Dutch DIY folk/dream pop duo Rosemary & Garlic – Anne van den Hoogen (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Dolf Smolenaers (piano, keyboard, electric guitar, vocals) – are heading to this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW) for their U.S. live debut with several key showcases in Austin (listed below). The duo will be joined by their live band – Tim Vermulst (drums, sounds, moog) and Dionne Nijsten (cello). Rich in atmosphere and poetry, this will mark the first time the band has brought their haunting live performance stateside.
To celebrate their arrival, Rosemary & Garlic share the official music video for latest single “Blue Boy” from their self-titled debut album that was released earlier this year.
Directed by Joep Gerrits & Thijs Hupkens, the video portrays a young teenager that grows up in a small village during late summer. Alienated from friends, he finds solace in nature and beautifully recreating the world around him via origami. The video embraces the young outsider… the power of the imaginary, friendship and the vulnerability of teenagers. Blue Boy is also our Song of the Day.
Filmed in Ravenstein, the Netherlands, it’s a sequel to the duo’s video for “I’m Here (Spring Version)” (which premiered on FRUK here) in which two children become great friends in the Italian springtime landscape
Dolf Smolenaers: “Blue Boy is the second video of our recently released album. We shot our first videos in Sweden and Italy, this one was filmed around the small village in The Netherlands Anne grew up in. The passing of time is also a musical theme, you hear the rewinding of tape, the ticking of clocks, woven around a melancholic piano. The video is a sequel to the video for I’m Here, as the kids from that video have grown up now. We’d like to show the power of the imagination, friendship and the vulnerability of teenagers.”
Contemporary artist Gregory Euclide (most famously known for creating the artwork for Bon Iver’s critically acclaimed second album) created the album’s gorgeous and striking artwork. The mood of the album is perfectly reflected by the fairy-tale-like image of the water surrounded by vegetation, in which the grimness of the city is reflected.
Wed, March 14 at 8PM CST – Paradiso Presents @ New Dutch Wave House (Waller Ballroom – 700 E 6th St)
Thur, March 15 at 1:30PM CST – Dutch Impact @ New Dutch Wave House (Waller Ballroom – 700 E 6th St)
Fri, March 16 at 7PM CST – SXSW Official @ Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St)
Photo Credit: Melissa Scharro-Capribee