New Release: Van William – Countries / The Country

Van William has announced news of his solo debut record, Countries, due for release on January 19th

Furthermore, he has unveiled a new single, with The Country…

Just a couple years ago, Van William was a man with a plan. Having toured the world from age twenty – first with his band Port O’Brien, followed by his second group WATERS – he had met and cultivated a tight knit community of fellow musicians, embarked on a serious, years-long romantic relationship, even found time to spend summers in the Kodiak Islands of Alaska working on his father’s commercial fishing boat, as he’d done all his life

When, in short order, his musical projects and romantic relationship dissolved, and his father announced his retirement after 49 summers at sea, Van reached an inflection point. “I was freaked out”, the songwriter recalls, looking back on the most tumultuous year of his life. “But with that freak-out came a renewed sense of purpose” and a new musical direction, heralded by the arrival of Countries

Van wrote the songs that would become Countries in a secluded part of the Sierra Nevada, then enlisted a close-knit group of friends – including his co-producer Brian Phillips, Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, bassist Chris Chu and keyboardist Tam Visher – to bring the album to life in a studio in Marin County. Special vocal guests on the album include the Soderberg sisters of First Aid Kit, Miya Folick, and Sara DaMert of WATERS

“These songs sound exactly like I feel” says Van, “restless, reeling, heartbroken and ready to burst. I grew up on Fugazi and Plastic Ono Band; The Lonesome Crowded West and On the Beach. I wanted to make a record that unambiguous, that digs its hooks in deep and doesn’t let go”

He also heads to Blighty with First Aid Kit next year, playing…

24 Feb – Glasgow, O2 Academy
26 Feb – Manchester, Albert Hall
27 Feb – Manchester, Albert Hall
1 Mar – London, The Roundhouse
2 Mar – London, The Roundhouse