26 jun 17
Kim Janssen added two new shows to his upcoming Dutch tour this fall. He'll also play Paard, Den Haag on the 2nd of November and Hedon, Zwolle on the 10th of December. Get your tickets now!
06 jun 17
The reissue for I am Oak's debut album 'On Claws' is out now! Order it right here
24 may 17
15 may 17
The successful debut album ‘On Claws’ by Utrecht based folk band I Am Oak will be reissued on vinyl! Despite continuous demand the album hasn’t been available for a long time, but now it will be repressed on limited coloured vinyl.
It will be released on Monday June 5th, and will be presented on the same day at the Snowstar Records showcase during Utrecht Centraal.
Pre-order the album HERE.
10 may 17
08 may 17
05 may 17
Exactly one week ago Kim Janssen was at Canvas Culture Club, where he played four songs after the live broadcast. Lucky you, because you can watch him play 'Gouldians', 'Rama VI', 'Cousin' and 'Bottle Rockets' down here now!
03 may 17
Yesterday morning Kim Janssen was at Ekdom In De Ochtend on NPO Radio 2 for a live session. They covered Bruce Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia" and it's beautiful!
01 may 17
Before his show at Molen de Ster last month I am Oak did a session with AlleySessions. Watch him play 'Own' right here.
26 apr 17
24 apr 17
This is pretty awesome. 'Cousins' by Kim Janssen at Tower Records in Tokyo, Japan! And apparently a hero already..
21 apr 17
Friday next week Kim Janssen will make his Belgian national television debut on Culture Club on Canvas.
He also did an interview with Humo and BILL about his new album!
14 apr 17
Kim Janssen’s new album ‘Cousins’ has been released two weeks ago, and the first reactions were great!
***** “a beautiful record” - Musicmaker (NL)
**** - de Volkskrant (NL)
**** - Lust For Life (NL)
**** - NRC (NL)
“Janssen is of international class” - OOR (NL)
"Highly recommended!” - InMusic (DE)
“Great recording, amazing arrangements" - Soundkartell (DE)
Listen to the album here!
05 apr 17
I am Oak added another show to the full-band Germany/Switzerland tour next month! They will play Forum in Mannheim on May 15th. Making the tour look like this:
11-05 Kassette, Düsseldorf (DE)
12-05 Tower, Bremen (DE)
13-05 Kulturzentrum Faust, Hannover (DE)
14-05 Hafen 2, Offenbach (DE)
15-05 Forum, Mannheim (DE)
16-05 Schüür, Lucern (CH)
17-05 Werkstatt, Chur (CH)
18-05 Bogen F, Zürich (CH)
19-05 Great Räng teng teng, Freiburg (DE)
20-05 Bollwerk 107, Moers (DE)
04 apr 17
After UK, FR, BE & DE Kim Janssen announces a NL clubtour, where he'll play shows at the following venues with full band/orchestra:
05/10 De Spot, Middelburg
06/10 Altstadt, Eindhoven
11/10 Rotown, Rotterdam
12/10 Vera, Groningen
15/10 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam
Get your tickets now!
31 mar 17
29 mar 17
MusikBlog just premiered a new live video for Kim Janssen's latest single 'Dynasty', recorded at TivoliVredenburg!
24 mar 17
Ian Fisher just announced a new show at Luxor Live on the 10th of June together with Mercy John!
Here's a little something to get you in the mood for that show; the second session Ian did some time ago with Mokum Sessions!
20 mar 17
14 mar 17
Check out this great video by Sofar Sounds Utrecht, with Bart van der Lee singing 'Will You Think Of Me' together with his wife!
09 mar 17
Bhava by The World Of Dust is available on Spotify! After being released on CD only in 2013, now it's your chance to listen to it online too!
03 mar 17
'Cousins', the new album by Kim Janssen, will also be released on the 7th of April on Lirico Records in Japan! It will feature a bonus track, which will be a new recorded version of Tors. You can pre-order it right HERE!
27 feb 17
24 feb 17
I am Oak will go on tour through Germany and Switzerland this spring!
11/05 Kassette, Düsseldorf (DE)
12/05 Tower, Bremen (DE)
13/05 Kulturzentrum Faust, Hannover (DE)
14/05 Hafen 2, Offenbach (DE)
15/05 TBA, TBA (DE)
16/05 Schüür, Lucern (CH)
17/05 Werkstatt, Chur (CH)
18/05 Bogen F, Zürich (CH)
19/05 Great Räng teng teng, Freiburg (DE)
20/05 Bollwerk 107, Moers (DE)
23 feb 17
16 feb 17
Big new announcement for Kim Janssen! He's playing Best Kept Secret Festival this year!
13 feb 17
26 jan 17
24 jan 17
23 jan 17
There is so much love for Kim Janssen right now, this time from the amazing Drowned in Sound who write
"he and his eleven piece band play a grandiose set that the likes of Matt Berninger and Sufjan Stevens would be proud of"
More new music soon!
16 jan 17
05 jan 17
30 dec 16
2016 saw new albums for Town of Saints, Ian Fisher and I am Oak.
Together with Subroutine Records we released The Fire Harvest's beautiful debut album. broeder Dieleman recorded an awesome project for Motel Mozaique Festival we released. And -finally- we got to release Kim Janssen's first new song in 3 years.
We can't wait for what 2017 will bring!
3voor12/Utrecht decided I am Oak's album was the #4 best of their year, and The Fire Harvest follows them at #5. We'd just love you to listen to them all and have a wonderful NYE.
13 dec 16
Go to our store now for a 10% Christmas Discount on all CD's and LP's by I am Oak!
09 dec 16
Big News for Kim Janssen! He released his first single in three years today. The song is called 'Bottle Rockets', which you can stream and download now. There's also a brand new video for the song, which you can watch right here.
He also announced his own Dutch headline show for 2017. On the 31st of March he'll play De Helling in Utrecht. Tickets are on sale now!
08 dec 16
The Line Of Best Fit just premiered 'Bottle Rockets' by Kim Janssen! And they also announced his first Dutch headline show of 2017; he'll play De Helling in Utrecht on the 31st of March.
24 nov 16
22 nov 16
17 nov 16
Ian Fisher's new album 'Koffer' is out now! You can order it right here.
31 oct 16
Check out this awesome video by Town of Saints for their song 'Modern Life'. Good vibes!
28 oct 16
Check out this great session The Fire Harvest did with Kapelsessies at the Popronde Nijmegen! They're playing 'Working Man', which is on their latest album Singing, Dancing, Drinking.
24 oct 16
18 oct 16
26 sep 16
19 sep 16
Ian Fisher is always writing and always traveling. With over a thousand songs under his belt and hundreds of concerts behind him, his new album Koffer highlights the diversity of his songwriting and captures some of the electric energy of his live performance. Koffer, which is the German (and Dutch) word for “suitcase”, is Fisher’s most uptempo record yet with a one-of-a-kind mixture of Viennese flirtatiousness, Berliner grit, and Midwestern Country longing that only a farm-raised American boy living in Europe for the last decade can pull off.
‘Koffer’ is a collection of singles written over the last ten years and recorded over the last five. As Ian says, “A song that I can’t share feels like dead weight. Like a bag you carry around but never unpack.” Koffer will finally be “unpacked” on November 18th in corporation with Snowstar Records in Benelux, Popup Records in Germany, Earcandy in Austria, and Rocketta in Italy.
08 sep 16
Yesterday there was a beautiful Live Video for Ian Fisher's new song 'Invisible Cities', and today he released a great Music Video as well! Check it out right here:
07 sep 16
Intro Magazin just released the brand new Live Video for Ian Fisher’s song ‘invisible cities’, read the article and watch it right HERE!
22 aug 16
I am Oak's latest album 'Our Blood' will be released in Japan on the 23rd of October on Sign-pole records inc.!
The release is preceded by a new video for 'Woandering' which you can watch right here:
Here's what Thijs Kuijken, frontman of I Am Oak, has to say about the new video: “The video shows images of a bird’s eye view over a landscape slowly carved out by a flowing river, showing us the path and the many forks that this river has travelled through. The song is about making a journey and not knowing exactly what will happen and where it will end, whilst taking in what happens along the way. The way a river can carry along small rocks and leave them as polished pebbles in a riverbank somewhere farther down the line.”
Order the album right HERE!
16 aug 16
Order any of the following LP's and get a CD for FREE!
I am Oak - Nowhere or Tammensaari
I am Oak - Ols Songd
The Secret Love Parade - Mary Looking Ready
LUIK - Owls
Herrek - Waktu Dulu
broeder Dieleman - Gloria
broeder Dieleman - Alles is ijdelheid
Go to our webshop right now!
05 aug 16
Indieberlin presented the official video for Ian Fisher's 'All Ya Need' today, from his album 'Nero'. Made by filmmakers Hanno Dall & Felix Giese, it turned out great! Check it out now!
And next to this, Ian just announced his full European Tour 2016, playing in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands this fall! Check out the full list below:
19/11 Kulturschranne, Dachau (DE)
20/11 Bart, Timelkam (AT)
22/11 Bart, Timelkam (AT)
23/11 Congress, Saalfelden (AT)
24/11 Grammophon, Wattens (AT)
25/11 Röda, Steyr (AT)
26/11 Blue Bird Festival, Vienna (AT)
27/11 Salon Ditta, Waldviertel (AT)
30/11 Feierwerk / Kranhalle, München (DE)
01/12 Ostpol, Dresden (DE)
02/12 Brohmers, Halle (DE)
03/12 Badehaus Szimpla, Berlin (DE)
06/12 Museumskeller, Erfurt (DE)
07/12 Frischzelle, Darmstadt (DE)
09/12 Blue Shell, Köln (DE)
10/12 Schon Schön, Mainz (DE)
11/12 Falkendom, Bielefeld (DE)
15/12 Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL) w/ Town of Saints
16/12 Rotown, Rotterdam (NL) w/ Town of Saints
17/12 EKKO, Utrecht (NL) w/ Town of Saints
04 aug 16
NRC did a great interview with broeder Dieleman and Omer Gielliet which is a must read! Read it HERE
20 jul 16
Last Saturday Town of Saints played their new single 'Needle in the Hay', with a special extended jam at BNN That's Live! Check it out below!
04 jul 16
04 jul 16
Another show added to the I Am Oak fall tour! The band is also coming to 013 in Tilburg, making their tour look like this:
26-10 Rotown, Rotterdam
27-10 Luxor Live, Arnhem
28-10 Gebr de Nobel, Leiden
29-10 013, Tilburg
04-11 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden
05-11 Patronaat Haarlem
06-11 Paard van Troje, Den Haag
09-11 Muziekgieterij, Maastricht
10 jun 16
A landscape project about the busy traffic junction in Rotterdam, recorded at Motel Mozaique Festival 2016 in April. It's a limited edition, handmade and handnumbered!
01 jun 16
Town of Saints did a session with Mokum Sessions recently, watch 'Short Circuit Breakdown' here. And this Saturday, they will do an instore at recordstore Kroese in Arnhem (they might bring some friends!).
26 may 16
I am Oak is touring NL again! After a sold out V11 show March 31, Rotown is the next target in Rotterdam!
25 may 16
20 may 16
Two weeks ago, we released The Fire Harvest's debut album 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' and we're still very proud! Press agrees:
“Excellent record” – ThePostOnline / Sounds Tilburg
“A truly overwhelming album” – Thistle list
“Singing, Dancing, Drinking belongs to the best and most promising debuts of the moment” - Krenten Uit de Pop
“Comforting whilst provoking shiver, it mourns and it is uplifting, it is straightforward and layered, repetitive and dynamical, genuine and airy.” – de Recensent
“8/10” – HiFi Review
19 may 16
10 may 16
Four of The Fire Harvest's songs off of their debut album are featured in Subjectivisten/Caleidoscoop's underground playlist 'The Shadow Cabinet', check it out, it's a beautiful ambient hour of discovery!
