2023 was a landmark year for Primavera Sound Porto: the tenth coming of the festival was also its first without their lifelong naming sponsor, the first four-day long edition at Porto’s Parque da Cidade, and a new main stage and festival grounds’ layout were tested for the first time. Ditching the gorgeous, secluded meadow where the ATP stage once sounded like sacrilege. But the new layout, including previously fenced off areas of the park that are closer to the sea, undoubtedly makes things smoother in a festival that started to feel too crowded, as per last year’s experience. We could do without the smell near the new main stage, but let’s blame the weather for that.
Kate NV’s third record, Room for the Moon, is our album of the week. The Moscow-based musician takes us on a trip through 70s and 80s Russian and Japanese pop music and film with 47min of synth- and bass-heavy melodies. Plus: new tracks by John Prine, Norah Jones, Leah Senior, Margo Price, Lori McKenna, Nick Lowe, Bedouine, Lowland Hum, Drab City, The Cactus Blossoms, Sondre Lerche, Los Retros, Jarvis Cocker, Ron Gallo, Leon Bridges, Chancha Via Circuito, Mulatu Astatke, Sonic Boom, Dougie Poole, Built to Spill, Blitzen Trapper, Naked Giants, Idles, Sammy Brue, Pert Near Sandstone, Matt Costa, and Lionlimb.