Klangstof (Koen van de Wardt) has shared debut album Close Eyes To Exit. An expansive collection of tracks, the album unfurls at an astonishingly beautiful pace. Close Eyes To Exit boasts a dense production with layers upon layers of sound but always remains free and unpredictable. While the sound is expansive, there is an intimacy to the record, plenty of corners to lose yourself in.
Klangstof said of the release:
"It feels like the album has been inside my head for a good five years now. Some songs have been around since I was a teenager, but I never felt confident enough as a producer/bandleader to work on them. My confidence kept on growing until the point where I was forced to form a band to perform at a Dutch indie festival called Grasnapolsky. "
Take “Hostage”, a track with infinite scope, a beautiful collision of minimalist beats with acoustic drums and guitars which is all bathed in a retro synth glow. Tracks like “Amansworld” and “Island” are tinged with psychedelia, a glacial wall-of-sound – natural and epic.
A self-taught musician, a lot of the album is album is about his experiences growing up. He says:
“A lot of the album is about me growing up as a person. Moving back from peaceful Norway where my family still lives, to the Netherlands where I basically had to start all over again for the second time (after having moved from Holland to Norway as a child). I learned a lot about myself during this period. Finding out that I enjoy isolation, and that I get very unstable when not being able to make music for a few days.
Lyrically it is very much an album I had to write to move on. All the weight I’ve been carrying around is out now. I had to lay this foundation to move on. It feels great, because from here I can really go anywhere for the next album.”
Close Eyes to Exit is released via Mind of a Genius.
04/10 - Camden Assembly, London
03/11 - Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge*
07/11 - Toronto, ON – Hoxton*
08/11 - Montreal, QC – Fairmount*
09/11 - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
11/11 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry*
12/11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall*
*with Jagwar Ma