Amenra present video for their Townes Van Zandt cover „Kathleen“


The new video for „Kathleen“ is out now! It’s the first single by Amenra of the upcoming album „Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III“ featuring Amenra, Cave In and Marissa Nadler, which will be released on April 22nd. „Kathleen“ will officially drop tomorrow.

With „Kathleen“ the Belgian post/sludge metal collective Amenra give a first teaser of the upcoming album „Songs Of Townes Van Zandt Vol. III“. On the album Amenra will cover a total of 3 tracks by Townes Van Zandt.

While the original song is decorated with country-esque strings expressing something between longing and lament, Amenra have created a version where the strings are much more reminiscent of the atmosphere at a funeral, the Van Zandt-typical fingerpicking is being more emphasized and singer Colin H. van Eeckhout intones the lyrics with a bright voice on the fine line between hope and despair.

Amenra reduce their familiar sludge metal sound to vocals and acoustic guitar in the three songs selected to pay tribute to the tortured soul at the center of Van Zandt’s work.

„The sadness and despair in his songs are unparalleled,“ says guitarist Lennart Bossu. „We recorded the songs with Gilles Demolder, in his little studio, where he added keys and atmospheres to „Kathleen“ Bossu continues. „After working a little bit on tempos and composition, we surrendered to the songs, and tried to get as close to Townes‘ original intention as we could.“

Check out the video to „Kathleen“ here: