WOLF VANWYMEERSH With His Early Years In Motion

10 June 2022

Belgian singer-songwriter WOLF VAN WYMEERSCH is a versatile musician who played/plays in several bands, but now he decided that it was time to write/record
his solo debut LP. It came out early May and is baptized THE EARLY YEARS.

Wolf: “It has become a retrospective record with songs that muse about childhood,
love or life or songs that were effectively written in my youth. In terms of sound, it is
a combination of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds.”

Turn Up The Volume named it album of the month of May: “The easy-listing construction
of his classy compositions transfers you to a place where reality fades away and makes room for melancholic memories. As I said before (several times) Wolf is a romantic at heart with a soul-stirring singer/songwriter gift (did I already mention, Father John Misty?) and a heartwarming voice. Magnific achievement.”

Last Friday it was launch night in his (and mine) hometown of Ghent, Belgium in
a cozy club for a cozy performance. I’ve seen Wolf playing countless times with
the bands he was in, but this was the first as a solo entertainer. Just like the album
this gig is one to cherish.

And just like on the album, Wolf and his two playmates created a warm, mellow atmosphere. But the tone and drive were much rockier than on record which
was received with euphoric screaming by the clap-along crowd.

The greater part of the set, of course, consisted of gems of the longplayer, supplemented with three beauties (Not To / Friendly Is Better / Queen Of Mire)
from his romantic 2021 EP Songs Of Light And Shade all served with grace, with
charm and with a big heart. Wolf is here to stay.

Picture this


Wolf is wide awake


And on synths… Stijn Vanmarsenille
And on guitar (and vocals here and there)… Roeland Vandemoortele


And on guitar (and vocals here and there)… Roeland Vandemoortele

Buy/stream here


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WOLF VANWYMEERSCH: Facebook – Instagram

All photos by Wouter De Sutter
Kinky Star Ce Soir

Album Of The Month May – WOLF VANWYMEERSCH With His Solo Debut ‘THE EARLY YEARS’

30 May 2022

Artist: WOLF VAN WYMEERSCH
Who: The maestro of Belgian post-punk
crusaders Elefant and the guitarist of former
power-pop rockers The Van Jets

Debut album: THE EARLY EARS
Released: 5 May 2022 – Buy here

Wolf: “It has become a retrospective record with songs that muse about childhood,
love or life or songs that were effectively written in my youth. In terms of sound, it is a combination of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds.”


(photo by Julian Hills)

Turn Up The Volume said: Damon Albarn was the first name that popped up in my head when The Early Years impressed my ears on first hearing. At times I thought he was a guest singer on Vanwymeersch‘s debut longplayer, with his pondering voice and his reflective songs . Check Drama I, Who Can Tell, I’m Wide Awake and you’ll find out why.

Vanwymeersh also, like Albarn, is a song architect. All lullabies, reveries, and tunes at
play here stick quickly. But with every listen you discover how rich and subtly layered the musical arrangements and feel-good orchestrations (hear that playful banjo sound on Part Of Me ) are. Then again he invites you into his sonic labyrinth where he goes left, right, and back in one and the same song (When You’re Old And Grey And Full
Of Sleep
/ Fall From Grace).

The easy-listing construction of his classy compositions transfers you to a place where reality fades away and makes room for melancholic memories. As I said before (several times) Wolf is a romantic at heart with a soul-stirring singer/songwriter gift (did I already mention, Father John Misty?) and a heartwarming voice. Magnific achievement.

Singles/clips: The Hog / On A Sunday Afternoon / Friendly Is Better

– THE HOG –

– ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (IN EVERYDAY LIFE) –

– FRIENDLY IS BETTER –

Stream/buy The Early Years here…


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WOLF VANWYMEERSCH: Facebook – Spotify

Song Architect WOLF VANWYMEERSCH Looks Back At ‘THE EARLY YEARS’ On His Magnific Debut LP

17 May 2022

Artist: WOLF VAN WYMEERSCH
Who: The maestro of Belgian post-punk
crusaders Elefant and the guitarist of former
power-pop rockers The Van Jets

Debut album: THE EARLY EARS
Released: 6 May 2022 – Buy here

Wolf: “It has become a retrospective record with songs that muse about childhood,
love or life or songs that were effectively written in my youth. In terms of sound, it is a combination of acoustic, electric and electronic sounds.”

References: The Beatles ‘Revolver’, Blonde Redhead ‘Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons’, Goldfrapp ‘Tales of Us’, Armand ‘Een Beetje Vriendelijkheid’, The Good, The Bad & The Queen ‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’, Portishead ‘Third’, Radiohead.


(photo by Julian Hills)

Turn Up The Volume: I want to add Damon Albarn (with his solo records) to the aforementioned references. At times I thought he was a guest singer on Vanwymeersch‘s debut longplayer. Check Drama I, Who Can Tell, I’m Wide Awake and you’ll find out why.

Vanwymeersh also, like Albarn, is a song architect. All lullabies, reveries, and tunes at play here please your ears instantly. But with every listen you discover how rich and subtly layered the musical arrangements and feel-good orchestrations (hear that playful banjo sound on Part Of Me ) are. Then again he invites you into his sonic labyrinth where he
goes left, right, and back in one and the same song (When You’re Old And Grey And Full
Of Sleep
/ Fall From Grace).

The easy-listing construction of his classy compositions transfers you to a place where reality fades away and makes room for melancholic memories. As I said before (several times) Wolf is a romantic at heart with a soul-stirring singer/songwriter gift (did I already mention, Father John Misty?) and a heartwarming voice. Magnific achievement.

Singles/clips: The Hog / On A Sunday Afternoon / Friendly Is Better

– THE HOG –

– ON A SUNDAY AFTERNOON (IN EVERYDAY LIFE) –

– FRIENDLY IS BETTER –

Stream/buy The Early Years here…


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WOLF VANWYMEERSCH: Facebook – Spotify

A Kraut-Singer-Song Patchwork Blanket – Crooner WOLF VANWYMEERSCH Announces Solo Debut Album And Shares Single ‘THE HOG’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

5 April 2022

Artist: WOLF VAN WYMEERSCH
Who: The maestro of Belgian post-punk
crusaders Elefant and the guitarist of former
power-pop rockers The Van Jets

Debut album: THE EARLY YEARS
Pre-order here

Wolf about the record: “It is a personal retrospective record, the album contains songs written in my youth and new songs that look back. While finishing my father died and that also colored the plate brightly. Musically it has become a kind of kraut-singer-song patchwork blanket.”

“A kraut-singer-song patchwork blanket?”. I have no clue what he means with
that. But I’m a sucker for the sound of words. Like with weird descriptions
of something/someone that just sound crazy, cool and cryptic.

Lead single THE HOG confirms what we already loved about his 2021 EP Songs Of Light And Shade. Vanwymeersh masters the art of writing smooth, instantly appealing songs
you can play any time of the day.

His crooner voice, the easy-listing construction of his compositions and its graceful orchestrations transfer you to a place where reality fades away and makes room for
sepia-colored memories. As I said before Wolf is a romantic at heart.

Here’s why…
(Stylish b/w clip directed by Anton Coene)

WOLF VANWIJMMERSH: Facebook

Ps 1: Striking album artwork
Ps 2: Trust my ears, folks, ‘The Early Years
is pop nostalgia at his emotive best.