Moments of Being is the debut album by Amsterdam based group The Visual, due for release on UK/NL indie label Mink Records on 29 March 2019. It will be available on 12'' vinyl and CD from the release show at Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, on 31 March 2019 onwards. 'Moments of Being' was recorded at ICP Studios in Belgium, mixed by Grammy Award winning Darrell Thorp and Alain Johannes, and mastered at Sterling Sound NYC.
‘Anna van Rij’s voice, cool and evanescent as the morning dew, veers between melancholy lethargy and emotionally wrought upper-register bends. Partner in crime Timon Persoon does his ‘voodoo soundman’ bit on keys, crafting a proper three-dimensional sound landscape at the tender locus of soundtrack and songwriting’. (GIGWISE)
The Visual is an Amsterdam-based outfit consisting of Anna van Rij (vocals/guitar), Timon Persoon (synths/electronics/keys) and Tim van Oosten (drums/percussion). Signed to Mink Records in 2017, they released their debut EP ‘Translation’ on December 15th 2017 at packed show at one of Amsterdam’s finest venues: de Melkweg. With premieres, reviews and interviews on tastemaker platforms like Noisey, i-D Magazine, 3VOOR12, The Daily Indie and more, they became one of the most talked-about new acts in The Netherlands. A strong live reputation developed after playing a number of prominent Dutch festivals and venues like Grasnapolsky, Le Mini Who?, and Paradiso Noord.
Late 2018 and early 2019 saw the release of three singles from their debut album, which all received critical acclaim from national and international press (Gigwise, Europavox, NME), radio (BBC Radio 6, Radio X, BBC Waled) and streaming (New Music Friday x3, New Alternative and more). The Dutch national broadcaster 3VOOR12 named the band one of the most promising upcoming Dutch acts expected to break through in 2019.
The Visual revolves around our most acute perceptions. Our awakenings. Our sense of being. Like a living organism, their music traverses and wanders out on its own. “I opted for a word that was clear, open and non-partisan,” singer/guitarist Anna Van Rij explains. “The idea of entering a new experience. It was all very instinctive.” With co-founder Timon Persoon, the Amsterdam-based unit has become a vehicle where the more elusive, specific experiences and observations are expressed in this very intrusive, tactile fashion.
Van Rij met Persoon while studying at Amsterdam’s Conservatory. Interestingly enough, before even a single musical note was exchanged, she subconsciously knew she wanted to create music with him. Outside of their semesters, they created a very singular musical vocabulary together. Van Rij would recite the poetry of Sylvia Plath over Persoon’s mesmeric sonic backdrops. Alternately, they would dream up fictional soundtracks of their favourite film scenes. Together, they had built this pocket universe, untethered from theory or stylistic boundaries. Free expression, in even its most outrageous forms, had absolute precedence.
CLASH MUSIC: ‘Yet it’s two of the bands that form part of Saturday’s Noorderslag event – a night dedicated to homegrown talent – that really dazzle and steal our hearts. The Visual – the project of singer songwriter Anna van Rij – craft slow-burn, sensual pop that swells on the same waves of longing and tenderness that carried Jeff Buckley to greatness. Their songs come steeped in a melancholic lushness and sense of drama, tales you let your guard down for even though you know they’re gonna be crushing’.
BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC, LAUREN LAVERNE: 'It's a very stylish one this, it's a Dutch band formed by musicians Anna, Timon and Tim - Anna an Timon met whilst studying at Amsterdam's Conservatory, they have a whole aesthetic going one that I'm very much enjoying, and a debut album called 'Moments of Being', which is due out at the end of March, on Mink Records. ’
- Dark Pop