Japanese Breakfast is the name of the current project of Oregon-based musician Michelle Zauner. She released her second album, the aptly named Soft Sounds From Another Planet last year which received widespread acclaim and she’ll be playing tracks from it at the Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday.
Snail Mail meanwhile is 18-year-old Lindsey Jordan and there’s already quite a buzz forming around her alluring guitar-pop. She’ll be releasing her debut album Lush at the start of June but first she plays a show at Oslo on Tuesday. Next time she’s in London she’ll undoubtedly be playing bigger venues.
Two more up and coming names are Hatchie and Ari Roar. The former originates from Australia and makes dreampop that has already attracted the attention of former Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie (who remixed one of her singles, Sure). She plays the Social on Wednesday. Ari Roar will be releasing his debut album later this month on Bella Union and he plays the Sebright Arms on Monday.
Ólafur Arnalds is an artist we’ve followed closely over the years and he plays the biggest London show of his career to date at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday. His sweeping, pristine modern classical should be a good match for the grandeur of the South Kensington venue.
It’s also a week where more experimental artists feature prominently. Café Oto hosts psych drone types Bitchin’ Bajas on Tuesday while hard-to-classify Finnish musician Jimi Tenor also appears at the Dalston venue on Thursday. Over at Corsica Studios on Thursday will be abstract electronicists Visible Cloaks; last year’s Reassemblage was one of the year’s more interesting electronic albums. Friday meanwhile sees a collaboration at the Barbican between the boundary-demolishing Kronos Quartet and Malian vocal ensemble Trio Da Kali (playing from last year’s fine Ladilikan album).
Suede will be releasing eighth album The Blue Hour in September and have announced a date at Hammersmith Apollo on 12th October. Brian Jonestown Massacre are going one step better by releasing two albums this year and will be appearing at the Kentish Town Forum on 23 October. Car Seat Headrest meanwhile play their biggest UK date yet at the Roundhouse on 23 May.
It looks like the Jazz Café are continuing their bold booking policy – they will have esteemed early electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani appearing at their venue on 15 July. The Hackney Arts Centre is a new venue opening soon and they have started to announce more gigs – Rival Consoles promotes excellent latest album Persona with a show on 2 October and Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara will be there on 20 November.
Daylight Music have just announced their summer season of shows. Taking place at Union Chapel they feature three artists/bands playing the Islington venue on Saturday afternoons between 12:00-14:00. Entry is on a pay-what-you-can basis (suggestion donation £5) and the music on offer is of a reliably high and interesting quality. They have tea and cake also and are family-friendly. The aforementioned Hatchie will be appearing on 19 May and She Makes War returns to London with a show on 16 June. Full details can be found here.