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Uncle Wellington

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In schemerzones is waar magie gebeurt. Vaagweg geslingerd tussen bezwerende pop en jazz met een hiphopvibe, creëert Uncle Wellington een universum waarin hoekige drums zweterig paren met melancholische folktronica. Tussen akoestische schoonheid en analoog experiment. Tussen rauwe poëzie en lieflijke waan.

Voor Record Store Day 2015 bracht Uncle Wellington de gelimiteerde EP When it takes a lot of time uit met producer Jasper Maekelberg. Dit leverde finaleplaatsen op Jonge Wolven, Verse Vis en Westtalent. Na grondig sleutelen aan bezetting en geluid, loste de band in 2016 de single The Catcher, geproducet door Filip Tanghe (Balthazar, Soldier’s Heart).

In augustus 2016 zette Uncle Wellington met Filip Tanghe de krijtlijnen uit voor een persoonlijke plaat waarin de muzikanten de grenzen van hun instrument verkennen en vooral schaamteloos overschrijden. Uncle Wellingtonbezieler Jonas Bruyneel trok met die preproducties onder de arm de Canadese wildernis in, en kwam terug met wat The faster I waltz, the better I jive zou worden. Na intensieve opnameweken in North Garden Studio stak Uncle Wellington in mei 2017 samen met Tanghe de plas over om de plaat af te werken met John Davis (Nick Cave, Gorillaz) in Metropolis Studios (Londen).

Uncle Wellington is Frie Mechele, Esther Coorevits, Sven Sabbe, Renaud Debruyne en Jonas Bruyneel.

The twilight zones, that is where the magic occurs. Swung between jazz, hip-hop and narrative folk, Uncle Wellington creates a universe in which hybrid drums are seductively intertwining with melancholic folktronica. Between acoustic pop and analogue experiment. Between raw poetry and sweet delusion.

In 2015 Uncle Wellington recorded the EP ‘When It Takes A Lot Of Time’ with producer Jasper Maekelberg. The same year they got into the finals of Jonge Wolven, Verse Vis and Westtalent. In 2016 the band released the single ‘The Catcher’, produced by Filip Tanghe (Balthazar).


Jonas Bruyneel (Boonyi)

Frie Mechele (Frie Maline)

Esther Coorevits (I Will, I Swear)

Sven Sabbe (Modern Art)

Renaud Debruyne (Shore Shot)


A crackling fire, some hot chocolate, a blanket. And this song, which is perfect for the radio. (Studio Brussel)

The lead singer captivated the audience with her voice. With a sound that reminds you of Portishead, this was bound to happen. The band created a solid sound without using an electric guitar.  (Jury Westtalent)

Songwriter Bruyneel knows how to write a song. ‘Lord, I fear eternity’ is a wonderful, simple game of cat and mouse between male and female voices. On the other hand, ‘It’s a pleasure’ offers you a richer sound that creates a gripping and enigmatic atmosphere. (Indiestyle)

No wonder that opening song “I will handle it for now” turned heads at De Nieuwe Lichting . The other songs are just as engrossing, especially ‘Lord I fear eternity’. (RifRaf)

The poetic, puzzling lyrics of Bruyneel involve naked bears, travelling circuses and emerald protagonists. Each song creates an impressionistic tale in which the voices represent different characters. Sometimes Bruyneel incorporates Magic Realism in his texts. (da Music)

Uncle Wellington’s Wives was the only band that made silence into an instrument. The audience at Het Entrepot had emptied their beers and stood in awe. They just fell silent. (Radio Quindo)

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