Het Ongekend Nadezen is the title of the second song we uncover from Jan Swerts’ upcoming fourth album Oud Zeer. It translates as (an archaic version of) ‘the unknown hereafter’.
Het Ongekend Nadezen is also a quote from 19th century priest and poet Guido Gezelle, who reassured loved ones of a reunion in the afterlife.
Maybe he wanted to counter the melancholic prophecy of Edgar Allan Poe from a few years earlier, in The Raven. Poe ensured us we would never see our beloved again after death.
In Het Ongekend Nadezen both visions challenge one another. It is a song that shifts between hope and despair, between There must be something there and There can’t be anything there.