JOEP BEVING - CONATUS
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Following his first two solo albums, streaming sensation Joep Beving releases new reworks by acclaimed and up- & coming artists, such as iconic “synth legend” Suzanne Ciani, CFCF, Tom Trago and more. Conatus features reworks of pieces from Solipsism and Prehension, as well as already foreshadows his next solo album with a rework of one of the new tracks.
Conatus, Joep Beving’s upcoming release, slated for 7 September, is a selection of “remixes” and a further expansion of his desire to create a simple soundtrack to accompany our complex human emotions. Its title comes from the philosophical concept of conatus – an innate inclination of a thing to continue to exist and enhance itself. “If you see music as a living organism, then it’s something that will always adapt to new circumstances in order to stay present. This project is not about me. It is about the conatus of my music and for this album I’ve put their lives in other people’s hands.” Beving invited a range of artists he knows and admires – Cello Octet Amsterdam, Suzanne Ciani, Tom Trago, Eefje de Visser, Colin Benders, Andrea Belfi, CFCF and Thomas Bloch – to rework his music in their own way. The results are not remixes in the club sense, therefore, but new and original interpretations of tracks by Beving, woven together on Conatus to form a coherent album. As well as approaching legendary American electronic music pioneer Ciani, Beving was also keen to involve other musicians from his native Netherlands: “They’re all people I think easily hold their own on the international scene.”
Joep Beving - Solipsism
"Solipsism is just me talking through my piano. To discover that millions of people are listening is wonderful – and pretty humbling at the same time."
Originally self-released by Joep Beving on Spotify in 2015, the album with its two lead tracks 'Sleeping Lotus' and 'The Light She Brings' has and continues to stream phenomenally. We now release it on Deutsche Grammophon additionally on CD and vinyl for the first time.
'Solipsism' refers to the philosophical idea that reality only exists in one’s mind. The album was recorded by Joep at home in the still of night and is filled with introspective and often filmic piano compositions. Joep Beving’s sound could be described as the opposite to over-produced and complexly layered music styles. His ambition for 'Solipsism' is to keep the music stripped back to its essence.
The gentle giant with the delicate touch
Joep Beving presents his DG debut album ‘Prehension’
"I call it 'simple music for complex emotions'. The world is a hectic place right now and I feel a deep urge to reconnect on a basic human level with people in general. Music as our universal language has the power to unite." Dutch composer and musician Joep Beving is a towering figure in the streaming world – and in real life too, thanks to his two-metre frame (nearly 6'10), wild hair and flowing beard. Joep’s delicate melodies instantly struck a chord with listeners when tracks from the album first appeared on streaming music playlists alongside the likes of Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm. His first DG album 'Prehension' displays introspective, melancholy, filmic and uplifting characteristics – presented in a simple, warm acoustic atmosphere which will help soothe the soul.
Int. Release 07 Apr. 2017
1 CD / Download