California crooner Van William sings with heart and clarity. Thanks to his fisherman father, William has spent his summers on a boat in Alaska. It is out at sea where William finds himself able to reflect and make sense of his experiences and relationships on land.
Following a serious breakup and his father’s retirement, William found himself adrift without an anchor. Two pillars he held dear had dismantled. The only way to cope was to write. From these experiences came William’s debut full length album, Countries out January 19th.
“Although my time on Kodiak Island, Alaska has always been a huge part of who I am, I’ve never been able to share much of it with anyone other than my immediate family” says William. “The songs on my forthcoming album are deeply tied to my experiences on Kodiak. The fact that my life up there is ending while this project is starting feels right in every sense.”
Van’s newest effort “Cosmic Sign” encapsulates William’s experiences in a song that’s hopeful and uplifting. Even though he doesn’t “know where he’s going he knows where he’s been,” and there’s comfort in that. Just like there’s comfort in the stars and knowing there’s bigger forces as work in the universe.
“‘Cosmic Sign’ was the last song written for my debut record Countries. I wrote it after the election when I was feeling particularly dark and my initial instinct was to go hide in a cave somewhere. I challenged myself to write a song from the perspective of the country that I love and yearn for. Despite the monsters in the White House, I still have great hope for this country, and I wanted to reflect that in memories I have from traveling around, getting inspired by the people and places that actually make this country what it is.”
Last summer William released his debut self-titled solo EP. He quickly captured a rapt audience with single “Revolution,” featuring First Aid Kit which is currently topping the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart, peaking at #6.