Latvian Music News

June

28

Jun

Watch the RYGA Concert Film of Their Performance in Poland

RYGA, which has just released its first studio album Catch Her Groove and welcomed the multi-instrumentalist Kaspars Bindemanis in its ranks, has also just delivered its first performance abroad.

To participate in the festival organised within the Polish SeaZone Music Conference, the band along with the representatives of Music Export Latvia travelled to Sopot where they performed in front of a foreign audience for the first time. The concert programme included songs from their fresh new album. At the festival, Latvia was also represented by Triana Park and the singer Justs with his new collaboration with producer Makree.

RitvarsBluka, author of many Latvian music videos, who accompanied the band on the trip, has made a short film about this adventure that you can watch right now. The film features the band’s music from the new album.

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14

Jun

Watch the "RYGA" concert film of their performance in Poland.

"RYGA", which has just released its first studio album Catch Her Groove and welcomed the multi-instrumentalist Kaspars Bindemanis in its ranks, has also just delivered its first performance abroad.

To participate in the festival organised within the Polish SeaZone Music Conference, the band along with the representatives of Music Export Latvia travelled to Sopot where they performed in front of a foreign audience for the first time. The concert programme included songs from their fresh new album. At the festival, Latvia was also represented by Triana Park and the singer Justs with his new collaboration with producer Makree.

 

Ritvars Bluka, author of many Latvian music videos, who accompanied the band on the trip, has made a short film about this adventure that you can watch right now. The film features the band’s music from the new album.

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9

Jun

“RYGA” releases debut album with an energetic show.

On 2 June at the Daile Theatre’s café Epikūra dārzs in Riga, RYGA presented its debut album. Clad in extravagant outfits, the musicians delivered a convincing performance as they introduced the audience to the material from the album Catch Her Groove, as well as the new video for the song Bunny Munro Waltz.

At the album presentation, Mārcis Judzis, the founder, drummer and lead singer of the band, said: “This is a big day for us – we are releasing our first album, which we ourselves received only yesterday. Thanks to everyone who invested their energy and time in the making of it. Thanks to MicRec Publishing and Microphone Records for their trust. When I first met Guntars Račs and told him about our project, he was sceptical, but after a while, he admitted: “Damn it, Mārcis, you are one heck of a marketing specialist!””

RYGA energised the audience with an hour-long upbeat concert. This was only their second performance since the joining of the multiartist and guitar player Kaspars Bindemanis. The loud event was visited by the municipal police too, but everything ended peacefully, with no arrests or fines. The arrival of the police resonated with the band’s performance and lyrics.

Among the well-wishers was Dž.Dž. Džilindžers, the director of the play The Death of Bunny Munro, which features songs from Catch Her Groove. “Mārcis created the band back when they were staging Banishment. However, that madness was not suitable for my new play, to which Mārcis responded that they can do it all – jazz, symphonies, you name it. And I believed him right away, yet at the same time not completely… I am very happy with this collaboration, though. I think it is fantastic that Bindemanis has joined the band because he’s a great fit for this bunch of freaks. It is without a doubt the No. 1 band at the moment, which is bound to see success in Europe too. I’m looking forward to the next chapter!”

The album can be ordered in CD format from the MicRec website. Electronically, it is available on all music downloading and streaming platforms. A few months later, the album will be released and distributed in Germany, Switzerland and Austria too in collaboration with Rough Trade and Gordeon Music.

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5

Jun

Latvian indie pop band “Franco Franco” unveils new single, video and announces summer tour.

Colorful Latvian indie pop band “Franco Franco” reveals third single and music video “Moonlight” from their latest EP “Moon + Light”. The band will perform “Moonlight” and other songs, not yet released, in summer concerts across Latvia, including “Summer Sound” festival.

 “The story of “Moonlight” is encapsulating moments that are very dear to us - they are too beautiful to let go of,” explains lead vocalist Elizabete Vetra. “That’s why we decided to make the video as a collage of snapshots, collecting the most colorful moments from making of the album. It has been a magical ride for us.”

The video captures shots from recording the album in “TRU Music Studio” (Riga) together with producer Reinis Sejans (“Instrumenti”) and sound engineer Gatis Zakis, unique footage from making of the previos videos (“By the Lake”, “Up”), performing in festivals and the album presentation in K.K. fon Stricka Villa (Riga). 

