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update: told you so



Hey guys!

- "for all I know, the best is over and the worst is yet to come" -

Do you know those moments in which you feel a certain emotion and then start to dramatise literally everything?

I do.

It's not the most exciting or positive thing to admit, but hey - honesty is the best policy.
So, yeah.. today I'd like to give you an update on what's been going on over here recently.

I haven't done something like that in absolute ages, probably years.
But house in the sand has always been a very honest and pretty open space of web. Those of you, who started this journey with me in 2012, might still remember the topics I used to write about.

And today I'm bringing some of it back.
I want to write about what has been going on behind the scenes lately.

I'm sure some of you have noticed that we haven't been as loud as usual.
There have been less posts on the website and less interaction on Social Media.

That's not because we don't love all of this anymore, it's because I got a little tired.

Tired as in - tired.
Literally.
Not tired of music, writing or anything.
I just realised I had a bit too much on my plate and it killed my creativity.

I tried to fight the tiredness. And I tried to deny it.
But I have realised, that it's absolutely fine to feel like this every now and then.

If you pour a lot of personality and a lot of love into something, you are bound to feel a little exhausted. 

It takes a lot of work to be present on all fronts - because there are a lot of fronts;
there's social media, there's the actual website you need to fill with content, there are thousands of emails that need to be read and answered, there's a team that depends on your skills as an editor and there are your own expectations.

And sometimes you just end up feeling a bit too busy and your spirit just shuts down.

And in my case, I became a bit hysterical because I felt like I was wasting my time - not being able to be on top of my game.

But little old me found some adult-y wisdom and feels better now.
I figured out that this is all very natural and that there are way worse things than not being the most productive person on the web.


Taking some time away from the busy side of things, has allowed me to be more creative and to focus on photography and design. And it was fun!


So yeah - long story short - felt stressed, had no creativity, took time off, now I'm back.
I felt like writing this to explain why it has been a bit quiet around here.
Hopefully, if you have ever felt a bit hopeless and tired, you've managed to take some wisdom with you.

No matter how unproductive you feel, times are going to get better.

You can expect a lot more posts again and I hope you are looking forward to the upcoming noise!



One more thing - please let me make it clear that the photography, outfit and artwork for this post are heavily inspired by Paramore's "Told You So" music video.
There were no intentions of copying it, just paying tribute to a song that I love very much.


So check it out below:




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Credits // Words & Photography: Vanessa Jertschewske | artwork was heavily inspired by Paramore's "Told You So"

Video Of The Day: "The Bridge" by Chris Stringer



Hey guys!

house in the sand has been running for almost five and a half years now.
That's a long time in which we've heard thousands of songs - actually, I would be great to know how many exactly.

We get to watch the trends and charts change,
 we get to see new artists on the rise, 
we get to stay in love with our old favourites,
and we get to watch exciting acts evolve.

It's an absolute joy to be a part of all of the above and we can't wait for the next years.

Today we're excited to share another fabulous find with you. 


- Video Of The Day -
"The Bridge" by Chris Stringer


Chris Stringer is a singer/songwriter originally from Swansea, UK - now based in London.


Influenced by acts such as Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac, his love for Folk, Rock & 80s Pop was shaped by some of the best.

Chris' own sound could be described as Alternative Country which ties in Folk elements.

He has shared the stage with Nizlopi, Luke Concannon, The Blanks and more.
Chris has easily built himself a loyal fanbase with his unique, yet comforting and exciting sound.

You can now catch him with his new band, The Rocketeers.

Chris' most recent song, "The Bridge", highlights both - Chris' soulful and soothing voice, as well as his signature guitar sound.
The calm atmosphere of the song allows you to lose yourself in the sounds and the lyrics - you get to dive into the meanings and the details.

"The Bridge" takes you on a journey and once the song ends, you feel like you've just woken up from a dream. It's a rare thing to feel, but this song makes it happen.


Check out the official video for "The Bridge" below:




Chris Stringer online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram




Thank you for your visit!













Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Video: Chris Stringer

Video Of The Day: "Don't Matter Now" by George Ezra



Hey guys!

In 2013, parts of the music industry were stunned and surprised by a deep and bluesy voice - coming out of a British singer/songwriter in his early 20s.

Yes, I'm talking about George Ezra, the guy who sang this little tune called "Budapest".
We quickly fell in love with his voice and his charismatic performances and had the best time singing along to his catchy songs.

He's here with a new single now, which we might as well classify as the soundtrack of Summer 2017.
Check it out!

- Song Of The Day -

"Don't Matter Now" by George Ezra

George Ezra is a singer/songwriter from Bristol, UK.
His sound mixes Blues with Soul-Pop and Acoustic-Folk here and there.

George studied at the Institute of Modern Music in Bristol and has been making music for a while.

In 2012, he played BBC Introducing, after his song "Angry Hill" was picked by BBC Bristol.
In 2013, George played at Glastonbury and released his debut EP "Did You Hear The Rain?" on which you can find his mega hit "Budapest".

Another EP ("Cassy O'", 2014) and a debut album ("Wanted On Voyage", 2014) later, George Ezra had made himself a name and was considered one of the most exciting newcomers.

Now he's back with a new single, "Don't Matter Now" - and it's exactly what Summer sounds like.

"Don't Matter Now" definitely marches into the cheerfulness of Pop music.
 Carried by an uptempo beat, a funky riff and cheery wind instruments - this song allows us all to be carefree.
The fun chants in the verses, you just can't help but sing along - immediately.

It's definitely one of George's catchiest songs to date, yet it still wins you over with a lot of charm. And of course, his bluesy and deep voice.

Check out the official video for "Don't Matter Now":




- buy and stream "Don't Matter Now -


George Ezra online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





Thank you for your visit! 











Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Belle Music

Song Of The Day: "High On Humans" by Oh Wonder



Hey guys!

Quite recently I found myself having a wonderful conversation with a stranger.
To this day, I don't know his name and he doesn't know mine, but we started talking about organic food, animals, politics, war, religion and music.

It was one of those conversations, which just make you want to run from house to house and talk to people you don't know.

I find conversations with new people so important, because they fuel our minds, they shape our opinions and broaden our horizons. And they often just cheer us up by giving us the feeling of community.

UK duo Oh Wonder would probably agree with me, given their recent single "High On Humans" is all about connecting with strangers.
So, just to stay sane in this scary time we're living in, we want to share the track with you today.



- Song Of The Day -
"High On Humans" by Oh Wonder



Oh Wonder are a duo based in London, UK.
Consisting of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, their music can best be described as Alternative-Pop.

Oh Wonder's career started in September 2014, when the two musicians started writing, recording, mixing and releasing one song a month. This led to their self-titled debut album, which was released on September 4th 2015.
Just one week after its release, the duo played sold out shows in London, Paris, New York City and Los Angeles.
Soon Oh Wonder made their TV debut, got support slots on big tours, played tons of festivals, did a session with BBC Radio 1 and went on their own headline tours.

In March 2017, Josephine and Anthony announced the release of their upcoming album, "Ultralife" which will be out on July 14th 2017.

After already releasing multiple singles from the album, they have recently shared "High On Humans" with us.

Greeted by a computer human - the sounds of Apple's trusty Siri - "High On Humans" quickly turns into an upbeat track. It's danceable from the very first beat on and invites you to feel cheerful and happy.

The two vocalists create a wonderfully refreshing contrast with their voices, leading us through the song. You can tell that the lyrics/the storytelling is the main focus of the song.
Very melodic vocal elements are paired with exciting synths and a classical piano based. You can tell the song has been carefully crafted, but has also been given the modern Pop sound.


Here's what Oh Wonder say about the track:
"High On Humans was inspired by a tube journey. On the way back from Heathrow Airport, I eavesdropped on a conversation between two girls who worked in a sunglasses shop at the terminal. They were happily going back and forth discussing their favourite foods. When one girl declared that she didn’t like hot sauce, I rudely interrupted and said, ‘What do you mean you don’t like hot sauce?!’. We then proceeded to have a twenty minute conversation about food, and the three of us exited the carriage high on adrenaline having connected with strangers.

