Bas Jan – No Sign

• “No Sign” original music video. Thanks to BAS JAN Bas Jan.

8.2 “Fantastic Post-Punk from England”

From their EP “Bas Jan”, released in February, 2017.

This fine and fascinating release comes from the London-based trio who formed in 2015, naming themselves after the Dutch conceptual and performance artist ‘Bas Jan’ Ader, who is thought to have drowned at sea after an ill-fated attempt to single-handedly cross the Atlantic Ocean from the American coast to England in July, 1975. His deserted vessel was found off the coast of Ireland on 18 April 1976.

At the very heart of the vision is harpist-cum-bassist-keyboardist songwriter, Serafina Steer, an expressive individual who herself sees music as a serious art form. In this first phase of the group she was joined by performance-artist-cum-drummer Jenny Moore and ex–Chromehoof violinist and composer Sarah Anderson. Sarah’s unhinged playing is a key part of the featured piece, invoking a certain degree of anxiety as to the fate of the missing person. “No Sign” gets you to thinking about poor old Bas Jan himself.

During the long process of making their debut long-player, “Yes I Am” (released in February, 2018 and featuring “No Sign”), Jenny moved on to other projects and Sarah left to have a baby, with Rachel Horwood (Trash Kit, Bamboo) and Emma Smith (Meilyr Jones, Seamus Fogarty, Elysian Quartet) respectively stepping in to, er, keep the ship afloat. The spirit of old Bas Jan lives on!

Heard on Mark Whitby’s October 2017 show on Dandelion Radio.

Get it at Bandcamp.

2019-10-17

Bass Jan mk2: (l to r): Serafina, Emma and Rachel