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One Year Since The Release of The Visual – ‘Moment of Being’

Oh how time flies… today it’s exactly one year ago that we released The Visual‘s debut album ‘Moments of Being’. On ​Moments Of Being,​ The Visual assert patience in unraveling their truths, little by little. The songs were all written throughout a four-year period in which Van Rij slowly but surely transforms her vulnerability towards the outside world into a life-affirming empathetic force.
 
To celebrate, we have a a 25% webshop discount on the album on 12” vinyl and CD for a week (enter code: ‘The Visual’ upon checkout). It’s also available online, of course.
 
The album received a sea of critical acclaim, from platforms big and small, including radio stations such as BBC Radio 6 Music, where they did a live session the the studio. Some reviews:
 
NME: ‘The three-piece band’s sound tickles the same parts as Nick Cave, PJ Harvey or – most aptly – Jeff Buckley, thanks to the transcendent vocals of front woman Anna van Rij.’
The Line Of Best Fit: ‘The Visual are a trio from Amsterdam who make textural and affecting music which snaps between the epic and the angular. Fronted by the husky-voiced Anna van Rij, their best songs find a place when the ambience is tuned up a notch with synthetic beats and loops. Cinematic is an understatement.’
Gigwise: ‘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.’
3VOOR12: ‘Op het debuutalbum Moments of Being maken we zo kennis met de volgroeide versie van de band: duistere, zelfverzekerde dream pop die onder je huid kruipt en je niet meer loslaat tot je nummertje acht van het album hebt afgeluisterd.’
Europavox: ‘The Visual, the project of singer songwriter Anna van Rij, is one of the best, slow-burn sultry pop that’s by turns lush, intricate, and melancholic.’

 

Torii Live on 3FM Radio

You can now watch back Torii’s live radio session with 3VOOR12 Radio on 3FM! Thanks also to KINK FM for the interview and plays & much love to our pals in the U.K. at BBC Devon, Amazing Radio (who playlisted the single) and XS Manchester who have played their single ‘Heat Lightning’ a lot over the past week 📻

You can also find ‘Sinuosity’ in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, in Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist and in Virgin Radio’s Eddy Temple-Morris’s New music for 2020 Spotify playlist, amongst many others.

Torii’s Debut Album ‘Return To Form’ Out Now

Long awaited and highly anticipated: Torii’s brilliant debut album ‘Return To Form’ is finally out today. You can listen to it on your favourite streaming service – and the record is available on 12” vinyl through record shops, live shows and our webshop.

Big thanks to all the media platforms and radio stations who’ve said lovely things thusfar, including 3VOOR12 and The Daily Indie who published in depth interviews with Domenico (click on name to read)❤️ and a big shout out to everyone who came to the sold out release shows in EKKO, Utrecht and de School, Amsterdam – and Spotify and Apple Music for their enduring support on the playlist front! 

 

 

Torii Album Release Tour Dates

So looking forward to finally releasing Torii’s brilliant debut album ‘Return To Form’ this Friday  the record will be available digitally and on sweet 12” vinyl in record shops, online and at shows. We would love to see you at one of the release shows this week, in Utrecht (EKKO) and Amsterdam (De School, i.c.w. Subbacultcha).

All dates:

21/2 EKKO, Utrecht, The Netherlands
22/2 De School, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
29/2 V11, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5/3 VERA, Groningen, The Netherlands
13/3 Het Magazijn, The Hague, The Netherlands
26/3 MIL Showcase Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
27/5 Woodstock, Bloemendaal, The Netherlands
28/5 Asteriks, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Photo by Philine van den Hul

Mink Records DJ Set at Grauzone Festival

Marieke will be playing two Mink Records DJ sets at Grauzone Festival on Saturday – Grauzone is a festival in The Hague with a line up filled with brilliant acts, including a jam featuring Damo Suzuki (!) of legendary krautrock band CAN together with members of Kikagaku Moyo & Bo Ningen, Thurston Moore, Legowelt, The Murder Capital, Automatic, Shortparis, Shame, Deutsche Ashram and many more. See you there? More info and tickets here. 

 

 


Avocet Release Single Ahead of Celtic Connections Festival Gig

Glasgow-based folk-blues trio Avocet will be playing Celtic Connections Festival tomorrow at CCA Glasgow, supporting the wonderful Kacy & Clayton.

They’ve put out their single ‘Sell Me to the Wind’ today, available on all streaming services: have a listen!

Big thanks to Michiel Mutsaerts for recording, mixing and artwork, Bart Schatteleijn for mastering, Guillermo Almo Martín Viana and Ignacio Santoro for playing on the track. Photo by David Sinclair.

 

The Visual Release Self-produced Short Music Film for ‘Moment of Being’

Just released: ‘Moment Of Being’, the short music film for The Visual’s album title track. It was edited, directed and produced by lead vocalist Anna van Rij. Starring Renzo Popolizio of Nationale Opera & Ballet, and mime student at Academie voor Theater en Dans Kaja van Bruggen.

‘It’s an ode to the human touch. The physical and emotional experience of being touched. Sense is what makes us feel alive. To be touched, to be-loved and to be alive.’

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‘Moments of Being’ the album is available on 12” vinyl, CD (in our webshop), and digitally.

 

 

Out Today: Sound Meditation Album
by The Hague Philharmonic’s Solo Flautist Eline van Esch

Something different out on Mink today: a collection of tracks by classical musician and sound healing expert Eline van Esch (who is also a solo flute player in The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra), specifically created for meditation, relaxation, sound healing, yoga, sleep, being in stillness… anything that involves winding down.
The album is available on streaming services, and on CD in our webshop.

We are very happy to support this project and thank Doris Veldman for recording and mixing. Artwork by Michiel & Marieke. 

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