Die Heuwels Fantasties are back with a new album.
The Afrikaans alternative rock band have released their latest offering, 2021, and will be celebrating on 30 May with a virtual launch party.
Consisting of 15 tracks, the group collaborated with a number of artists on the new album, including Tarryn Lamb, Francois van Coke and Arno Carstens.
About the upcoming release, the band's Pierre Greeff said: "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. We're excited that everyone will be able to join in from all around the world! It's going to be a treat!"
For Fred den Hartog, 2021 gives off a "be yourself kinda vibe".
"With tracks like Min Worries and Ons Moet Leef we tried to string the past, future and present together to arrive at an overall feeling of self-awareness underpinned by a strong sense of humanity and empathy," he said.
Fred adds that the collaborations made the album even more special. "We love the strong focus on collabs and collaboration throughout the creative process - from composition, through to production and performances. What sets this album apart is that it was completed in the time of COVID-19 isolation; this was the home stretch in which everything had to come together. We felt a heightened sense of longing for human contact and togetherness and this makes these collabs even more special. The title, 2021 is also a projection of hope that things will be better again next year."
Tickets for the launch can be purchased online and comes with a free digital copy of the album.
Compiled by Nikita Coetzee