The Snob 2000, two concerts, a new EP release and a book!

Despite all the corona troubles in Holland, Europe and overseas we’re having a quite busy month with Chabliz. First of all we would like to ask you to vote for our Nightporter and Moon songs in the yearly Snob 2000 list, that’s the Dutch alternative and ‘little sister’ of the big and famous Top 2000. You can vote for us here. Why should you? Because it helps us enormously; we see its influence in the airplay, on the radio, but even more in the airplay on Spotify and Apple Music. Even more important: the audience of the Snob 2000 is broadly speaking exactly the audience we’re trying to reach with our music: lovers of indie, alternative, underground music, pop-noir, jazz and artpop. Thanks to your votes we managed the last three years to make it to the Snob 2000 and we really hope to reach this goal again. It’s possible to vote until December the first.

And there is more. Two live appearances, the first is ‘live-live’ (in the flesh!) on December the fourth in the centre of Voorburg at Amnesty’s Write For Rights. And we are giving a coronaproof, free Livestream Concert together with the marvellous singer-songwriter Catself on December the 12th. On top of that we’re releasing a new EP: ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden.‘ The release will be on December the 17th. You can already pre-save the EP on your Spotify-, Apple-Music and iTunes app here.

By pre-saving the main song of the EP will appear in the Release Radar of your Spotify or Apple Music app on the release day. You will be able to listen to it on the 17th and afterwards. It’s totally free, and it helps us to get higher in the Spotify and Apple rankings, which means: more people will hear and play the songs. Two of the three new songs are written by ourselves. The third song is a tribute recording of Joy Division‘s ‘New Dawn Fades.’ Two of our bandmembers are fans of this legendary band. Pim made a large, orchestral arrangement for it, Petra used operatic vocals and on top of that Pim and Petra produced a choir together.

The title song ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden‘ is a more jazzy song. Everybody knows the famous legend about Bluebeard a.k.a. Henry the 8th and his six wives. We wrote a song about this gothic fairytale and recorded the song with a beautiful string arrangement and a choir of six women (Anna Rallo, Catself, Kalipluche a.k.a. Karianne, Caroline Ros, Gudrun Blok and Petra herself) who sing the role of Bluebeard’s (mainly dead) wives, whose ghosts are still wandering through his delightful garden. The song has a bit of a Kate Bush kind of vibe. The violins and cellos are played by Natasja van Doesburg and Giselle Bentvelsen. Curious?  The songs are online within a few weeks! This EP is already a small part of the album that we’ll release in the Spring of 2022.

Last but not least: the book ‘Cancelled, by Anoek‘ will be released very soon. It was in the printery two weeks ago, so it will reach the bookshops soon. It’s a beautiful book with pictures of several Dutch artists who perform in empty venues during the coronacrisis. Chabliz is one of them.

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Livestream postponed, new EP release, a live concert and a book

Due to the corona circumstances at the moment we unfortunately had to postpone our next Livestream concert with the marvellous Catself to Sunday evening the 12th of December, same time and place. We also give a small live morning concert on December the 4th, on Amnesty international’s Write For Rights in the old center of Voorburg. The book ‘Cancelled, by Anoek‘ with also pictures of Chabliz is at the printery right now. It will be available in the shops very soon! We recommend this book to everybody who is interested in beautiful photographs of the cultural sector during corona. Last but not least: we uploaded our new EP ‘In Bluebeard’s Garden’ and you can already presave it on Spotify! The release date is on Friday, the 17th of December.

Stay safe!

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New lyric video plus live concert, and a book

Good news: our friend and colleague Karianne Hylkema just made a brand new lyric video of our good old Moon song. And its release is today, on Halloween! We are quite happy with this tasteful video. And there is more. We give a new, real, live-live concert (our first since corona) in December in Voorburg. And on November the 21st we give a new, free Livestream concert together with the beautiful international singer-songwriter Catself! And there is even more good news. In December we will release our brand new EP: ‘In Bluebeards Garden.’ Another lyric video is soon to come. And we just heard that the book ‘Cancelled by Anoek‘ was sent to the printery. It will be available very soon now. We are in the book too, with beautiful pictures and a quote, among several other Dutch artists.

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Kofa concert cancelled, but a new Livestream in November

We were very much looking forward to our concert in KOFA this weekend. It was scheduled for October the 2nd and it would be our first real live-live concert for a real audience instead of only one cameraman…. but it wasn’t supposed to be. As a band we agree with most of the governments corona measures and also with the measure to show your corona check app before you enter a concert, because we think it’s important to show solidarity with people who are vulnurable for the virus, and to keep them safe. Not all venues can afford a big doorkeeper to check all the visitors, and the venues aren’t compensated for it. Some pubs and venues have clients who aren’t vaccinated yet. Kofa is a night venue, concerts usually start and end late. With the new rules all venues must close at midnight. That’s one of the reasons why Kofa decided to cancel all their scheduled concerts, which is unfortunate for the bands who finally could play again after more than a year of livestreams only.

