With one week to go until our first announcement for next year, we’re thrilled to unveil the main poster artwork for Roadburn Festival 2020.

Created by the infinitely talented Douwe Dijkstra, the poster very much sets the scene for Roadburn – exploring new musical landscapes and embarking on a voyage of discovery.

Roadburn is always evolving, and we can’t wait to shed some light on the path we’re taking this time…

Essential Sounds: 9.8.19

August 9, 2019

We’re still working hard on the first Roadburn 2020 announcement – promise it will be worth the wait. Until then, tide yourselves over with a fresh selection of music that’s been keeping us going during long days (and nights) in front of our computers.

If you’d like to seek out the music on the playlist elsewhere, then this is the info you’ll need:

ZonalCage Version (Relapse Records)

Blanck MassLove Is A Parasite (Sacred Bones)

Dubmood (Master Boot Record Remix)The Scene Is Dead (Self Release)

LornThe Slow Blade (Wednesday Sound)

Stian WesterhusThere’s A light (House of Mythology)

Lorelle Meets The ObsoleteAna (Registros El Derrumbe)

Der Blutharsch and the Infinite Church of the Leading HandII (Self Release)

Fuji-YukiBlood Moon (Akuphone)

Kendra AmalieStay Low (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

Shana ClevelandFace of the Sun (Hardly Art)

Just MustardOctober (Pizza Pizza Records)

MamaleekCadejo Negro (The Flenser)

Psychic GraveyardLoud As laughter (SKiN GRAFT Records)

Hesitation WoundsAt Our Best When We’re Asleep (Deathwish Inc.)

Cloud RatSeven Heads (Artoffact Records)

Portrayal of GuiltScarcity (Closed casket Activities)

FalseA Victual For Our Dead Selves (Gilead Media)

CoffinsForgotten Cemetary (Relapse Records)

KluddeBloedkoesj (Self Release)

MylingarObalasen (20 Buck Spin)

Galloping CornersVágtázó Boldogság (Vágtázó Halottkémek)

The Neptune Power FederationNeath a Shin Ei Sun (Self Release)