Wednesday, 4 November 2020

LISTEN: Christof van der Ven - 'Reworks' EP

There seems to be a little trend for reworked or reimagined tracks at the moment (at least, among artists I listen to) and I am here for it as long as tracks I love keep on getting new leases of life. Christof van der Ven has just shared his new EP, entitled Reworks, which features four tracks from across his musical career so far, stripped back and set to piano. The EP was recorded over lockdown in Christof's flat, and mixed by Scott Humphries. Add in some vocals from Camilla Staveley-Taylor (The Staves) and Jed Parsons, string arrangements from Rob & Verity Simmons, and synth wizardly from very clever human Marcus Hamblett (of far too many cool bands to list) and you have something genuinely really special. 


Already released in the world were gorgeous versions of You Left It Too Long and Coat. Saving the best until last, arguably, we now have new versions of Big Men At Heart, one of my favourite tunes of Christof's taken from last year's Beneath the Ordinary Load EP and the absolute treat for the ears, first album title track Empty Handed. On first listen to this a few weeks ago, the duet with Camilla gave me actual shivers. Those harmonies. Yes. (Did I mention The Staves are bringing out a new record and I'm really really excited for it?!) 

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