Anneke van Giersbergen has unveiled the first single off of her upcoming solo album “The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest”. Listen to “My Promise” and watch the video below.
“My Promise” is featured on Anneke’s upcoming solo album “The Darkest Skies Are The Brightest” that was born from struggles she had to face in personal and musical life. “The title refers to the idea that, when facing personal challenges, we are forced to find answers to life’s biggest questions,” explains Anneke. “A while ago, my belief in VUUR saw me spend all my savings on recording our debut album, and taking the band on the road. After completing our first touring cycle, I realized that more VUUR would mean yet more, huge financial risks. To make matters worse, my long-lasting marriage unexpectedly saw a storm approaching. I instantly knew I needed to write music about fixing my life,” she comments.
The album was written in a small house near the woods outside Eindhoven, with acoustic guitar and basic recording gear. Says Anneke: “I let go of the pressures of what VUUR’s future might be, and also devoted time to try and save my marriage. In that little cabin, I fell into the meditative process of writing a solo album. Throughout the completion of the album, my acoustic song-stories were fused together with an alchemy of panoramic strings, horns, and percussion.”
“I wrote ‘My Promise’ when I imagined what life after divorce would really entail. The lyrics deal with a determination to fight for love,” comments the Dutch vocalist and songwriter. “We shot the video in Radio Royaal, one of my favourite restaurants in my hometown Eindhoven and it shows a few defining moments in a relationship, represented by different couples.”