09 may 16
Town of Saints was featured in last Friday's Dutch television programme 'De Wereld Draait Door', watch them play a 1-minute version of 'Short Circuit Breakdown' here.
They played the whole version of the song before broadcasting:
06 may 16
OUT NOW: The Fire Harvest - 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking'!
“wonderful slowcore” – Licking the Rabbit
“Beautiful? Yes!” – Rifraf (BE)
“music that should be heard across the globe…fantastic achievement!” – Subjectivisten
“Beautiful” – OOR
“The Fire Harvest is a winner in this segment” - WoNoMagazine
“promising debut” - daMusic (BE)
“melancholic indierock which lets you dream away” - CJP
04 may 16
03 may 16
This Friday, we release The Fire Harvest's debut album, produced by Daniel Romano. Get your tickets for The Fire Harvest album release 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' next week in Theater Kikker but listen to the album NOW via 3VOOR12 / Luisterpaal.
26 apr 16
Ian Fisher just played a dutch tour, including our 1,25 decades party, and a show in Hedon Zwolle. Livestreammagazine was there to take beautiful pictures and write an elaborate review, which you can read here.
He's coming back soon, including shows in December with Town of Saints:
30-04 Heartland Festival, Poppodium Metropool, Hengelo
04-06 De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap, Groningen
18-06 ZOOmeravonden, Artis, Amsterdam
18-06 Almere KOOKT | Esplanade, Almere
15-12 Paradiso Amsterdam w/ Town of Saints
16-12 Rotown Rotterdam w/ Town of Saints
17-12 EKKO, Utrecht w/ Town of Saints
25 apr 16
The Village Coffee & Music presents their coffee in The Fire Harvest mugs. You can keep it when you buy a ticket for their debut album release show May 14 in Theater Kikker. There are just 100 tickets, so be fast.
04-05 The Loch, Enschede (NL)
05-05 Sinnbus Release Show, Schokoladen, Berlin (DE)
06-05 Muziekgieterij, Maastricht w/ Great Lake Swimmers (NL)
07-05 Weltempfänger Backpacker Hostel & Café, Cologne (DE)
12-05 De gym, Groningen (NL)
13-05 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden (NL)
14-05 Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
11-06 OCCII, Amsterdam (NL)
29-09 Hall of Fame, Tilburg (NL)
02-10 Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg (NL)
22 apr 16
Meanwhile; Kim Janssen is in Los Angeles. Yesterday he played The Teragram Ballroom with Bombino and tomorrow he will play The Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles.
21 apr 16
I am Oak is heading out to feature on some great festivals this spring/summer. After announcing they will be playing Best Kept Secret Festival, we can add Bevrijdingsfestival Amersfoort, Bevrijdingsfestival Wageningen (solo), Amsterdam Woods Festival and Into The Great Wide Open to the bill, awesome!
20 apr 16
Glad that you all showed up at our 12,5 anniversary last week, we had a blast. It's great to have celebrated 1,25 decades of love, family and good indie music, that would not be possible without you. Read some kind words about our PARTY by Wono Magazine and 3VOOR12/Utrecht.
Mcklin Fotografie took some great photo's to relive the wonder. Enjoy! And cheers to the next 12,5 years!
And check out Ian Fisher playing 'Too Bad' on a session with FaceCulture below.
19 apr 16
Ian Fisher did a tour last week in the Netherlands, including a show at our 12,5 anniversary party. We're super excited that he's returning in December to do a couple of shows with Town of Saints, and he's playing Heartland Festival in Poppodium Metropool in Hengelo the 30th of april, hope to see you there! He also played a session on NPO Radio 2 in Tros Muziekcafe De Vorstin, Hilversum.
15-12 Paradiso Amsterdam
16-12 Rotown Rotterdam
17-12 EKKO, Utrecht
14 apr 16
Today, we will celebrate the fact that we're still in the game after 12,5 years! And we're happy that Ian Fisher, broeder Dieleman and Kim Janssen are partying with us tonight, all with a one-off special performance, just for you. Check out these beautiful flyers of 1,25 decades of FEEST and hope to see you tonight!
By the way, you can still buy a Snowstar release over at Plato Utrecht, and get a free ticket. Or you can buy your ticket here.
AND: First 50 visitors get a free limited Snowstar Records gift
13 apr 16
broeder Dieleman took over Kleinpolderplein as a public project during Motel Mozaique Festival. Catch him talking about that with De Correspondent. We're super proud that he's performing on our party tomorrow.
11 apr 16
07 apr 16
Dutch music magazine OOR premiered Ian Fisher's beautiful new 'Too Bad' video. Check it out here. By the way, tickets for his Dutch tour next week are still available!
Ian's NL tour:
13-04 Paradiso, Amsterdam
14-04 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
15-04 W2 Poppodium, Den Bosch
16-04 Vera, Groningen
17-04 Hedon, Zwolle
06 apr 16
Town of Saints played 3VOOR12 Radio yesterday, listen to their session here. On top of that you can also check out an interview and two songs at Giel this morning at 3FM. Radio madness!
Listen to their interview with Giel
And you can listen to Town of Saints playing 'Legions' and 'Short Circuit Breakdown' live on 3FM this morning. They also covered '1, 2, 3' by Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex.
04 apr 16
01 apr 16
OUT NOW: Town of Saints - 'No Place Like This'! We are very excited, we hope you are too!
“certainly a hell of a job” - KindaMuzik
“the second album enables the five headed outfit to become famous. And they should.” - HiFi Review
“a very surprising album” - Keys & Chords (BE)
"what a fantastic album" - WoNoBlog
“Town of Saints is prepared for the festival season!” - Ingeplugd
"subtle patterns that deserve the thumbs up from George Porter Jr and Carole Kaye" - Here Comes the Flood
29 mar 16
Hope you all had a happy Easter! I am Oak did a session at ALEX Berlin whilst touring through Germany, check it out here:
The press is as happy as we are with the release:
"Gentle and beautiful" - The Four oh Five (UK)
"Rock solid comeback" – OOR (NL)
"strong to the fullest" - The Daily Indie (NL)
"Our Blood has become a mystical and atmospheric album, that comes very close to answer the secret of life." - Ingeplugd (NL)
"Enjoy all the details" - WonoMagazine (NL)
"It's heartfelt monument for his father and a musical statement as Holland's foremost folk singer rolled into one." - Here Comes The Flood (NL)
"Our Blood is mournful and uplifting, melancholic and optimistic, but above all peaceful and pure." – Festival-/Podiuminfo (NL)
“Shy, almost whispering, but with a powerful persuasiveness. Music at its purest” – Uitagenda Utrecht (NL)
"Bitte einfach bewegungslos liegen bleiben und zuhören." – Intro (DE)
"The most beautiful I am Oak record." – De Krenten uit de Pop (NL)
“A very special monument" – 3voor12Utrecht (NL)
"The Dutch brother of our Bram's Bony King" - Musiczine (BE)
"Brutally honest folk that strikes deep into the heart" - Rifraf (BE)
**** – de Volkskrant (NL)
**** – Music Maker (NL)
“8/10” - CLEEFT (NL)
“8/10” – Melodie & Rhythmus (DE)
“8,4/10 "Our Blood cuts, captivates and never lets go" – Daan’s Muziekblog (NL)
“8/10” – Muzine (NL)
“8/10” - "Beautiful and intimate"- PlatoMania (NL)
24 mar 16
We are very excited to present our latest signing to you: The Fire Harvest. Their debut album ‘Singing, Dancing, Drinking' will be released on May 6. Recorded by Daniel Romano and Kenneth Meehan. We are teaming up for this release (cd/lp/digi) with Subroutine Records and Sinnbus. Listen to first song 'Working Man' here and check them tonight with I Am Oak in OT301!
14 mar 16
Very proud to share with you: Ian Fisher recorded a Daytrotter session Four beautiful songs from his album, recorded live in Chicago. Enjoy at their website!
Also: Catch him live at SXSW the 15th!
29 feb 16
Very much looking forward to seeing Ian Fisher play a showcase at Lamberts on Saturday, March 19th at SXSW. Come say hi!
26 feb 16
OUT NOW: I am Oak - 'Our Blood'! Can't wait to hear what you think. We love it, media seem to agree:
To celebrate, we just decided that if you order the new album 'Our Blood' today, you'll still receive the bonus EP 'Wild Birch' with it, visit our store: www.snowstar.nl or listen on Spotify
23 feb 16
I am Oak's albumrelease tour starts this Friday. Both V11 - Rotterdam and EKKO - Utrecht are completely sold out. The other shows are going fast, so if you want to visit, get your tickets now:
16 feb 16
This 4-track-bonus EP will only be availble to those who pre-order I am Oak's new album 'Our Blood'.
11 feb 16
10 feb 16
I Am Oak is finishing the video for 'Omen', and we're releasing it tonight with 3voor12 at 23:30. 'Omen' is the first single of upcoming album 'Our Blood'. The song will be played on 3FM tonight at 23:30 and the video will come online right after that. So tune in!
09 feb 16
Last weekend, broeder Dieleman was featured in the beautiful tv show 'Landinwaarts' on NPO 2 / NTR. He talks about his influences, and about Zeeland; the landscape and culture.
05 feb 16
broeder Dieleman is featured in NPO 2's programme 'Landinwaarts'. He talks about the Zeelandic landscape, wooden sculptures and ghost stories and he visits the places the he used as an inspiration for his music. Watch it tonight; 19:20 on NTR.
04 feb 16
GREAT NEWS! We're joyous and proud to announce that we'll celebrate our 12,5 birthday in TivoliVredenburg on April 14th! Come check out performances by Kim Janssen, broeder Dieleman and Ian Fisher and hang out with us. We'll also have a label-yardsale with lots of discounts and exclusives. And. We. Will. Have. PARTY! Who was there at our 10-year anniversary party in Tivoli Oudegracht? Let's do it all over again.
29 jan 16
29 jan 16
Check it out, the first single and video from Town of Saints's new album 'No Place Like This'.
Pre-order the new album 'No Place Like This' via iTunes and get the single instantly:
To pre-order the album on CD or Vinyl, please go to www.townofsaints.com
28 jan 16
Tomorrow, we're releasing Ian Fisher's new album 'Nero'! We're super excited for his first release on our label. Some first media are hyped as well, Kindamuzik interviewed Ian about his new album:
"in a bittersweet way one experiences the purity, simplicity and perseverance of his rootsmusic" – KindaMuzik
Other media also wrote kind words about 'Nero':
**** "captivates from the first till the last note" – Lust for Life
"the soundtrack underscoring the emotional life story of the young American troubadour, voicing his lonely faith" – Written in Music
"a venomous and beautiful album" – Ingeplugd.nl
"Sheer beauty in music" - Wonomagazine
26 jan 16
You can stream Ian's full new album 'Nero' here, it's featured on 3voor12's Luisterpaal:
Furthermore, a new video is also available now on youtube. It premiered in Germany by Intro Magazin as one of the videos of the week.
Watch it here:
22 jan 16
20 jan 16
Check out this new I am Oak teaser for 'Our Blood'. This new album will be released on February 26, and the band will tour Europe with it!
Pre-order your copy today on www.snowstar.nl and receive a bonus-EP.
Next to that, Ian Fisher is busy with his extensive tour in Italy, he will definitely play songs off of his new album 'Nero' there.
11 jan 16
To celebrate releasing the titletrack and first single of their new album 'No Place Like This' on January 29th, Town of Saints will do a 'No Pub Like This' tour through the Netherlands. Watch the teaser here:
The first shows will be on homeground; they will be playing three times in Groningen this week including shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016!
We 13-01: 20.45 - 21.30 (Huize Maas front)
Th 14-01: 18.30 - 18.50 (Coffee Company)
Fr 15-01: 16.00 - 16.30 (The Barn)
Oh yes, and I am Oak will also be performing on the 13th, from 20:00 to 20:45 in der Aa Theater. Come over and enjoy both bands playing new material!
