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Ruud Houweling

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    Spring Will Return
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    Hollanders
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    Bekoorelykheden II
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    De Gouden Eeuw Leader
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    Bekoorelykheden I
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After dismantling my former band @Cloudmachine I tried to imagine what my songs would sound like if I had been influenced by a long living tradition of Dutch folk music.
Why not try to make a record like that? I felt a need to have a sense of home. Music from our sailing, farming and windmilling days disappeared a long time ago. Alas, the Dutch lack deep musical traditions heard in other European countries such as Ireland, Sweden, Spain or the Balkans. But we do have some musical folklore. Accordion music was played in cafés, hymns were sung in churches accompanied by pump organs. Villages had brass bands. There were sailor songs. We had graceful ice dancers in winter, swaying in slomo on frozen lakes and canals. And my forefathers chanted when they were cutting peat or building dykes. This intrigued me.
I picked instruments I felt represented the light of my country, arranging songs for portable instruments only. And found some great musicians to record with. We came together a few days in a vintage studio and recorded the basic tracks. Our engineer was Oz Fritz (USA), who is known for his work on a few @Tom Waits records I love for their sound. (https://open.spotify.com/album/0tFQcJyS2Ui3vtiijAEdwS) We mixed the album in California, where Fritz had recorded Waits too.
That’s the basic story of the album. The songs have their own stories to tell. I write them to transcend experiences or events that left an impression. I am hoping they may reflect things from your life.

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