lo-fi, pop, alternative

years active//


associated acts//

Gudinöv, The Swinckle Brothers





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An elegant and mysterious mix of electronics and smooth pop, modest and groovy at the same time ... is the best description for the musical project of Bart Bekker and Jan Vanwinckel. These guys are best known as key figures of the rock band Gudinöv, but in between they are working on tracks for their studio project The river curls around the town.

In 2008 their debut CD "more than a break" was released on the label ‘at night recordings’ by DJ / producer Jan Vervloet. The CD gained a lot of positive reviews and airplay.

After that it became a little bit quiet around the project. Bart & Jan focused on their rock band Gudinöv and families. Although regularly new songs were written (enough for a few new albums). Now it’s time to release the first one. On the 29th of february the digital album ‘nightshadows’ will be released by the record label 3300 RPM RECORDS. The album contains 12 songs. The track YODO is the most recent. Bart & Jan like to dedicate this song to Guy Puyneers and Pierre Debroux, two musical friends who left us too soon.

The CD was recorded at the band members home studio’s and mastered by Pieter de Wagter (Equus). The beautiful cover photo is taken by Sarah Torbeyns. At the same time the band also releases the EP (s)park(l)ing with ‘only’ one song that lasts almost 24 minutes. The debut album "more than a break" is also available again through the most important online stores.

The musical influences of the project haven’t hardly changed. Think of Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, Low, Hood, The Low Frequency In Stereo, At The Close Of Every Day, California Guitar Trio,... Nevertheless throughout the years The river curls around the town developed its own recognizable sound.

The river curls around the town is a studio project. This means that there will be no live touring. In the meantime, we’re already working on the next album and we promise not to wait another twelve years.