The first names for the fifth edition of WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia’s lineup accurately illuminate the lines of its proposal, framed in its will to present in Santiago de Compostela and Galicia exploratory proposals around electronic music and preceded by a resounding international recognition.
The German Kreidler, with more than 20 years behind them, are one of the prominent names of the announcement. With an unclassifiable mix of styles, neighbors and in part heirs of the sound of Kraftwerk or NEU! they have gained over the last two decades with their militancy and their transdisciplinary conception of art a place of honor in German avant-garde music. An extensive discography recorded in different parts of the world and a cult audience places the quartet as an indispensable band. They will be presenting their new album, ‘European Song’, recorded in a single day in January 2017 as a reaction to Donald Trump’s election.
Another gem of the release is the also German Skee Mask, whose first album catapulted him as one of last year’s revelation artists, and whose successor, the newly released ‘Compro’ (Ilian Tape, 2018), is in the pools for the best albums of 2018. The artist, who prefers to maintain his identity in anonymity, is considered by the specialized press as heir to the legacy of the classic Warp Records or Chain Reaction schools.
But probably the most revered figure among the first names of the program is Suso Saiz, pioneer of sound art, synthesizers, minimalism and experimental music in Spain. The work of the artist and producer, whose signature can be traced in hundreds of references and compositions, expands beyond music: museums, television, visuals, installations and all kinds of collaborations mark a risky, passionate and energetic trajectory. He will be presenting his latest work, ‘Rainworks’, edited last year on the Belgian label Music From Memory.
Also in the field of experimentalism and electronics, although in very different styles, we find American Christina Vantzou and Berlin based JASSS. The sound and audiovisual work of the artist of Greek descent Vantzou has been unanimously recognized and praised by specialized press such as The Quietus, who has received her new album ‘No. 4 ‘(Kranky, 2018) with excellent reviews and has led to avant-garde venues and festivals around the world.
For its part, JASSS, recently announced for Unsound 2018’s lineup, will be presenting her ‘Weightless’ (Ideal, 2017), a work that features artists such as Pan Daijing and which has been noted by Wire Magazine or Resident Advisor. Her proposal made of broken rhythms, field recordings and visual experimentations, is moved bluntly to the club, and has been executed in clubs such as Berghain or festivals such as Dekmantel, Mutek or Sónar.
The list of first confirmations is closed with the dark and powerful electronics of Galician Death Whistle and French Territoire, who will be presenting his conceptual album ‘Alix’ (Humo, 2018), as well as the turntables of the also Galician Barcelona-resident Abu Sou.
The annual appointment of WORK ON SUNDAY will take place this year between Wednesday 12th and Sunday 16th of September, with SON ESTRELLA GALICIA linking its name to the festival as the main sponsor. The organization will continue to reveal more names over the coming weeks for the poster, both sound and for parallel film programs, talks and meetings. Weekend and Premium passes can be purchased at the ticket shop, and soon in certain physical stores.