Van Dordrecht was a member of the indie rock bands Sidestar and Castella, the latter of which has the distinction of being produced by iconic producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, Counting Crows).
Van Dordrecht’s latest pair of singles were produced by Rian Lewis (Priory, Crosstide, Ravishers). Van Dordrecht took Lewis by surprise by moving well beyond the Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen vibe of his last album.
Though these songs can be distilled down to piano and voice and still pack an emotional punch, they have more ambitious layers, arrangements, and their lyrical aspirations are more abstractly emotive. “The last record I released put a cap on relationship and heartbreak experiences in songs. For these singles, I felt that creating more space and time in the accompanying music, would allow more reflection on the lyrics. As a principal, we aimed for every new character, place, or thought stream introduced in the lyrics, to have a musical scene change,” Van Dordrecht says.