I then went onto another train and chatted to a man who had knocked all his teeth out and was covered in blood. It created a carriage-wide conversation about injuries and operations. Everyone’s mood seemed lifted by this random interaction with the unknown. On the way back home from the station, I sang ‘I’m getting high on humans’ into voice notes on my phone, and sat down with Anthony to fully write it the next day.

This song celebrates the potential to ‘get high’ and feel liberated by talking to strangers. It’s something we all fear, and something we should all do more of..."



Listen to "High On Humans" below:




- pre-Order "Ultralife" here -



Oh Wonder online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram





Thank you for your visit!













Credits // Words: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image & Quote: Oh Wonder

#BandShirtGang




Hey guys!

Last month we started a new little segment on Instagram.

The idea was born when I realised how much I love wearing band shirts - they are pretty damn fashionable and oh so comfortable to wear.

Of course, the main reason of wearing a band shirt, is supporting one of your favourite acts - whether that's a small indie act or a famous band. It's fun to express your love for music by throwing on their shirts.

In order to promote our love for those shirts, we've decided to dedicate one day a month to our favourite piece of clothing.

And what's even better, is that you can be a part of it!

Once a month, we will be sharing a collection of photos YOU have posted on Instagram.

Here's how you can participate:

- post a photo of you wearing a band shirt of your choice
- use the hashtag #BandShirtGang
- tag @houseinthesand

- in order for us to share your photo, your account needs to be public -


Over the course of the last few weeks, some wonderful music lovers have already shared their fantastic shirts with us.

We absolutely love this variety of solo acts and bands that you guys represent - it's super exciting!

Check them out below!



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Ein Beitrag geteilt von Belwood Music (@belwoodmusic) am







Massive thank you to everyone who has already spread the word and used our new hashtag to promote all those fancy shirts!
Everytime somebody uses it, we freak out a little - it's absolutely wonderful.

Please continue (or start) to share your shirts with us!!! :)



Head over to house in the sand's Instagram for a new photo every month.




Thank you so much for your visit!














Credits // Text & Title Photo: Vanessa Jertschewske

Album Review: "Bedroom Crimes" by Oren Lavie



Hey guys!

It's times like right now, in which we all need an escape sometimes.
There's no point in denying that the world is a crazy place and seems to get crazier everyday.

Music and animals are my personal go-to escapes.
And I'm pretty sure that a lot of you can relate to music being a fabulous way to forget, to cope, to remember.
Whenever I discover a song that calms me down, I immediately cherish it for having that super power.

As faith would have it, I have recently received an entire albums of songs that classify as "escape songs" - and I cannot wait to share it with you today.

Artist: Oren Lavie
Title: Bedroom Crimes
Genre: Alternative
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 26th May 2017

Oren Lavie is a musician from Tel Aviv, Israel.

His music is inspired by literatur and classical composers which leads to very elegant sounds, labeling Oren's music as Alternative.
The musician started writing songs before he even learned how to play the piano, which is now his main musical companion.
You could consider his career a very organic process as one thing led to the other.

At the age of 22, Oren spent a lot of time in London where he studied theater, wrote and directed multiple plays and also write the music for them.
He also lived in New York, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Besides writing plays and music, he also published a children's book and wrote music for the film "Narnia: Prince Caspian".

And now he's here with a brand new album - "Bedroom Crimes". All songs were recorded on his own piano and the record was produced by Oren himself.

Please feel free to check out our review below.