30 dec 15
2015 has been a crazy year. It had fewer new releases than usual, due to rehabilitation from my car crash end of 2014, but the releases that we did were amazing! Personal favorites for sure. First the Bonnie 'prince' Billy & broeder Dieleman Record Store Day release and then our first book release together with Literair Productiehuis Wintertuin; broeder Dieleman's Uut De Bron. This release was loved so much by press we want to let you enjoy this with us.
23 dec 15
22 dec 15
Truth be told: we did not see this coming. Broeder Dieleman's new book + cd release 'Uut de bron' sold out in less than a month. All 500 limited and numbered copies of the book are gone! That's not all though, the release got some amazing press as well. A small selection of the many, many, impressive quotes:
✯✯✯✯✯ - Dagblad van het Noorden
✯✯✯✯ - Volkskrant
✯✯✯✯ - Festivalinfo
"an anthology that makes you hold your breath" - OOR
"so beautiful, it becomes mystical" - Kicking The Habit
"calmness on a cd of 51 minutes and 10 seconds" - Nederlands Dagblad
"majestic" - leeuwarder courant
"enchanting" - NRC
Because we still want this album to be heard, we reissued the album as a unique handmade release with a random cover photo shot by broeder Dieleman himself, all sleeves are signed and handwritten, and every copy is unique. You'll never know what you get.
11 dec 15
New I am Oak album 'Our Blood' will be released February 26, 2016. But listen to the first song 'Volcano' now:
If you pre-order the album now, you will receive a free limited bonus EP with your copy of the album. Available in limited sea foam green vinyl as well!
07 dec 15
Pre-order I am Oak's new album now in our webshop, and receive a free bonus-EP on February 26. Plus; first 500 lp's will be in limited transparent sea foam green vinyl!
02 dec 15
Past Friday we released broeder Dieleman's new album 'Uut de bron' as a special book+cd release with Literair Productiehuis Wintertuin. We couldn't be happier with all the great responses we're getting. Here's a small selection:
23 nov 15
05 nov 15
02 nov 15
"Ian Fisher’s got a way with words only a traveled man can grasp. What began for him in Missouri, USA, has carried him all the way to Berlin in search of songs, and there’s humor, humility, and a sense of gravitas to watermark his latest album as official symbols of his wandering." – American Standard Time
"Fisher crafts simple, yet emotionally complex meanderings … with pen ready to strike a la Billy Bragg meets an old Johnny Cash notebook.” - No Depression
"Spare, gorgeously ambling indie-folk ballad with an instantly memorable guitar-and-piano hook, enticing bait for Fisher's lilting vocals and thoughtful lyricism." - Paste Magazine
"With a lifetime of travelling and experiencing things from all over the world few are as qualified as Ian to write and sing about life.” - Examiner
30 oct 15
23 oct 15
We're releasing the new I Am Oak album 'Our Blood' on the 26th of february 2016. You can pre-order the album already. With every 'Our Blood' pre-order comes an exclusive and limited EP with some of the album songs in a stripped down acoustic version. Only available during pre-order!
Check out the album teaser:
22 oct 15
04 oct 15
01 oct 15
We're thrilled to share this news with you today! We've been secretly working towards this for months now and couldn't be happier to finally add the incredible Ian Fisher to our roster. Please take a minute to get to know this phenomenal singer who just premiered the title track of his upcoming album 'Nero'. Listen to title track'Nero' on Glide Magazine (US).
Ian Fisher is a little man with a big voice, who is based in Berlin, Germany, and was raised on a farm in Missouri, USA. He has played hundreds of concerts all over the world and has travelled so much that he has become a stranger everywhere. A 21st century Country musician… just without a country. His songs, like the man himself, are short, simple and honest. ‘Nero’, Ian Fisher’s debut album under his own name is a mix of classic country with modern indiepop. The songs on the album are lead by Fisher’s pristine voice and a consistent background of close acoustic guitar with spacious piano and pedal steel guitar.
If you like the opener of his album, as of today it is available for pre-order! The album will be released on cd and 12" black vinyl and will be available in the US on October 23rd 2015. European fans will have to be a little more patient, 'Nero' will be released in the EU on the 29th of January 2016. Don't wait for it: reserve your copy in our store now.
30 sep 15
10 sep 15
For this edition we're bringing something very special, we've been holding on to a couple of copies of the sold-out We're looking forward to Sunday, which brings another chance to get a hold of your edition of Bonnie "Prince" Billy & broeder Dieleman's 7" split Gloria / Drie Vragen.
If you missed out, get it this Sunday in Amsterdam.
More information and details on the event page.
16 jul 15
We decided to step into the world called Instagram to give office-cat Isa more digital shine.
23 jun 15
Past Saturday broeder Dieleman was station supervisor at Pinguin Radio. He got to recommend 25 special songs. We'll gladly admit we didn't know a bunch of those songs, but it also includes a few personal favorites, so definitely worth a listen.
The 25 songs broeder Dieleman picked:
Dirty Three – I Remember a Time When You Used To Love Me
June Tabor – No Man’s Land
Gang Starr – Above the Clouds
Pogues – Hell’s Ditch
Vic Chesnutt – I flirted With You All My Life
Kathleen Yearwood Ordeal – Remember Love
Idassanne Wallet Mohammed – Ahiyana
Vigilantes of Love – Double Cure
Sage Francis – Sea Lion
Rowwen Hèze – De Peel in Brand
Tirudel Zenebe – Gue
Willem Vermandere – Voor Marie Louise
Townes Van Zandt – Nothing
Holmes Brothers – I Want Jesus to Walk With Me
Madvillain – Great Day (Four Tet remix)
De Dopegezinde Gemeente – Amsterdam Huilt
Lift to Experience – Into the Storm
Mdou Moctar – Tahoultine
Smog – Say Valley Maker
Baby Dee – Black But Comely
Mahalia Jackson – Live the Life
The Oblivians – Final Stretch
Ries de Vuyst – Eben Haezer
Alasdair Roberts – Farewell Sorrow
Johnny Cash – Spiritual
04 jun 15
In exchange for your support you'll get acces to exclusive material, an unreleased song and more. Als you can buy the album up front, or even arrange for Town of Saints to play a show at your house. Check it out!
01 may 15
17 apr 15
The full split 7" 'Gloria/Drie Vragen' will be available tomorrow as an exclusive Record Store Day release. Get it at your local record store, make sure you don't miss out!
02 apr 15
Record Store Day is coming up in just over two weeks! If you haven't yet planned your crazy Record Store Day runaround tour like TivoliVredenburg programmer Johan Gijsen has (check Johan's list!(Dutch)) there's probably some time left to squeeze in a Snowstar Record Store Day show. Here are your options:
18/04 Snowstar shows:
11:00 broeder Dieleman - De Waterput, Bergen op Zoom
11:00 I Am Oak - RecordFriend Elpees, Amsterdam
13:30 broeder Dieleman - Grey, Breda
16:00 broeder Dieleman - Velvet Music Leiden
16:00 Town of Saints - Plato Groningen
It's gonna be a great day, we hope to see you there!
10 mar 15
In 2014 they did a fully sold out tour of 8 Dutch churches, all shows were played entirely acoustically. This unique tour was sold out within the hour, a great succes which both artists felt was deserving of a follow-up.
For record store day they will be releasing a split 7" for which Bonnie 'Prince' Billy translated 'Gloria' into English. Broeder Dieleman covered 'Three Questions" in his distinct Zealandic dialect.
To celebrate the 7" (and his birthday!) broeder Dieleman will play in-stores on April 18th, followed by an Molenpark De Ster in Utrecht, hosted by EKKO.
The split 7" will be released on Snowstar Records and will be available in limited numbers during Record Store Day, both in the Benelux and the United States.
18 feb 15
Singer Harmen Ridderbos on the collaboration:
"The Silent Sea is about a desolate place where people do not talk about the past. The thought behind the song, as well as the atmosphere, match the film perfectly. The movie pictures a desolate place just like I envisioned while writing this song. We're very happy with the way the two got together."
12 jan 15
23 dec 14
We proudly present broeder Dieleman's new Single Brasil!
Broeder Dieleman's 'Brasil' is the soundtrack for 'Braziliaanse Koorts' (Brazilian Fever), a documentary that tells the forgotten but dramatic migration story of several hundreds of people from Zeeland who moved to Brazil between 1858-1862. Even today some descendants living in the Brazilian inlands still speak Zealandic. The film, made by Monique Schoutsen and Arjan van Westen will be screened in both the Netherlands and Brasil.
For more information and the trailer of Braziliaanse Koorts:
08 dec 14
For the rest of the month we're offering a special end of year bonus to everyone who orders something in our webshop. On every order we're including an extra surprise release as an early Christmas present. For you, or a friend. Enjoy!
04 dec 14
Melanie Marsman Photography made an aftermovie of the very special night:
24 nov 14
Past Friday broeder Dieleman played a show at Le Guess Who? in Moira. At the exact same moment Will Oldham (Bonny 'Prince' Billy) was giving him praise for his work in front of a packed Ronda in TivoliVredenburg.
18 nov 14
04 nov 14
Today we're announcing a very special event, on November 28th we will present the first ever SnowstarRecordsRevue at Explore The North.
20 oct 14
Town of Saints is keeping a journal of their tour through Europe. Knowing the band they will no doubt encounter some of the strangest things you've heard in a while.
To read the first part of their journal on 3voor12 click the image below!
23 sep 14
Over the past week broeder Dieleman toured across the country with Will Oldham (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) and The Cairo Gang. Today one week ago he spoke to 3VOOR12 in front of the Doopsgezinde kerk in Utrecht. In a lengthy conversation they discussed that particular Royal Dutch Tour, his new album 'Gloria', Dieleman's personal beliefs and playing a support show for Typhoon.
Read the interview here.
Really, do read it, amazing stuff (in Dutch).
Reactions on broeder Dieleman's new album 'Gloria' are amazingly beautiful:
***** "Unique" - Dagblad van het Noorden / Leeuwarder Courant
"A Record of intense beauty" - De Volkskrant
"Broeder Dieleman rises above himself and delivers a glorious masterpiece" - Subjectivisten
"Beautiful tragic and intensity. Intriguing artist, this brother" - Kindamuzik
19 sep 14
15 sep 14
Several Snowstar artists announced new tour-dates lately, we wanted to pay extra attention to four of those announcements which we find really exciting.
broeder Dieleman is starting his tour with Bonny 'Prince' Billy and The Cairo Gang tonight (15 September). On their Royal Dutch Tour they will play 7 shows in small churches throughout the Netherlands, all of them fully acoustic.
The World Of Dust announced another one of his very rare live shows. He's playing at Ruimte voor Kunst in De Bilt on the 21st of September.
15 sep 14
Following the re-release of their debut album they're playing shows in no less than 12 countries on their MTV presents Town of Saints Tour 2014. This amazing adventure will be kicked off in Ludwig, Amsterdam, coming Thursday: the 18th of september. For more information on their tour, including tourdates, click here.
See the video for Miner's Song here:
09 sep 14
We love it and so does everyone else:
**** - "Melancholic, slow, hopeful, but above all wonderful." - Revu
**** - "Americana from the Zealandic countryside." - Lust For Life
**** - "Songwriter albums are rarely as honest as with this Zealandic singer." - Music maker
"Gloria is without a doubt the most atmospheric album of 2014." - Ingeplugd
"Broeder Dieleman shows the light to others" - OOR
"The fact that Dieleman sings in a dialect, makes his words even more compelling" - Gonzo (circus)
The video for 'Adriana' is made by The Liberation Hunt:
It's about a farmer from Grijpskerke, who is forced to quit working. The makers of the video follow him around his land while he is saying goodbye to all the belongings of his former life. He sold all his cows earlier this year and in the video you see him burn all the last straw from his stable. Moving images, that become even darker with the addition of a song that is "a story about the daily impetuosity of religion", according to Dieleman.
