Whenever an artist drops a new album, they run the risk of either playing it too safe and reproducing their previous record 2.0, or they try something so new and far-out that they alienate once-loyal fans.
Die Heuwels Fantasties have found that sweet middle ground with their latest album, 2021, and it’s more a celebration of their 13-year legacy than it is them venturing into uncharted territory.
“The new album, 2021, features some of the energy of our debut album, but also has a little Wilder as die Wildtuin here and there. I don’t think we tried to reinvent the wheel at all, but we did try to take what we had done before and to refine and simplify it. The artists we worked with really gave their all. What I can say is that it is basically impossible to choose a favourite track from this album — every song shaped exactly like we wanted it, and we cannot wait to share it with everyone,” frontman Pierre Greef told me.
The new album consists of 15 new tracks that were recorded at Sunset Recording Studios in Stellenbosch, and DHF are throwing an online launch party on 30 May where they’re pulling all the stops. “We’re very excited to launch an album with a full-on live, online show for the first time. We’ll be sending our album to you over the ether of the internet with visuals, lighting, the full band and it will come to you 100% live in the comfort of your home. It’s going to be a treat!” Greef exclaims.
In September 2019, they broke their two-year silence with their release for “Jy Stel My Teleur”, one of the 15 tracks on 2021, and while I felt that didn’t disappoint, I thought they played it almost too safe. But it all comes together in 2021, and you’re time-traveling back to their earlier sound, a comfortable, safe space.