Review: Uitgezonderd – Stervend Stil Leven

Label: Webbed Hand
Catalog No: wh178

A simple piano can play beautifully amongst a dark backdrop. It can pierce through ominous drones and soothe your heart’s anguish. It provides an escape, an emergency exit out the back where you can leave the terrors of today’s world behind and find something much more expedient. Hope may seem superfluous these days but those of us who know better still cling to that raft in this tumultuous sea, waiting to see what lies beyond the next tidal wave.

Belgium’s Uitgezonderd has presented us with nine tracks of sublime melancholia meant to inspire each of us to find happiness. The title Stervend Stil Leven is Dutch for Die Quiet Life. As creatures of nature, we are more than just entities of built up carbon suffering from a series of chance events. Our purpose of existing is to make the world a wonderful haven for our chromosomal brothers and sisters. We were not put on this planet to own vast quantities of land or money. The concept of ownership does not exist in our hearts. Everything laid before us on this sphere of cooling rock is here for all to enjoy.

In order to make seismic changes in our current backwards societies, we need to lead more exciting lives. We must do more astonishing things so that we all can thrive and reap the benefits that nature has given to us. There is too much overindulgence by a select few and it is costing a hefty price. The modern thought of privilege is very skewed. Everyone alive today has been privileged with a chance to live. We need to utilize those privileges and live our lives to their fullest possible extent. Only then will our souls be satisfied.

Simple piano compositions are layered with basic rhythms. The mantra of less is more is fully demonstrated here. Uitgezonderd created a portal for our minds to regroup in order to understand why we suffer and how we can turn our quiet lives around and make the world smile with exalted delight.

Standout track: Rugosa
Rating: 5 stars

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  1. Jeffrey

     /  06/04/2011

    Thanks a lot for the review, I really enjoyed reading it! It made me smile.


    J. (Uitgezonderd)

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