Piiptsjilling is a quartet consisting of Jan Kleefstra (poetry, vocals),
Romke Kleefstra (guitars), Mariska Baars (guitar and vocals) and Rutger
Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek, electronics). The band name (pronounced
'peep-chilling') is Frisian, also the language of Jan Kleefstra's poetry.
Either live of in a studio setting, their music is always improvised on the
spot. Working highly intuitively, the quartet patiently moves through
stretches of melancholic dreamscapes, varying between abstract minimalism and dense drones.
Piiptsjilling's first (self titled) album was released by the Dutch label
Onomatopee in 2008, followed by the albums 'Wurdskrieme' (Experimedia, 2011), 'Moerwardt' (Midira, 2014) and 'Molkedrippen' (Spekk, 2014).
Like 'Wurdskrieme', 'Molkedrippen' was recorded at Studio Landscape in Gau, Friesland. As always, the music was 100% improvised, with no negotiation beforehand. The result is a magical amalgamation of four performers with a mutual concentration and dedication.
released July 10, 2014
Jan Kleefstra: vocals, poetry
Romke Kleefstra: guitar, effects, loopers
Mariska Baars: guitar, voice
Rutger Zuydervelt: guitar, effects, loopers, small objects
Recorded ayt Studio Landscape, March 6-7 2010, by Jan Switters and Koos var der Velde. Mixed and edited by Rutger Zuydervelt, April-May 2010. Mastered by Zengyo.
Wonderful! Great to listen to any time/any mood but especially late at night when all is quiet and you're left to peacefully reflect on life. Optimist, the live version, is my favourite song of all time and Hello Night is full of wonder/reminds me of my Love.
Fantastic trip into the various worlds of this artist; still while being ‘different’ interpretations of art, there remains a kind of thread between each work which I sense as having an old dusty cinematic feel. One thing that grabs me and pulls me back into this album multiple listens is the detail of the experimental stitching together of unrelated sounds to form aural sceneries doused in wonder. Every single track from opening experimental intro to the enigmatic (and severely hypnotic) conclusion are significantly seductive. At times Struktura recalls the entrancing works of orchestral cinematic smokey jazz loops of the likes of what one discovers in Biosphere’s music. Struktura keeps a unique vintage vitality of its own design to be sure. Highly recommended (as always, bring a good set of phones to really get inside) Ews Nsj