Northwest is one of the most interesting musical projects in the independent scene. Their sound has been defined as 'nostalgic', 'new and experimental', 'cinematic and ethereal' and compared to acts like Portishead, This Mortal Coil, Debussy and Robert Wyatt, among others. Their live shows and videos (with a flavor reminiscent of old soviet movies, pre-raphaelite pictures and elements of dance and theater improvisation) have demonstrated that Northwest are, little by little, crafting and curating a unique and promising universe.
Northwest was formed in late 2015 when multi-instrumentalist,
composer and producer Ignacio Simón and visual artist, composer
and singer Mariuca García-Lomas moved from Spain to the UK.
They gained media attention with three home recorded singles
Look At Me)
which were released in early 2016 accompanied
by three enigmatic music videos directed by themselves.
They recorded their first record entirely on their own in different and unexpected parts of the UK (an old church in the middle of the countryside, the studios of a university in London and various houses and flats in and around London). Another three singles with three videos were released as a first taste of this album (Dimaryp, Same Old Sky and Sun). This album is officially being released in June 2018.
Over the last year, Northwest have been very outspoken about the reality of being an independent artist in the actual technological and internet era and have share their intention to search for new and innovative ways not only in music-making, but also in communicating, listening and promoting it. The atypical release of their debut album is an example of that. They have also generated different series of video-art aiming to reflect about the limits of music. These series have also showcased that Northwest is not only music, but a playground for different forms of art to blend (cinema, illustration, animation, dance, performance, etc).
Northwest will be touring all around Europe throughout 2018.
Photos by Ignacio Hergueta @ignacioglh