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The Visual impress at Best Kept Secret Festival

We are so proud of The Visual, who absolutely killed it at Best Kept Secret Festival, gracing the line up amongst acts like Guided By Voices, Kraftwerk, Fat White Family, Stereolab, Spiritualized, Mac DeMarco and more. Some reviews of their show (in Dutch):

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“Op het climaxmoment schuiven wolken voor de zon, alsof de weergoden begrijpen wat voor setting deze act nodig had. Het moment geeft meteen rillingen over de rug, en is een gevalletje ‘nomen est omen’: we zijn een kind geworden in de dystopische, zwart-wit arthouse film van The Visual.”

Dansende Beren (BE)
“Hun korte set ging van chaos naar extreme sereniteit in de finale. Nadat Anna met haar gitaar de microfoonstaander aan diggelen gooide, sloot ze in haar eentje af met het rustgevende “Hold Your Breath”.

The Daily Indie
”Tussen alle mystiek door vallen invloeden als Jeff Buckley en Beach House op. De hoogtepuntjes uit dit optreden zijn toch echt wel de nummers Lost in Translation en Under My Skin.’

Image by Willem Schalekamp

NME & Line of Best Fit
praise The Visual at The Great Escape

Thank you NME for the beautiful review of The Visual’s show at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton!

“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 frontwoman Anna van Rij. Lost in the music, she at one point swiped her mic stand with her guitar, sending the microphone flying. Not quite Hendrix burning his Stratocaster, but an affordable version of the same.”

The Line Of Best Fit named the group one of the highlights of the festival:

‘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. But it’s really van Rij’s voice which remains the core of the set – winding the audience along with it and leaving smoky trails behind. Cinematic is an understatement.’

📷 by Jamie MacMillan Photos

The Visual live on BBC Radio 6 Music

Yesterday we flew into Manchester for The Visual’s live radio session with DJ Vic Galloway (sitting in for Marc Riley) on BBC Radio 6 Music!

The band chatted about how they started making music together, the new album ‘Moments of Being’, the Dutch music scene, our collaboration with them and lots more. They performed ‘Figure’, ‘Under My Skin’, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and ‘Hold Your Breath’ live. You can listen back, starting at 19.30, here!

Many thanks to Vic for having us.

 

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!

 

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.