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We proudly present the music video Sway, the first single of Robin Block’s debut album Comfort Zones. The song deals with the sense of out-of-placeness and the search for comfort in the most impossible environments. The video was shot in stop motion, partially in our hometown Amsterdam and partially in the spooky primal forests of El Hierro. The volcanic El Hierro is the smallest of the Canarian Islands, known for its mystic landscapes and an undrinkable home-brewed spirit called ‘aquardiente’. All props were made of recycled waste, for which we are much obliged to local garbage man and friend for life: Emerson. We’d like to stress that no sea creatures were hurt during the making of this music video.
(Art) direction: Renske Mijnheer
Amsterdam-based singer-songwriter Robin Block writes pure, dreamy songs that have been compared to Jeff Buckley, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver. In his very own style, he combines rich arrangements with uplifting vocal harmonies and has a special way of taking the intimate atmosphere of his music to the live stage.
Robin Block was awarded “Best Musician” at the ‘Grand Prize of the Netherlands’, one of the most prestigious national competitions in the singer-songwriter genre. Ever since, he has built up a successful performance practice at known venues such as the Paradiso in Amsterdam, followed by several TV and radio performances.
This year, Robin Block has been working on his debut album Comfort Zones. Together with band member Julien Oomen (bass guitar, vocals) and guest musician Nora Fischer (piano, vocals), he withdrew in a country house for over a month to record his songs in splendid isolation.
All the basic musical parts, but also all sound effects, soundscapes and background sounds have been recorded in and around the house; water boilers, wine glasses, tuning forks, brooms, doors, even the birds in the garden have all found their proper place in this unique collection of songs. Barely a week after the recordings a short circuit caught fire and destroyed a large part of the house.