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“Felbm is what you get if you try to type “Eelco” on a Nokia phone with autocorrect turned on. It is also the name that Utrecht-based musician and producer Eelco Topper chose to use for his new semi-acoustic instrumental music project.
After Topper’s previous synthesiser-laden sounds as Falco Benz, he took a step back and began this project in a much looser, simpler and sketch-like approach. Picking up an acoustic guitar for the first time, as well as other instruments, he began fiddling around with a Tascam 4-track tape recorder and allowed these sketches to flourish, although always keeping them naive and basic; an element naturally helped by the compositional structure of a maximum of four parts.
The result is Tape 1 and Tape 2, stretching across fifteen tracks and encompassing a lounge-y library music feel to them. There’s fluttering piano melodies, subtle jazz drums, rumba rhythms and soothing ambience that floats through many of the tracks. 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.
Topper played all the parts himself when in the studio, allowing him complete creative control over every note. A live band is being formed to take the material on the road; however, in order to keep with the ingenuous and dreamy essence of the record, the live shows will be a continuation of the four-part format.”