Way Out West festival has revealed several more exciting acts for the 2014 edition, joining the previously announced Robyn & Röyksopp, Queens Of The Stone Age, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel + Janelle Monáe.
These include more acts appearing at the nighttime programme of the festival, aptly named Stay Out West and hosted in various venues across Gothenburg. Read on for full details of the latest acts appearing at Way Out West, taking place 7th – 9th August in and around the leafy environs of Slottsskogen in Gothenburg, Sweden:
I BREAK HORSES ^
FOREST SWORDS ^
HOLLY HERNDON ^
CHLÖE HOWL ^
MACHINEDRUM (DJ set) ^
^ denotes Stay Out West set
Listen to all confirmed artists for Way Out West 2014 at Spotify: Way Out West 2014
WAY OUT WEST FULL LINE-UP SO FAR:
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
RÖYKSOPP & ROBYN
NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL
THE JULIE RUIN
STAY OUT WEST (SOW):
I BREAK HORSES
MACHINEDRUM (DJ set)
Previous editions of Way Out West have witnessed star turns from St. Vincent, Kraftwerk, Solange, Tame Impala, Mogwai, The Knife and Odd Future throughout the day program. Stay Out West takes over Gothenburg at night, hosting the likes of Factory Floor, John Maus, Postiljonen, Swans and many other up-and-coming luminaries over recent years. Last year saw the festival expand further into Gothenburg during the day, including an exclusive dj set from Giorgio Moroder in addition to art exhibitions, film screenings and a hack day happening in the centre.
Alongside their excellent line-ups, Way Out West are also well-known for their nifty use of the latest technology and this year proves no exception. Via Instagram, WOW are planning on showing clues to upcoming artist releases, great memories from previous years, movie trailers and lots of other fun bits an bobs. Follow them here: @wayoutwestfestival #wowgbg. And on Facebook and Twitter.
Additionally, Way Out West is an environmentally-conscious festival, not only for fitting resourcefully into the 137 hectares of beautiful woodland at Slottsskogen park but also for being the first European festival to have a vegetarian policy on site since 2012. Read more about that here and below.
About Way Out West’s 2014 third round of confirmed acts:
It is not just images of fancy cars, box fresh Nike shoes and glitter that appears when Pusha T puts on his mixtapes. Terence Thornton is actually a brooding, thoughtful guy. And if we are to believe his stories about how craving riches sent almost every friend he ever had to prison, he is quite the opposite, an introspective guy in fact. Pusha says that these experiences influenced him as an artist. Made his style very dark, grim even.
Pusha T was pushing nasty East Coast rhymes in dirty basements when the rest of us sat at home and listened to grunge. Whilst Clipse – as Pusha T and his brother Malice called their first difficult yet successful duo – is currently on hold, Malice – now renamed No Malice – is busy being newly resurrected. Having collaborated with No Malice on ‘Shame on the Devil’ last summer, here’s no risk that Pusha T will go on that route. He is fully focused on channelling stories from his background in perhaps the most rad hip hop music on this side of the decade.
Brody Dalle has a tattoo proclaiming “Fuck off” on her shoulder. That alone makes her Way Out West visit in 2014 worth it in every possible way. “It’s important to tell people to fuck off” she says, and summarises in one sentence (and a tattoo) both the pitched, musical intransigence and the inalienable appeal that radiates around her.
That Brody Dalle’s solo outing – hear the brilliant ‘Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy’ – is based on the same components is not a strange coincidence: she is who she is, and the way she creates and performs music is deeply rooted in personal integrity. Her defiance of the normal and obvious ways to make her way in the music scene has provided more as a role model for women’s place in music history than any other superstar peers. Mercifully, Brody Dalle will never be reduced to a caricature that winds around a strip pole in a video. For Dalle, communication and aggression are as important as passion for music and infectiously catchy guitars.
I BREAK HORSES (SOW)
I Break Horses is the musical project led by Maria Lindén. From her Stockholm base, this Swedish artist has delivered an extraordinary debut album in the shape of ‘Hearts’, released by Bella Union in 2011. Fast forward two years, and the arrival of an eagerly awaited follow-up, entitled ‘Chiaroscuro’, is upon us. The latest chapter in I Break Horses’ much celebrated songbook is everything fans could wish for and more. In the words of Lindén: “My only aim when starting to write this album was to ignore any possible second album expectations.” The result is a more confident, evolved sound with tons of dramatic expression.
Henry Laufer was still a teenager when he first appeared as Shlohmo. The LA-born, now bi-coastal San Francisco / New York production wonderkid (not to be confused with the mouthy UK beatboxer) dropped an ethereal, daydream thump of a debut, all fuzzed-out electronics and West Coast cosmic haze. Now 21-years-old, he’s released his full album proper and ‘Bad Vibes’ shatters any preconceptions of smoked-out, bedroom beats. It’s Shlohmo’s hypercoloured dreams awash with an honest, soaring ambience, tinkering toy soldiers shattering electronics and guitar shards whilst wayward drums knock upside your head. And the video for single ‘Just Us’ with director Arthur Chance is the perfect visual collaboration – an orchestrated video wall of lo-fi ingenuity and pure class. Shlohmo’s also a founding member of the sprawling Wedidit collective of emerging new bloods that you clearly need to be on.
FOREST SWORDS (SOW)
Liverpool’s enigmatic Forest Swords make textured, gauzy music as indebted to the region’s rich musical heritage as it is the windswept and beautiful coastal environs of their origins. The result is something completely organic, sounding like a mix of Massive Attack’s sample strewn claustrophobia, King Tubby’s sweating dub, with hints of Ennio Morricone’s legendary guitar soundscapes.
Album ‘Engravings’, released in summer 2013 via Brooklyn electronic label Tri Angle (Holy Other, Evian Christ, The Haxan Cloak), saw Forest Swords mainman Matthew Barnes refine and streamline his unique sound to huge critical acclaim, receiving praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, The Guardian, Mixmag and FACT.
HOLLY HERNDON (SOW)
‘Movement’, Holly Herndon’s debut album on RVNG Intl., is a test chamber that hybridizes her modern composition training and undying devotion to club music. To this extent, the influences of Maryanne Amacher and Galina Ustvolskaya are as prevalent in Herndon’s music as Pan Sonic and Berlin and Birmingham’s 90s techno scenes. Still, in line with pop deconstructionists Laurie Anderson and Art of Noise, ‘Movement’ is purposefully positioned to reach new ears beyond a niche.
CHLÖE HOWL (SOW)
18 year-old Chlöe Howl came bounding out of the blocks earlier this year with her free download ‘Rumour EP’, a three-song set that rode the buzz blogs to Hypemachine chart glory and beyond, garnering early support from tastemakers at NME, Radio 1, The Guardian, Nylon, Pitchfork and Vogue, and racking up one million VEVO video views and counting.
‘No Strings’ – with its snappy refrain “no more crawling in your bed, fuck your no strings … I hope I have twins” – is the perfect calling card for the gobby girl from the suburbs. “I guess people don’t expect 18 year-olds to own up and say: Oh hey guys! Yeah I drink alcohol and fool around,” Howl says. “I don’t see the point in pretending this kind of stuff isn’t going on and acting as though everything’s like Glee. I’m my age so I’m gonna talk about how gross it is to be my age”.
MACHINEDRUM (DJ set) (SOW)
North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart known as Machinedrum has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, through solo Machinedrum work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS, Dream Continuum, or other mutations, Stewart has established himself as electronic music’s true Renaissance man.