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Sounds | Amenra, Kathleen (cover Townes Van Zandt)

Dat Amenra niet vies is van een cover hebben ze eerder al bewezen. Denk maar aan Parabol van Tool of Song To The Siren van This Mortal Coil. Een paar weken geleden deelden ze nog hun versie van Roads van Portishead. En het mag gezegd, één voor één prachtige interpretaties die niet moeten onderdoen voor de originele versie.

Maar de naam Townes Van Zandt (afgekort TVZ) zei me werkelijk niets. Als kind van de jaren '90 moest ik die naam toch even opzoeken. Een Amerikaanse folk- en countrymuzikant, singer-songwriter en dichter die ergens eind de jaren '90 overleed.

In 2012 startte Neurot Recordings met een serie van albums met daarop allemaal covers van nummers van TVZ.

22 april 2022 verschijnt het derde album van die serie. Een album waarop Amenra, Cave In en Marissa Nadler elk drie nummers van TVZ zullen brengen.

Van TVZ naar Amenra? Is dat geen rare sprong? Daar mogen we Lennart Bossu dankbaar voor zijn, die TVZ in z'n twintigerjaren ontdekte.

En zeg nu zelf... Kathleen is een adembenemend mooi nummer!


Neurot Recordings in conjunction with My Proud Mountain announces the third record of the Songs of Townes Van Zandt series, which was started in 2012, featuring various artists covering the works of beloved American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Songs of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III features new renditions of nine classic tracks as interpreted by AMENRA, CAVE IN, and MARISSA NADLER.

Steve Brodsky of CAVE IN stated about being part of the record, “In the winter of 2010, I did a solo tour with Scott Kelly of Neurosis and Bob Wayne. It was the three of us and Ansgar Glade traveling in Bob's ‘green machine’ van around the UK and Ireland. At every show, Scott played the song ‘Caroline’ and each time I heard it, I found myself enraptured. This was my introduction to Townes Van Zandt. Pretty cool that ten years later, Ansgar has given me and CAVE IN this great opportunity to show our love for TVZ's music.”

Lennart Bossu of AMENRA says, “Being Belgians, the very American folk and country of Townes Van Zandt is not exactly the music we grew up listening to, but upon discovering his songs in our early twenties, they immediately struck a chord with us. Even people who do not understand the lyrics can probably tell that they are listening to someone who has lived and suffered, and, oddly enough, at the same time find deep comfort in his soothing voice. It is the kind of comfort that often defines great music or art in general, and it made the prospect of trying our own hand at a few of his songs no less daunting. Nonetheless, when we were asked to be part of this collection of Townes Van Zandt cover songs, we felt excited and compelled to be part of it, as, in a way, it offered us a chance to do something in return for the great songs he has given us, and also be a part of a series of albums that are almost exclusively comprised of artists we deeply respect.”

Marissa Nadler offers, “I’ve been a fan of Townes Van Zandt’s music for nearly as long as I’ve been writing songs. When I was starting out, a friend introduced me to Townes’s music, and I pretty much instantly fell in love with both the rawness of his songs as well as the intense sense of longing expressed within them. His lyrics are haunting and evocative and have inspired me endlessly. These melodies will linger with you, year after year, and hopefully keep you company along the way.”

(bron: Neurot Recordings)


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