Big Ears is approaching next month, and my excitement for the festival grows stronger every day. Just recently, Big Ears released an official Spotify playlist featuring artists in the 2017 lineup. This playlist gives listeners a great preview of what to expect during the festival. I recommend listening to this playlist or perusing through their lineup and getting to know which artists will be in downtown Knoxville. If you’re like me, you might need an extra nudge from friends or a personal recommendation to find new music. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of music and not know where to start. Big Ears may seem daunting to the average music listener because of this. I am here to help in the next few weeks by giving previews of the most noteworthy acts.
You won’t want to miss Lætitia Sadier at Big Ears. Sadier is most well known as a member of the art pop band Stereolab, one of the most influential alternative bands of the 90s. Stereolab’s unique sound combined elements of krautrock, minimalism, easy-listening, lounge and pop melodies. Tim Gane, the founding member and songwriter for the majority of their discography, admitted to being heavily influenced by bands like Neu! and Can.
Sadier mostly contributed French and English lyrics and a stunning vocal performance in Stereolab, and she also played guitar, piano, trombone and percussion. Along with her contributions to Stereolab, Sadier has released three solo albums since 2010: The Trip, Silencio and Something Shines. She has also collaborated with numerous different artists including Adrian Younge, Atlas Sound and Tyler, The Creator.
Sadier will be performing at The Standard on 416 W. Jackson Avenue on Friday, March 24 at 10:30 pm.
You may learn more about the Big Ears Festival including a detailed schedule at http://bigearsfestival.com/.