November 23, 2015

Broeder Dieleman: Uut de bron

Dutch singer broeder Dieleman's latest release Uut de Bron comes with a book compiling all the lyrics from his back catalog plus a CD with brand new recordings documenting his wanderings in Zeeuws Vlaanderen. The book contains an interview/essay by Dennis Gaens, who fails to break down the barrier that the shy Dieleman has built around himself, dismissing all the compliments, scrutiny and close reading that his lyrics have attracted. He sees things and writes about them, and that is all, he claims. Besides his obvious love for nature in general and birds in particular he sings about things that get overlooked by most people: crumbling buildings and deserted villages. Beauty can be found in unremarkable and even ugly things.

He is a poet writing in the dialect of his mother tongue. Growing up in the strict environment of the Dutch reformed church was tough, but Dieleman decided to put it to good use for his music, which is sparse but welcoming. The new songs with ample use of recordings that capture the sounds of nature (and the horn of the ferry Prinses Christina) are a field trip under the huge skies of the almost empty landscape of this part of The Netherlands. They are offered as one long, sprawling fifty minutes plus composition. Close your eyes and follow Dieleman's guidance. His voice transcends any language barrier that non-Dutch listeners might run into.

Uut de Bron is a joint release by his label Snowstar Records and literary agency/book publisher Wintertuin. Hand numbered edition (500 copies). Now available for preorder. All pre-orders will be signed by broeder Dieleman. Release date: November 27th.

  1. Ruischendegat
  2. Hoofdplaat
  3. Meilied
  4. Lovenpolder, Boerengat
  5. Lied van de wilg
  6. Omer
  7. Nehalennia
  8. Water
  9. Onder Zaamslag

Watch a video for Lovenpolder, Boerengat, a track from the new album, documenting the demolition of a village near Terneuzen to make way for an expansion of the Dow Chemical plant.

Live dates:
  • 11/24 Kloveniersdoelen, Middelburg
  • 11/28 Wintertuin Festival @ Doornroosje, Nijmegen
  • 12/04 Koperen Tuin (instore), Goes
  • 12/04 t Beest (support The Ex), Goes
  • 01/09 Roodehaan (w/ Ries de Vuyst), Hoogeland
  • 01/28 Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam
  • 01/29 Kargadoor (19.30), Utrecht
  • 01/29 Kargadoor (21.00), Utrecht (sold out)
  • 02/11 Irrational Library, Haarlem


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