Writersday’s continuous ambition to innovate their music has resulted in album number three with the mysterious title #PIP. With a third album in three years, the band with singer & performer Sjoerd Hoogma shows its staying power. “#PIP has a totally different approach than previous work. Starting with beats and loops, creating lyrics and stories, which give the songs more space, more groove ” according to the frontman. The new single Happy Accident is clearly an example of this approach, a song with a continuous bass line and a nice summer vibe. The fact that Hoogma has a writer’s talent was evident on Picking Flowers on the Moon, Writersday’s debut album. On #PIP his lyrics have more depth as they describe the soul of the present time. Happy Accident is no exception to this and creates an image of a community of “us and them” and “that’s how we do it here”. Apparently a heavy topic, though Writersday manages to make this sound like a delightful summer sing-along, a mix of David Byrne’s Talking Heads, Beck and The War on Drugs.
Whereas Writersday’s debut album “Picking Flowers on the Moon”, was still packed with unprecedented “singer songwriter” songs, a crossover between the narrative style of Americana, Country and The Pop from Liverpool, Writersday’s second album “Desert Songs” sound much more as a band and that’s no coincidence. The songs are mostly recorded live and the electric guitar has a more prominent role. The album sounds like its title. Each song could be a soundtrack of an old western or Tarantino movie. 12 songs complementing each other perfectly, from soft and melodic to solid rock. The song ‘Where Do We Go When This Planet’s Full’ is a good example; A colorful calm start, ending with a rocky atmospheric guitar solo comparable to those by U2. Lead singer and songwriter Sjoerd Hoogma lyrics are full of metaphors. Nevertheless, he shares his innermost feelings in a very direct way.”Writing is such a beautiful gift,” he says. “It is such an adventure to combine words and sounds. There’s so much to tell. Music can make one bear the severest of pains.” says Hoogma.
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