The eight names added to WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia fifth edition’s lineup continue to define the lines of their proposal. The festival is hosted in ten extraordinary stages that include a museum of Contemporary Art, a 18th century church or a 18th century urban palace, among others.
Laurel Halo is one of the great names of the electronics of the last decade. Compared sometimes with Laurie Anderson, she has been accumulating praise and recognition since the publication of her first album, Quarantine, was selected by Wire Magazine as the album of the year in 2012, and through festivals and reference clubs around the world. Her third LP Dust (Hyperdub, 2017) has been celebrated by media such as The Guardian and Resident Advisor. The artist has just published her latest work a few days ago, the EP Raw Silk Uncut Wood (Latency, 2018).
Another artist who tops the list of new names added to the poster of the Compostela appointment is Spectrum, project of the ex-Spaceman 3 Peter Kember. The British artist, a cult figure in music through various formations since the late 80s, has collaborated with names such as My Bloody Valentine, Silver Apples or Kevin Martin from Techno Animal among others.
WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia hosts Abul Mogard‘s first concert in Spain. A figure as mysterious as praised, Mogard is conjectured to be a Serbian steel worker who began his artistic career after his retirement. The ecstatic beauty of his work has been celebrated in Berlin Atonal or by The Quietus as one of the great composers of ambient drone of recent times. His live will be accompanied by the visuals of the Brazilian artist based in London Marja de Sanctis.
The producer and DJ Ron Morelli, head of the New York label L.I.E.S. Records, will arrive at WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia with his new album at Hospital Productions (Merzbow, Prurient or Godflesh among others) just released. In his role as a DJ, Morelli moves through techno, house or even disco, always ahead of the expectations generated by the fame that precedes him.
Rapper Oddisee has accumulated 37 references in his almost fifteen years career. Loyal to the East Coast style of A Tribe Called Quest or De La Soul, his sound is wrapped in jazzy and danceable cadences, and his lyrics do not speak of drugs, violence and money, but rather approach with wisdom and honesty topics such as racism or islamophobia. His latest album, The Iceberg (Mello Music Group, 2017) is a call to his listeners to delve into topics such as race, politics, wealth and religion.
Ahwar, the debut album released at the end of 2017 by the young Egyptian Nadah El Shazly, has earned its author to be considered one of the revelation artists by the specialized press, cover of Wire Magazine included. Jazz, electronic experimentation and Arabic maqam (the system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music), make up the sound palette of this artist, part of a new generation of musicians that is renewing the Arab musical ideology from experimentation with the traditional melodies and scales.
For its part, the exploratory free jazz trio Sumrrá, with almost 20 years of experience, six albums released, and hundreds of concerts around the world behind them, present in premiere with an unique concert at WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia their new album, released again by the New York label Clermont Music. “Sumrrá 6 Mulleres” pays tribute to six powerful women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Rosalia de Castro, Qiu Jin, Malala Yousafsai and Nawal El-Saadawi. For the occasion they have conceived live AV show with visuals by Laura Iturralde accompanying the music that makes up the album.
And closing the list of new names the British The Evil Usses, a psychedelic-experimental quartet from Bristol praised for their overwhelmingly savage and energetic live shows, with a personal sound that is located somewhere between Captain Beefheart, Tortoise and Cardiacs.
These eight new names are added to the eight artists previously announced, and to which the organization will add others along the next weeks, as well as the lineup of parallel film, talks and meetings programs. The annual event of the producer WORK ON SUNDAY will take place between Wednesday 12th and Sunday 16th September, with SON ESTRELLA GALICIA linking its name to the festival as the main sponsor. The Weekend and Premium tickets can be purchased online at the ticket shop of the web, and in three selected physical stores. The complete list of artists revealed by now may be checked at the lineup section.