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“All the roads I used to know … don’t lead where they used to go.”
Brooklyn-based indie-rock band Van Chamberlain are seekers — like so many of us amid the still-ongoing pandemic. On their forthcoming full-length debut, the duo’s search takes them In the Sun. While it is up to the listener to decide what the answers may be, it’s the journey that matters most.
Today, the Big Takeover premieres the new single from In the Sun, “Heavy Cloud.”
From the band’s press materials:
Having grown up making music together on a shared wavelength, brothers Van and Jacob began playing under the name Van Chamberlain in 2019. They make music that combines dream pop and jangle, with a slight ’90s alternative influence showing through. They’ve each played and toured the world in bands including Phantom Buffalo (Rough Trade Records, Time Lag) and Eternal Drag (members of the Dodos). In 2019, they found themselves reunited in Brooklyn, and immediately began crafting their new record, In the Sun.
The band released their first studio-demo, LY, in 2020, right on the cusp of the global pandemic. Having to cancel their live debut, they instead turned to the recording studio and finished In the Sun in 2021. By the end of that year, Van Chamberlain signed with Very Jazzed and scheduled the release for April 8.
In the Sun is an album about layers, both sonically and philosophically. Driven by textures of guitars, lush reverb, and grounded by infectious percussion, In the Sun offers sonic choices that feel new and undiscovered every time the listener puts on the record.
While Van’s laid-back vocal style offers the disposition of a sunny day with little to do, his lyrics draw from personal experiences of loss and subsequent growth. Their layered sonic approach reaffirms the band’s philosophical message: that what’s past is prologue, and the future holds promise, but neither will count unless you make peace with the present.
Check out the Big Takeover’s exclusive premiere of Van Chamberlain’s “Heavy Cloud” here:
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