Cape Town – Francois van Coke released his self-titled debut solo album and the music video for Toe Vind Ek Jou featuring Karen Zoid last Wednesday, 8 April, and the response has been beyond phenomenal.
Since the launch, Francois’ album and single, Toe Vind Ek Jou, simultaneously jumped to number 1 positions on the SA iTunes Store.
According to Rob Vember from the Kia Top40 SA with iTunes show on Saturdays on 947 and KFM, Francois’ single is the first South African release to hit the No 1 spot this year and the first Afrikaans No 1. This show is based solely on the live Top 40 songs chart on the South Africa iTunes Store.
Watch Francois and Karen’s video here:
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Check out the album track list and Francois’ own song descriptions: Every song on this album is individually unique, but there runs a golden thread through the album that is exceptionally Francois van Coke. Francois teamed-up with old and new friends to bring this album to life. They are Jedd Kossew, Karen Zoid, Laudo Liebenberg, Hunter Kennedy and Arno Carstens. Behoort aan niemand nieThe opening track kicks off with spooky vocals and distorted bass guitar. The verse moves in rhythm to rock ‘n roll of the 80s. The chorus ‘Staan terug vir niemand nie, behoort aan niemand nie’ (‘Stand back for no one, belong to no one’) is a mission statement for the future exposed with straightforward acoustic guitar and piano. Jedd Kossew plays a fantastic melodic solo, underscored with industrial and electronic sounds close to the end. Moontlik NooitDark electronic rock accompanied by an unforgettable guitar line and basic beat. Jedd’s falsetto backing vocals gives the song a pop feel for this dark and cynical lamentation. Die SkipLaudo Liebenberg boards the ship for this three-minute-thirty-second sail on the ocean. Francois, Laudo and Jedd’s harmonic vocals accompanied by soulful rhythm and guitar tones is reminiscent of an island holiday. Cheerful music positioned against dark lyrics. ‘Ek is hierdie skip wat sink. Anker onderkant.’ (‘I’m this ship that sinks. Anchor at the bottom.’) Hulle SêIt’s a dark, optimistic mission statement about getting older, accompanied with a strong pop sound. The bridge moves to a fantasy world with beautiful guitar strumming, but returns with the chorus - ‘Ek voel ‘n fok wat die mense sê.’ (‘I feel a fuck about what people say.’) Waar daar ‘n wil is…It’s the heaviest song on the album. A technical distorted bass intro that leads to a primitive drum rhythm, coloured-in by atmospheric guitar sounds. A sudden break changes the pace to hard rock and metal, momentarily reminiscent of Van Coke Kartel. A sweeping chorus with a massive drum invasion by Sheldon Yoko drives the point home - ‘Waar daar ‘n wil is, is daar ‘n weg’ (‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’). Don’t miss the end of the song. By die HuisThe longest track on the album starts with a shuffle beat and beautiful guitar work, violin sounds and a driving bass. Francois whispers his discontent about how bad it feels to lay awake in South Africa. A massive twist leads to a loud and heavy ending. SkreeThings take a lighter turn on this folk rock number. Acoustic guitars weaved with tight and hooky guitar lines drive this melancholic party folk song. Ek Weet NieArno Carstens sings in his best Afrikaans on this song since Sprinbok Nude Girls’ Pappa, ek wil ‘n poster word. A soft piece builds up to an immense chorus with Francois and Arno’s floating vocals. Another ode to uncertainty. ‘Ek raak ouer, maar die opslossing kom nog nie.’ (‘I’m getting older, but I still don’t have the answers.’) Waarheid, Weg en LeweA hurried rock song reminiscent of the 70s. Harmonic singing underlined with pulsing guitar rhythms. Jedd performs one of the biggest solos on the album. NeonligDie Heuwels Fantasties contributes to this grunge pop somber number. Things also get a bit funky (for the first and only time) here. Hunter Kennedy and Pierre Greeff lend their vocals to this song. Toe vind ek jouA country-ish ballad with Karen Zoid. The most beautiful song on the album. Maanskyn & RoseJohnny de Ridder’s piano encircles atmospheric sounds and light rhythms. Moonshine and roses from here on out. Buy Francois van Coke’s album on iTunes here.
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