Music obviously has a fluidity to it, a quality that means that the same piece can evoke a different set of reactions in different people depending on their own experiences and world outlook. Similarly lyrics can be used just as deftly to have more than one meaning, possibly even as many meanings as there are listeners, each able to unravel their depth, subtleties and analogous nature in a different way. These are themes which are cleverly threaded through De Ver’s second single from the enigmatically titled Surface Tension (A Tincture for Integrating Shadow) album.
On one level The Climb is about just that and recalls a visit to Peru’s Machu Picchu and a long, challenging and meditative journey to its summit. This in turn gave De Ver the time and space to begin to explore some difficult aspects of his life, the death of his father and fall to and rise out of alcoholism by his mother. Everyone has a climb to make, obstacles to overcome and problems to process and choosing to do them creatively is both brave, connective and rewarding.
Musically he fuses jaunty jazz with shimmering pop, the beat reflecting the trudge of the boots up the hill, and the more metaphorical journey through difficult terrain; the vocals are intimate and at times backed by sumptuous harmonies before descending into musical chaos and confusion.