Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

25,00

in stock

why we love this

If tone and timbre could be described as “friendly,” Felbm’s Tape 1 / Tape 2 marks the spot. The instruments seem to smile from within, radiating a clean, warm, joyful sound palette.

about the record

Under his Felbm moniker, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Eelco Topper steps away from his previous synthesiser-laden sounds as Falco Benz, and moves 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.”

  1. 1 - Birkelunden 2:11
  2. 2 - Funicular 1:52
  3. 3 - Monolocale 1:55
  4. 4 - Sternenhimmel 2:46
  5. 5 - Bladerdek 2:51
  6. 6 - Memoirists 3:58
  7. 7 - Sakura 1:26
  8. 8 - Tandem 1:51
  9. 9 - Anderstein 2:26
  10. 10 - Birkach 1:33
  11. 11 - Herfstzon 3:12
  12. 12 - Maktene 2:40
  13. 13 - When It Rains 3:31
  14. 14 - Samensmelten 3:01
  15. 15 - Takumi 2:53

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Felbm
Tape 1 / Tape 2

25,00

in stock

  1. 1 - Birkelunden 2:11
  2. 2 - Funicular 1:52
  3. 3 - Monolocale 1:55
  4. 4 - Sternenhimmel 2:46
  5. 5 - Bladerdek 2:51
  6. 6 - Memoirists 3:58
  7. 7 - Sakura 1:26
  8. 8 - Tandem 1:51
  9. 9 - Anderstein 2:26
  10. 10 - Birkach 1:33
  11. 11 - Herfstzon 3:12
  12. 12 - Maktene 2:40
  13. 13 - When It Rains 3:31
  14. 14 - Samensmelten 3:01
  15. 15 - Takumi 2:53

Embed

Copy and paste this code to your site to embed.

why we love this

If tone and timbre could be described as “friendly,” Felbm’s Tape 1 / Tape 2 marks the spot. The instruments seem to smile from within, radiating a clean, warm, joyful sound palette.

about the record

Under his Felbm moniker, Dutch multi-instrumentalist Eelco Topper steps away from his previous synthesiser-laden sounds as Falco Benz, and moves 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.”

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