04 sep 14
They speak about his home province Zeeland, Netherlands, as well as his new album Gloria, which will be released this Friday.
The first reviews of Gloria are amazing:
"'Gloria' climbs to compelling heights." - Mousique
"sounds more hypnotising than ever" - Kicking The Habit
"broeder Dieleman has a voice that gets his message across" - Here Comes The Flood
"A collection that will, despite the dialect, be highly appreciated even across the borders of Zeeland." - PZC (paper of 25/08/2014)
"Melancholic, slow, hopeful, but above all wonderful." - Nieuwe Revu
**** "Gloria is without a doubt the most atmospheric album of 2014." - Ingeplugd
29 aug 14
We're excited to announce that Town of Saints is going on a tour trough Europe. They will be playing in England, Scotland, Italy, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and the Netherlands.
See www.mtv.nl/townofsaints for all information on the European Tour 2014, as well as a chance to win tickets for the kick-off party!
25 aug 14
We're looking forward to the Onafhankelijke Label Markt this Sunday!
Alongside all Snowstar records we've got some very special limited broeder Dieleman items available. Those items also include his upcoming album 'Gloria' that will be officially released September 5, so get your copy ahead! Come and meet us at the Tolhuistuin from 12:00 onwards.
There will be a lot of cool stuff going on at Tolhuistuin. All of our favorite Dutch Indie labels will be represented, there's live music to enjoy, as well as special demonstrations by Record Industry: they'll be making live singles on vinyl!
22 aug 14
Check out this first song of the new broeder Dieleman album Gloria! The full album will be available on the 5th of September, pre-order now.
Right now you can listen 'Kauwtje' on YouTube, bandcamp or snowstar.nl
12 aug 14
Another sneak preview of the upcoming broeder Dieleman album Gloria. Out September 5th!!
11 aug 14
We have some awesome news to share today: Town of Saints sold all copies of their debut album 'Something To Fight With'. Therefore we're presenting a re-print of the album, including no less than four bonus tracks!
This fall Town of Saints will be playing a huge tour through 11(!) European countries. To get a taste of more good things to come here's a new video for one of the old songs: 'Going Back in Time'. Expect more news and new music soon!
Something To Fight With - tour edition' out September 2014
European Tour: October/November 2014
31 jul 14
30 jul 14
Broeder Dieleman makes a self-willed kind of gospel in Zealandish dialect. In 2012 he released his debut-album 'Alles is IJdelheid', which introduced him as a remarkable musician beyond the borders of his home province Zealand. His new album, 'Gloria', has been recorded in his living room while the kids were in school and tells the story of a quest for clarity in a confusing life. A story, which just like his debut is told in a Zealandish dialect.
The songs on 'Gloria' are on the one hand about little things in life, such as birdsong -jackdaws and cormorants play an important role - or unpaved roads. On the other hand the album deals with weighty themes such as religion and love. 'Gloria' is at times dark and heavy, but also very satisfied and always hopeful. This contrast makes the album to a diverse and even exciting whole.
‘Gloria’ has been recorded in broeder Dieleman’s home in cooperation with producer Pim van de Werken and contains contributions by Adam Casey (The Boy Who Spoke Clouds), Janine van Osta (o.a. Wolf In Loveland) and Ersha Sollgar. The banjo and guitar are still present, but a large role is fulfilled by the piano. ‘Gloria’ will be released on September 5th on Dutch record label Snowstar Records (I am Oak, Town of Saints and others). The release is celebrated with an album-presentation in Middelburg and a nation-wide tour, with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
9 september / Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam (w/ Damien Jurado)
11 september / Vleeshal, Middelburg
12 september / albumpresentatie, Middelburg
15 september / Kapel van Hoogelande, Middelburg*
16 september / Doopsgezinde Kerk, Utrecht*
17 september / Statenzaal, Zwolle*
18 september / Kerkje van Persingen, Nijmegen*
19 september / Noorse Kerk, Rotterdam*
20 september / Obergumer Kerk, Winsum*
21 september / Red Cinema Sessions, Amsterdam*
26 september / Grote Kerk, Goes
* (/w Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)
22 jul 14
10 jul 14
I am Oak recently played five shows in NYC, two of which were part of Northside Festival in Brooklyn. Reactions have been overwhelming, read what New York thought in these great reviews and interviews:
"I was incredibly lucky to catch their (I am Oak's) opening set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival." - All Things Go
"Songs infinitely larger than the small stage they were confined to" - Pancakes and Whiskey
"I Am Oak put on a great show" - Alt Citizen
"I Am Oak really turned on the rock with a fantastic guitar solo and an awesome instrumental outro" - Cultivora
"Great band" - Shortcake Breath
Interview with Leftbank Magazine
Photo by Shayne Hanley of Shutterhound Photography.
02 jul 14
Last year broeder Dieleman made the soundtrack of 'Land van Verandering' (Country of Changes) in collaboration with Pim van de Werken, a documentary on the changing identity of 'Zeeuws Vlaanderen'.
On the occasion of the 200-years anniversary of 'Zeeuws Vlaanderen' Kimmo Films made a videoclip for the song 'Land van Verandering'. A striking visualisation of a region on the edge of a cultural shift.
Earlier this year the book 'Tussenland', written by Rachel de Meijer, has been published on the search for a regional-'Zeeuws Vlaamse'-identity. In this book a chapter has been incorporated on broeder Dieleman, who embodies this search for a regional identity, both on a musical and a personal level. His recent 'Jan de Prentenknipper' walking-tour is a perfect illustration of this cultural search for identity.
19 jun 14
I am Oak just came back from their one week mini-tour in New York City. They played five shows, two of which were part of the amazing Northside Festival in Brooklyn (featuring Beirut, Fuck Buttons, The War On Drugs, Sharon Van Etten and many more)!
Especially the show with Dan Croll at the Music Hall of Williamsburg was amazing!
More on I am Oak's NYC adventure next week!
27 may 14
19 may 14
The song reflects on the life of Bart's grandfather. The video is a photographic portrait in which subtle changes emphasize on the nature of the song, with a starring role for Bart's distinctive beard. Watch the video:
In addition to the video release, Bart also announced a Living Room Tour.
12 may 14
08 may 14
Read the article Tjeerd wrote on this very(!) interesting cooperation here. It's absolutely worth reading!
Also: tomorrow the new edition of De Ondergrond - a DIY art magazine - will be released. It contains some art by Stefan Breuer, and a link to a page set up especially to let you listen to The Universe; the final song of Bhava.
There's a small opening at the Toilet Gallery in Rotterdam to celebrate!
Last but not least, The World Of Dust contributed a new song to a video for Into The Great Wide Open. Joost Stokhof a.k.a. The Things We Are animated the beautiful little movie, to announce the first 20 names playing on the famous festival. Check it out below.
02 may 14
The one and only Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is coming to The Netherlands! He will be performing in no less than seven lovely small venues supported by our own broeder Dieleman!
Tickets for the shows won't be able for reservation or online sales, and there are very few tickets available. Ticket sales are separate for each show.
At 3voor12 they were almost as stoked about this tour as we are: read what they had to say about it here.
29 apr 14
April 29 Kantine Berghain, Berlin, Germany
April 30 Prinzenbar, Hamburg, Germany
May 1 Vera, Groningen, Holland
May 2 EKKO, Utrecht, Holland
May 3 Luxor, Cologne, Germany
May 4 Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
May 5 Kantine, Augsburg, Germany
25 apr 14
Busy times at Snowstar Records. We're loving every minute of it. The last month has seen a NL-clubtour by I am Oak and Town of Saints, who both finished with a sold out show at respectively Paradiso Amsterdam and Asteriks Leeuwarden. Both bands are going abroad soon to continue that run!
In between shows they still manage to find time to play live-sessions. Or as is the case for Town of Saints, they manage to find time to eat and sleep in between live-sessions and shows. They really played a heap of sessions over the last few weeks.
Town Of Saints - Stand Up :: Rockstone Sessions
Bart van der Lee - Majesty :: Rockstone Sessions
I Am Oak - How Long? (detektor.fm-Session)
14 apr 14
Last weekend Town Of Saints played at the sold-out Husum Harbour festival, in Germany. The festival even made their artwork of 'Something To Fight With' in real life.
Also, Town Of Saints just announced a new German tour in May. They will kick off their tour in Bremen, May 8th:
8/5 - DETE, Bremen
9/5 - Huiskamerconcert, München
12/5 Pitcher 29, Dusseldorf
13/5 - Eule, Munster
14/5 - Kult 41, Bonn
15/5 - Stereo Wonderland, Cologne
16/5 - Haldern Pop Bar, Haldern
19/5 Lala Studios, Leipzig
20/5 Café Wagner, Jena
21/5 - Schloss Röhrsdorf, Dresden
22/5 - Kleiner Donner, Hamburg
23/5 - Auster Club, Berlin
Before that, Town Of Saints will be playing six more Dutch shows including Asteriks in Leeuwarden (18/4), 3 shows for Record Store Day in Apeldoorn, Kampen and Hoogeveen and performances at Paaspop and Life I Live. All information about their shows can be found here.
07 apr 14
I Am Oak has been asked to play the very first Mirliton Session ever, hosted by 3VOOR12/Utrecht. From now on they will organize two intimate and short shows in the Mirliton Theater in Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht each month. The shows will be captured on tape, are free to visit, and have a limited capacity of fifty visitors.
The first edition of the Mirliton Sessions, featuring I Am Oak, will take place Saturday 19th of April. Doors are open at 15.00, the I am Oak show starts at 15.30. At 16:30 Stropstrikkers will take the stage for their Mirliton session.
31 mar 14
Herrek will be supporting Minor Alps ( Juliana Hatfield & Matthew Caws of Nada surf) on two of their upcoming Dutch shows. Don't miss out on these shows!
01-05 w/ Minor Alps - Vera Groningen
02-05 w/ Minor Alps - Poppodium EKKO, Utrecht
announced five new shows including a performance at Motel Mozaïque next week (4/4) in Rotterdam. They will also play a show in ACU in Utrecht (28/5) and in Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam (5/6). For our German fans: Herrek will be coming your way since they've been confirmed to play at Freakstock (9/8)! Two weeks earlier, the band will be performing at Welcome To The Village Festival in Leeuwarden.
During these shows the band will play new songs combined with some older tunes (like 'Rain' underneath). And if you want, you can still listen to their latest release 'A M' via our website and/or Bandcamp.
And have you already read this review of 'A M' written by Krenten Uit de Pop? We love that last sentence of that review: "A deep bow for Herrek and their recordlabel Snowstar that still continues with making beautiful albums."
26 mar 14
For the show of I am Oak in Poppodium EKKO this Saturday (29/03) Sophia Twigt is making these beautiful silk-screen prints which you can buy during the gig. You can watch a little sneak peak of the making of here:
Within the context of this show Thijs of I Am Oak also did an interview with 3VOOR12 about his life as a musician and as a photographer.
21 mar 14
When Thijs of I Am Oak was in Dusseldorf to play a show with The Black Atlantic for the release of 'Black Oak' he also recorded this beautiful live session of 'Cauliflower' recorded by Triggerfish.de. You can watch it below!
Also, Thijs will be playing a show at Kultuurkaffee in Brussels on the 4th of May. And there is a lot more coming up for all the Belgian fans of I Am Oak - so stay updated!
In addition to all this great news, our friends of Cutting Edge did an interview with Thijs. They talked about 'Ols Songd', the meaning of the word Yojihito and what Thijs is going to do in Belgium later this year!
Have a good weekend!
13 mar 14
Herrek and Björn Kleinhenz will also be playing. That's not all though. Arjen and Mischa from Wooden Saints will be there as well, playing with the Black Oak duo just like they did on the recordings. This is bound to be a very special night. There are still a few tickets left, better be quick!
11 mar 14
Town Of Saints has had quite the day today.
Then things got really crazy when we found out Town Of Saints has been nominated for a 3FM award in the category 'Best Alternative'. You can help them by clicking here to vote!
