“Why the fuck can’t I have fun all the time?” In the spirit of Kate Moss, who the fuck says festival season needs to end when the summer does? This November we’re headed to Paree for Pitchfork Paris.
Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is the not-to-be-missed music event of autumn. The festival’s home is right in the heart of the Grand Halle de la Villette in Paris’ 19th arrondissement.
Over three days, the festival welcomes an ambitious line-up, showcasing the best international music from the indie scene. Here’s our top picks and playlist.
Justin Vernon shared his heartbreak with the whole world in 2008, with For Emma, Forever Ago, making him one of the best songwriters of his generation. Latest album 22, A Million reinvents folk and dazzles us with its modernity. But behind the arranged glitches and processed voices are deeply felt songs about life, love and uncertainty. The songs are so abstract it’s hard to know who they are made for other than Vernon himself. In that way, Bon Iver’s live show has a tantalising openness. You can take the words and sounds for your own.
Kaytranada is the underrated producer behind some of the freshest beats on the internet. It’s difficult to put Kevin in a single box as his work draws in a string of different genres: hip-hop, RnB, soul, electronic music, all influenced by his Hawaiian roots. A handful of groovy disco-funk EPs, some well-remixed remixes and a perfectly calibrated album later, here Kaytra is with a loyal fanbase wherever he goes.
Baltimore babe Lindsey Jordan, aka Snail Mail, is one of the last signings of indie label Matador Records. Latest album Lush is an emotionally wise and honest ode to self-discovery and unrequited love. On lead single Heat Wave, Jordan writes an elegy to summer romance gone wrong. ‘I’m so tired of moving on / Spending every weekend so far gone / Heat wave, nothing to do’. Bass, drums, and jangling chords makes Lush the perfect album for a nostalgic nod to the summer.
Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty, rapidly caused a sensation as they hit the scene with their lively, upbeat synth-pop. Since their first releases, these Scots have been met with critical and public acclaim, thanks to their melodious fusion of electro and pop. And now they’re back in 2018 with their new album Love Is Dead, plus a live show that’s more highly-charged than ever.
DJ Koze has been one of the most adventurous and consistently entertaining techno producers of the 2000s and 2010s. Fusing a good ear for warm melodies with an enthusiastic attitude toward experimentation as well as a cheeky, offbeat sense of humour, his productions are highly inventive crowd-pleasers.
Beginning as a bedroom artist, Yellow Days’ latest single How Can I Love You? shows just how far he has come.‘When we’re feeling good, everything’s okay And when we’re feeling down, there ain’t nothing to say’. His acid-tinged vision of love is kept on repeat.
This year saw the release of Tirzah’s full-length debut for Domino Records, Devotion. Once again produced and mixed by Levi (with additional mixing by Kwes.), the album featured another collaboration with Sey as well as a gentler, R&B-inspired sound and more confessional lyrics. Paris will be the perfect setting for Tirzah’s alluring stories of intimacy.
Words by Hayley Thompson // @hayleyyt_