The Black Atlantic

It all started when Dutchman Geert van der Velde, then a philosophy student and singer of American hardcore band Shai Hulud, recorded a song for his girlfriend in 2006. The musical declaration of love turned into atmospheric folk project The Black Atlantic, the girlfriend later became not only Geert‘s wife but also an occasional band member.

Geert and the other members of The Black Atlantic – Kim Janssen, Matthijs Herder and Simon van der Heide – now focus on folky tunes in the style of Bon Iver instead of metalcore. The lyrics mainly deal with love, but also loss and grief, usually wrapped in natural imagery. Despite this, the mostly melancholic emotions of their songs are conveyed musically rather than lyrically, often using falsetto singing and strong downbeat melodies.

The Black Atlantic‘s debut album “Reverence for Fallen Trees” has been available for free dowloading since its publication in 2009, reflecting the band‘s hippie attitude. The follow-up is already in progress, even though The Black Atlantic prefer standing on stage rather than in the studio.

We met te band at NBI Club, which is part of the Kulturbrauerei complex in Prenzlauer Berg, an old brewery with six courtyards built in 1878. Apart from parties NBI Club hosts some of the most intimate concerts you can find in Berlin.

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