10 mar 14
Town Of Saints made a radical version of their new single 'Stand Up' for 3FM's Freaknacht. To celebrate carnaval they altered their song to something worthy of a 'polonaise'.
We suggest you click the top video to hear the carnaval version, then go for the live version of the actual song for comparison.
Take note of Harmen's ridiculous accent in the carnaval song while you're at it. Enjoy!
27 feb 14
I am Oak & The Black Atlantic are currently touring Germany. So far it's a great ride and the venues are selling out. In between gigs they found the time to do a beautiful session for detektor.fm yesterday. Check it out here:
25 feb 14
Tomorrow's O'Neill in-store appearance @ Blue Tomato Shop Berlin will take place. But, only The Black Atlantic (solo) will perform.
The follow dates are being re-scheduled:
24.02.2014 - DE - Kontorkeller, Greifswald
25.02.2014 - DE - Waschhaus Potsdam
26.02.2014 - DE - Cinema Quadrat, Mannheim
01.03.2014 - DE - Kulturladen KFZ Marburg
Advance tickets will stay valid. More info on new dates soon!
The Swiss dates are canceled for I am Oak.
To end on a more positive note, Noisey just launched the first video of 'Black Oak', Rove:
17 feb 14
The press has been very positive about Bhava, the debut album by
The World Of Dust:
Incendiary Magazine: "Now this is a GOOD record."
Progwereld: "Een uniek en zeer geslaagd album."
Mousique: "Een bijzonder album met een prachtig 44-pagina tellend boekje."
Luifabriek: "Bhava is an otherworldly patchwork of vibrant prog tapestry and morose folk delirium."
Subjectivisten/Caleidoscoop: "Een imponerend totaalwerk."
OOR: "Bij vlagen briljant."
ProgLog AFTERglow: "Een overweldigend en imponerend werkstuk."
Hifi.nl: "Een vrij unieke ervaring 8/10"
The Daily Indie: "Het luisteren naar deze plaat heeft op de één of andere manier mijn geest compleet geleegd en gezuiverd."
Here comes the flood: "A lo-fi prog rock trip to India, Egypt and even into space."
If you want to hear it for yourself, you will have to order the album (that comes along with a 44-page collage art book) in the webshop. Bhava is limited to 100 copies, and as we speak there are only 15 left... So be quick, don't miss out on this unique release!
10 feb 14
Listen to first song 'Rove' and pre-order now!
The EP will be officially released on Feb 24th. That same day Black Oak will start a Germany & Switzerland together. There will be one Dutch releaseshow after that.
Get your tickets now!
24-02 Kontorkeller, Greifswald
25-02 Waschaus, Potsdam
26-02 Cinema Quadrat, Mannheim
27-02 Treppenhaus Rorschach
28-02 BSCENE Magazine Festival, Basel
01-03 Kulturladen KFZ Marburg
02-03 PRIVATCLUB Berlin
03-03 Ostpol, Dresden
04-03 Wärmehalle Süd, Leipzig
05-03 Mojo Jazz Café, Hamburg
06-03 FFT Düsseldorf
07-03 Bürgerbanhof, Wüppertal
08-03 Café Nun, Karlsruhe
09-03 Hafen 2, Offenbach
10-03 Musikbunker Aachen
14-03 Podium Asteriks, Leeuwarden
07 feb 14
04 feb 14
We're playing nothing but the new I am Oak in the office, and could recommend the same. So do these wonderful websites:
**** - "Wunderschöne Harmonien – Kopfkino garantiert." -Bedroomdisco
**** - "Met dit vierde album laat I Am Oak andermaal horen dat we niet voorbij de landsgrenzen hoeven te gaan voor mooie sferische folk." -Written in Music
"Neerlands folkwonder" – 3voor12
""I Am Oak slaagt er voor de vierde keer op rij in" –Krenten Uit de Pop
8/10 - "de unieke sound weet opnieuw te intrigeren." -Daans Muziekblog
31 jan 14
First reviews are as beautiful as the album;
**** - "een prachtalbum" - CuttingEdge.nl
**** - "The first highlight of the new year!" - Ingeplugd
"A soft-spoken album, but its contents speak volumes" - Here Comes The Flood
"...Deze troostvolle, tijdloze muziek is dan ook van een ontegenzeggelijke schoonheid en hoog niveau. Steengoed!" - Subjectivisten/Caleidoscoop
27 jan 14
This Friday, 'Ols Songd' by I am Oak will be released. You can listen to it now already at 3voor12 Luisterpaal.
First reviews are verrrry positive;
"A soft-spoken album, but its contents speak volumes." - Here Comes The Flood: http://bit.ly/1hDr2ow
**** - "The first highlight of the new year!" - Ingeplugd:http://bit.ly/1fpFrmO
22 jan 14
End 2013 we released Bart van der Lee's new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying', by far his best work to date. He already did some great shows with it, but is now announcing a new spring tour, check it out:
02 Feb: Storytelling @..., Culemborg
13 Feb: Rietveld Theater, Delft
23 Feb: Zimihc theater Zuilen, Utrecht
27 Feb: Stukafest Leiden, Leiden
01 Mrt: Melkweg Amsterdam, Amsterdam
06 Mrt: Patronaat Haarlem, Haarlem
14 Mrt: Rauw Hees Teder, Breda
26 Mrt: Quite Quiet, Leiden
20 Apr: Raspberry Sessions, Utrecht
21 jan 14
Last weekend, Town of Saints blew away Groningen with eight (!) shows at Eurosonic Noorderslag. All of them were packed, and at the Grande Finale in De Oosterpoort, they played their single 'Carousel' together with Broken Brass Ensemble:
21 jan 14
In the past weeks there have been written a couple of beautiful reviews about Herreks EP, A.M.
"Weinig bands in Nederland weten je op een zo schijnbaar achteloze wijze en met minimale middelen mee te voeren in eigen wonderschone wereld. Dit is absoluut Herrek op zijn best." – Kicking The Habit
"Vijf briljantjes van folky slowcorenummers(..)Herrek omsluit je als een warme deken in het midden van de koude nacht en dekken je toe met een prettige loomheid. " - Kindamuzik
"Wederom een wonderschoon schijfje met liedjes die je eigenlijk door een koptelefoon in het donker moet luisteren." - Gobsmag
"Mournful, recapitulating like dreams, these songs unfold slow, stretching time with every low paced tone, like only the long unwinding hours of the deep dark can stretch time." - Luifabriek
14 jan 14
Thu 16-01 PlatoSonic CoffeeCompany 17:30 - 17:50
Thu 16-01 Energy Stage 20:45 - 21:30
Fri 17-01 Friendly Fire Friday 17:20 - 17:30
Fri 17-01 Eurosonic Der AA-Kerk 23:30 - 00:15
Sa 18-01 galerie with tsjalling 13:30 - 13:55
Sa 18-01 3onStage De Oosterpoort 15:30 - 15:45
Sa 18-01 Noorderslag Heineken Foyer 23:30 - 00:15
13 jan 14
10 jan 14
08 jan 14
This morning Town of Saints surprised Giel3FM with an amazing Beyoncé cover! Besides their own single 'Carousel', they also played a very special version of 'XO'.
Check it out:
08 jan 14
During our anniversary-party we held a beautiful listening session for The World Of Dust's debut 'Bhava'. We sold most of the 44-page collage books that accompanie the cd, and because this release is nowhere else to be found on the internet (and we still want people to hear it), we decided it would be time for Listening Session #2.
That's why we made an exclusive deal with VPRO's 3voor12: Bhava can be streamed on their Luisterpaal for ONE WEEK ONLY. Take this chance, grab your headphones, sit back & enjoy. If you like what you hear, make sure to buy one of the 100 limited copies in the Snowstar store. There are only a few left and we won't make a reprint!
23 dec 13
20 dec 13
Yesterday, we announced I am Oak's Dutch clubtour.
Before that, in February/March, I am Oak will do a solo-tour together with The Black Atlantic in Germany and Switzerland:
24-02 Kontorkeller - Greifswald (DE)
25-02 Waschhaus Potsdam (DE)
26-02 Cinema Quadrat - Mannheim (DE)
27-02 Treppenhaus Rorschach (CH)
28-02 BScene Festival - Basel (CH)
01-03 Kulturladen KFZ Marburg (DE)
02-03 PRIVATCLUB Berlin (DE)
03-03 Ostpol - Dresden (DE)
04-03 Wärmehalle Süd - Leipzig (DE)
05-03 Molotow - Hamburgd (DE)
06-03 FFT Düsseldorf (DE)
07-03 Burgerbahnhof - Wuppertal (DE)
08-03 Cafe Nun - Karlsruhe (DE)
09-03 Hafen 2 - Offenbach (DE)
10-03 Musikbunker Aachen (DE)
Kaufen Sie jetzt Ihre Tickets! Viel Spaß!
19 dec 13
I am Oak - Ols Songd (cd/lp/digital) will be out January 31, read all about the album at 3VOOR12.
We are proud to present the Dutch release-tour:
21-03-14 De Spot Middelburg
26-03-14 Quite Quiet, Leiden
28-03-14 Paradijskerk Oud-Katholieke Kerk Rotterdam
29-03-14 Poppodium EKKO, Utrecht
05-04-14 Hedon Zwolle
12-04-14 De Kapel, Eindhoven
22-04-14 Paradiso Amsterdam
Tickets on sale now!
16 dec 13
Thank you all for partying with us last Friday in Tivoli Utrecht, it was beautiful. Check out our aftermovie and feast your eyes on all the great photos on our facebook!
12 dec 13
It was only February this year that Herrek presented their debut album 'Waktu Dulu', justly proclaimed "Best music from across the map" by The Guardian (UK).
Now, 10 months later, Herrek releases a new EP about memories and dreams. All these songs been created in the silence of the night, and influenced by red wine intoxication. Hence the title; A M; referring to the inner world, the time of creating this record, and the adviced time to listen to it.
The EP will be released in a limited edition of 200, and will be presented tomorrow, in Tivoli Utrecht
You can stream the EP at 3VOOR12/Luisterpaal
11 dec 13
10 dec 13
There's been a lot of great press on our 10 Year Anniversary. A roundup:
* 3voor12/Utrecht did an interview with Cedric about the most memorable moments of 10 years of Snowstar Records: read the interview; 3voor12 shared our Anniversary Sampler (incl. a new The World of Dust song) on their 'Luisterpaal': listen here.
* Our Belgian friends of the music blog Cutting Edge also did an interview: read the interview;
* Cedric was host for De platenkast van...: listen to the podcast and his music collection and selection here;
* Snowstar Records has been nominated for 'Best Utrecht Initiative' by 3voor12/Utrecht: read the interview.
Other exciting news: Bart van der Lee has been nominated for a 3voor12/Utrecht Award for 'Best Utrecht album' : read the interview;
Bart van der Lee's video for 'A Mothers Song' has been nominated for 'Best video': read the interview.
10 dec 13
The band's pre-release party will coincide with the Snowstar 10 Year Anniversary, at Tivoli Utrecht on Friday December 13th. We have been eagerly awaiting this album, for it contains live-favorites as ‘Birches’ and ‘Honeycomb’. These songs had thus far remained unreleased.
06 dec 13
04 dec 13
One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. Just like the last few months, we will pick one release this month and present it to you for a discounted price.
For December, the last anniversary-discount-month, you can buy Bart van der Lee's album 'Between Tall Pine Trees (Sadness & Thunder)' for only 6 euro. Released on September 17, 2010. This was Bart's first album we released.
"Een prachtplaat die tijdloos mag worden" - MusicMaker
"Een jonge nazaat van Leonard Cohen" - BN De Stem
"Onze 'eigen folkzanger' met enorme baard" - LiveXS
04 dec 13
Today it's exactly 6 years ago that we released A World Full Of Melodies by The Subhuman. Since then, Stefan Breuer worked on an epic follow-up. Writing, recording, and glueing pieces of music together to create one giant progpop record.
