TUNE van houten - Better Than This
Van Houten’s latest single Better Than This is a pure slice of dream-pop. Climbing guitar lines chime beautifully against shimmering synth notes, creating a bright + hopeful backdrop, against which singer Louis Sadler’s introspective lyrics create a mood of reflection in the face of uncertainty, disillusionment + anxieties around what the future may hold.
Speaking of Better Than This, Louis explains “The song is about searching and working for a better life, and is hopeful in this respect. The song addresses how easy it can be for life to pass you by, especially when you're always focusing on the next step, or bigger picture. I believe this to be a relatable and universal idea, as most people have the intention to seek something better, and change their life for the better”
Van Houten were selected for this release by a panel of judges including BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart & Adele Slater (agent to Liam Gallagher and Dream Wife). Also involved in the selection of the release is BBC Introducing’s Emily Pilbeam who hosts the BBC Introducing In West Yorkshire show. Emily has hosted shows on BBC 6Music + said of Van Houten “I feel honoured to have been asked to be involved in curating this Come Play With Me single release. I've been a big fan of Come Play With Me since it launched in Leeds. I adore Van Houten, they're one of my favourite new acts to come out of Leeds, and one of my favourite bands to see live too”
After recording their self-titled debut record with Martin Smith whose credits include Gomez, Bombay Bicycle Club + Richard Hawley, the band descended upon singer Louis' bedroom, helping produce the intimate sound + feeling the track has. Louis explained the reason behind the decision to self-produce this track, “We wanted to allow our creativity to come across on all fronts. By using limited gear and recording to 8-track analogue tape, the whole point was to introduce limitations to hold us back from over-editing the track. We tried to keep as much of the raw performance and feel on the final track by not over-editing or over-mixing”
Van Houten are Louis Sadler (guitars and vocals), Jake Ribton (guitars and vocals), Henry Beaumont (bass), Jake Wrigglesworth (keys) and Niall Summerton (drums). They released their debut album on Clue Records in 2019, were named as Ones To Watch In 2020 by BBC Introducing Music + in March this year released a handful of handmade cassette tape demos which sold out on the day of release.
‘Better Than This’ by Van Houten is released on 7” vinyl via Leeds based record label Come Play With Me on the 29th May 2020. Limited signed copies of the vinyl can be ordered from http://cpwm.awesomedistro.com/.