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      May 28, 2019

      Tuesday   9:00 PM

      830 E Burnside Street
      Portland, Oregon 97214

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      VanDordrechts latest pair of singles were written to reflect inward and outward journeys. Theyre hook-laden but immersive compositions that brim with transporting narratives, bold ambient textures, and imaginative arrangements that take the listener well beyond the pop-rock verse, chorus, and bridge destinations.People often listen to music to escape into another world and connect. When writing these songs, I kept asking myself What is the story I want to tell people? I wanted to take people on the journeys inherent in each song, VanDordrecht shares.The singles Back To Life and Shine On are the Portland-based musicians latest offerings after the straight-ahead melodic pop-rock of his debut, Beast of Love. These tracks trade in the hard luck linear songcraft of VanDordrechts earlier releases for sleekly adventurous pop inspired by Daft Punk, and even Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, and Lady Gaga. Previously, VanDordrecht was a member of the indie rock bands Sidestar and Castella, the latter of which has the distinction of being produced by iconic producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, Counting Crows).Like his last album, VanDordrechts latest singles were produced by Rian Lewis (Priory, Crosstide, Ravishers). This time around, however, VanDordrecht took Lewis by surprise by moving well beyond the Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen vibe of his last album. I dont think he was expecting that I had been listening to Frank Ocean and Daft Punk obsessively since we last worked together, VanDordrecht says wryly.Though these songs can be distilled down to piano and voice and still pack an emotional punch, they have more ambitious layers, arrangements, and their lyrical aspirations are more abstractly emotive. The last record I released put a cap on relationship and heartbreak experiences in songs. For these singles, I felt that creating more space and time in the accompanying music, would allow more reflection on the lyrics. As a principal, we aimed for every new character, place, or thought stream introduced in the lyrics, to have a musical scene change, VanDordrecht says.Back To Life is both intimate and grand, boasting an intriguing organic and synthetic approach. If you can imagine it stripped bare, you could envision the song as a stately mid-tempo piano tune that could fit on an Elton John album. Yet, otherworldly textures like vocoder and synth-y ambience point more toward Daft Punks Random Access Memories album. The song is a travelogue, and each passage represents a portion of the journey. The first verse is elegantly spare and reflective of an intangible connection. This is followed by a R&B feel to mirror a trip to Barcelona where VanDordrecht met an enchanting woman. The veiled person of interest in VanDordrechts encounter appears on the track speaking in Spanish about their connection to further heighten the mystique of the pairs bond.These are milestone singles that are artistic successes on the back of previous commercial frustrations. I remember after I worked with Joe Chiccarelli and things settled back to normal life, he said You should absolutely keep writing. You write songs with a classic sound, and thats rare, VanDordrecht recalls. That moment was validating and has stuck with me. It has helped me to keep going.

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