Primavera Sound Barcelona
In Elena Setién you find everything that you already expected and like and what’s more, you find what you didn’t expect and will like even more. She has that facet of Joni Mitchell-type-classic-singer-songwriter that makes her perfect for folk beats, a voice that allows her to reach high notes worthy of Joanna Newson easily and a fondness for pop that allows her to swing between melancholia (Dream and Nightmare) and playfulness (what a delight the lively Jigsaw Puzzles is). But the San Sebastian artist, who has spent 20 years of her life between London and Copenhagen, sets herself apart from the barrage of stereotypes with her exquisite classical training, astonishing vocal acrobatics and a nomad’s briefcase with pockets full of jazz and cross-over. Add her willpower – she is a self-confessed storyteller (“I don’t just make music, I tell forgotten, never told stories”) and the result is what we said: what you expected, but different and more. Much more.
Another Kind Of Revolution (Thrill Jockey, 2019)