Entries tagged with: iamamiwhoami
Once-mysterious Swedish musician iamamiwhoami (aka Jonna Lee) is mysterious no longer but still making nicely layered electronic art pop. She's got a new single "Fountain" out today, and you can watch the video for the track below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
iamamiwhoami @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 9/24/13
Swedish electronic art pop musician iamamiwhoami (the project of Jonna Lee) has been getting internet buzz and doing some European shows for a couple years now, but this month she finally made her way across the Atlantic for some live shows in the US. First she played the Symbiosis Gathering in California, and two days later, she made her way to NYC for a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple (9/24). If you're unsure about how some of these synthy projects tend to come across live, Jonna's a great performer and she's got an elaborate stage setup and a full band which adds to the whole spectacle of it all. The crowd seemed really into it the whole time too.
NYC's Ital (aka Daniel Martin-McCormick, also of Black Eyes, Mi Ami, and Sex Worker) got things started, and pictures of both artists are in this post. More below...
iamamiwhoami in Sweden in 2011 (more)
iamamiwhoami (aka Swedish electronic art pop musician Jonna Lee) made a name for herself on the internet a few years back when she uploaded some singles indebted to artists like Bjork, The Knife, etc, and since released two albums -- 2012's kin and this year's bounty. We caught her in Sweden in 2011, seeing that she was not just an anonymous figure hiding behind the mask of YouTube, but actually an elaborate live performer. She'll now be taking that live show to the US for the first time this year.
One of the two US shows she'll be playing happens in NYC on September 24 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, which is the same place that Todd Terje and Lindstrom play that month. Tickets for the show are on sale now. The other show is two days earlier as part of the Symbiosis Gathering in Oakdale, CA.
Some videos below...
Moby at Moogfest 2011 (more by Diana Wong)
Moby was one of the commercially successful electronic musicians of yesteryear, but as popular taste shifted towards distorted synths and abrasive bass drops, Moby chose not to follow the pack. As a result, lately he's been fitting more in with the growing underground (as we heard on his downtempo 2011 LP, Destroyed.) and when we asked him for his top 10 albums of 2012, his choices reflect that. In addition to his Mute labelmates Cold Specks and Liars, Moby's list includes Hyperdub production wizards Burial and Laurel Halo, in addition to some synth driven indie pop like Grimes and iamamiwhoami.
Moby is also DJing a TBA Brooklyn warehouse location on New Year's Eve (Bedford L stop) with Lee Burridge, Kilo Watts, circus performances from The Gowanus Circus, and more acts TBA. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
More show info and Moby's top 10 list, below...
iamamiwhoami @ Way Out West
Swedish electronic art, music & multimedia project iamamiwhoami, who has been accused of being Karin Dreijer Andersson of the Knife (who iamamiwhoami now shares a manager with), has been pretty quiet lately. There hasn't been a new video posted to their YouTube account (their main form of communication) since "clump" in July. Until today. Iamamiwhoami is back, though with not much more than a tease, and a mysterious one at that. Check out the new 37 second video "kin 20120611" below.
Not much was known about iamamiwhoami until they made their live debut in August at Sweden's Way Out West festival, a show I happened to be at. Led by Swedish singer-songwriter Jonna Lee, their live show was as over the top, intriguing, high budget and theatrical as their videos. Jonna performed the songs made famous via YouTube while an anonymous video team dressed all in black followed her every move which was in turn broadcast live on the screens by the stage. There were also video cameras set up above and below the stage, including inside the bed made of toilet paper... Just check out the pics (which I never posted before). They continue, with the new video, below...
Britpop heroes Pulp, who recently reunited, are playing a string of European festivals this month which continues their trend of only playing shows overseas, but rumors say they may be playing some North American shows later this year. Fingers crossed.
One of the European fests Pulp is playing is the sold out "Way Out West" in Gothenburg, Sweden (August 11-13). Other bands playing that 5-year old Swedish festival include Prince, Kanye West, The Hives, Robyn, James Blake, Fucked Up, OFF!, The Jayhawks, WU LYF, Fleet Foxes, Little Dragon, Q-Tip, Destroyer, Janelle Monae, and Jamie Woon. Flyer below.
For Litle Dragon, Way Out West is a hometown show and just a few days before they fly to Brooklyn to play a BV-presented record release show with Rich Medina (on 8/16). Chelsea Wolfe doesn't play Way Out West, but is coincidentally playing Gothenburg the night before it begins. She then heads to Brooklyn to play a BV-presented show too, her first-ever in NYC (on 8/17). Advanced tickets for that one, which is happening at Saint Vitus, are on sale now.
The mysterious Iamamiwhoami, who just released a new video (watch it below), will be making their/her live debut at Way Out West. Why so much interest in this Swedish festival? Because I'm excited to say I'll be visiting Sweden for the first time next week and will be there. I'll let you know how it is.
Pulp are reissuing their first three albums next week (8/8). According to NME:
All three albums will all be released on August 8, and will come with new liner notes from rock critic Everett True. Although the LPs won't be remastered, they will all come with new artwork, while 'Freaks' and 'Separations' will both come with added bonus tracks.All Pulp dates, Way Out West flier & new iamamiwhoami video below...
'Freaks' will feature an extra disc of material taken from their singles 'Little Girl' and 'Dogs Are Everywhere', while 'Separations' will also include two extra songs - 'Death Goes To Disco' and 'Is This House' - plus an extended version of the album track 'Countdown'.