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VAN VELDHOVEN, WOUTER - Four simple Songs for five dead Bumblebees

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Eat This Media etm001
Release Year: 2008
Note: lim. 300 / handmade cloth cover / 4 track CD with intimate microsounds & digidrones, to discover !
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €10.00

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Debut-Album fr den Niederlnder WOUTER VAN VELDHOVEN, der elektronisch verfremdete Drones und "kleine" Instrumenten-Klnge sowie Holzknirschen & weitere leise Objektsounds zu sehr intimen, warmen, minimalen Tracks verwebt.. kommt im handgemachten Stoffcover, auf neuem Label aus Utrecht !

"The debut full length of dutch sound artist Wouter van Veldhoven is also the first release on the eat this media label.
Wouter is becomming a well known name in the dutch experimental music scene with his reel to reel tape recorders. Seeing his live perfomance is believing; handcrafted analogue ambient. With this record he convinces the homelistener of his qualities too.
The first track opens with sounds of a wooden floor. Sounds are added, melodies float by, get recorded and degenerate. And then you wake up, realising the music has stopped and you're listening to silence, the silence of your room."
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"After appearing alongside Machinefabriek and Soccer Committee on previous releases, Wouter Van Veldhoven has at last put together an official (i.e. non-CD-r) debut solo album. Don't be misled by its excessively humble title: this album is anything but simple. While the melodic content and the range of sounds Van Veldhoven draws upon are highly accessible, production wise there's an awful lot going on here. Although the artist's combination of drone tones, static signals, field recordings and ramshackle instrumentation is certainly nothing new to the world of ambient electronics, Wouter still manages to make something fresh, and moreover, emotionally resonant. Everything is balanced, EQed and filtered to perfection, meaning these forty minutes are deeply absorbing, but beyond that there's a plainly evident musicality to all this that tends to be absent from a lot of the more academically-geared music in the genre. A real joy to listen to, and decked out in landed gentry-style tweed packaging, Four Simple Songs For Five Dead Bumblebees must be this week's best dressed, and most quietly beautiful release. Highly recommended." [Boomkat]