|Cedric Muyes by Wo.|
The fact that most members of the band Go Ape!, that must have gone out of existence long ago, were present attests to the family feeling surrounding Snowstar. Members from a band that fills the Johan Cruyff Arena to bands so obscure 99.99% of the Dutch population may and never will have heard of were present to enjoy the music and the party. Even Dave von Raven walked in with a lp case in his hands, but was part of the disco set afterwards. From the NPO 2 studios in the afternoon with The Kik to Utrecht at night is a small step for a musician.
The more surprising is the direction the label took since, specialising in music that is softer than soft pop. Many bands on Snowstar have a signature signing quiet, inverted, dreams, contemplation, soul and life searching, just to mention a few character traits. As I have written on that last week announcing the party, I'll continue here with the evening itself.
|Donna Blue by Wo.|
It took me a few months to get used to the music of Donna Blue but after the penny dropped there's been no holding back. Live the band is even better than on record. So many of the little details in the music came across even more sharply on stage. The addition of a live drummer and bass player gave the sound extra depth, making it come alive even more. The sharp percussive sounds could all be heard. The four released songs were played and a few not released. From what I heard things will be good in 2019 and beyond. The band I really wanted to see, delivered fully. The melodies can hold me spellbound, the perfect mix heightens the experience.
Unfortunately for Kim Janssen I am not a fan, so I'll refrain from commentary, except for sharing something I heard someone say that I agree with. "How is it possible that there are so many musicians on stage, yet so little variation in the melodies within songs?" When the drummer and bass player are the most exciting to listen to, my observation, it gives pause. But in all fairness, it was far from a punishment to listen to the show. All played very well and with obvious love for the music. Kim Janssen's show was a good one, but just not my music.
|I Am Oak by Wo.|
Without a doubt things remained in full swing in Cloud Nine but sometimes things get in the way like trains to catch and stuff. With the 7" of Donna Blue and the 'Owls' cd by Luik, perhaps the most Snowstar of Snowstar releases of all, in my bag it was time to go home.
15 Years Snowstar Records. With a new 7" by Donna Blue and the new I Am Oak and who knows what more underway for 2019, the party is far from over yet. Thank you again, Cedric and Sander for a great evening and until next time around!
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