03 dec 13
Founder of Snowstar Records: Cedric Muyres talked with Kindamuzik about punkrock, psychology and Snowstar's 10 Year Anniversary.
You can read it all right here:
03 dec 13
02 dec 13
We start this new week with Bart van der Lee's brand new stop motion video for 'Drown In These Arms', made by Harro van Aalderen. 160 kg of clay, a set of 1 by 1,5 meter, and six weeks of hard work.
His starting point was totally based on intuition, and his main goal was to create an stopmotion that would enhance the space of the viewers associations and linkages in relation to the music. His appropriation and additions developed during the making of each shot based on the rhythm, lyrics, melody and the arrangements of the song.
The musicvideo unfolds itself before your eyes.
Creator Harro van Aalderen made five beautiful multiples from the clay that was used to make the music video. These are distinctive forms in the story molded by Harro. Only three will be given away, of which only one this week. All you have to do is share the video online, and maybe you’ll be the lucky one to receive multiple 3/5!
Title: Point of no return
Material: ceramics and engobe
Dimension: 11 x 11 x 4.5 cm
29 nov 13
Our labelboss Cedric is this weeks Stationchief at the wonderful Pinguin Radio. This means he made a playlist of 25 tracks, featuring Snowstar Records gems of course, but also personal favorites. And an interview with Bazz that you can hear tomorrow from 19.00 - 21.00.
So listen to Pinguin Radio!
28 nov 13
Tomorrow, Town of Saints will play their last show of the Italy tour. Reactions have been really great and Italy seems to be conquered! Next: Germany!
A highlight of Italian press:
"It's hard to image a better debut for Town Of Saints." (XTM!)
"The cd released by these three musicians seethes of energy and passion." (IyeZine)
"Town Of Saints has something really special in its way of making music." (VivaLowCost)
"If you want an hour of pleasure, Something To Fight With is what you seek." (Mumble)
"There's so much life in this album." (Sound Magazine)
"We really like this folk album with its sharp lyrics." (Livin Cool Magazine)
"Something To Fight With reflects a crossroad of warm and enveloping sounds, physical horizons ready to embrace the whole universe." (Rock Action)
"Delicious." (Rock Garage)
27 nov 13
On wednesday December 4, broeder Dieleman will perform at De Roode Bioscoop, Amsterdam.
He will host and support Richard Buckner's show. This will be an extraordinary evening at a beautiful location. And the only Dutch Snowstar Records show this week. So don't miss it!
26 nov 13
We are very proud to have been nominated for a3VOOR12/Utrecht award as 'Best Initiative/platform'. Perfect timing in our 10 year anniversary year. Other nominees are Knalland and Woot!Woot!Woolf.
The award ceremony will be on Saturday december 14 in Poppodium EKKO. The day after our 10 year anniversary party in Tivoli Utrecht.
26 nov 13
January 31, we will release I am Oak - Ols Songd. The long awaited new album, that will have its own pre-release-party in Tivoli Utrecht at our 10 year anniversary, December 13. On this day only, the album will be available for purchase before it will be officially released on CD, LP and digital formats on January 31st 2014.
25 nov 13
Last weekend we hosted a 'Snowstar Records presents' at the beautiful Explore The North festival in Leeuwarden. People attending these magical locations enjoyed wonderful shows by broeder Dieleman:
"Zeldzaam mooi" - 3voor12/Leeuwarden
Bart van der Lee: "Deze jongen is subliem in het schrijven van teksten die perfect de duistere kant van de ziel uitspreken." -3voor12/Leeuwarden
22 nov 13
Klein Zieltje is a beautiful and dark song of broeder Dieleman.
This time Town of Saints and Saint Helena Dove played along at Kapelsessies.
22 nov 13
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20 nov 13
Next weekend we will host our own 'Snowstar Records Presents' at Explore the North festival in Leeuwarden with Kim Janssen, Bart van der Lee, and broeder Dieleman. Hope to see you there!
20 nov 13
Because of our 10th anniversary, we asked people in Utrecht for their reactions to our music. These were some of them on Town of Saints' song 'Stand Up'. Also, if you buy tickets for our Tivoli party (13-12) at @Plato Utrecht, the first happy few will receive a FREE cd! So don't wait on it!
19 nov 13
Kim Janssen is still touring in Germany and Italy. He even recorded 'Blyth Farjeon Choir' in an old church in Cavriglia with a choir from Florence! The official video will be released soon!
18 nov 13
18 nov 13
"In dieser Stadt der Heiligen regiert Euphorie, Sehnsucht und die Liebe zur Musik!" - Musikblog.eu (http://bit.ly/1c5nAzn)
"Melancholie und Hoffnung, mit etwas Sarkasmus gesprenkelt." - Acousticshock.eu (http://bit.ly/1fO8pgX)
15 nov 13
13 nov 13
Town of Saints just got nominated for 3VOOR12's 'Song of the Year '. For the next two weeks you can vote for their single 'Carousel'!
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01 nov 13
This month, you can buy The Secret Love Parade's second album 'Mary Looking Ready' on vinyl only 8 euro. Released on valentinesday 2012, co-produced by Jacco Gardner and praised for its Beautiful vocal harmonies, electronic samples, 80’s synths, vintage organs and original guitar riffs.
31 oct 13
29 oct 13
Full press release: http://bit.ly/1bxUY1B
28 oct 13
One year ago we released Lost Bear's record Shingolai on transparent vinyl. They have been writing new songs ever since, and now decided to release a preview of four of these new songs, recorded on 4-track cassette recorders. It's called 'Baboon Deluxe' and a limited edition of 50 was released on their very own Shaky Maracas label last Friday, when Lost Bear was supporting their long-loved heroes of Sebadoh.
24 oct 13
Bart van der Lee is doing his albumrelease tour for 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying' at the moment. KindaMuzik did an interview with him about children, The voice of Holland, and Wovenhand.
23 oct 13
Heta even sings the French lines in Finnish!
22 oct 13
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15 oct 13
Since their sold out album release at Vera last week, Town of Saints is going like crazy. Tons of shows coming up (see www.snowstar.nl) and raving reviews:
"***** Ze pakken de luisteraar bij de strot" - MusicFromNL
"**** Town of Saints staat op dezelfde hoogte als zijn grote voorbeelden” – Revolver's Lust For Life
"***** On-Nederlands goed" - Muzify
"Een topplaat!” – 3VOOR12
"Een waardevolle verrijking voor het muziekgenre" – Rootstime (BE)
“Een sterke plaat met mooie liedjes, zorgvuldige orchestratie en de juiste dosis pit” - mousique
“Een uniek debuut van wereldklasse afgeleverd.” – Krenten Uit de Pop
14 oct 13
Watch broeder Dieleman's new video for 'Klein Zieltje'. A beautiful, dark and mysterious video made by Eduard Walhout. Dark country-gospel the way we like it!
09 oct 13
08 oct 13
Yesterday Town of Saints played their new single 'Carousel' at Dutch tv-show DWDD:
04 oct 13
Happy October 4! Releaseday of Town of Saints!
We LOVE their new album, here's what others think of it:
"We're expecting to hear a lot of this!" - Festivalinfo(http://bit.ly/15LYtUd)
“An addition for the popvenues” + Album of the week- Ingeplugd (http://www.ingeplugd.nl/)
“Qualitypop” – mousique (http://bit.ly/1aQMoeA)
Best new Dutch act of the Month – 3VOOR12
Catch them on their never ending tour:http://townofsaints.tumblr.com/shows
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18 sep 13
Lost Bear is currently working on new material, but they're also doing some mighty fine shows! The first dates for the (now) quintet are coming up very quick, first up is the Molotow club in Hamburg on the 21st of September. Joris Diks designed a beautiful handprinted 4-color screenprint!
Also: Lost Bear will support their long loved, all-time favourite, indierock heroes of Sebadoh in Tivoli de Helling on October 25th.
18 sep 13
17 sep 13
"Perfect fit between the work of Jason Molina, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.” - Kindamuzik
“Between Tall Pine Trees is a beautiful record that can become timeless” - Music Maker
“A young descendant of Leonard Cohen” - BN de Stem
16 sep 13
12 sep 13
October 4 is the releasedate of Town of Saints - Something to Fight With. To celebrate they will do a HUGE releasetour. First announcement: The Netherlands. Also near you cause they play everywhere!
Pre-order now and get bonustrack 'All You Need (Ian Fisher & the Present cover)' for free!
10 sep 13
Good morning! Kim Janssen surprised us with a new video for a new version of his song 'Britten'. Synths and beats in a forrest! Enjoy:
02 sep 13
We are very happy to let you know that we are going to release both broeder Dieleman's debutalbum 'Alles is ijdelheid', and his new EP 'Klein Zieltje'. His songs about the mystical landscapes of his home, Zeeland, have filled our office many times over the last year, so it feels more than right to have broeder Dieleman join our family.
On the EP that will be released on vinyl on October 12, broeder Dieleman digs deeper into his roots. Side A holds two songs that have been recorded for the radioshow 'Onder de Groene Linde' in the 60s in Zeeuws Vlaanderen. Side B has 'Land van Verandering', coming from the soundtrack broeder Dieleman made with Pim van de Werken for the documentary with the same title about West Zeeuws-Vlaanderen and its people.
The album 'Alles is ijdelheid' will be released on September 19, with two new bonustracks as an encore.
Listen to the first new song 'Dankt dankt' here:
Pre-order both releases now, and receive free bonustrack 'Water'.
27 aug 13
October 4, we will release Town of Saints' debutalbum 'Something To Fight With'. Here's first song 'Trapped Under Ice':
Pre-order the album now, and get bonustrack 'All You Need (Ian Fisher & the Present cover)' for free!
More info in our store.
19 aug 13
Proud to present 'Bart van der Lee - A Mothers Song': the first video (and song!) of his new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying'. Made by Job Kind & Nick Liefhebber.
Out September 6; pre-order in the webshop
01 aug 13
One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. So we are picking one release every month to present it to you for a discounted price.
This month, we present you our compilation album on cd for only 5 euro. It holds 10 previously unreleased tracks from all our artists. It's a free download, but we made a physical cd for Record Store Day. We still have some in stock, so are offering them for only 5 euro on cd (valid until August 31).
24 jul 13
Behold! Bart van der Lee's new album will be out September 6 and you can go see him live on these dates!
Pre-order the album Ballads for the Heathens or Dying in our store.
23 jul 13
During his stay in Tokyo, I am Oak took the time to play a BRAND NEW song for ON THE SHELF TV. Check out this new song called 'Kulta'.
10 jul 13
08 jul 13
Last Friday, we surprised Kim Janssen with the vinyl release of his albums 'Ancient Crime & The Lonely Mountains'. Everything was realized thanks to the help from friends, without Kim knowing anything about it, as a gift for his 25th birthday he spent in LA.
Kim's look in this picture says it all; Thanks to everyone for joining, and enjoy this LP!
03 jul 13
One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. So we are picking one release every month to present it to you for a discounted price.
This month, you can buy Lost Bear's debut album 'Limshasa' for only 5 euro. In 2011 this release introduced these seven hungry (and hairy!) bears. 3voor12 called them "THE 2011 act of Utrecht", OOR wrote that "indierock rarely sounded as fantastic as Lost Bear" and Music Maker said "Wonderful! We want more!"
Get it now for only 5 euro on cd or digital (valid until August 1).
02 jul 13
On September 6, Bart van der Lee's new album will be released. A lot happened since his 2010 debut. Van der Lee became a father. He found happiness, love and hope outside of religion, and took distance from it.
Inspired and strengthened he writes and records his new album 'Ballads for the Heathens or Dying' on which he sings about the sadness of letting go, but also of that what was missed. Raw, autobiographical lyrics, sung by a dark, raspy voice, in honest songs. A staggering ode to life.
