Founded in 2012 by Marieke Hutsebaut, The Spectors soon caught the ear of Chris Urbanowicz, formerly of Editors. Chris produced the Belgians’ self-titled debut EP (2014) and full album Light Stays Close (2015). Two singles, Nico and Dig, spent a combined 14 weeks in De Afrekening, Studio Brussel’s trendsetting alternative chart.
The band went on to perform at various indie festivals, including Dour, Pukkelpop and Leffingeleuren, and were hand-picked by Kevin Shields to support My Bloody Valentine in the hallowed grounds of the capital’s Ancienne Belgique.
After a particularly busy Summer, with the other band members eager to strike out on their own, Marieke decided to put The Spectors on hold. Looking to the future, she started writing material for a new album and experimenting with different line-ups, in the end settling on a return to dreampop basics and a quartet.
Material for the second LP has already been recorded, and, if anything, sounds even poppier than before. The sparkling music sometimes belies the lyrics, however, as Marieke chronicles her life with Asperger’s in poignant, melancholy three-minute songs.