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Tape 1 (Digital EP)

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In the Felbm project, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Eelco Topper steps away from his previous synthesiser-laden sounds as Falco Benz, towards a much looser, simpler and sketch-like approach. Together with a number of acoustic instruments, he began experimenting with a Tascam 4-track tape recorder and allowed these sketches to flourish.
The result is Tape 1 and Tape 2, a two-part project stretching across fifteen tracks - encompassing fluttering piano melodies, subtle jazz drums, rumba rhythms and soothing ambience. The jazz element links back to Topper’s childhood. “I grew up playing drums, switched to playing piano at sixteen and in the meantime I produced hip-hop beats,” he recalls. “I went to study jazz piano at the Utrecht Conservatory, which I finished with pain and effort… I was interested more in electronic and present-day music.”
This mix of being rooted in traditional jazz composition whilst searching for something more contemporary is the perfect encapsulation of these recordings. Tape 1’s jazz roots are palpable and as things move into Tape 2, it takes on a neo-classical, psychedelic soundscape and cinematic quality.
The distinct character that the tracks emit also comes from a unique place; Felbm’s influences are not the usual and predictable lot and include Mocky, Mathieu Boogaerts, Andy Shauf, Sam Prekop, Tonbruket, Tape and Mary Lattimore. Even then he manages to extract an essence or a mood from his influences rather than emulate them. “My taste goes into all kinds of directions - the context or genre doesn’t really matter.”

“Tape 1” digital EP will be released 21 September 2018

For the second part of this project, please visit the products:
- “Tape 2” digital EP
- “Tape 1 / Tape 2” full digital and vinyl album

credits

released September 21, 2018

All songs written, performed, recorded, produced and mixed by Eelco Topper, between October 2016 and August 2017.
Mastered by Jeffrey de Gans at Da Goose Music.
Artwork by Joost Stokhof.

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Felbm Utrecht, Netherlands

Having previously released synthesiser-laden electronic music as Falco Benz, for the Felbm project Eelco Topper began experimenting with a Tascam 4-track tape recorder and a simpler sketch-like approach.

The result is Tape 1 and Tape 2, stretching across fifteen tracks with fluttering piano melodies, subtle jazz drums, rumba rhythms and soothing ambience that floats through many of the tracks.
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