“Ocean View” by Klangstof
Klangstof will release their new EP Ocean View EP on March 4th. Ahead of the release, the Dutch band have shared the first taste of the EP with the title track and lead single. “Ocean View” provides that the wait has been worthwhile. Downtempo beats and foreboding beats dictate the initial atmosphere, but the ambience then breaks like sunrise with a dreamy soundscape topped by Koen van de Wardt’s elegantly ethereal vocals. It possesses everything that fans have come to adore from Klangstof, but again evolves their sound in a forward-thinking and streamlined direction.
The song’s roots emerged a few years back during sessions in Los Angeles between Koen and bandmate Wannes Salomé. Initially titled‘ We Tried, They Failed’ – an inside joke referencing how unproductive that session was – it later morphed into ‘Ocean View’ with the help of fellow bandmate Erik Buschmann. Lyrically, it finds Klangstof relishing the uninhibited freedom of creating back music at home in the Netherlands without expectations from outside influences.
As Koen explains, “The feeling of being trapped that we had in LA is now completely gone. ‘Ocean View’ is like looking into an open world, a mirror of ultimate freedom. The song’s story is now the complete opposite of what it was originally about.” Wannes adds, “Where the verses used to be cynical, now they are now sincere.”
Ocean View quickly came together after their next album had been completed. The songs were written in two months, and then recorded in just five days with producer Thijs van der Klugt in Studio Kabaal in Haarlem, with mixing by Sam Petts-Davies (Radiohead, Frank Ocean) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Björk, Big Thief, Deerhunter).
Koen recalls, “Since we hadn’t been able to play live together for a while, we felt the need to record these tracks sitting in a room together, playing the songs from start to finish as a group. Most of the tracks have been recorded in just one or a few takes. The whole process was very refreshing, the energy in the room was incredible. We honestly think we’ve never sounded as much as a band as on this recording.”
Klangstof will follow the EP’s release by embarking upon an extensive European headline tour, which commences with a London gig at The Lexington. Tickets are available here. They are also confirmed to play a series of summer shows with Pixies. Their upcoming tour dates are:
Ocean View EP
A Comforting Release
2022 Tour Dates
MARCH – HEADLINE SHOWS
26th – UK, London, The Lexington
28th – UK, Manchester, YES
30th – Belgium, Antwerp, Trix
31st – Germany, Cologne, Helios 37
1st – Switzerland, Bern, Nouveau Monde
3rd – Germany, Munich, Kranhalle
4th – Germany, Berlin, Kantine am Berghain
5th – Germany, Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
7th – Sweden, Stockholm, Bar Brooklyn
8th – Norway, Oslo, Krosset
9th – Denmark, Copenhagen, Rust
12th – France, Paris, Badaboum
14th – Netherlands, Groningen, Vera
15th – Netherlands, Utrecht, De Helling
16th – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Melkweg
22nd – France, Rouen, Le 106 *
23rd – France, Rouen, Le 106 *
5th – UK, Manchester, Castlefield Bowl *
23rd – Luxembourg, Den Atelier *
25th – Czech Republic, Prague, Forum *
30th – Hungary, Budapest, Budapest Park Open Air *
Pre-ordr The Ocean View EP by Klangstof HERE
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