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Listen To Van William’s ‘Revolution’ Featuring First Aid Kit

Van Williams, Photo: Silvia Grav


Van William’s new song ‘Revolution’ sounds a bit like a pretty Bright Eyes tune, or may be like one of these first Rilo Kiley tracks, and this must be the trumpets in the background and the earworm chorus sang by multi-vocal harmonies, and when the First Aid Kit sisters are in the party, you can be sure the harmonies are gonna be delightful.

Van William, known for his two former indie bands Port O’Brien and WATERS, will release his first ever solo work, ‘The Revolution’ EP on September 8th via Fantasy Records.

NPR debuted the video for the title track this morning, a simple black and white clip featuring the Swedish sisters, but what else is needed than expressive faces when the music is so lovely and catchy. Of course, the term revolution is very loaded these days, and if the song started as a commentary ‘about the anxieties of being in a relationship where both people want to fix its broken parts, but disagree on the means’, as Van explained, the meaning evolved quite a bit: ‘It became something else during and after the 2016 election. When we started recording the song, I was listening back in the studio and immediately knew I wanted Klara and Johanna from First Aid Kit to sing on it,’ he declared in a press release.

The video, which was directed by Grant James (Father John Misty, Jonathan Wilson), simply shows Van on guitar and Klara and Johanna’s emotive faces, singing then crying along their vintage harmonies.

‘The idea for the video came after binge watching a lot of Bergman movies on my friend’s dad’s FilmStruck account,’ explained Van. ‘I wanted the video to show the claustrophobic feeling that can form by sharing too much of each other’s lives and being unable to repair the damage from inside the walls of what was built together.’

The music, which actually sounds very upbeat, holds a chorus that is not ready to leave you soon, and the other songs featured on the EP (‘Fourth of July’, ’Never Had Enough of You’ and ‘Cosmic’) are said to share the same sensibility and winning combination of sad lyrics/perfect hook/uplifting vibe.

Van William’s debut full-length LP is due early next year.


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