New Release Premiere: Christof van der Ven – A Darker Light

Christof van der Ven releases new track ‘A Darker Light’ this week, lifted from forthcoming second album You Were The Place – and today, we are delighted to premiere the new single

Holland born Christof van der Ven releases new track ‘A Darker Light’ – the second cut to be lifted from his second full length album You Were The Place, out September 6th via his own imprint, Planet Zog Records

Take a listen below…

New track ‘A Darker Light’ brings things to a more melancholy place. Reverb-laden acoustic guitars are paired with a glitchy slow-burning rhythm section, with Christof reminiscing about a conversation with his Mum, at a cross-roads moment shortly after his romance had come to an end.

“This is a song about a conversation that I had late at night with my mum after some wine. I was looking for an answer, a way out of the emotional mess I was in. She offered her wisdom and helped me get over that mental hurdle,” Christof states.

Written and recorded over the three month period immediately following the end of a brief and intense fling, the tracks on You Were The Place stand as an unfiltered knee-jerk reaction; an unadulterated overspill of emotions in the aftermath. Van der Ven captures the subtle, soft textures of recent memories, using the album as a vehicle to examine his confusion and frustration around this evolving heartache, as well as the pain and humour that comes from shared vulnerability. The album tracks are written from a mixture of perspectives, including friends, family, colleagues as well as his own.

Recorded, produced and mixed by Marcus Hamblett (Villagers, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Bear’s Den), You Were The Place features instrumentation contributions from good friends: Tommy Heap (Matthew & The Atlas), Jools Owen (Bear’s Den), Tommy Sheen, Emma Gatrill (Matthew & The Atlas, This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain) and Andrew Stuart-Buttle (Lucy Rose, Rolo Tomassi)

Splitting his time between working as a chef, playing as a touring musician with Bear’s Den as well as releasing and touring his own music – Christof now bases himself in London – alongside a strong friendship group of fellows musicians and artists

In support of the release, Christof van der Ven will be playing headline shows this autumn in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK…

September 28 – Utrecht, Netherlands – EKKO
October 02 – Berlin, Germany – Privatclub
03 – Hamburg, Germany – Nochtwachte
05 – Cologne, Germany – Studio 672
06 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
07 – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
08 – London, The Lexington


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