maandag 8 februari 2016
2016. An assessment of Oor's tips for this year, part 2
We start with another band that was all over the radio in the fall and made the charts as well, Haevn. The duo Jorrit Kleijen and Marijn van der Meer excels in a kind of dark pop music that reflects the sign of the times. The lyrics do not reflect the times at all, it's music that does. There's a gloomy atmosphere in 'Finding Out More', that fits with the everyday worries the general person seems to have. Foreigners, threat of war, terrorists, values and the fourth industrial revolution are all topics that lead to concerns. Or do we live in extremely interesting times in which nothing is certain any more? Haevn may be gloomy, but I hear the quality of songsmiths in a song like 'Where The Heart Is'. Despite the fact that I've heard this sort of music many times before, it's good. I'm certainly interested to learn more in the future.
Another name that has a buzz around it is The Brahms. Another band that was formed at a music academy. Four young lads from Utrecht. From the looks I'd expected an indie rock quartet. Instead I hear a mix between Rupert Holmes and 10cc. Then 'Golden' is played on Spotify and I recognise another song that was plugged major on the radio a few months back. A song with an African riff, a hint at Go Back To The Zoo and other Dutch bands of recent years. The second band in this post that already had a Megahit on 3FM. Sorry, but in my opinion that is a moment that a band breaks through and is lifted from anonymity. The song is played nearly by the hour. That aside. The two songs I played on Spotify, the other is 'Shoulder Blades', are not for me. Too neat, too much like the smell of Brussels sprouts.
And now for something completely different as my comedy heroes used to say. Klyne is the duo Nick Klein and Ferdous Dehzad. In fact Klyne is a bit of a surprise. Nothing for me when I hear a minimal beat, handclaps and Stevie Wonder's cousin singing. 'Waiting' starts out as a minimal dance track, but ends as a minimal indie rocker. A fuzzed out guitar or something sounding like it ends 'Waiting' with nothing else much in place. The vocal melody is just as minimal, but also fairly o.k. In between a few electronic melodies are added. Less is much more where Klyne is concerned. Jamie XX is what flashes through my mind. When I listen to 'Closer' it is like Nick Klein composed a whole song on his guitar, after which Dehzad stripped away everything and came back with this track. No, it's not my music, but I hear what I'm hearing. I see no reason why Klyne can not follow in XX's footsteps.