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Tape 1 / Tape 2 (Full Album)

by Felbm

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    Dual front cover: Tape 1 and Tape 2 artwork feature on each side.
    Tape 1 tracks are found on Side A, and Tape 2 tracks on Side B.

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1.
Birkelunden 02:11
2.
Funicular 01:52
3.
Monolocale 01:54
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Bladerdek 02:50
6.
Memoirists 03:57
7.
Sakura 01:26
8.
Tandem 01:51
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Anderstein 02:25
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Birkach 01:33
11.
Herfstzon 03:11
12.
Maktene 02:40
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14.
Samensmelten 03:00
15.
Takumi 02:53

about

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 (tracks 1-7) will be released 21 September 2018
“Tape 2” Digital EP (tracks 8-15), and the vinyl album “Tape 1 / Tape 2” will be released 26 October 2018

credits

released October 26, 2018

All songs written (except for "When It Rains" written by Brad Mehldau), 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

Following on from 2018’s Tape 1 & Tape 2, Dutch producer and musician Eelco Topper returns to Soundway Records for the next two instalments of his Felbm project.

Tape 3 & Tape 4 is an intimate, emotional, lilting and melodic solo project with a restorative, therapeutic nature. Composed and recorded by Topper with just those aspects in mind as a personal remedy for the ailments of modern life.
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