CHRISTOF VAN DER VEN SHARES VIDEO FOR ‘EMPTY HANDED’
SONGWRITER & BEAR’S DEN TOURING MEMBER WILL RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON THE 13TH OF APRIL
Planet Zog Records – 13th April
Singer-songwriter and Bear’s Den touring member Christof van der Ven has shared a new video for recent single ‘Empty Handed’
‘Empty Handed’ is the title track of the Dutch musicians upcoming debut album which will be released on the 13th of April, a brilliantly textured and beautifully written song which has been through numerous iterations before Christof stripped the song back to it’s roots and gave it room to breathe, an approach which led Gold Flake Paint to remark “turning in on itself just when the moment arrives to fully let loose – it feels all the more captivating for it.”
Talking about the video Christof said: “I’ve had it my head for a while that I’ve wanted to make a lyric video for Empty Handed. I was incredibly limited on time, money and tools – but thankfully my friend Ray Uscata was kind enough to step in such short notice. I bought a window marker, wrote the lyrics to a slowed down version of the track, coupled that with a slow zoom and filmed everything in an afternoon in just a couple of takes.”
Born near Eindhoven in the Netherlands and raised on a steady diet of 1960’s American / English folk and his Mother’s classical music, Christof travelled to Galway in Ireland intending to spend a few months writing and developing songs and ended up staying for 4 years, taken aback by the generosity of the people there, he produced 2 EPs – Springtime (2010) and Honey Tears (2011) before relocating to London where as a pot wash he worked his way up the ladder, eventually working as a chef in a number of London restaurants. All the while he was writing and making music, two more EP’s followed as well as extensive touring in the UK and US with artists including Bear’s Den, The Staves (who feature on the album, providing backing vocals on ‘Oh When the Night’), and The Boxer Rebellion.
‘Empty Handed’ is a gorgeous record that draws from influences like Damien Jurado and Fionn Regan, with chest-pounding, Springsteen-esque instrumentation, Grizzly Bear infused subtle arrangements and the influence of years spent on the road in Bear’s Den all coming together to create a record that at it’s very core, has been crafted slowly and carefully by an artist who has honed his craft on some of the biggest and smallest stages in the world.
Christof’s music has also caught the attention of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon who after becoming a fan has invited him to open one of the dates of his huge upcoming residency at the Hammersmith Apollo.
‘Empty Handed’ will be available on the 13th April 2018. Christof will be heading out on a UK / EU tour in April as well as opening for Bon Iver at the Eventim Apollo on 26th February and at the ‘Naked Song’ festival with Lisa Hannigan on the 14th of April in his hometown of Eindhoven.