Hans Roofhooft is a Belgian lead vocalist and guitar player widely known for his work at F.O.D. I previously wrote an article about their exceptional full-length named Sleepville, which unquestionably deserves your uttermost attention. This time, I would like to focus more on his solo outlet, which explores more mellow-sounding indie waters. Skeletons is his debut solo recording that examines meaningful thematics, gently arpeggiated melodies, and nearly atmospheric harmonies. Previously, Hans released a couple of split recordings with artists such as Matteo Caldari and Red Cloud. It seems that Hans goes even further in his acoustic explorations with the abovementioned solo debut album, so I would like to talk a little bit more about this particular record.
Skeletons carries fifteen exceptional indie compositions with a nearly cathartic symphonic ambiance. Hans Roofhooft explores genres like indie folk, indie rock, indie pop, country, Americana, bluegrass, and probably a lot more throughout the entire album. However, this highly experienced artist leaves the impression that he heavily involves melodic punk rock music in his compositions. The abovementioned genres are vividly hearable in his songs, but Hans is devoted to punk rock fundamentals from scratch to finish. Nevertheless, these numbers are entirely performed on acoustic guitars with the immense support of instruments like flute, violin, and drums. These instruments embrace the epic, symphonic, cathartic ambiance of Roofhooft’s terrific musicianship and vocals.
You may also hear the strong presence of nearly psychedelic seventies rock music. It seems that Hans drew inspiration from so many genres during the songwriting and composting process, so he decided to include all of them on Skeletons. There is some neo-classical guitar acrobatics in particular songs, accompanied by his tremendous lead vocals and singalongs. Perhaps Skeletons showcases epic and symphonic side, but Hans Roothooft included delicate musicianship to pair the soothing ambiance. Everything about this specific record seems intelligent, reasonable, logical, ear-appealing, well-combined, and there’s not even the slightest bit of doubt in my mind that you’ll enjoy this record.
Skeletons comes housed in a gatefold cover with unique hand-drawn artwork. The gatefold reveals the classic black vinyl that gives such a nice contrast to the light grayish cover art. Head over to
Bearded Punk Records for more detailed info about ordering this indie gem.