THE BONY KING OF NOWHERE

THE BONY KING OF NOWHERE

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The Bony King of Nowhere is the pseudonym of Belgian artist Bram Vanparys. He released his debut album ‘Alas my love’ to critical acclaim in 2009, which was followed by his second celebrated album ‘Eleonore’ in 2011. In the aftermath of ‘Eleonore’ he was asked to write the film score for the movie ‘Les Géants’, for which he was awarded by Les Magritte du Cinéma for best original soundtrack.

 

After having released two full-length albums that comprised atmospheric songs and playful arrangements, Vanparys started exploring his interest in true songwriting in the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and the inevitable Bob Dylan. In 2012 The Bony King of Nowhere released his most stripped down and mainly acoustic guitar driven self-titled album and slowly established himself as one of Belgium's most respected songwriters. Contrary to what one might expect, Vanparys expanded his live setup with a 13 piece band to tour the album.

 

Almost obsessed with the works of classic songwriters, Vanparys recorded his forth full-length album in Los Angeles with Ray LaMontagne’s former live band. The americana driven album ‘Wild flowers’ was released in 2015 and The Bony King of Nowhere was renamed simply Bony King.

 

But soon Vanparys started exploring new territories, partly because he felt that his by now almost archaic approach on songwriting was pushing him down a dead end street and partly because his interest in rich and complex arrangements started to pop up again. In 2016 he bought a trailer and went living in the countryside to work on his new sound. A harsh winter and a tragic breakup with his wife set the mood for a new set of songs and Vanparys started recording and working again under his long-familiar pseudonym The Bony King of Nowhere. 

 

His fifth studio album ‘Silent Days’ was released in September 2018 on the Belgian indie label Unday Records. It was praised by the national press as The Bony King’s best album to date and received four and five star reviews only. Several magazines and radio stations put ‘Silent Days’ in their ‘best of 2018’ list and Humo magazine even named it the ‘best album of 2018’. Vanparys also won the Music Industry Award for ‘best author-composer'.

 

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Silent Days (2018)
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Wild Flowers (2015)
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Silent Days
(The Demo Recordings) (2019)
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The Bony King of Nowhere (2012)
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Eleonore / Les Géants (2012)
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Eleonore (2011)
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Alas My Love (2009)
 
 
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