While the main attraction of Utrecht's Le Guess Who? festival is clearly the abundance of musical riches, curated this year by Perfume Genius, Grouper and Shabazz Palaces, the gathering also hosts the world's biggest CD and record fair.
We've asked some festival attendees to pick some records they'll be keeping an eye out for during November's festival/fair, and the next artist to make their choice is New Zealand's indie-experimental charmer Kane Strang.
"Seth Frightening is a really powerful songwriter from New Zealand who I recently met properly when we were in Berlin. I’ve seen him live a lot but only just heard his latest album (But We Love Our Brothers and Sisters) tonight and would definitely pick that up. I’d also wanna grab Opposite Sex’s Hamlet, which I think got re-released on Andrew Savage's label earlier this year, and Awaken, My Love! by Childish Gambino. They’re both records I’ve been thinking about lately and don’t have."
"Aside from Opposite Sex, who I know because we’re from the same city, I heard of them through my band. They’re really good at reminding me that there’s so much inspiring music being made out there when I’m getting all self-obsessed and stuck in my own little music world. Sharing music also helps everyone get through these long-ass drives that we've been doing more and more lately too."
"It’s Seth Frightening’s voice and lyrics that get me, he’s an amazing story teller and the songs kind of stick with you for a while after you hear them. Opposite Sex are just raw guitar music at its best with some of the most interesting bass lines I’ve ever heard. They’re also an amazing live band. And Awaken, My Love! is packed with so many crazy sounds and melodies and vocal performances that it never gets boring. It's one of those records where you hear something new every time you listen to it."
"Probably Soft Sounds From Another Planet by Japanese Breakfast. I can’t get over the production and how well crafted the songs are. Amazing music videos too, especially the one for 'Road Head'."