With the summer months coming to an end and signs of fall filling the air, I have recently found myself slowly putting away my favourite summer cds and reaching for the sounds that typically define my fall and winter seasons. While artists such as Matt Pond PA and Gregory Alan Isakov will always be at the top of my cold-air playlist, some different artists have started to interest me as potential new additions to my collection. Twenty-four year old Bram Vanparys from Belgium is one of these new artists. Better known by his stage name The Bony King of Nowhere, Vanparys combines beautiful vocals with guitar melodies to achieve an indie-type sound said to be inspired by the Brazilian Tropicalia Movement of the 1960s (in which artists responded in opposition to the new military government in Brazil by composing poetry and avant-garde music).
The Bony King of Nowhere’s debut album “Alas My Love” was released in 2009 and received endless praise from critics and fellow artists alike (including Devendra Banhart who went so far as to write a personal letter to Vanparys in which she applauded his work). Vanparys’ second album “Eleanore” was released last year to similar success, and while many songs from both albums are worth a listen, the track “The Sunset” from “Alas My Love” is my favourite.
The Bony King of Nowhere – The Sunset
THE BONUS TRACK: In 2011, The Bony King of Nowhere provided the soundtrack for a french film titled “Les Geants.” With six tracks composed entirely by Vanparys himself, the soundtrack is beautiful. Listen to one of the tracks titled “Across the River” below.