If you pre-order now the first lucky few will receive a very limited riso print, while stock lasts:
20 jun 13
This weekend, we will travell to the very first Best Kept Secret Festival. We are looking forward to this already sold out festival. We won't just be enjoying the great line-up, but will also be present at their labelmarket on Saturday, from 11 - 15. We'll bring some sweet goodies, incl. some 10-year-anniversary-compilations, so see you there!
09 jun 13
Snowstar Records CEO Cedric did an interview with Noisey about the label's 10-year-anniversary, its artists and their crazy relations. And he had to answer who in 'the family' is the funniest drunk. (Guess!)
Read the interview (In Dutch) here.
31 may 13
One of the things we wanted to do in our anniversary year, is help you discover all the beautiful releases through those 10 years. For the following months, we will pick one release every month and present it to you for a discounted price.
This month, you can buy The Secret Love Parade's self-titled debut album for only 5 euro. In 2009 it was the perfect introduction to these dreamy indiepopsongs. LiveXS called it "an amazing record", 3voor12 found it "tasteful" and OOR warned us for "dangerously addictive songs".
20 may 13
Last Saturday we had a tremendous Le Mini Who?! at Kapitaal. The Future's Dust played a beautiful set. I am Oak played a great show, with a very large attendance (sorry to everyone who couldn't get in), and Herrek (ft. Lukas of LUIK) surpriced us with some amazing covers!
Fortunately somebody in the crowd captured the last two songs. We don't know which one we like best, so we recommend them both!
Revenge (Sparklehorse cover):
Wounded Knee (Ratbone cover):
Thanks to everyone who was there and helped make it happen!
15 may 13
In 2010 we released I Am Oak’s debut-album ‘On Claws’. Three years, two albums and a sold out 7" later, On Claws is sold out and deserves a reissue! This reissue is the same warm record based on acoustic guitars and vocals, completed with banjo, bass, organ and beats, but with the addition of two beautiful bonustracks, also recorded in 2009.
We've sent the master to print today, so you can pre-order the 'On Claws' (reissue) cd now, all items will be shipped within two weeks: Pre order in our store
If you already own 'On Claws' and are anxious to hear the new songs, they are available to check out at our bandcamp:
14 may 13
The Daily Indie, a cool free Dutch magazine that brings you the latest and finest indie published their fifth issue, with a 14! page counting Snowstar special.
Interviews with Herrek, Kim Janssen and Cedric Muyres to read and 3 goodie bags to win. Read the Daily Indie here:
The Snowstar special starts on page #69, enjoy!
11 may 13
On their German tour, Town of Saints made a video for 'The Endless Unknown', check it; it is the perfect tourmovie! The song is from our Anniversary Compilation, which you can download (pay what you want!) on our bandcamp.
07 may 13
Earlier this year we started making Spotify playlists to introduce you to the gems of our release-collection. This time we've asked Stefan Breuer for his favorites:
"For the Snowstar Records 10-year-anniversary, I made a selection of my favorite Snowstar-released songs (first half of the playlist). My Secret Love Parade by The Secret Love Parade always meant a lot to me and therefore opens the playlist. This was the first song I mixed for Snowstar Records and it's still an amazing song. I had to add some of my own projects (Lost Bear, The Subhuman), to have enough songs to create a proper playlist. It's not that I prefer my own songs, that's why I put them last :) The tracks by Herrek and Kim Janssen prove that this year is also a very good year for new music; these beautiful songs blew me away.
The second half of the playlist consists of songs which in one way or another remind me of, or relate to, the Snowstar songs of the first half, arranged in the same order. For instance, the choir of Herrek's My People always reminded me a bit of The Microphones' song, and the vibe of LUIK's I am Oak cover Pollen of the Plains is similar to me as the Sparklehorse song's vibe. Altogether, the songs on this part of the playlist has been HIGHLY influential to my own music, and all these songs mean a lot to me. I hope people start exploring the beautiful catalog of Snowstar Records through this playlist, and maybe gain a little bit of an insight to where my own influences and taste is coming from."
01 may 13
Earlier this year, Kim Janssen released the impressive ‘The Lonely Mountains’, the sequel to ‘Ancient Crime’, Kim’s second full length released in 2012. Because of this Kim was invited to the SXSW showcase festival in Austin, USA.
After returning from the United States, Kim now leaves for a Geman tour of two weeks, and announces a Dutch clubtour at the same time.
02-05-2013 Gueterbahnhof Halle 11, Bremen
04-05-2013 Motoki, Cologne
05-05-2013 Brause, Düsseldorf (w/ Honig)
06-05-2013 Nelson, Mannheim
08-05-2013 Heimathafen Im Pools, Göttingen
09-05-2013 Blaue Fabrik, Dresden
11-05-2013 Livingroom concert, Berlin
12-05-2013 Franz Mehlhose, Erfurt
13-05-2013 Pension Schmidt, Münster
31-05-2013 De Klos, Emmeloord
31-05-2013 TU Delft, Delft
18-08-2013 Mezz, Breda
19-09-2013 De Kargadoor, Utrecht
22-09-2013 PLLEK, Amsterdam
25-09-2013 Burgerweeshuis, Deventer
26-09-2013 Patronaat, Haarlem
29-09-2013 Gigant, Apeldoorn
Go see him live, you won't regret it.
29 apr 13
Last week we've been amazed with the kind words on our anniversary compilation!
A small selection:
- “Enough reason to call ten times 'Hurrah!'” – Kicking the Habit
- “Gefelicitaart, amigo’s!!” - FHM
- “Quality music released with love for the music and therefore 10 years with a modest but very strong catalog.” – Caleidoscoop
- “Beautifully orchestrated….. exciting rootsmusic….. intangible pearl ….. slowcore is in safe hands” - Mousique
- “Ganz grandiosen Songs….Hurra und auf weitere (mindestens) zehn Jahre mit Snowstar-Musik!” – YouSoundGreat (DE)
- “It’s an exhilarating listen, starting with the stellar ‘City of the Dead’” – Knox Road (US)
- “They have some really cool releases on Snowstar, you should check them out.” – Dedicated Ears (US)
- “We ought to have gifts for them, seeing as they’ve been treating us for the last 10 years” - Incubate blog
- “All nine songs hit the sweet spot.” – Daan's muziekblog
Thank you on behalf of all artists and people involved with Snowstar
25 apr 13
I am Oak is still touring Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Right now they are in Italy, but when they were in Switzerland for three shows, they also visited Radio 3Fach for an interview and two songs. Check it all out below.
20 apr 13
Let's do this!; Today, on Record Store Day, 5.000 people will find our '10 Year Anniversary Compilation' in their goodiebag. It will be a great day, with six instores by Herrek and Kim Janssen!
Yesterday 3voor12 published their interview about our anniversary and the story behind our label (in Dutch) which you can read here.
Listen, stream and download our compilation for free on our Bandcamp and on this website.
Feel free to share it, and we can't wait to hear your reactions!
16 apr 13
Yesterday, Kim Janssen played at 3FM's Xnoizz. He took the challenge to write and create a brand new song in an hour. The result is called 'Make Me Belong' and we're glad to share it with you!
15 apr 13
Great news: Town of Saints signed to Snowstar Records!
We are very proud to announce that Town of Saints will be the next addition to our label! This Finnish/Dutch indie folk trio has been touring Europe and Great Britain for three years, and blew us away at the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival this year.
We will realease their debut album on October 4, but from today you can already listen to the first song 'The Endless Unknown', that will be released with our '10 Year Anniversary compilation' this saturday.
28 mar 13
27 mar 13
Kim Janssen had a great time playing the SXSW festival last week!
The coming months Kim will play in the Netherlands again:
06-04 Lakei, Helmond
10-04 Paradiso, Amsterdam
21-04 De Unie, Rotterdam
25-04 Hedon, Zwolle
25-05 De Klos, Noordoosterpolder
31-05 ZOMERfestival, Delft
To set the mood, we have this beautiful song played during the releaseparty of 'The Lonely Mountains' for you.
22 mar 13
We might have told you that this year is our 10 year anniversary. Of course we are proud of this fact, so let's celebrate! On April 20 (Record Store Day), we will release a free compilation album with new songs from all artists of our beautiful roster; our '10 Year Anniversary Compilation'. This album will be presented to the first 5000 people to purchase anything in Dutch independent record stores this day.
The ’10 Year Anniversary Compilation’ serves as a prelude for our big anniversary event, on December 13 in Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht. So please mark your calendars.
18 mar 13
Last week Kim Janssen played the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. He took the occasion to play 'The Lonely Mountains' on the 18th floor of the Hilton, with this beautiful panoramic view.
14 mar 13
Kim Janssen plays the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas (USA) this week. When he returns he will play some shows:
06-04 Lakei, Helmond (NL)
10-04 Radio Mortale, Amsterdam (NL)
25-05 De Klos, Noordoosterpoort (NL)
31-05 ZOMERfestival, Delft (NL)
For now, we have three beautiful songs played during the releaseparty of 'The Lonely Mountains' for you.
11 mar 13
04 mar 13
Watch this new video with Kim Janssen's title-track: 'The Lonely Mountains'. Filmed by Roald van Stijn (Pyropix Viral Videos) on the building of Station Vaartscherijn.
02 mar 13
Last week we've been overwhelmed by these wonderful reactions on 'The Lonely Mountains'
"The EP is nearing perfection ... a masterpiece." – Recensies en Meer
"Enough to stop listening to any other music for at least one day." – Mousique
"An incomparable, breathtaking and majestic little gem!" - Caleidoscoop
“The Lonely Mountains ist – wie sein Vorgänger “Ancient Crime” auch – ein kleines, warmherziges und meisterhaft ausgedachtes Wunderwerk." – You Sound Great (DE)
"Ein Unvergessliches Erlebnis!" - Vampster (DE)
“Continue to watch over us, Kim.” – On Da Rock (IT)
"Kim: Thanks again for a wonderful album." – Stilllife
26 feb 13
22 feb 13
Here's a little teaser for Kim Janssen's new EP 'The Lonely Mountains'.
Pre-order now at our webshop and receive it on February 28!
20 feb 13
Herrek is on air these days. Last week they played 5 songs at Live @Lloyd on RTV Rijnmond, listen to the full hour here: http://bit.ly/Zad8Rj.
Sunday they were invited at Radio 1's 'Nacht van het Goede Leven', which you can listen here: http://bit.ly/ZrpYyL
and the next day, they played 3 songs at 3voor12/radio on 3FM, listen to these songs here: http://bit.ly/WHqJ2g.
Herrek surprised us with a new song called 'Fields' Listen it here:
19 feb 13
Today we release the new video of Kim Janssen: 'Drift'. It's the first single of his upcoming EP 'The Lonely Mountains' The video is shot and directed by Martijn Bastiaans. Watch it here!
15 feb 13
Great reactions reached us this day:
"Herrek's music is of an almost unreal beauty" - Krenten uit de Pop
(4/5) "Beautiful debut" - Nederlands Dagblad
(3,5/5) "This debut is promising" - Festivalinfo
(3/5) "Authentic and Mysterious" - Dagblad van het Noorden
Also 3voor12 had an interview with Thomas Azier, mentioning Herrek and LUIK as two beautiful new bands which arose out of his Zero's hero: Adept.
13 feb 13
We already told you Kim Janssen will release his new EP 'The Lonely Mountains' on Thursday February 28, but now we have more news!
Here is the artwork of the EP, and this will be the tracklist:
2. The Stiles
4. Op. 15, No. 3
5. The Lonely Mountains
6. Can I Not Come To Thee?
On ‘The Lonely Mountains’, Kim again collaborates with Marla Hansen, known from The National and Sufjan Stevens. He rearranged Chopin and Britten, and added new verses to poems by Robert Herrick and W.N. Hodgson. He also wrote new material and rearranged his earlier work.
