sir WasThu 28 Nov 2019
Holding on to that dream
Swedish born multi-instrumentalist sir Was, short for mister Joel Wätsberg, is truly a unique sound maker. Wätsberg creates sound around loose electronics with arrangements and dashes of his experiences as a jazz saxophonistBefore releasing the debut album, Digging A Tunnel (2017- City Slang), a heady mix of pop hip hop, soul and downtempo electronica, sir Was worked as a session musician, touring with Junip and as part of Jose González's solo band. But, fortunately for us, Wätsberg eventually took the plunge channeling his musical instincts.
Out now: New single "Deployed", taken from the upcoming album "Holding On To A Dream" that will be released September, 20 on Memphis Industries. No coincidence the track became a collaboration with Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano.
"Me and Little Dragon go way back (…) I remember that Yukimi was always asking me if I was making my own music. One day I was working in my small studio room, and Little Dragon was one floor up. Yukimi knocked on the door and asked if she could listen. I played her some of my songs and she said, "This is great, go out and talk to the world!".
"Holding on To a Dream", is a mesmerizing twisting of genres - from classic soul and old-school hip-hop to beautifully fresh pop structures. The new record is dense with ideas and adventurous, a sonic-leap forth. Having a lusher sound, sounding more productive than ever. A heartfelt accounting of relationships, of knowing when to let go and when to fight for them.
After Sir Was' visit to the Scala in London, sir Was comes to Pilar with his dreamy but groovy sound.
Support: Judith Kiddo
Singer-songwriter Judith Kiddo was born and raised in Brussels. Her debut EP Petit Chien is replete with refreshing and funny synth-pop and folk, supported by a voice that wanders between sensual and innocence. The EP was recorded with Lucien Fraipont (Robbing Millions).