Tracklist: 
ACT ONE - Did you really say no?
1) Did You Really Say No? (ft. Vanessa Paradis)
2) Breathing Fine
3) Second Hand Lovers
4) Look At Her Go
5) Sonata Sentimental #1 - You've Changed

ACT TWO - Well I thought you meant yes!
6) The Passion Song
7) Sonata Sentimental #2 - Bedroom Crimes
8) Something Real (Did You Feel It Too?)
9) Autopsy Report
10) Sonata Sentimental #3 - I Dream Of The Water Woman
11) Note To Self

Bonus Track: 12) Her Morning Elegance

Opener "Did You Really Say No?" features Vanessa Paradis.
The song was written as a duet between and woman and a man. Oren Lavie approached Vanessa Paradis with the idea of singing the song with him. She said yes and also featured in the video, which you can check out below.
It's a very atmospheric song which invites you to dream, to relax. 
The calm piano guides you through the song and stays with you, even when things get a little more intense.
Vanessa Paradis and Oren Lavie duet in a magical and mesmerizing way, giving you enough emotion to lose yourself in this dreamy piece of music.

Another track which stands out, is "Second Hand Lovers".
The elegant strings, the softly humming acoustic guitar and Oren's raspy but calm vocals, all create a beautiful scene. If one thing, this song makes you want to lay down and watch the clouds pass by.

"Note To Self" wins you over with stunningly reflective lyrics - words you should remind yourself of every now and again.
"Never say something you wouldn't like hearing, if you can't be nice- be polite", is one line of this charming song. It's proof Oren Lavie convinces on all fronts - musically, lyrically and artistically.

To sum it up: "Bedroom Crimes" might be the dreamiest, most beautiful record we have heard in 2017 so far. It's a collection of moments that are so magical, intimate and hypnoticing all at once. It's the perfect album for everyone who needs to escape for a while, to just breathe and to be reminded of the beauty we can find in music.

You should listen to these tracks: Did You Really Say No?, Second Hand Lovers, Note To Self

Check out the music video for "Did You Really Say No?" ft. Vanessa Paradis below:




Oren Lavie online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram




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Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Sony Music Germany | *a physical copy of the album has kindly been provided* 

Gig Photos: KT Tunstall at Barbican, London



Hey guys!

With today's post we get to welcome yet another talented photographer to our team.
I'm excited to have Jess McPhee from London, UK on board and can't wait to share some of her work with you.

We are extremely excited about all the opportunities we get to grab, now that we are a team of passionate music lovers.
Being able to share our gig photos from all over the world is pretty great.

So thanks for supporting this direction we have been taking recently - it's great to write and photograph for such a brilliant audience.

Jess recently went to see KT Tunstall in London and took some magical snaps which you can find below.

You can learn more about Jess by checking out our team page.
Please also support her on Social Media: website | twitter | instagram

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Date: 22nd May 2017
Venue: Barbican, London (UK)

Support Act: Nina Nesbitt




Nina Nesbitt is a singer/songwriter from Edinburgh, Scotland.

Her sound marches to the beat of Pop but is still sprinkled with bits of Folk and Acoustic.

In her early years, Nina uploaded covers and originals to YouTube and built herself a loyal fanbase from all around the world.
Her original sound has gotten her on tour with Ed Sheeran and Example.
Nina's cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" was used in a John Lewis advert.

Within the past six years, Nina has released multiple EPs and her debut album "Peroxide".

In 2016 she left her record label and started releasing music on her own. 
Now being signed to an independent label, fans can expect her second album coming out this year.


Check out "Chewing Gum" below:



Nina Nesbitt online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram












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Main Act: KT Tunstall



KT Tunstall is a singer, songwriter and composer from Edinburgh, Scotland.

She played in indie bands during her first years of making music and put her focus towards writing songs.
KT has written and composed music for kids TV shows and has also appeared in some of them.

Her breakthrough was marked in 2004, when KT Tunstall performed two songs on Later with Jools Holland.

She has released multiple EPs and albums since and won British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards in 2006. KT was also nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2005.

KT is spending 2017 touring her recent album "KIN".


Check out "Maybe It's A Good Thing" below:



KT Tunstall online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram















And that's it for today.

Let us know if you have seen Nina or KT before - we would love to hear you thoughts.



Thank you for your visit!





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Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Photography: Jess McPhee for house in the sand | **ticket + photo pass have kindly been provided**