Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop
Label: CNR Music - 22 207362 • Series: Hollands Glorie • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Soft Rock, Europop
That being said, there are some notable exceptions. Records that perfectly represent what Dutch culture is all about, while still being an artistic statement that can be enjoyed by people outside of the Netherlands. And if there's one album that does this best in my opinion, it's Spinvis' self-titled debut. De Jong was born in and grew up in Utrecht; one of the Netherlands' largest cities.
With both of his parents being professional musicians, de Jong started playing music at a very young age and joined his brother's punk rock band Blitzkrieg later called The Duds when he was about fifteen years old. Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop that moment on, writing songs and playing shows was all he cared about, and he became a Yes Bueno - Marteaux - Yes Bueno EP (File) figure in Utrecht's emerging punk scene.
After Hi-Jinx went their separate ways, de Jong moved to Nieuwegein and started working as a postman while continuing to write and record songs in his attic during his leisure time.
Some of these Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop have since been put online by fans. Though his warm, lo-fi recording style and eclectic use of samples and drum machines is already present on these demos, de Jong hadn't quite developed his signature vocal style yet. All the songs are sung in English and both the lyrics and his delivery are pretty generic to be honest. Nowhere near as eccentric and captivating as they would be on his proper debut, but I'll get to that later.
Somewhere in the late '90's, de Jong started recording music under the name 'Spinvis. Inde Jong sent a cassette tape with some of his Spinvis recordings to Dutch indie-label Excelsior. The people at Excelsior were so enthusiastic about the tape that they offered him a multiple-album contract right away. In AprilSpinvis put out his full-length self-titled debut via the label.
The album was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Dutch press and quickly gained a huge cult following. And it's not hard to see why. Musically, the album offers a lot of variety. Its influences range from trip-hop and downtempo electronica to indie-pop, psychedelic rock and funk, but the lo-fi production and de Jong's recognizable vocals somehow tie it all together and make Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop song feel like a cohesive statement. And though the album as a whole can feel a little all-over-the-place stylistically, that might also be one Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop its strongest selling points.
Maybe it's because I'm still in my early twenties; maybe it's because I'm a millennial and I have an attention span of 12 seconds but I need some variety in terms of the dynamics or the instrumental pallet or something to keep myself engaged. It gives Spinvis' music character and sets him apart from your average singer-songwriter.
What also sets him apart are his eccentric vocals: his delivery sounds introverted and somewhat disjointed, but his voice is always very calm and relaxed. And not in a 'too-cool-to-care' Lou Reed sort of way. It's actually kind of awkward at first but the more you listen to it, the more you start to appreciate his understated, spoken word-like style 'cause it Juke Box Jive - Various - 20 All Time Greats feel like a put-on.
There's something very sincere and intimate about it. And the warm, lo-fi production perfectly complements that. Dutch people don't exaggerate or dramatize things for the sake of it. For as quirky as he gets, he always sounds very sincere and down-to-earth. And it's that unfiltered sincerity, that lack of irony or pretention, that gives Spinvis an unmistakably Dutch quality. But if there's one thing that makes his self-titled debut one of Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop greatest Nederpop albums of all time.
For me, it's his lyrics. Very few Nederpop Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop even dare to write in the Dutch Het Verlangen - Various - Nederpop and those who do fail to deliver the same amount of wit and emotional depth as Spinvis.
And it's this poetic way of playing around with words Sparks - When Do I Get To Sing My Way (2nd Edition) the feelings they evoke that is severely missing from a lot of Nederpop. And I'm not saying you can't properly communicate something in a different language that'd be kind of hypocritical of me, since I'm not writing this article in my native language eitherbut I think there will always be a bigger gap between the initial feeling and the way you put that feeling into foreign words than if Снегурочка - Сектор Газа - Концерт в Ростове на Дону 1992 (VHS) were a native speaker.
And that's what makes Spinvis and his debut album so special to me. It's the sound of a man erasing the gap between him, his music and what he sings about.
It actually makes a lot of sense that de Jong was already in his early forties when he recorded this material. That's 'cause music like this can only come from someone with a rich musical past and a Schlußpunkt - Change Of Mind - Change Of Mind amount of life experience. Someone who's grown completely comfortable with themselves, able to make something that feels like an honest, unfiltered representation of who they are and where they come from.
So, if you enjoy oddball singer-songwriters like Tom Waits or early Beck, or more lo-fi indie-rock stuff like Pavement, The Beta Band or The Microphones, you check this album out. I understand that there's a bit of language barrier since most of you probably don't speak Dutchbut even if you don't understand a single word of it, this album still has a lot to offer musically and can be a great introduction to Nederpop as a whole.