It’s a full day and night of music at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, but here are 7 performers we’re dying to catch, and the 7 videos you should watch. (Pssst, Lykke Li has pulled out due to illness).
1. Future Islands > Seasons (Waiting on You)
Much has been made of singer Samuel T Herring’s dancing, but the full force of it can be seen here in this Late Night on David Letterman performance. (It prompted Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl to say, “there’s something about confidence in a man like that that makes the ladies want to throw their panties at his face.”) There’s simply Nothing. Like. It.
2. St Vincent > Birth in Reverse
Guardian named her self-titled fourth album as their 2014 Album of the Year: it’s a swaggering work of literacy, bouncy beats, virtuoso guitar jams and beautiful ebulllient songs. Annie Clark is most certainly going to be the concert highlight, what a year she’s having!
And in case you still don’t know how cool she is, here’s a bonus video of her teaching us how to do the rainbow kick.
3. Chet Faker > No Diggity (Blackstreet cover)
The Australian electronica artist’s cover of the Blackstreet classic was used in a Superbowl commercial by Beck’s beer.
4. FKA Twigs > Video Girl
In which a death row inmate pines for her, just as we all do.
5. Angus & Julia Stone > Grizzly Bear
The folk-blues Stone siblings released an acclaimed self-titled third album this year, but did you know they both also have two solo albums each? And that their parents John and Kim Stone were also a folk duo?
6. Jon Hopkins > Monsters Theme
The genre-defying electronic artist has worked with legends Brian Eno, David Holmes and most notably King Creosote on the acclaimed Diamond Mine album (nominated for a Mercury Prize). His score for the-movie-you-didn’t-watch-but-should Monsters is a solid representation of his work: lush, atmospheric and emotional.
7. Little Dragon > Ritual Union (live)
Hard to pick just one track from this Swedish electro-popsters, but we reckon this live version of their big hit should get you excited for the upcoming gig.
Get your tickets at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival
24 January, Saturday
The Meadow, Gardens by the Bay