Instead we scheduled another free Livestream concert for you, in November. This time together with the Finnish singer-songwriter Catself. Catself is a great singer-songwriter who plays piano and guitar, she has beautiful songs with fantastic lyrics, sometimes quite dark and sometimes funny. AND we will play one song together. Expect a great sound, grand piano, Moog synths, guitars, double bass and two female vocalists. And a great atmosphere, with nice camerawork.

In October we are recording and mixing our new EP and album. Our next EP will be released this Autumn, which means: soon. Also, the book Cancelled, by Anoek with pictures of several Dutch artists including Chabliz, will be released soon.

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Great review, concerts and a book

Yesterday we received this great review of our single Beyond the Tides, by Florian Maier from KMS Reviews. Of course we are quite grateful for that! In August we also had a good recording week, where we recorded a few songs for our next EP and album. In September and October we will give a few concerts again, one of them is a Livestream concert, the other is our first real live concert since corona. Also in September will be the release of the book Cancelled, by Anoek. This is a book with beautiful pictures of several Dutch artists during corona and we are very proud to be one of them. It will be available in the bookshops later this month. We would be glad to meet you at our next concerts, online or live in Kofa Vlaardingen.

By the way, for our Dutch friends: did you already hear this interview (in Dutch) with our singer Petra? It was recorded in August by Wat Nou Als Het Lukt. The interview starts in the second part of the podcast (but the first part is interesting too!).

Underneath you find the KMS playlist where we’re included in:

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In the studio

During this week we are recording, arranging and mixing new songs for our next EP and album. We started last Tuesday, this is our fifth studio day. Finally that’s possible again, since we all received both vaccinations. For pictures of the process, go to our Insta, facebook or Twitter account. We also shoot a ‘making of’ video, for after the release.

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Interview with podcast ‘Wat nou als het lukt’

Today the interview with our singer Petra came online in the podcast ‘Wat nou als het lukt.’ The interview is in Dutch and is quite entertaining. Scroll to the second part of the show to listen to the interview, or listen to the first part too, that’s an interview with our colleague musician and singer-songwriter Joep Knols. And of course you’ll hear two of our songs in this podcast as well.

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New single, concerts, book and studio work

Our new single ‘Beyond the Tides’ is now also released on Amazon and Deezer. And it will be soon on Apple Music too. It is released on Spotify on the 2nd of July. You can find the lyrics plus the live version (which is quite different from the studio version) here. One suggestion for Spotify users: if you put your Canvas on in your app, you’ll see our little Canvas movie while you listen to the song.

We also booked a few new concerts, you can find them on the homepage of this site, and also here. In September and October we will give a few live concerts, real live concerts, with a live audience again, which is great after all the lockdowns! One of them will be in KOFA. And we’ll also give a new livestream concert in September. We decided to go on with the livestream concerts anyway, aside the live concerts in Holland. It gives our fans and friends abroad the chance to see us live.

During the summer we enter the studio again to record, mix and master the songs for our next EP, which is expected in the autumn, and for our next album, to be released in the first half of 2022. We already recorded several songs, but they still need a thorough mixing and mastering.

And in September the beautiful book Cancelled by Anoek will be published by publishing company ‘Uitgeverij Komma.’ It will be available in the Dutch bookshops and online from September. We and many other artists posed for this book. A few of the artists who are included in the book are Trijntje Oosterhuis, Francis van Broekhuizen, Michael Varekamp, Martine Sandifort, Karin Bloemen, Tim Akkerman, Freek de Jonge, Paul de Leeuw, Simone Kleinsma, Pia Douwes and several other artists. And, of course, Chabliz.

Photo by Anoek van Nunen

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The single is out now!

Our new single ‘beyond the Tides’ is just released on Spotify. You can read the lyrics here, we are kind of proud of them. It’s a poetic duet (yes, a duet! With Pim, our pianist!) about hope and fear, a pop-rockballad that we wrote and recorded during the corona lockdowns. It’s a song about the sea, the sea that gives and takes, but this sea is also a metaphor for all kinds of challenges that people can experience during their lives. One of them is this corona pandemic, but also other, more personal crises.

During the next days the song will appear on many other music platforms, like Apple Music too. This is the hyperfollow link. The single recording is quite different than the live version. It’s a male-female duet. And we chose a poprock ballad approach, with drums and a seventies- Minimoog synthesizer solo in the middle of the song. We also added two beautiful (real!) violintracks in the song. Enjoy, and give us a green heart if you like the track on Spotify:

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Livestream concert AND single release!

Yesterday evening we gave another livestream concert again. Usually 80 to 90% of the songs played are written by ourselves, but this time this was the case for 100%, for the first time in our livestream sessions. You can still watch the concert here:

Next Friday, on the 2nd of July we release our brand new upcoming single ‘Beyond the Tides!’

You can already presave this single here, (it’s free and it takes no more than literally 2 seconds of your time) on you Spotify or Apple Music app. The more people who do this, the more exposure the single will get. And then you’re one of the first people who’ll hear it! Thank you very much in advance for it!

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