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The Black Atlantic

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The Black Atlantic is the Groningen (The Netherlands) based acoustic pop band formed around singer and songwriter Geert van der Velde, former frontman for American metalcore group Shai Hulud. The Black Atlantic released their debut album “Reverence for Fallen Trees” digitally for free (worldwide) on August 21st, 2009. It has since been downloaded over 70.000 times via various torrent websites, the band’s own website and it’s label Beep! Beep! Back up the Truck. For fans of Bon Iver, Sigur Rós and Fleet Foxes. About “Reverence for Fallen Trees” In February, 2008, The Black Atlantic started recording their album in a cabin owned by van der Velde’s in-laws, located in the small town of Saranac Lake, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. For this recording, drummer Marcel Wolthof was re-enlisted alongside singer-songwriter Kim Janssen on various instruments. Janssen co-wrote some of the songs for the recording and has permanently settled in and joined the band. The band took a large part of these recordings back home to the Netherlands where they finished the album over the course of Spring 2009 and early Summer at the (now defunct) Paperboat recording studio in Zwolle. The title of the album “Reverence for Fallen Trees” is a metaphor for “honour the dead” alluding to van der Velde’s grandparents, 3 of whom passed away during the recording process. The album deals with these topics – ‘remembrance’ , ‘grief’, ‘family’, ‘love’, ‘disenchantment’ – in a roundabout way, mostly through the use of natural metaphors . Musically the album showcases a wide variety of instrumentation with a penchant for ambience and an abundance of melancholy, multi-layered vocal harmonies; inspired by such acts as Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and the Beach Boys. Rhythmically the band’s approach is minimalist and percussive rather than expansive; the band tours with only a snare drum, floor tom and ride cymbal. History & Touring The Black Atlantic started as a project of van der Velde in his off time from his philosophy studies. Gradually the project turned more serious after van der Velde recorded his first song – a Valentine’s gift to his then girlfriend, now wife (and sometimes bandmember) – in February of 2006. After posting the song on Myspace van der Velde received some label interest and wrote and recorded ‘Send This Home’ in the early Fall of 2006 with the help of various contributing friends. He eventually abandoned his studies to focus full-time on the band. The EP documents van der Velde’s very first attempts at writing pop music, and showcases his preferred melancholy and introspective delivery. The EP was released on July 10th, 2007 in the US by Five Point Records (NY) ; one of the two indie labels who had initially offered a deal. And, in January 2008, ‘Send This Home’ EP was released in Europe through Midsummer Records (DE). Live The Black Atlantic made it’s first appearance, in one of many incarnations, at Eurosonic 2007. Since then the band has maintained a steady diet of touring with a revolving line-up around van der Velde (and for the past 2 years Janssen). In Europe the band has toured with Saturday Looks Good to Me (usa), Windmill (uk) and Woven Hand (us). The band also opened up most shows for Midlake in the Netherlands, The Tallest Man on Earth in the U.K. and recently finished a trip to Austin, TX to play the annual SXSW music showcase. They’ve also done 4 US tours playing with bands such as The Cave Singers and The Antlers (who appear as guests on the album). The band is currently slowly working on a follow up to “Reverence…” but spends most of it time on the road touring.

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The Black Atlantic

Two years after releasing their debut album ‘Reverence for Fallen Trees’ (2009) Dutch folk-rockers The Black Atlantic released their new EP ‘Darkling, I Listen' in Europe and are set to release the EP in the US in February, 2013. Since releasing their debut album in 2009 the... Read More →

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