ALBUM REVIEW: 'Van Houten' by Van Houten

Words by Kieran Haigh - @hkieran99 ran99hkieran99@hkieran99

Images by Sam Joyce

Leeds based psych-pop band released their first self-titled album September 2019 and it certainly did not let me down especially coming with a yellow vinyl. The Quintet based in Leeds have a relatively small following so far supporting bands in Leeds such as Alfie Templeman, but during this pandemic, I feel its the right time to start finding out about these bands.

Title track 'Moon' is a minute charming indie tune with an uplifting start which plants a smile on your face from the start and throughout just gains charm and takes you on a journey which is clear throughout this whole record with every song having charming elements making it easy to listen to. Personally, the track that stands out most for me on this record is 'Ever Changing Light' has a wonderful feel throughout the whole song and for me sums up the whole album very well within one song, it has all elements which sums up the album with a key topic of love throughout.

Van Houten, who are signed by Leeds based record company Clue Records, were able to get this album produced by Martin Smith (Gomez, Bombay Bicycle Club, Richard Hawley) and it seems like they have been able to find the sound they are looking for. This sound has been carried on the recent demo 'Oh Mark' which is a great indicator of the future of Van Houten and the sound that we get to look forward to listening to.

For anyone who is looking for great albums from new and upcoming north bands, there is nothing else that I would recommend other than this been a non-stop play since I saw them supporting at Leeds Venue, Headrow House.

Keep a lookout for Van Houten on Facebook or Instagram for any future shows but already they’ve announced featuring at Live at Leeds and will continue to put out tracks.