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Former Trouw booker and Life And Death kingpin Job Jobse launches a new label De Vlieger, inspired by the desire to release music by some of his nearest and dearest. The first EP offers us a collection of six short songs by synth pop dreamer Karel. Born from the same outsider energy as Bill Nelson, Ariel Pink and John Foxx, Karel's mournful but moving bedroom compositions convey maximum emotional with minimal fuss.
"I will always remember the first time I saw Karel live. Jumping and flying across the room. One moment hanging from the ceiling, the next taking a plunge into the night. His feet in the air and his head in the clouds.
A desire to release music from friends had always been there, but only when I witnessed Karel's unique energy and his ability to write a perfect pop song in just a few lines, this desire took its first form. The results are six synthwave songs that are low on fidelity, but high on feeling. Recorded between 2016 and 2018 at his home studio, using three synthesizers and a drum computer."
- Job Jobse
Patrick says: Killer synth pop here from Karel on Job Jobse's new De Vlieger imprint. Cutting through the tape hiss like a lo-fi Knife with an Ariel Pink songbook, Karel comes correct with a fine set of outsider anthems.