A native of Weatherford, Texas, Van Darien grew up with both the ethereal beauty and seemingly inescapable isolation that are the age-old duality of rural country living. Her father ran a machine shop on her family's land, which was scattered with rusted out cars and pieces of scrap metal -- an industrial landscape where she first picked up a guitar, began writing poems, and started to develop her own sound. From there, she forged relationships with other like-minded artists in the Lone Star State and evolved her songwriting processes. She released her first EP Silent Sparrow in 2014, showcasing her earthy vocals and a gritty, organic, and soulful blend of Americana, alt-country, folk, and rock that were grown from the ground up.
In 2015, Van Darien made the trek from her home state to Nashville to help a friend move, not yet knowing that would be where a new chapter of her career would begin. After seeing an inspiring show from Margo Price, Brendan Benson, and several others, she decided to go all-in and permanently relocate to the Music City. That move would become a creative catalyst for her, creating a chain of events and experiences that would culminate in the tracks featured on Levee.
Listeners are taken through a journey driven by dreamy electric guitars, galloping percussion and Van Darien's singular, hypnotizing vocals. The thoughtful production efforts of Cooper and Tiner result in waves of incredible intensity perfectly placed alongside moments of quiet introspection. Each track tackles a different moment of the human experience, poetically presented through gut-punching lyrics. [More Info