Dutch trio STILLWAVE share brand new single ‘She Flies A Tracer’ + announce debut album ‘Sell Another Soul’ due 3rd November 

September 11, 2017

Harold van de Kamp




“Dutch widescreen rockers Stillwave conjure an intimate intensity that’s all their own.” – Q Magazine

“…an enthralling document with a cinematic stretch” – Clash

“Brooding and intense […] a delicate interplay between layers of reverb, electronics, and vocals to create something really special” – Wonderland Magazine

“An innovative mix of guitars drenched in reverb and powerful drums with electronics, synthesizers and layered with strong characteristic vocals” – 1883 Magazine

Dutch shoegaze trio Stillwave share their brand new single ‘She Flies A Tracer’ which serves as the follow up to ‘Cradle’ and announce their debut album Sell Another Soulwhich is due 3rd November. ‘She Flies A Tracer’ is a cacophonic orchestra that sounds as if the cast of The Jetsons started playing shoegaze. There’s no telling where the guitars end and the samples begin. From a smooth ride to shattered fragments flying through the air. But look closer and there’s a simple structure of pressure and relief that permeates through the song and the entire album. The track premiered on Dutch Noisey which you can listen to below…

Marcel Jongejan (vocals) says on the track: “It all started with Michaël grabbing his phone and playing youtube videos through the pickup of his guitar. It was the start of a different approach to our writing process where, inspired by the likes of DJ Shadow & Four Tet, we were cutting up samples and randomly placing them throughout. At its grandest ‘She Flies A Tracer’ is a snapshot taken in the midst of a car-crash where someone keeps playing with the forward and rewind buttons.”

Ever since Stillwave’s first show in the lobby of a tiny arthouse cinema in 2012, their dream to record an album has been at the forefront of their minds. Starting out from performing covers of the Pixies to quickly gaining the courage to write and perform original songs, the alternative trio continues to push and explore their sound.

After graduating from college, the trio of Marcel, Michael and Jooris committed themselves to Stillwave, working minimum wage part-time jobs to get by. Focused on playing live every week they knew they had to set themselves apart from other Dutch bands. Taking the ferry to the UK, and barely making it to Calais at 4 AM just to play a gig somewhere in an old industrial city up North, this became a regular journey for the band. Finding salvation in those dingy independent venues that reeked of hope and beer, they would marvel at the list of heroes who had stood on the very stages before them, be itRadiohead, David Bowie or Slowdive. This was their driving force and it took them to places; from sharing the stage with 65daysofstatic to hosting the afterparty for The Curewhen they visited the Netherlands, their vision as a band was slowly becoming clearer.

When they decided to start recording their album they had ceased to care about compromise, polish and over-analysed bullshit which supposedly celebrated the idea of being young and carefree. They did care. For 3 sleep deprived weeks they toiled in a dilapidated structure that would soon after be swallowed by the attempt of gentrification around it. They did away with vocal comping and held onto the tracks where they fucked up. Every second was a battle, every minute a victory. Because that’s what Stillwave is. It is noise, it is raw and at times it is beautiful.

Sell Another Soul is a record full of gorgeous synths soundscapes on the likes of ‘Adelaide’ and ‘Bypass’, enticing drums and the psychedelic trip of ‘Do Less Live Longer’ with throwback sounds on the Wikihow inspired ‘How To: Jump Out Of A Moving Car’. The records ends with the terrific ’KTLBLCK’ which closes the record on the note of an embrace; eager to start anew whatever the outcome may be.

Stillwave have caught the attention of numerous blogs and radio stations worldwide (Q magazine, Wonderland, Impose, 1883 Magazine, Nothing But Hope and Passion, Drunken Werewolf, Little Indie Blogs and many more). With the two EPs under their belt, Stillwave have played over 100 shows with multiple tours in the UK and The Netherlands.

Stillwave are Joris Keijzer (percussion and electronics), Michael van Putten (guitar, synths and backing vocals and Marcel Jongejan (lead vocals, bass and synths).

Sell Another Soul Tracklisting:

1. Cradle
2. She Flies A Tracer
3. Box Cart Sucker
4.’94 Civic
5. Do Less Live Longer
6. How To: Jump Out Of A Moving Car
7. Adeleide [sic]
8. Bypass

Sell Another Soul Artwork:


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