On the coast where indie/folk and americana meet, somewhere in the love area between Ben Howard, Wilco and Kurt Vile, Aidan & the Wild can be found – the alias under which musical jack-of-all-trades Diederik van den Brandt brings forth a fresh sound in the Dutch folk/americana scene. Born with the guitar in his lap and armed with a bag full of licks and tricks he procures a timeless sound which makes you wonder how it would have sounded if the heydays of the Laurel Canyon had taken place 50 years later.
With over a million Spotify streams and hundreds of shows behind him the 28-year old songwriter is well on his way to become a household name. The self-produced debut album “Revelation Never Came” was awarded with high praise and paved the way for a promising sequel. What to expect? A mix of enchanting atmospheres, rousing rhythms and bewildering melodies, often backed up by his seasoned band, delivered with an honest voice and great dedication to the art of songwriting.
Live at the Effenaar by Lotte Schrander
"Yeahhh! This is so good."
Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)
"...I believe he was born with the guitar on his lap, because that man plays so brilliantly."(transl.)
Leo Blokhuis, Radio 2
"Brilliant guitar player this guy!"
John Smith (songwriter, guitarist for Lisa Hannigan, Lianne La Havas, Joan Baez a.o.)
"And then he does it again. This guitar lick that gets stuck in your head like a hypnotic thing.... I thought it sounded amazing.”(transl.)
Giel Beelen, Radio 2
"With 10 songs Aidan & the Wild makes the world a little bit better, especially because of the convincing positivity the songs convey. A record that conquers your heart from the first second onwards en from which the love and attention to the creating process seep through to the listener"
"The record has a full sound, but is never over-produced. The songs on the cutting edge of country, folk(rock) and indie procure images of the America that every fan of roots music dreams of.”(transl.)
"What It Ain’t, a song from Eindhoven-based Aidan & the Wild’s debut album Revelation Never Came, is undoubtedly among the most beautiful ones that appeared in the Dutch Americana scene this year.”(transl.)
“Sometimes it’s hard to believe that certain music comes from the Netherlands. In such cases it sounds so authentically American that we find it difficult to believe the artists comes from Eindhoven, for example. The same counts for Revelation Never Came, the first full-length album (after previous EP’s Homegrown and Iliad) by Aidan & the Wild, the band surrounding Diederik van den Brandt, consisting of atmospheric americana and soulful country-rock.”(transl.)