Posts Tagged ‘Countries’

Van William

My folks’ little cabin in the Sequoia National Forest is where i wrote most of my record “Countries.” In the midst of a clusterfuck breakup and other human dramas, i moved up there for a while with my best bro, Pip the Angel dog. With no cell phone, internet, or other people. just me, pip, my guitar, and the sequoias. It was total seclusion. it feels pretty amazing and bizarre that those intimate moments will be out for everyone to hear so soon . Thanks so much to all of you for coming along with me. the support has been fucking incredible ,My debut solo album is out in 1 week! You can still order and get vinyl early with a signed postcard! Today we are releasing the album version of “Cosmic Sign”, which was the last song written for my debut record Countries. I wrote it after the election when I was feeling particularly dark and my initial instinct was to go hide in a cave somewhere.

I challenged myself to write a song from the perspective of the version of this country that I love and yearn for. Despite the monsters in the White House, I still have great hope for this country, and I wanted to reflect that in memories I have from traveling around, getting inspired by the people and places that actually make this country what it is. I am gearing up to head out and get inspired again.

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“Before I Found You” is the opening track on my debut record “Countries,” out January 19th. The entirety of the record centers around the clusterf!ck of heartbreak and romantic tailspin desperation, but I wanted to open the record with a love song. I had to dig deep to remember those insane love-buzz-drug feelings of the early days where everything and everyone is wrong except the bubble-world you blow out with your partner.

Making “Countries” was truly one of the most surreal and fulfilling experiences of my life. I booked ten days in a studio up in Stinson Beach, CA with my best friends. We all stayed under the same roof, cooked dinner together, smoked pot and drank whiskey, listened to albums and recorded twelve songs in between it all. Thankfully, my good friend Jonathan Chu was there to film it all. This video captures the spirit of those wild and emotional days.

“Before I Found You” is off the new album “Countries” due out January 19th, 2018

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While the name Van William may be new to some of you his first band more than likely won’t be – well at least not if you were a regular listener to Folk Radio UK back in 2008 when Port O’Brien, his first band, was receiving plenty of airplay . He then went on to form a second band called Waters. Whatever musical shifts these two bands explored there was, and still is, there is no mistaking Van’s vocals which first drew me to the Indie-folk sound of Port O’Brien . It turns out that during this time he managed to cultivate 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.

Although my time on Kodiak Island, Alaska has always been a huge part of who I am, I’ve never been able to share much of it with anyone other than my immediate family. this video highlights how life feels up there and how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye to my years as a commercial fisherman. the songs on my EP and forthcoming album are deeply tied to my experiences on Kodiak. the fact that my life up there is ending while this project is starting feels right in every sense.” but with it came a “renewed sense of purpose” and a new musical direction, heralded by the arrival of ‘Countries’, Van’s vivid and open-hearted solo debut full length album, set for release on 19th January 2018 via Fantasy Records / Concord Music.

The songs on his new album are very much tied to his experiences on Kodiak Island, Alaska, something he clearly wanted those listening to his music to be aware of. This recent introductory video is very revealing about “how life feels up there and how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye to my years as a commercial fisherman. The songs on my EP and forthcoming album are deeply tied to my experiences on Kodiak. The fact that my life up there is ending while this project is starting feels right in every sense.”

The album includes Van’s recent single ‘Revolution’ (featuring guest vocals from First Aid Kit) and marking the album’s announcement a fresh new single: The Country.