Van Der Aven put visuals to their nostalgia-soaked tribute to home in their video for “Heimwee”

When Afrikaans indie-rock trio Van Der Aven won Band Or Bust back in March 2020 they were fresh-faced and fizzing with impressive emotionality – something which struck a chord in the judges, who selected them as winners with a unanimous vote. 

Two years down the line and, in spite of the knock the industry has taken, they haven’t faltered once. Their debut EP is due to hit the airwaves this Friday, and in keeping with their innate emotionality their latest single “Heimwee” just got an equally moving visual treatment by Hugo Brand. 

The track itself, whose lyrics are actually lifted from a poem by Afrikaans author and poet JRL van Bruggen, keeps things nostalgic and energy-fuelled in equal measure. Waxing lyrical on the wonders of their home country throughout, the video taps into just that – seeing the boys take to the road in a 1978 Jaguar XJ6 nicknamed “Layla”. Bursts of energy punctuate the latter half of the track, while the video echoes the energy against the backdrop of the Cape mountains. 

Catch Van Der Aven live at the Daisy Jones Bar in Stellenbosch on the 7th October – and keep those eyes peeled for the album drop this Friday. It’s going to be a goodie.

Feature pic supplied by artist