“Moonlight” is available on Spotify, iTunes and other digital music platforms. The band will perform “Moonlight” and other songs, not yet released, in festivals and concerts in Latvia - Riga, Valmiera, Jurmala, Jelgava, Cesis. “Franco Franco” will also perform in “Summer Sound” festival in Liepaja on 28 July (more on summer tour).

“Franco Franco” is one of the most renowned and active indie pop bands in Latvia. The band’s latest album „Moon + Light” (2016) was critically acclaimed and nominated among the best Latvian alternative, indie-pop records of the year. The second single of the album – “Up” - was one of the semifinalists of Supernova 2017 (Latvian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest). It reached Latvia Top 50 on Spotify, as well as #10 in Trending on Youtube (watch video).

 

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May

23

May

Aminata presents her new music video “Your Arms”.

Singer Aminata has released new music video for her latest single – “Your Arms”. The song comes from the album “Red Moon” launched in 2016.

After being a “Fighter” who never gives up and follows her goals, in the new music video Aminata wanted to show her sensual,  romantic and feminine side.

The music video is directed by Steve Spencer and Tomas Lukomsky.

“Song “Your Arms” is very sensual, inhibited within a spring-like spirit. We wanted to keep that vibe in the music video as well!” tells Aminata herself. “It is about the feeling you have when secretly fallen in love with someone and cannot stop thinking about him. The feeling when you miss that person so much you feel like a prisoner who desperately longs after freedom. However, you cannot say it out loud because you are afraid and don’t know what the other person thinks of you. Therefore, all the emotional experience portrayed in the song is deeply personal, it burns you from the inside and is not visible to the outer world…”

Music video operator is Reinis Aristovs, gaffer: Uldis Tripans, stylist - Elga Homitska, make up artist - Lara Pudovska, hair stylist - Svetlana Dubatova and set designer - Katrina Virzina. Production was made by AminataMusic. Filming process would not be possible without support of “Nike Latvia” and the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia, where the music video was filmed!

Lyrics and music are written by Aminata Savadogo, and arrangement - by Kaspars Ansons. Remix of the song is produced by Krišjānis Geidāns and mastered in “Hodila Studio”.

The song is available on Youtube, iTunes and Spotify.

Launch of the new single occurs only this spring, as after participating in the Russian TV show “Golos” (“Voice”), Aminata actively indulged herself into writing new songs. Currently they are being produced in cooperation with several international producers, and soon enough the results will be revealed.

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17

May

Elizabete Balcus will present Latvia at The Great Escapes showcase in U.K.

The eccentric Latvian singer-songwriter Elizabete Balcus will be the only artist from the Baltic States that’s set to perform at The Great Escape showcase and music festival. It will take place from 18th till 20th of May in Brighton, England.

Balcus will do two performances in Brighton. It marks an important part of her ongoing tour in Netherlands, Germany and United Kingdom. 

The Great Escape festival annually gathers the most important new artists from all over the world. Happening in 30 venues, it attracts about 3500 professionals from music industry and more than 15 000 spectators each year. These stats prove the fact that The Great Escape is one of the biggest and most important showcase festivals existing.

Elizabete Balcus has already been spotted in the U.K – last year she released her new album “Conarium” and it was recognized as the third best alternative album by the “Cambridge 105” radio.  Several critics have acclaimed her as well.

At The Great Escape festival Balcus will showcase her unique avantpop style which is made colliding elements from both academic and electronic music. She is recognizable by her virtuoso flute skills and also some untraditional performance elements – Balcus plays vegetables linked with synthesizers, for instance.

The purpose of the event is to discover new talents, encourage collaboration between the professionals of the industry and also – to promote Latvia as a place where creativity and professionalism allows a lot of contemporary music to be born.

Balcus is currently on her tour along with the multidisciplinary artist Sabine Moore. They are performing in London, Cambridge, Amsterdam and other cities, visiting several radio stations as well.

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April

30

Apr

Aminata presents her new single “Your Arms”

After a longer time off, singer Aminata has released a brand new single – “Your Arms”. The song comes from the album “Red Moon” launched in 2016.

