What should I see at IndieRocket Festival 2015?
For several years now, the Southern Italy is trying to bridge the gap that separates it from the cities of the North, which attract all the musical events of a certain relevance during the autumn/winter season. In contrast, the Summer brings a sort of revenge – alongside with high temperatures and some delicious fruit varieties – for this unfair situation: the most interesting musical situations occur, in fact, in the south. Two regions in particular do the lion’s share: Sicily, with its well-known Ypsigrock (nearby Palermo) and with Zanne Festival in Catania, and Abruzzo.
The Vasto Siren Fest will host James Blake’s performance as highlight of its 2nd edition, while Indierocket is about to start its twelfth edition, relying on strong local roots and on the help of many volunteers who make the event possible every year. Indierocket offers a diversified line-up, which aims to satisfy the needs and tastes of a widest possible audience. Obviously we have our preferences, which you can find out by reading our tips below.
20-year-old Giacomo Mazzuccato – aka Yakamoto Kotzuga – is one of the more promising bets for the Italian electronic scene. After two EPs released in 2013 (Rooms Of Emptiness on Bad Panda Records and Lost Keys & Stolen Kisses on Highlife Recordings), the Venice-based “bedroom producer” has just made it big with his first LP called Usually Nowhere – out now via La Tempesta International – a very dark and sick record that mixes ambient/post-rock atmospheres, gloomy dub and tribal gems. Something between Four Tet and Boards Of Canada. Unmissable.
Go Dugong is the solo project of the Milan-based producer Giulio Fonseca, former member of Kobenhavn Store. After a couple of valuable EP, he released this year his first full-lenght, A Love Explosion, on Fresh Yo!, the same label of Godblesscomputers. His music is a wise mixture of chillstep and hip hop, but with a dreamy, psychedelic patina that recalls artists like Gold Panda or Populous. He indeed deserves a visit.
Welcome to a fabulous world made of relentless electro beats, otherworldly synths, big reverbs and a trip-hop afflatus that recalls the legendary Nineties in Bristol. It’s the world of NIAGARA, the collaborative project of Turin-based artists/producers David Tomat and Gabriele Ottino which earned the likes of a few big names of the music business, like Liars, Gonjasufi and Acid Pauli (The Notwist, 13 & God), with whom they have collaborated in the recent past. Niagara released their debut LP Otto in 2013, which was followed a year later by Don’t Take It Personally (out on Monotreme Records) that earned them an important spot in the Italian electronic scene.
Youarehere is a Rome-based four-piece band with a suggestive, electro-ambient sound which results to be deeply moving especially during their live exhibitions. Until today, they’ve released three albums: the debut As When The Fall Leaves Trees on 51 Beats, the Primavera EP and Propaganda (these latter two via Bomba Dischi). Their last effort, which was released in January this year, is particularly well-refined and fully deserves a listen.