The American arm of the Polish festival features a typically heady cast of artists, including 2562, Demdike Stare, Hype Williams and Pole.
As usual the festival will present a heady blend of left-field sounds, from electronic innovators like Monolake to shoegaze artists like Peaking Lights. Drone and ambient comes from Lustmord and Biosphere, who will deliver a rare joint performance, plus Modern Love duo Demdike Stare. Polish artist Jacaszek will make a return appearance, having last played Unsound in 2010. On more of a bass tip, there's 2562, Throwing Snow and New York's own Sepalcure. Other highlights include Pole, Hype Williams, Laurel Halo and Hieroglyphic Being.
Some of these artists will be performing at Unsound LABS, which will once again happen in tandem with the main festival. This part of the program will be completely free to all attendees, and will include talks and film screenings as well as musical performances. Sun Araw will present ICON EYE, a film about their collaboration with The Congos, and Dave Tompkins, author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hiphop, who will give a lecture called "Sustained Decay: A Natural History of Bass in Miami." Artists will also be paired up for rare collaborations in the Kickstarter portion of the event, including Maria Minerva, Ital and Black Rain. You can find out more about (or pledge support for) Unsound LABS right here.
This year's venues include Le Poisson Rouge, BAMcinématek, ISSUE Project Room and David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. As usual, local techno institution The Bunker will host some of the events as well.