Lyrics and music are written by Aminata Savadogo, arrangement by Kaspars Ansons. Remix of the song is produced by Krišjānis Geidāns and mastered in “Hodila Studio”.

“Song “Your Arms” is very sensual, inhibited within a spring-like spirit,” tells Aminata herself. “It is about the feeling you have when secretly fallen in love with someone and cannot stop thinking about him. The feeling when you miss that person so much you feel like a prisoner who desperately longs after freedom. However, you cannot say it out loud because you are afraid and don’t know what the other person thinks of you. Therefore, all the emotional experience portrayed in the song is deeply personal, it burns you from the inside and is not visible to the outer world…”

The song is available on Youtube, iTunes and Spotify.

Launch of the new single occurs only this spring, as after participating in the Russian TV show “Golos” (“Voice”), Aminata actively indulged herself into writing new songs. Currently they are being produced in cooperation with several international producers, and soon enough the results will be revealed.

Song on iTunes

Song on Spotify

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30

Apr

New album "Heya Some Kind of Fish!" by Latvian jazzfunk band "Very Cool People"

Very Cool People, one of the best Latvian jazzfunk bands, releases their new album Heya Some Kind of Fish! We Don’t Know The Name Of This Fish In English, But In Latvian It Is Vimbas on the 30th of April.

Heya Some Kind Of Fish... represents pieces of a symbiosis between the different allied music styles - funk, soul, jazz, klezmer, Balkan & Latvian folk music. The album includes eight new tracks and a re-arranged version of the already well-known tune Hugo which had remained outside the group's albums until now. “This to ourselves is a very interesting album where we mixed a wide range of musical influences. Just as Latvian geographic location is between Eastern and Western Europe, this album's music is located in the middle of the different impacts”, say the members of the band. Heya Some Kind Of Fish… was recorded from the 25th to the 27th of July and from the 23rd to the 25th of October 2016 by Ivars Ozols at Sound Division Studio, Riga, Latvia. Mixed by Jon Evans at Brick Hill Studio, Orleans, MA, USA, and mastered by Don Grossinger at Don Grossinger Mastering, New York, NY, USA

This is VCP's fourth album so far. In June 2009 the band released their self-titled debut album. In 2012 the group released their second instrumental album Cruising In The Trolley and in September 2015 they released their third album Funkology which also features guest artists - fantastic soul & jazz singers from Latvia.

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27

Apr

Latvian indie rockers “Boys Will Be Boys” release their debut EP “Love Life”.

Latvian indie rockers “Boys Will Be Boys” release their debut EP “Love Life”.
The album was recorded at “Frida Records” studio and mixed by Peteris Ozols.
Band members describe the theme of the album as “songs about simple things and hard times”.
Listeners can stream “Love Life” for free on Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, or download the digital copy on Bandcamp.
The band will embark on small Baltic tour:
28.04. Valmiera-Daliņi
02.05. Vilnius-Loftas
06.05. Valmiera-THC
12.05. Rēzekne-Ausmeņa Kebabs
19.05. Tallinn-Kultuuriklubi Kelm
“Boys Will Be Boys” are four guys with some experience: 
Oskars Tupuriņš (Kasetes), Matīss Kļaviņš (Carnival Youth, Kasetes, Momend), Pēteris Ozols (Pyro Trees, Polifauna), Jānis Liepiņš.

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March

31

Mar

DJ [Ex] da Bass has created a remix for the TRIANA PARK Eurovision song LINE!

The international song competition Eurovision will take place in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, in 9–13 May. Following the “Supernova” song competition, Latvia will be represented at Eurovision by the band “Triana Park” with their piece “Line”.

The official remix of the song was produced by DJ [Ex] da Bass: “It has turned into a tradition for me to create a remix of the Eurovision national selection winner. This is the third year running. Both previous remixes for the hit songs of Aminata and Justs earned critical acclaim at radio stations in Europe and across the globe, as they were played by countless deejays in clubs the world over, and remixes of Aminata’s songs, including mine, were issued in the USA.”

This Sunday, 2nd of April, the band will be playing at the special Eurovision fan event in London. Possibly, the new remix will be played at the party before and after the concert.

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