Nicolas Pablo Muñoz proved the power of the Internet when, from the rainy city of Bergen, he caused a sensation with the witty pop videos that he made with the help of friends. The YouTube algorithm lent a hand and automatic playback of the “Everytime” video brought it to new eyes and ears which surrendered to the Norwegian’s indie. Following the first self-produced EP, Soy Pablo arrived in 2018, showing that, despite the musician’s 19 years of age, his fresh and unique sound involves more talent than mere luck with the Internet. Rich harmonies and easy-to-follow melodies that will captivate the natural amphitheatre of Taboão River Beach with the debut in Portugal of Boy Pablo.
Inspired by the multicultural ambience of Paris, DJs Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho formed Acid Arab. Born in the transcultural centre of the French capital, the duo aimed to open a space for Arab culture in the world of contemporary electronic music. In 2016, they released Musique de France, their debut album which reinforces the sincere and deep sonority that comes through in the music of Acid Arab. They are not collages, nor an appropriation, nor even a fusion, just meetings of equality between diverse worlds
Car Seat Headrest first appeared as a solo project by Will Toledo. Recordings in cars, bedrooms or other solitary spaces led the composer to produce more than a dozen albums before arriving at Matador Records. In 2015, Car Seat Headrest became a quartet and launched its first album that same year. Teens of Style shows a perfect balance between melody and distortion, which has prompted countless positive reviews in the music world. The highly acclaimed Teens of Denial came out the following year, while 2017 was chosen for the re-release of the classic Twin Fantasy originally released in 2011. In Twin Fantasy (Face to Face) we dream again to the sound of “Bodys”, “My Boy (Twin Fantasy)” and “Sober to Death”.
In a different narrative but with the same perseverance comes Kamaal Williams, the project of the versatile artist Henry Wu. The keyboardist and producer’s roots reveal influences of the strong sonorities of the pirate radios of Peckham. Hip-hop, grime and garage are some of the musical styles that characterise Kamaal Williams. Jazz mixes filled with textures, sounds and signs of an over-saturated city are what is heard in The Return (2018), the visionary composer’s latest album.
Boy Pablo, Acid Arab (live) and Car Seat Headrest take to the Vodafone Paredes de Coura stage on Thursday 15 August. Kamaal Williams will perform on the festival’s final day, 17 August.
General passes can be purchased at bol.pt, ticketea and the usual places (FNAC, CTT, El Corte Inglés, etc.) for €90. The FNAC Vodafone Paredes de Coura Fan Pack, which includes the general pass for the festival and an exclusive T-shirt, is now available at FNAC stores and at fnac.pt for €90.