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Elements of Nature
Artist
Felbm
Label
Soundway Records
Catalogue Number
SNDWLP155D
Release Date
May 6, 2022
  • Vinyl 2×LP

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    Double Album with Poster and 2 Bonus Tracks

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    • + MP3
    • + WAV / FLAC

    SNDWLP155

    Estimated release date: November 18, 2022

VINYL SHIPPING FROM MID-NOVEMBER

In January 2021, Eelco Topper (Felbm) went into hermit mode by way of a two-week residency at Buitenplaats Doornburgh, a former monastery on the outskirts of his hometown of Utrecht, Netherlands. He had already intended to use only natural elements for inspiration, such as naturally-occurring textures and patterns, and the earthiness of acoustic instruments like singing bowls and a range of wooden percussion. On arrival, the contemplative architecture of the building and the peace of the surrounding landscapes energized Topper so much that these initial ideas blossomed into nearly 50 minutes of intimate 4-track cassette recordings.

Following the residency, Topper collaborated with a cast of local guest musicians on flute, saxophone and cello, infusing the original rhythmic foundation of percussion and acoustic guitar with a lush melodic backdrop.
 The resulting new release – simply titled ‘Elements of Nature’ - marries the fluttering melodies and lo-fi cassette sound of earlier Felbm releases with a new conceptual approach and more varied sonic toolkit. Here, Topper successfully preserves the joyful naïveté of the Tapes series while exploring sweeping new ground, resulting in a decisive step forward for Felbm as a composer, producer and artist.

All music composed, performed and recorded by Eelco Topper

Recorded at Buitenplaats Doornburgh and Studio Sao Paulo between January - June 2021

Flutes & bansuri by Mark Alban Lotz Saxophone & duclar by Koen Boeijinga Cello by Dianne Verdonk

Mastered by Jeffrey de Gans

Artwork by Joost Stokhof

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Soil 2:24 Buy

    Soil

  2. 2 Root 4:09 Buy

    Root

  3. 3 Métaux 1:36 Buy

    Métaux

  4. 4 Cycli 2:38 Buy

    Cycli

  5. 5 Release 2:15 Buy

    Release

  6. 6 Florissant 2:49 Buy

    Florissant

  7. 7 Reflections 3:07 Buy

    Reflections

  8. 8 Fall 1:53 Buy

    Fall

  9. 9 Tsuyu 1:43 Buy

    Tsuyu

  10. 10 Timber 1:27 Buy

    Timber

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