Primavera Sound’s second day started with the folk vibes of Father John Misty, who presented his brand new album God’s Favourite Customer, just released via Sub Pop. The US-based songwriter played accompanied not only by his standard crew, but also by some classical players with strings and brasses, which helped rendering the sound rounder and fuller. The view of his performance at Seat stage with the sunset over the sea was particularly fitting and surely started Friday with the right foot. Right after that, we managed to find a nice spot to enjoy the upcoming exhibition of The National. Matt Berninger appeared unexpectedly sober during this Primavera Sound, he even bought a red shirt especially for that very concert and looked intensively for a contact with his audience. A part from these side notes, their performance was amazing. The Dessner brothers were on fire and the setlist was built over both their latest album Sleep Well Beast and their old glories. After such an intense experience we switched the mood at Pitchfork stage with Ibeyi. The french sisters managed to set up and enthralling set, enveloping the audience with their rythms. They also called on stage Maia Rodriguez to perform Me Voy with them and they’ve been eager to give details about the meaning of many of their songs during the whole performance.
Later, after a proper dinner, we moved to the Ray-Ban stage to check the improvements of Cigarettes After Sex from Primavera’s last edition. Greg Gonzalez and his crew surely know how to create a dreamy hypnotic atmosphere, The only problem is that the live versions of their songs all look a bit the same. Their dreamlike world is pervasive and moving, yes, but for the first 20 minutes. We moved then to the Primavera Bit area, looking for something a bit spicier to wake us up. Panda Bear was waiting for us with his overwhelming bits and his psychedelic touch. The Lisbon-based artist presented his recently released EP, A Day With the Homies, and also played some of his most famous tracks, accompanied by his mind-blowing visuales. His set introduced us perfectly to Arca‘s one, the most crazy exhibition of the day. Alejandro Ghersi mounted an incredible show on Pitchfork stage. Ending almost completely naked, he offered to his audience a delirious DJset, where he mixed classical flamenco, Madonna, Aphex Twin and Azealia Banks. The way he mastered and bent the sounds was just outstanding. His performance was one of the most interesting of the whole festival and it worthily closed Primavera’s second day.
Photos by Sergio Albert and Eric Pamies.