NEW – KNOT
Its 11 songs originated from three long sessions that produced some 20 hours of improvisation and text fragments. But whereas the band’s previous album ‘angst’ was largely inspired by conversations between lyricist Henk Hofstede and his mother, ‘Knot’ covers a much broader range of topics, including experiences from his immediate environment, mixed with observations and fantasies. A dance party in Ostend connects Marvin Gaye with Belgian painter and printmaker James Ensor (‘Dead Rat Ball’), clearing out the parental home evokes the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (‘The Concrete House’), and a character from a thriller inhabits the text of ‘Music Box With Ballerina’.
For 45 years, NITS has been the Netherlands’ most elusive band with a truly awe-inspiring oeuvre. They are still on the road giving concerts full of dynamics, humour and virtuosity, infused with a deep European melancholy and performed with stylish versatility. Their next tour begins in mid-November and full details can be found at www.nits.nl. ‘Knot’ will be available on CD, vinyl and streaming.