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Saturday June 1

Primavera Sound Barcelona



Deep folk preciosity versus surfaces of digital ugliness. Clear-cut melodies vs input gibberish. Tranquillity at the piano or the guitar vs talent show choreographies. Artisan synthpop vs algorithm hits. Lyrics with literary splashes vs waterfalls of empty messages. A changing but coherent career vs gratuitousness and opportunism. The salmon run vs the gregariousness of lambs. Refinement vs dulled senses. Morning sun vs waning moon. Serotonin vs cortisol. Unadulterated beauty vs wholesale cuteness. Sincere romanticism vs generalised cynicism. Love vs hate. Alondra Bentley vs the world. And us, as always on her team.

Solar System (Mont Ventoux, 2018)