‘The Lonely Mountains’ will be presented in Club Ziggo, Amsterdam. The performance will be recorded by television program Ziggo Live. This will be the only Dutch show for Kim Janssen as after this he’ll be playing the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, followed by a German tour. Best news about this: The show in Club Ziggo is FREE to visit. For guestlist, go to www.ziggo.nl/ziggolive.
The first single and video will appear next week, when the EP will also be streamed on 3voor12/Luisterpaal.
12 feb 13
Herrek's debut 'Waktu Dulu' is ready for your first listen. You can pre-listen the full album on the 3voor12/luisterpaal.
"Beautiful slow, sometimes slightly mystical folksongs" - OOR
"It's early February, but I think that we might have a nominee for our yearlist already." - Mousique
"With the song 'Tiger Eyes' Herrek gives me the feeling that he has a beautiful career in prospect" - Magazino
"Waktu Dulu is a beautiful piece of indie" -3voor12/zuid-holland
“4/5: A fascinating listening experience.” - 8Weekly
05 feb 13
01 feb 13
Good news everyone! Kim Janssen is recording a new EP at the moment. It’s been almost a year since "Ancient Crime" took us into a world of ambition, loneliness, disconnection, desire and friendship. And because it is as good as sold out already, we thought it deserves a sequal. Kim has been writing new material, rewriting his old songs and rearranging parts of Chopin and Britten. The result will be released as “The Lonely Mountains”. A new EP, following the same themes and sounds of 'Ancient Crime'.
Kim already recorded strings, a choir, and, again, Marla Hansen (known from The National and Sufjan Stevens). “The Lonely Mountains” will be released on February 28.
28 jan 13
It’s three weeks before we release Herrek’s ‘Waktu Dulu’ and the international press already confirms our feeling about this album. The first single ‘Rain’ was tipped by the Guardian (UK) as ‘best music from across the map’ and there are many more positive reactions, here is a selection:
"Fantastic slowcore" -Perfect Porridge (US)
"Herrek makes the best music in the world" -Radio 501 (NL)
"a succesful album with a very authentic sound" -Keys&Chords (BE)
"Un altro buon colpo targato Snowstar" -OndaRock (IT)
We also added package-shots to our webstore, where you can pre-order 'Waktu Dulu', so check it out!
24 jan 13
There are only seven days left for Bart van der Lee to achieve his goal on VoordeKunst.nl.
Bart has been working on new songs to make an album. The Voordekunst project is at 68% now. If the limit of 80% is exceeded, it is a successful project, so you can really help out here by donating those last percentages.
Listen to the almost instrumental summary of the new album "Ballads For The Heathens Or Dying" or visit VoordeKunst for more updates.
22 jan 13
Check out the brand new split screen Lost Bear music video, shot in Utrecht, Deurne, Vlaardingen, Zwolle, Bordeaux st. Clair and Harderwijk.
17 jan 13
We're going to try and start a new tradition here, for our 10-year-anniversary. We present to you a semi-regular Spotify Playlist, in which we'll ask people in and around Snowstar Records to make a playlist of their favorits. Starting with our brand-new intern Jacky. Nine songs from our catalog and one special bonustrack. Enjoy!
For everyone who just wants to listen to everything, here is our entire catalog that's available on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/10BI41R
16 jan 13
15 jan 13
After the Music Alliance Pact (a collective of impressive blogs worldwide) already selected 'Rain' as their featured track for the Netherlands, we now proudly present you the video of the song.
It is a video that's shot 20 years ago, in the village in Papua where Gerrit grew up. You can recognize a very young Herrek, as well as locations that also serve as artwork for the album. Enjoy:
09 jan 13
We hope to see you in Groningen this week because it's going to be a fun ride. Herrek will be playing both Friday and Saturday, so come say hi:
20.45 - 21.25 Groninger Museum Auditorium
14.20 - 14.45 Sign Gallery (this one is free for everyone!)
Plus we will be present at the Onafhankelijke Labelmarkt #2 on Saturday. From 11.00 - 16.00 at Ebbingekwartier.
We can secretly tell you that we will be selling Herrek's debutalbum (releasedate 15-02) there.
08 jan 13
It is amazing to have seen all our releases from 2012 appear in all your yearlists. We did our best to collect them all on our facebook. One in particular we wanted to share:
We are very proud that I am Oak's 'Palpable' is voted Song Of the Year 2012 by 3voor12/Utrecht. And even better; the rest of the list is filled with Snowstar artists: The Subhuman at #2, Kim Janssen #6, Lost Bear #11 and LUIK #13. That's why we love this Utrecht-scene.
The Subhuman made a video for his winning song, and the album it came from is now available for free.
Here's all the releases we did in 2012, please enjoy them, for free:
- I am Oak - Skulk
- LUIK - Owls
- The Secret Love Parade - Mary Looking Ready
- Kim Janssen - Ancient Crime
- I am Oak - Nowhere or Tammensaari
- Lost Bear - Shingolai
01 jan 13
Happy new year everyone!
We hope you had a great night full of party, champagne and friends. 2013 is going to be a special year for us because it marks the ten year anniversary for Snowstar Records.
There will be good music, great shows, and surprises!
Thanks for all the support, and enjoy!
12 dec 12
Next week, Saturday December 22, I am Oak and Herrek will give a Christmas concert in Ekko, Utrecht. The unofficial end of the concertseason comes with a fully decorated Ekko.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, so wear your most comfortable knitted sweater and come drink some hot chocolate or an even hotter gluhwein, jah!
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06 dec 12
A lot of Kim Janssen related news today! First of all, he is one of the first six Dutch artists that will be playing the worldfamous SXSW festival in Austin, Texas (USA) March 2013. There will be more US-shows added over time.
Also, Kim's album 'Ancient Crime' is nominated for Best Album of the Year by 3voor12/Utrecht, together with Blaudzun and Bodypolitics. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony in Ekko December 15.
And then there's a new song Kim sang for How To Throw A Christmas Party, check it out here:
05 dec 12
You could have already seen them live at our Le Mini Who party last Saturday, but now it's official: we will release Herrek's debutalbum 'Waktu Dulu'.
Partly inspired by the contemporary Brooklyn-scene, but most of all doing their own thing, Herrek made a beautiful debutalbum full of atmospheric, dark folk with haunting vocals and keys.
Listen to the first song 'Tiger Eyes' here:
On January 11, Herrek will play Eurosonic in Groningen. From February 15 on, 'Waktu Dulu' will be available on vinyl and cd on Snowstar Records.
Pre-order now, and receive a free tote-bag when the album will be released.
04 dec 12
It has been five years ago since The Subhuman released his first album on Snowstar Records, the full-length A World Full Of Melodies (2007). Since then, The Subhuman played shows in various countries, put out self-released cd-r's and worked with other artists.
To celebrate the 5th year anniversary of A World Full Of Melodies, he released four new songs online on his bandcamp. In the vaults of his old computer he found some 4-track cassette tape recordings, from the era in which A World Full Of Melodies was recorded (the course of 2007). If you like pure and honest songs (say Sebadoh meets The Mountains Goats meets Smog), you can listen to the songs here:
19 nov 12
Here's a nice video of Kim Janssen playing 'Drift' for Onder Invloed:
13 nov 12
Bart van der Lee has been working on new songs to make a new album, and he is now asking your help to make this happen. Read all about this crowdfunding project on Voordekunst.nl, watch the movie and donate if you like what you see and hear. It is promising to be a big step forward from his already beautiful 'Between Tall Pine Trees: Sadness and Thunder'.
10 nov 12
- Up Magazine: “recommended for any lover of lo-fi poprock”
- Kindamuzik: “Opener 'Sohilait' is one of the best guitar songs of the year."
09 nov 12
Kim Janssen is currently doing a small Dutch tour with Rue Royale. For this tour he recorded a new song, 'City of the Dead', which is released on a limited (100) edition split-cassette which also holds a new Rue Royale song.
Listen to 'City of the Dead' on Soundcloud.
On this tour, Kim is on stage with nine musicians, which sounds absolutely amazing. Yesterday was the first show in Den Bosch, don't miss the other three shows:
Friday: De Spot, Middelburg
Saturday: Ekko, Utrecht
Sunday: Trianon, Nijmegen
30 oct 12
Tip: Watch it in HD
29 oct 12
16 oct 12
Check out the first song of the upcoming Lost Bear record in this great video. Pre-order in the store to receive free vinyl and cd's!
15 oct 12
I am Oak and The Secret Love Parade will fly to Jakarta, Indonesia tomorrow for a couple of shows together. If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, this is where you can catch them:
18-oct-12 / Stingray Club | Crown Plaza Hotel / Jakarta
19-oct-12 / Erasmus Huis / Jakarta
20-oct-12 / Rolling Stone Cafe / Jakarta
I am Oak just returned from their tour through Germany and Switzerland, where they sold out 3 shows and visited at least that amount of recordstores.
10 oct 12
'Shingolai' is the new alternative rock record from Lost Bear. Released only on transparent 12" vinyl, and with different covers. Five songs in cooperation with Shaky Maracas. If you pre-order now, you will be buried in extra gifts on releasedate November 1:
- a free The Subhuman 7"
- a free Monotones 7"
- a free surprise Shaky Maracas release
So that's 4 releases for the price of 1! I wouldn't wait. Click on the picture for more detail:
04 oct 12
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19 sep 12
10 sep 12
Last January we released LUIK's debutalbum 'Owls' with success. Both we, and the press loved it.
**** "Prachtig" -volkskrant
"verbijsterend mooi" -3voor12
"geen woorden nodig om te ontroeren" -OOR
So now we decided to still release it on vinyl as well. We made a limited (300) handnumbered, silkscreened, beautiful release of it that we sold for the first time at the labelmarket and will be released on Incubate Festival. But you can pre-order it from today to make sure you won't miss it. All pre-orders will ship on September 14.
10 sep 12
23 aug 12
On September 2nd The First Dutch Independent Label Market is going to take place at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam-Noord.
During this record market various record labels are showing and selling their stuff directly to the audience. The market is free of charge.
Among many other Dutch indielabels, Snowstar Records is present with a stand, of course. Next to us you’ll be seeing NON Records, Top Notch, Excelsior and many more.
This label market is going to be a celebration of the independent pop culture. Among the stands there are small acoustic performances, dj-sets and some fine drinks. Hope to see you there, come say hi!
04 jul 12
I am Oak releases their video of single ‘Palpable’ today! The video is recorded in one single shot and directed by Wouter Stoter. Watch it here:
15 jun 12
After our release of I am Oak’s new album more and more international press gave beautiful reviews. Cutting Edge gives ‘Nowhere or Tammensaari’ four stars and says that “The Netherlands can be proud of this musical export product”, Platomania calls it a better album than the two predecessors and God Is In The TV Zine gives 4/5 stars for “A gem of an album”. These weeks, the album is also being released in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the UK and Ireland. And more good news; next week, a video for first single ‘Palpable’ will be released. It was shot in Slovenia and is going to look very nice. Can’t wait!
04 jun 12
Ondarock.it wrote a beautiful article about Sowstar Records, including interviews with Cedric Muyres, I am Oak, Kim Janssen en LUIK. Read it here!
30 may 12
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28 may 12
This Friday is the release of the new I am Oak album, and we are already more than happy with the first reviews. Nu.nl gives 5/5 stars and says it’s even better than ‘Oasem’, which they called “hard to surpass”. German Intro.de tells Bon Iver and Iron and Wine to “watch out for this big band from those small Netherlands”. OnDaRock from Italy calls the album a succes
and there’s more and there’s more coming.
17 may 12
Snowstar Records will be present at festival le Mini Who? in Utrecht on May 26th. The small version of Le Quess Who? added five Snowstar acts to their line-up yesterday. The Secret Love Parade, Lost Bear, Kim Janssen, LUIK and Bart van der Lee and will play at Plato between 12.00 and 18.00.
More information: www.facebook.com/leminiwho or keep an eye on our website
14 may 12
Last week Kim Janssen played “LA” and “Casket” backstage in the Vera for “De Kemenade Sessies”.