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Son of a river (LP 2013)

by 17f

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Preamble 01:32
Mountain 01:18
Land 02:46
Bom 02:08


Recorded between Vevey/Switzerland and Toiano/Italy from summer 2012 to summer 2013.
Recorded, mixed, mastered,played by Fred Merk, except lyrics and vocals on« Power of the hill » by Richard Birkin (aka Emphemetry), slide guitar on «Hold me» by Sacha Ruffieux, vocals, lyrics and contrabass on « Les Clochettes » by Rahel Steiner, drums on «Lumière Directe » by Théo Missillier .

Various old microphones, tape recorders, broken instruments, vintage synthesizers, tape delay and unconventional crappy materials were used in order to test them. As a result it gave this collection of songs.
Field recordings were done in the summer 2012 wandering through Vevey, Zermatt, Toiano, Gstadt.

Thank you Rahel, Sacha, Richard and Théo since you've captured the spirit of this record. Many thanks to Michael Frei, Rahel Steiner and Monica Gabriel for their advice.
A very special thank to Caroline Fayet, Louni, Ricardo Mariano and the sun from Toscana.


released October 1, 2013


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17f Vevey, Switzerland

Sous le pseudonyme de 17f se cache Fred Merk, musicien suisse discret.
On décrit souvent sa musique comme poétique et cinématographique, faisant fi des modes et des convenances. Souvent sombre et intimiste, l'univers du Suisse est unique tant par sa créativité que par son abnégation à tracer un chemin pas toujours accessible, mais totalement authentique ... more

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