Weval is comprised of Dutch duo Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers. Their forthcoming Changed For The Better, will drop on November 12, via Ninja Tune/Technicolour. Due to the enforced downtime from touring thanks to the pandemic, the duo recently embarked on a mission to rediscover themselves and what truly drives them, in a process of liberation from self-imposed constraints.
Their core influences growing up converge and contrast to produce a perfect balance. Harm listened to more subdued music during the 90’s and early 2000’s. “I always had a true sweet spot for sentimental pop and RnB and from the beginning 2000 hits from N.E.R.D. Aaliyah, Usher and Madonna.” Harm commented. “After some time, I stepped away and discovered Yonderboi and St. Germain and that opened the door to Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and the whole world of jazz. So much fun to step into new worlds, I guess the red line between all those things is that the sound was not screaming but more gentle and clean”. Merijn grew up with more high energy stuff, “for me, the first time hearing those 90’s movie soundtracks like Fight Club, Blade and the Matrix was really influential. Later on hearing DJ Shadow for the first time, RJD2, Amon Tobin.” Merijn added.
11 years since they first met and 9 since they began making music together as Weval, Harm and Merijn have achieved a state of self-acceptance and confidence that shines through in their productions. In a world full of turmoil and trauma, “Changed For The Better” offers hope and comfort. Born of the desire for playing live again to a big crowd the EP feels imbued with positivity and a renewed sense of optimism.
Changed For The Better
Technicolour Records/Ninja Tune
1. Changed for the Better
3. Should be Fine
Order Changed For The Better by WEVAL HERE