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The Visual Release Music Video
For ‘Open Your Eyes’

We have something special for you today… a new music video by The Visual for their track ‘Open Your Eyes’, shot by filmmaker Mateo Vega in Antwerp. Head over to The Daily Indie, who premiered it (click here) for a first glance, and a read about what’s been going on in songwriter Anna’s mind during the coming into being of their album.

‘Melancholisch en poëtisch zijn maar enkele woorden die we maar wat graag associëren met de Amsterdamse band. De videoclip bij Open Your Eyes neemt ons mee naar een gedachtenwereld: rustig en meeslepend. De hele clip bestaat uit zwart-wit beelden, op één kleur na: rood. De indringende, mysterieuze kleur wist de wereld van The Visual binnen te sluipen en met resultaat. Je vraagt je bij momenten af waar je naar kijkt, maar gelukkig is er de muziek om je hand vast te houden en je tot het einde te begeleiden.’

Debut album ‘Moments of Being’ will be out on streaming on March 29th, it’ll also be available on beautiful 12” vinyl and CD. We’ll celebrate during the release show at Bitterzoet (presented by Paradiso). Tickets can be found here. Facebook event here.

Cheers to VEVO for the support!

The Hazzah’s Debut Album
‘Post’ Out Now!

The Hazzah’s debut album ‘Post’ is out today! Listen on your favourite streaming service through this link. 

‘Post’ consists of 13 tracks and came into being over the summer of 2018, 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. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this record 🚀

‘Post’ is available on heavyweight 12” vinyl from 16/3 – at shows, from your local record shop, or in our webshop. Hope you like it!

Tomorrow we’ll celebrate with a release show at Paard, The Hague. Label mates Torii will be the support act, and afterwards we’ll head to Zwarte Ruiter for an afterparty with a DJ set by lovely ladies Cosmic Silk! Hope to see you there.

 

The Hazzah Album Release Afterparty

All the info for this weekend in one place:

🚀 The Hazzah album release 🚀

The Hague based garage rockers will release their debut album ‘Post’ online on Friday March 15th, with a release show on Saturday March 16th at Paard (support: Torii) and a official afterparty at De Zwarte Ruiter Den Haag (DJs: Cosmic Silk)!

‘Refining their post-psychedelic roots for their upcoming debut album, The Hazzah’s songs have become louder, deeper and shorter. The scuzzy sounds and words draw influences from bands like Black Lips, The Rolling Stones, Ty Segall and Tomorrows Tulips’.

 

The Birth of Mink Music Publishing

Very happy to announce we have signed a deal with the lovely people at Cloud 9 Music, marking the birth of our new venture ‘Mink Music Publishing’. We have a lot of respect for Cloud 9 as a company – and all they’ve achieved in dance music, and look forward to being their gatekeeper for alternative indie music, and exploring the crossover potential in our respective specialisations and network. The news was featured on Entertainment Business. Thank you Pieter van Bodegraven and the team for the trust and enthusiasm. Big things coming!

 

Moon Tapes Release Cinematic Indiepop Ballad ‘Cleopatra’

Out today! The beautiful, cinematic indie pop ballad ‘Cleopatra’ by Moon Tapes, the second song we’re releasing from their upcoming debut album ‘Speculation’. Have a listen on your preferred streaming service here.🍷

Also, a big thanks to Japanese blog Niche Music, for premiering the track and the lovely words. Read the article here (if you read Japanese).  Shout out also to 3VOOR12, 3FM, The Daily Indie and Spotify for playlisting the track on streaming.

Moon Tapes’ album ‘Speculation’ will be out on 12” vinyl late 2019.

The Hazzah Album Release Show March 16th

We would love to see you all at The Hazzah’s album launch at Paard in The Hague on the 16th of March! Our very  own Torii will be doing the support at this show, and an afterparty wil be at Zwarte Ruijter.

Tickets are €6 and can be found here.  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.

 

The Visual on
BBC Radio 6 Music

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.’

Listen in just before 56 minutes: click here. 

‘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.”

Check out the full article here.

The Visual Blow Crowd
Away at ESNS Show

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:

3VOOR12:
“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. 

OOR:
“We moeten blijven bewegen als we niet bevroren door de schoonheid van The Visual willen blijven staan, want bloedmooi is het.” Full review. 

Photo by Hesterliena Wolthuis

The Line of Best Fit Review Moon Tapes’ Music Video

Cheers The Line Of Best Fit, for the review of Moon Tapes recent video for their single ‘Tonight I’ll Write The Saddest Lines’. 

‘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.’

Read the full thing here.