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Jan Verstraeten


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Jan Verstraeten must be one of the most common names in Belgium. You would never associate it with the Disneyesque strings, cinematic indie pop and lo-fi bossanova that make up visual artist and musician Jan Verstraeten’s intriguing debut EP ‘Cheap Dreams’.
He suddenly arose out of nowhere. From a small room in a grey provincial town, to be more precise. That’s where Jan Verstraeten worked on his debut for years. Nobody knew what he was creating in that claustrophobic room, not even his closest friends.
On Jan's debut EP 'Cheap Dreams', jazz, bossa, indie and classical music regularly pay a visit. The album title illustrates how the six tracks were conceived in harsh conditions, with a limited budget. ‘Cheap Dreams’ is the soundtrack to the working class hero’s life. Jan Verstraeten is all about contrasts. Both in his videos and in his tunes he likes to play with light and dark, cold and warm, hope and desperation. He sews and distrusts in one swift movement. This results in comforting music and tumbling imagery that make you realize that inspiration is to be found anywhere, as long as you’re willing to see it.


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