ANDREA VON KAMPEN TO RELEASE THAT SPELL AUGUST 6 VIA FANTASY RECORDS
Toronto, ON - June 11, 2021 - Today Nebraska-based singer-songwriter, Andrea von Kampen, has announced the release of her new album, That Spell, due August 6, 2021 (Fantasy Records). To mark the occasion, she has shared the album’s gorgeous first single and video, Water Flowing Downward. Fans can pre-order That Spell today here.
Andrea von Kampen on Water Flowing Downward:
“The way I approached the writing of this song was different than usual. I wrote the lyrics one afternoon to an old hymn tune called Beach Spring. I had just watched the film Parasite and was feeling restless to create and get my thoughts out and these tumbled out but I knew the hymn tune never really worked. I filed it all away and four months later my brother David and I thought about co-writing the last song on the record and I remembered these lyrics. I sent them over and by early July we had our song. I love the moodiness of the piano and strings and the sound of a perpetual movement.”
The track’s evocative video clip was directed by noted filmmaker, Alexander Jeffrey, who also directed the indie-film, Molto Bella, in which Andrea also stars and wrote the soundtrack.
"I'm a big fan of Andrea's music, and we worked closely to make sure we were conveying visuals that were representative of the lyrics,” said Jeffrey. “Shreveport, Louisiana provided a variety of engaging backdrops, from the cypress trees at Lake Bistineau to the Downtown Riverfront under the bridge.”
The album announcement follows last month’s news of her signing to Fantasy Records and the release of two new songs that also appear on the album, Take Back Thy Gift, and Of Him I Love Both Day and Night. Andrea has also shared a series of covers via YouTube that include favorites written by Fleet Foxes and most recently, Maggie Rogers. Andrea’s singular voice is one of her most spectacular gifts, potent and clear and on full display with these covers. “She brings fresh energy to traditional folk elements with loads of quiet power,” said RIFF Magazine. Watch here.
Fresh off two shows with the Punch Brothers, Andrea and has announced a record release show in her hometown of Omaha, NE on August 14 at The Slowdown. Full tour dates will be announced soon.
Andrea von Kampen burst onto the national stage via NPR’s Tiny Desk contest - an opportunity for unsigned talent to win a spot on the famed music discovery series. Though she didn’t ultimately land the prize, she was named as one of the top ten entries, and in the process netted a whole new fanbase. Since then, she’s released EP’s, singles, a self-released debut LP and found great success with film and television placements due to her intimate and cinematic music.
The Nebraska-raised singer-songwriter is a formidable talent with her deeply felt folk-indebted sound and inquisitive, empathetic lyrics. Andrea excels at connecting the dots between personal experience and the world at large. Her journey so far has been a life immersed by music. The youngest of four children raised in a musical family, Andrea and her siblings all learned instruments as she started playing guitar at a young age. “Music was just what we did,” she remembers, and on That Spell, she continues the familial collaboration by bringing in her brother, David, to work on string arrangements and the album’s stunning production. Inspired by nature and often employing deep literary references in her work, von Kampen’s music is emotional and reflective. Entering That Spell is a walk in the woods during magic hour - a dream conjured by a supremely gifted singer-songwriter, one of the year’s most exciting new arrivals.
That Spell Tracklisting:
1. Of Him I Love Both Day and Night
2. Take Back Thy Gift
3. That Spell
5. The Wait
6. Water Flowing Downward
8. Don’t Talk
9. Wedding Song