December 10, 2013
by Jasper Willems
Herrek‘s latest LP Waktu Dulu was without a doubt one of the most intruiging releases of 2013, a highly personal record that documented Gerrit van der Scheer’s clear-as-day recollections of a childhood spent at an outpost in Papua, Indonesia. An incredibly moving listening experience, a twenty-something channeling the whimsicality and inherent curiosity of a preacher’s child, trying to grasp a sense of belonging within a completely different culture. On top of that, Waktu Dulu’s lush and delicate instrumentation was just as captivating , an unearthly, visceral amalgam of contemporary folk and psychedelia.
After doing a handful of gigs as Broeder Dieleman’s backing band (including a spectacular showcase at Rotown), we at Luifabriek are pleased that Van der Scheer was able remain prolific throughout this busy year. The introspective acoustic track “Fading Waves” takes a more conventional songwriting MO than Waktu Dulu, with consort Ilse Hamelink’s backing vocals providing comforting sanctuary for Van der Scheer’s brooding delivery.
You can listen to the song here.
Herrek will release their brand new EP “A M” on Snowstar Records next Friday, marking the Dutch indie label’s ten-year anniversary. Van der Scheer and cohorts will be playing the Snowstar bash at Tivoli Oudegracht that same evening.