Our first Afrikaans release from our new album, Anthelia!
In 2016 we travelled to Belgium. We were invited to a braai on a rooftop. During the festivities, the host put a guitar in our hands and asked us to please sing an Afrikaans song. Back then, our music was mostly English, but we didn't want to disappoint our new friends so we quickly improvised and put together our own rendition of Stille Waters from Laurika Rauch. It was the most magical moment on that roof in Belgium.
On our way home that evening, we had a conversation about how powerful it is to work in your mother tongue and how beautiful it can reach over borders and cultures simply because of being so nestled in your identity.
With this in mind, we knew we wanted to introduce our first journey into Afrikaans on our new album.
This song was initially in English, but when we got the track back from the producer, Esté translated it into Afrikaans.
The song was born on a side walk in London where Esté was waiting at a coffee shop in Denmark Street for Lourens to finish up with some guitar shopping. Between her and the girl sitting at the table next to her was a window, but if the window wasn't there, they would've sat uncomfortably close to one another. This made her think of how often we are so close to things in our lives, but how windows can grow between us and these things; be it our jobs, family, friends etc. This song is about fighting those windows or waiting for it to melt away when summer comes.
Videographer: Schalk Hanekom Produced by Theo Crous, Recorded at Bellville Studios This video was filmed in Paarl. Big thanks to TopSound for the lights ;)
We hope you enjoy it. Loads of love, Lourens and Esté Bottomless Coffee Band