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Thursday May 30

Primavera Sound Barcelona

Parc del Fòrum

You can try to contain her, on a record or on the shortlist for an Oscar (this happened with her song She, from the film Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story!) but the place where Alice Phoebe Lou feels most alive is outdoors, in direct contact with her audience. This South African artist found her voice singing on the streets of Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin and she knows that there are no campaigns or gimmicks that work: either you catch the public’s attention or they walk on by. And since she was 16 years old, Alice Phoebe Lou has been catching the attention thanks to her one thousand and one voices: first by earning enough money to carry on travelling around Europe, and after so that the world would discover (forgive the repetition) her world. Her new track, Paper Castles, help us evoke the decorative possibilities of her compositions, that are at times contemplative like folk and at others rough-edged as if life depended on them. Just like her.

Paper Castles (2019)