Big thanks to Lauren Laverne for playing The Visual’s single ‘Figure’ on her ‘Recommends’ show on BBC Radio 6 Music!
‘It’s a very stylish one this, it’s a Dutch band formed by musicians Anna, Timon and Tim – Anna an Timon met whilst studying at Amsterdam’s Conservatory, they have a whole aesthetic going one that I’m very much enjoying, and a debut album called ‘Moments of Being’, which is due out at the end of March, on Mink Records. This track is called ‘Figure’, and they are called The Visual.’
‘Figure’ was premiered alongside a video clip on U.K. blog Gigwise back in November, who said:
“Anna van Rij’s voice, cool and evanescent as the morning dew, veers between melancholy lethargy and emotionally wrought upper-register bends. Partner in crime Timon Persoon does his ‘voodoo soundman’ bit on keys, crafting an proper three-dimensional sound landscape at the tender locus of soundtrack and songwriting.”
Last week saw the annual European music conference and showcase festival Eurosonic/Noorderslag, which was great as always. The Visual played Noorderslag on the Saturday, blowing away everyone present in the Patio. 3VOOR12 placed them on no.11 in their ‘best 25 shows of ESNS’ list. Check out these great reviews:
“Ze laat zich nergens echt in de ziel kijken, zingt abstracte teksten over vallende bladeren en vreemde schaduwen en gaat geen moment met gestrekt been op emotie in. En juist dan, als ze bijna a cappella afsluit, biggelen de tranen: ‘Goodbye, pretty one’.” Full review.
“We moeten blijven bewegen als we niet bevroren door de schoonheid van The Visual willen blijven staan, want bloedmooi is het.” Full review.
‘Moon Tapes’ newest offering is a yawning, yearning experiment that veers into brand new territory for the Netherlands-based outfit. “Tonight I’ll Write the Saddest Lines” sees Moon Tapes turn their sunny-side-up sound inside out, pointing their shoegaze-y musings in an altogether more melancholy direction. The new track has a galling beauty to it that draws inspiration from Serge Gainsbourg and vintage European film soundtracks. There’s whispers of Alex Turner as his most vulnerable in those echoing guitar lines and unselfconscious clarity of narrative.’
International music blog Beehype chose Pitou’s ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast’ as the no. 1 Dutch record of 2018 🌹
“Wonderfully quiet and intense at the same time. Whether it’s the a capella “Be Delicate” or the rhythm driven “Problems”, Pitou manages to capture us with her magnificent voice and thrilling melodies.” – read the full thing here.
And with the new year come fresh, exciting promises of potential… one of which was voiced by 3VOOR12 today, whom we wholeheartedly agree with in naming The Visual one of the 12 Dutch upcoming talents expected to break through in 2019. ⭐
“Zo beklemmend – en tegelijkertijd wonderschoon – is de duistere dreampop van de Amsterdamse/Antwerpse groep.”
Catch The Visual at European music showcase festival Eurosonic Noorderslag in January, supporting Tamino in February & March, at their album release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam on March 31st, and touring The Netherlands in April.
Their recent singles ‘Figure’ & ‘Under My Skin’ are available on streaming. New single coming soon!
‘Tonight I’ll Write The Saddest Lines’, the first single from ‘Speculation’, Amsterdam-based Moon Tapes’ debut album, now has an accompanying music video out on VEVO! It was premiered over at Dutch national broadcasting platform for indie music 3VOOR12. Check it out below and subscribe to their brand new VEVO channel if you’d like to stay updated:
Big thanks to the whole team involved in the creation of the video! Have a read a the interview with 3VOOR12 here.
We’re celebrating tonight in Glasgow at The Old Hairdresser’s, from 20:00. Come down!
Avocet is: Sam Grassie, Herbie Loening and Iona Rosa. Special thanks to: Mark Freegard (recording & mixing), Bart Schatteleijn (mastering), Daniel Ashton (piano), Duncan Mark Horne (saxophone), Graham Costello (drums) & Keek van Eijk (artwork).
Big news! The Hazzah have just announced the release of their debut album ‘POST’, with a show in their hometown The Hague, at Paard on March 16th! Check out the Facebook Event here. You can now pre-order POST on 12” heavy weight vinyl in our webshop – click here.
We would like to invite you to the celebration of the release of ‘Post’, debut album by The Hazzah. These boys from The Hague have played in every corner of the city and added close to 100 shows throughout the rest of The Netherlands and France in the past 2 years. During the release show at Paard the band will perform their new material and the album will be available for the first time on 12” vinyl.
The Hazzah’s music is a reflection of the warm comfort of existential freedom experienced through a smoke break during a long road trip. Refining their post-psychedelic roots for their upcoming debut album, The Hazzah’s songs have become louder, deeper and shorter.
‘Post’ was recorded over the summer of 2018 together with producer/engineer Michiel Mutsaerts. The album came into being in recording spaces varying from high-end studios like Wisseloord in Hilversum, to a DIY temporary self-built studio in the headquarters of a scouting group in the North of Holland. The Hazzah recorded their new song without any restraints, resulting in an album that beautifully combines the members’ diverse music tastes.
Backed by acclaimed Dutch live agency Friendly Fire, The Hazzah have toured extensively throughout the Netherlands, performing at festivals like Le Mini Who, Dutch Design Week, Life I Live, Crossing Border and Paaspop, and supporting acts like Mattiel (CA), Pale Waves (UK), Alex Lahey (AU), St. Tropez (NL), CFM (VS), Hallo Venray (NL), Equal Idiots (BE), The Glücks (BE), Phobophobes (UK). Their music has been featured on 3FM, in Spotify playlists like ‘New Alternative’, and on music/film blogs like Noisey, The Daily Indie and Booooooom TV.
Big news from The Hazzah! Today sees the release of their first single ‘Sad’, from their upcoming debut album ‘Post’ – and the announcement of their album release show at Paard on March 16th! Check out the new track on all streaming platforms (click here).
artwork by Wouter Stroet. Recorded and mixed by Michiel Mutsaerts, mastered by Bart Schatteleijn.
Last week The Visual played at 3VOOR12‘s Song of the Year celebration at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. You can check out their live performance of ‘No One Knows’, ‘Under My Skin’, ‘Lost In Translation’ and ‘Hold Your Breath’ here.❤️
The first two singles from The Visual’s upcoming debut album ‘Moments of Being’ are out now. Listen to ‘Figure’ and ‘Under My Skin’ on streaming: