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De Conserven van Van Erve, What’s in a Dream?, 30/10/2019 @ Omroep Tilburg

img_3630Mooie dromen zijn utopisch, beelden van een ideale wereld waarin alles zo gaat zoals jij graag had gewild dat het ook daadwerkelijk was gegaan. Althans, dat denk ik. Zelf kan ik mij over het algemeen niet zoveel herinneren van mijn dromen en wanneer dat wel het geval is, dan is dat meestal een bevestiging van het idee dat het maar beter is dat ik niet zoveel kan herinneren van mijn eigen dromen. Die zijn meestal niet zo utopisch. Eerder dystopisch en daarmee wellicht de spiegel van andermans perfecte droom, daar jouw gedroomde utopie altijd de nachtmerrie van een ander zal zijn.

Maar gelukkig zijn er wel veel mooie liedjes over dromen om bij weg te dromen, genoeg in ieder geval om een radioshow mee te vullen.

Steve French – I Dream Of Being A Machine

Tunng – Dream In

The Horse Company – Both Our Dreams Collide

Tindersticks – Take Care In Your Dreams

The Appleseed Cast – A Dream For Us

Daisy Chainsaw – Hope Your Dreams Come True

Built To Spill –  Distopian Dream Girl

Polvo – When Will You Die For The Last Time In My Dreams

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – Cup Of Dreams

Lala Lala – Dream Song

Jawbreaker – The Boat Dreams From The Hill

Deadbeat & Camara – Dreaming My Dreams With You

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The Horse Company – Calypso

When I saw The Horse Company playing on Incubate earlier this year, I was slightly disappointed. Rumour had it that the band from Zwolle was going to return with a great indie rock record this year, yet all I saw was a band struggling with equipment, somewhat uneasy being on stage. The latter understandable, considering this was their first show in over a year and the first show playing the new material. And honestly, it wasn’t bad at all. It just wasn’t what I had anticipated based on the buzz that preceded the show, or better that preceded the recorded. So I left Cul de Sac a sceptic, not too convinced that Calypso would really live up to the expectation that the rumours were building up.

But this initial scepticism has vanished completely. To some distant hidden cave, somewhere on one of the Greek islands where we would normally find the sea nymph Calypso, daughter of Atlas. Just like with their second album, Olympus, The Horse Company has tapped into Ancient Greeks mythology. But where that title was a bit over the top, or better yet, aimed slightly too high, this record indeed places them amongst the Gods. Or at least at the inner ring of angels (I know, I am mixing up to totally unconnected stories here, even though Dante does mention some Ancients – like Homer – and places them on the outer rim of Purgatory).

Angels of Dutch indie rock and underground that is. The bearded roots rock of their album has been pushed in a far corner to make place for a more trimmed 1990s indie rock sound. Somewhere in the distance you still here some of the old influences, hidden in layers of laid-back guitar melodies, or in the playful melodic bass lines. Somewhat in a way that American Music Club hides their American roots in otherwise poppy tunes. In the three years since Olympus that band apparently has been working on developing another sound, a broader one.

While Olympus a certain points could have been a record recorded in a studio in Denton (TX) by a band hailing from Denton (TX) rocking the indie into roots (or vice versa), Calypso brings together the grandeur of bands like Coldplay and Snow Patrol (Random Hearts) with the experimental indiepop of dEus (Front Forming), psychedelics of the 1970s (Nearly Broke Your Heart) and some brushed up indierock influences from the early 1990s (One Wheel). A long list of names that one could refer to, but what makes Calypso a better record than Olympus is simply the fact that these influences have all merged, melted into a laid-back sound clearly definable as “The Horse Company”.

But this new sound does create a problem or – better yet – a challenge for The Horse Company. Listening to Calypso I realised why the show of the band didn’t really kick off during Incubate. The multi-layered songs filled with small subtleties in those layers that sometimes are hardly noticeable, but do create the relaxed atmosphere of the record don’t translate well to a four-piece-band-live-show. The doubled vocal tracks that give the songs an extra depth on your stereo get lost on a stage like that of Cul de Sac, no matter how good the sound-technician is.

Not that Cul de Sac is a bad stage, far from that, but it is above all a pub with a small stage. Acoustics and available equipment to recreate the sound are not available nor the time that the two brothers had whilst writing, recording, overdubbing and experimenting the last three years. Three years of working in silence on what came out as great, subtlety crafted indierock album that certainly places the band in the Dutch top now brings the band to face the next challenge, to translate that sound, those songs and that subtlety to stage. If and when they manage to do so, The Horse Company can reach for the stars and play bacchanal on mount Olympus.

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The Horse Company – Olympus

Na het rootsrockdebuut heeft The Horse Company met Olympus besloten er een indiesausje overheen te gooien. Een fijne mix van Pedro The Lion, Guided By Voices en Kings Of Leon is het resultaat.

Foto: Excelsior

Om hier achter te komen, moet je echter wel een paar keer naar deze plaat luisteren. Olympus is geen plaat die direct goed in het gehoor ligt. Sterker nog, bij een eerste luisterbeurt zul je zelfs geneigd zijn om heel hard op stop te drukken.

Net als door David Bazan, Will Oldham of Robert Pollard wordt de emotioneel-geladen-net-niet-vals toon opgezocht. Alleen lijkt Hilberdink in bijvoorbeeld Starting To Get Better net over dat lijntje heen te stappen.


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