In the days that our headquarters were almost based in club Exit in Rotterdam, Mark Lotterman was a name we saw passing by often. The local Singer/Songwriter had been a regular there and anywhere in town. Now, more than a decade further we get this release called “Holland” on our desk.
Although the album is all about “Holland” Mark does not refrain from referring to Rotterdam. “Maashaven” or “The East of Rotterdam” for example. An interesting touch that sparks the interest of the locals. But, it is not romanticized version of the reality. It comes in its purest and most honest way. Even if that not always about roses and sunshine. But, exactly that makes the whole interesting. For how chauvinistic we can be, a touch of reality is always a welcome touch and is just as much part of Holland as it is on “Holland”. The inspiration for these songs is brought in by a diversity of the population. Schoolchildren, artists, scientists, homeless people… a diversity of the society has been responsible from the origins of these tracks. A diversity that defines us.
We can say that Mark Lotterman has made an interesting release, perhaps not something you would expect to see every day and with its honest maybe not one that plays up for your feel good altogether, but when taking life with a bit more care and sense this sincere release will make you smile anyway.
The great farewell
The east of Rotterdam
Where the time goes
Till the very end