After helping Duncan Laurence secure Eurovision victory for The Netherlands in May, the craziness of the contest is slowly wearing off for Ilse DeLange. The former Common Linnets member is now focusing on her latest solo work, and recently released the new single “Gravel & Dust”.
The song begins shrouded in a mysterious, dark atmosphere with a lone guitar strum. Ilse subsequently adds in her vocals, a harmonising voice and finally a drum beat to deepen the vibe.
Full of country charm, the track holds on to the familiar ‘Ilse sound’.
Ilse DeLange – “Gravel & Dust”
Lyrically, Ilse sings about stripping things back and returning to the organic matter of her relationship:
Back to the water, back to the sand
Back to the heart of where we began
Break it down till the truth laid bare
Till there’s no defence, there’s no walls to hide us
Till the stones that we built them of turn to gravel and dust
“Gravel & Dust” is the first single from the Dutch singer’s forthcoming new album. And what better place to record your new country album than Nashville.
In an interview with entertainment show RTL Boulevard, the “Calm After the Storm” singer explains that being an unknown artist in Nashville has it’s benefits: “I like being away from it all and placing myself in a sort of cocoon of inspiration. Being unknown, that’s fine with me”.
She may have been in a cocoon during the writing process, but with “Gravel & Dust” Ilse has certainly gone on to produce a beautiful butterfly.
The Eurovision 2014 participant goes on to explain more about the song’s meaning: “Sometimes you have to go back to where it all began: you. And you have to find yourself first, in order to find each other”.
Now that The Netherlands is hosting Eurovision 2020 following Duncan Laurence’s victory, Ilse is also hoping to play a small part in next year’s contest as well. But, not one to get carried away with things, Ilse knows there are other things that need to be sorted first: “They are still very busy finding the perfect hosting city first, so let’s see what happens after that”.
As for now, Ilse’s latest album is set to drop on September 6th. So we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to find out what else she and her team have created in Nashville.
Do you like”Gravel & Dust”? What role would you like to see Ilse play in Eurovision next year? Let us know in the comments below!