DiS' countdown to Latitude continues with three of our favourite acts...
In an attempt to make the sprawling Latitude Festival line-up a little more digestible, DiS' editor is suggesting 15 acts you should draw a circle around and double-underline in your programme. As an official media for this year's event, we have created a mini-site for the festival, where you can our other must-see picks plus news about this year's event and photos & reviews of previous years. You'll find all of that and more right here: drownedinsound.com/lists/latitude-festival.
Today's three picks, which you
can should see at Henham Park near Sothwold in Suffolk between the 12th and 15th July 2012, probably need little in the way of introduction to folks who come to DiS often, but we thought it would be remiss to do this list without mentioning them...
DiS' love of Belgian art-rockers dEUS spans back decades. For many of our readers it was catching them on Mtv's 120 Minutes, for others it was reading about them in Melody Maker. For me, it was hearing the distillation of every summery feeling trapped in my bones in the form of the track 'Little Arithmetics' on Radio1's Evening Session. Every giddy emotion that a vitamin D overdose can induce was met with this cool (in all senses of the word) breeze of being, like, skint. The drums sounded like skittering bugs and the squall of noise that ends it blew my young mind. Flip forward to now and I've come to love everything about their blistering mix of Sonic Youth's howlin' guitars, Prince's funky but bruised basslines and Tom Barman's ability to scrunch his lyrics into these obtuse, off-kilter and weird (but wonderful) little pellets in ways that only a few people, like, Dylan and Waits and maybe Jonathan Donahue, Mark Linkous, Wayne Coyne, Beck and maybe some others do.
Live, dEUS are a beast of discordance and rhythms that soar and soar then sucker-punch you with a glorious anti-climax. Ear-worms abound, so I pretty much promise you will be whistling their melodies for the days and weeks to come. If you've not fallen under their spell (we'll let you off because there seems to have been some sort of media conspiracy to deny this band their moment in the sun), get their back catalogue on, pronto.
- Tom Barman's track-by-track guide to their new album Following Sea
- 8/10 review: Keep You Close
- 8/10 review: Vantage Point
- dEUS on Spotify
Oh Annie Clark... I'm sure you don't need me to tell you she's one of the finest guitarists in the world right now. You probably don't need to be reminded that she's doing water-ski tricks on a wake of critical praise and that she has an album on the way with David Byrne. Live, expect evil guitars, glamour, graceful guitars, a voice that entrances hearts and hell-raising riffs...and maybe a just a little bit of crowd-surfing.
- Interview: Annie Clarke discusses Tom Waits, technology and Strange Mercy
- 9/10 review: Strange Mercy
- 8/10 review: Actor
- Actor at number 2 in DiS' albums of the year 2009
- Strange Mercy at number 11 in DiS' albums of the year 2011
The makers of DiS' album of the year 2011 probably need no more praise around here...we could at one time or another have renamed the site drownedinantlers.com and no-one woulda bat an eyelid. So I'll skip the pleasantries and just let their gorgeous new track and the links to bits in our archive do the talking...
- 9/10 Review: Burst Apart
- The Antlers track-by-track guide to Burst Apart
- Burst Apart named DiS' number one album of 2011
Latitude is the award-winning festival which takes at Henham Park on the beautiful Sunrise Coast. Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller are all set to headline the 7th Edition which takes place from 12th 'til the 15th July 2012. latitudefestival.co.uk
DiS has put together a Spotify playlist featuring a heap of acts you can watch.
The festival have also put together an official playlist: