Today on the interwebs: a beautiful article on i-D Nederland about The Visual, with pictures shot by Anna van Rij’s sister Sarah Elize Van Rij. We’ve been working with these lovely people for a while now and we are all very excited for the upcoming release of their debut EP on Mink Records, celebrated with a release show this Friday at Melkweg Amsterdam. Come and check them out! You won’t regret it.
Annual music showcase festival Eurosonic/Noorderslag just confirmed that Pitou will be included on the bill for Noorderslag 2018. We are looking forward to seeing everyone attending in Groningen 17-20 January.
Today we released the first single from Pitou’s upcoming record! The track is called ‘Problems’, the video for which was premiered by The Independent. You can read their article here.
‘Problems’ is available on all streaming platforms, like Spotify. Big thanks to Spotify UK and Spotify NL for including the track in their playlists, including ‘New Music Friday’.
The Independent‘s Roisin O’Connor says:
‘Amsterdam-born artist Pitou has one of the most arresting voices to emerge from this year … she crafts intelligent folk-pop that balances the darkness and light of human emotion’ Complete Music Update say:
‘If she doesn’t find an audience vastly beyond the already growing fanbase she currently commands, everything in the world will have gone terribly wrong’
The Visual’s new video for ‘Lost in Translation’, a track critically reflecting on the necessity of gender binaries, just premiered on Noisey/Vice NL! Directed by the great Danny Griffioen. Check it out below!
In 1999 Ebou Gaye Mada started the group Boka Halat de Banjul from jam sessions with various musicians. Boka Halat means “joined ideas’ in Wolof. The combination of the various band members, their ideas, their musical background and their shared passion for music became the basis of a platform for positive energy. Boka Halat de Banjul combines the Gambian Mbalax with music from all over the world like jazz, afrobeat, reggae and more.
Anyone who sees the Boka Halat de Banjul playing gets hit by the infectious energy. Ebou and his band play with such passion, experience and love for music that the viewer is included in the rhythms and melodies through this sparkling performance. It’s a great experience to see so much power, quality and improvisation talent on stage!
The Great Escape Festival has just announced that Pitou will be playing at the festival in Brighton in May – and at the ‘First Fifty’ event in London in November. Read what NME had to say about it here.
The Netherlands has been designated as the Great Escape’s featured country in 2018. Read more about that here.