When leaves start falling I always start looking for new autumn bands. The right music to fit the right season, and I found it again! Eelke Ankersmit (former lead singer of the band The Rag Trade) took a lot of life experience and his musical gift and turned it into a beautiful EP, named Old Friend.
The EP came out last sunday at a release party in a beautiful church with the perfect ambiance, and, oh, the music.. The harmonies, the lyrics, the meaning and that voice! What I especially like about this EP is the right support Eelke chose for his music, he gathered a talentfull bunch of musicians around him that compliment his music in brilliant ways. The balanced background vocals, a soothing pedalsteel and the right amount of banjo and mandolinette. It just makes you want to huddle together with your closest friends in front of a fireplace drinking warm chocolate (which is probably what they also did after recording the EP).
Actually I think I could listen to this EP every day, every season. And so can you, on Spotify or buy your own ‘Old Friend’. If you got the chance to see Eelke live, please do. I never stayed without tears during his concerts, but they were the good kind of tears. So bring it on, Autumn, I’m ready!