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Winterrude 07:47
Fiskersbloed 05:54
Delstrutsen 03:34
Smjunt 07:04
Lykmoedigens 12:18


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Piiptsjilling consists of Jan & Romke Kleefstra (Alvaret Ensemble, Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra, etc.), Mariska Baars (soccer Commitee) and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek). They combine poetry with vocals, guitars and electronics. Whether in the studio or live, they always improvise. Without much discussion, they just start, and the music magically pours out, sometimes ethereally beautiful and at other times abstract and noisy. Jan Kleefstra’s poems are in Frisian, a language most listeners won’t literally understand, but can just as well be experienced on a musical level, adding a sense of mysterious melancholy to the music.

‘Fiif’ doesn’t so much mark a new chapter for the band, but rather an organic progression of their sound. There’s a rougher edge to it then on previous albums like ‘Wurdskrieme’ (Experimedia, 2010) or ‘Moarntiids’ (Midira, 2014), and Mariska’s vocals have gained an even more important role.


released June 23, 2017

Jan Kleefstra: poems, vocals
Romke Kleefstra: guitars, effects
Mariska Baars: vocals
Rutger Zuydervelt: effects, electronics, editing

Recorded by Jan Switters at Studio Landscape
Gau, The Netherlands, August 24 and 25, 2016
Mastered by Lawrence English at 158

Cover painting: ‘Being 1’ by Mariska Baars
Acrylics and chalk on linen 18x24 cm

Published by Peter Foolen Editions, 2017


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Piiptsjilling The Netherlands

Piiptsjilling is:
Mariska Baars
Jan Kleefstra
Romke Kleefstra
Rutger Zuydervelt


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