The Vagary

The Amsterdam two-⁠piece band Saelors is not the only one that the singer and guitarist Thijs Havens participates in; alongside it there’s also a four-⁠piece called The Vagary, whose other members are Julien Staartjes (guitar), Lukas Verburgt (drums), and Bowie Verschuuren (bass). In this band’s name, too, a nautical reference may be contained, though much more softly than with the other – it could be that whoever thought of it was dreaming of the waves. Or perhaps of the nouvelle vague (on the header of his Facebook page, endearingly, Staartjes has placed a still of Jeanne Moreau and Henri Serre out of breath and laughing on that bridge). Or, which is most likely, both at once – for why should the sea and the cinema exclude one another?

When some enigmatic cityscapes and, a bit more literally, dark walls of sound – as the band’s Facebook page describes it – are thrown in, one will have circumscribed, approximately, the music and its moods. Several parts, especially when the guitars take the lead, exert a sort of aurally hypnotic power that is a bit reminiscent of the longer passages in which The Doors did their thing, so long ago; and in order to highlight this, the playlist tilts towards the band’s live performances.

On The Vagary’s Soundcloud page they’ve uploaded another number, entitled “Time Machine.”

Whenever they are not busy with the band, Verburgt is an aspirant theoretician at the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Verschuuren a photographer specialising in desolate people and places.