Jumpel

Jumpel“Qualitatively spacious, electronically dense, cinematically enthralling and calmly floating…” Igloo Magazine

It all begins late at night with a moment of inspiration: a piano pattern, an underground announcement, a phrase from a film score. From there, alone in his studio, Jumpel weaves his spacious, immersive music. Combining organic and electronic elements, Jumpel’s luscious albums are characterised by elegance, restraint, and the arresting juxtaposition of alien and familiar sounds.

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Discography

 

Drive

 


September 2021

On Drive, Jumpel invites the listener to accompany him on the journey he takes to his studio. The ride begins at Jo Dürbeck’s home (‘Get U Ready’), takes in small towns, fields and forest (‘Forest Section’), before ending in the middle of Cologne (‘Soaring Spires’). Each of the nine tracks paints a vivid sonic picture of one stage of the journey, as gently pulsing rhythms are counterbalanced by delicate melodic figures. Accessible and deeply evocative, Drive transfixes and transports the listener across its succinct half-hour of dub-inflected ambient pop.

“Qualitatively spacious, electronically dense, cinematically enthralling and calmly floating”Igloo Magazine

The album’s gentle pattering of subtle rhythms is counterbalanced with delicate melodic figures which transfix/hypnotise as much as they transport.

 

 

Cabogato

 


July 2019

Despite his obvious mastery of the dizzying possibilities afforded by technology, Jumpel continues to craft music of intense intimacy and humanity. Cabogato is the product of experimentation with modular synthesizers, field recordings and piano, finely honed into a song suite inspired by time spent at Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park in the Andalusia region of Spain. An enthralling testament to the power of careful distillation and minimalism, Cabogato exudes an emotional complexity that belies its seemingly simple surfaces. From the expansive low-key pulse of ‘Black Sand’ to the delicate, piano-led ‘You’, the album’s vulnerability is both reflective and hypnotic.

 

Bloc4

 


June 2013

Bloc4
centres around the elevated yet lonely world of a tower block, each track poetically investigating its multi-faceted elements and spaces. The songs were written throughout 2012, with ideas collated, reviewed, developed and remixed. Following the wonderful results of his collaboration with Chloë March on Europa single ‘Edinburgh’, Joe Dürbeck presented the ideas for Bloc4 to March and invited her to select tracks and develop vocal ideas. The March-fronted tracks, including first single ‘Blue Ceiling’ and new single ‘Flight’, are especially stunning – and offer a perfect counterbalance to the more melancholic, spacious instrumental pieces.

Europa

 


November 2010

 

Inspired by Jo Dürbeck’s travels around Europe, Europa transforms Dürbeck’s personal memories of 11 different European locations into a gorgeous suite of minimal ambient electronica. The album acts as a kind of abstracted sonic diary, painting the intangibilities and romanticism of memory and travel using sparse yet resonant sound. A simple idea – and one that has produced Jumpel’s most restrained and unified effort to date.

Like many journeys, Europa begins with speculation and tentative steps. In ‘Arles’ and ‘Bern’, the delicate pattering of subtle rhythms is counterbalanced with delicate melodic figures, like light reflecting off water. In ‘Stockholm’, disembodied voices and more forceful rhythms seep into the mix as the album heads towards a beatific plateau of sorts with its central trio of ‘Rom’, ‘Madrid’ and single ‘Edinburgh’. Beautifully evoking the rain-soaked streets of the Scottish capital, refracted through a personal lens, ‘Edinburgh’ is an exercise in elegance and restraint, filling out the shadows and backstreets with ennui. Melancholic piano chords carry the track forward while electronic texture’s weave amid Chloë March’s luminous lyrical play. A departure – yet also an arrival.

‘Wien’ simply aches with melancholic introspection, tracing one of travel’s most wonderfully paradoxical sensations – the feeling of looking back while moving forward. ‘Mailand’ continues the introspective thread, gliding gracefully into the ambient dub of ‘Lissabon’, followed by the wonderfully understated electronica and found sound of closer ‘Koeln’. Rather than a final point on the journey, ‘Koeln’ offers a rest point and an understanding that there is always another destination in queue.

Deuxième Bureau

 


February 2009

 

Deuxième Bureau is a further refinement of the Jumpel sound so wonderfully displayed on debut album Samuel Jason Lies On The Beach. Like perfectly fabricated ecosystems, each track is a luscious miniature environment complete with its own microclimate and prismatic inhabitants. The attention to detail in the music is consistently astonishing, rewarding close listening with a good pair of headphones. Deuxième Bureau is a fabric of intimate moments – some parts woven tightly, others open to the air – and an enticing invitation to explore Jumpel’s delicate and immersive ambient micro-pop.

 
 

Samuel Jason Lies On the Beach


August 2007

 

Despite its obvious mastery of the dizzying possibilities afforded by technology, Jumpel’s debut album Samuel Jason Lies On The Beach is a work of intense intimacy and humanity. The album serves as a testament to the power of careful distillation and minimalism, exuding an emotional complexity that belies its seemingly simple surface. Tracks were borne out of discrete nocturnal recording sessions where ideas sparked from a range of disparate sources: an old drum machine, a radio announcement, a forgotten guitar chord. Through a process of layering and weaving, the album began to take shape. Opaque electronic textures act like sinew, binding themselves to piano and string melodies. The result is an album that must be heard as a whole, yet seems to exist without a real beginning or end.

Biography

Jumpel began life in 2005 when Jo Dürbeck, formerly of the German band Bones, began to write and record his own music. Prior to Bones, Jo’s formative musical experiences involved playing with empty detergent cans, boxes and a piano in his parents’ cellar. In 1986 he bought a Commodore C-64 computer and discovered electronic music.

Jo played keyboards, samples and loops in Bones, who over the course of eight years released three albums and seven singles with EMI Germany, and played over 400 gigs in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Then, after splitting up the band, Jo and Rene (Bones’ singer) founded their own company and studio and started writing and producing music for films. They wrote scores for numerous films and documentaries, and won the award for Best Score at the Filmfestival Valencia in 2006.

Despite his obvious mastery of the dizzying possibilities afforded by technology, Jumpel crafts music of intense intimacy and humanity. His albums serve as testament to the power of careful distillation and minimalism, exuding an emotional complexity that belies their seemingly simple surfaces. The albums must be heard as a whole, yet seem to exist without a real beginning or end.

 

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Reviews

  • Jumpel "Bloc4" In Nowamuzyka Top Ten of 2013

    Jumpel’s Bloc4 was placed at number 7 in the Nowamuzyka Top Ten of 2013. Read the full write up (in Polish) here.

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  • Jumpel 'Pool' Reviewed at The Sunday Experience

    “…I say all this because via a face book activity posting we eyed this little darling. More associated with all things shoe gazed and dream popped, here’s a little off road detour into fragile ambient minimalism courtesy of Jumpel. Culled from their ’bloc4’ full length, ’pool’ is a divinely demurred slice of drift pop, bitter sweetly graceful and lonesome, this ice sculptured lovely navigates an as were neglected star zone wooing its voids in an somnambulant floorshow of serenely dinked vapour trails, utterly affectionate and elegiac in short.”

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  • Jumpel "Bloc4" Reviewed at Igloo Magazine

    “Since 2006, Hidden Shoal Recordings has made a name in the development and diffusion of some of the most remarkable essays in the unique musical universe of shoegazing dream-pop ambient, swirling soundtracky electronic navigation and chamber-rock evocativeness. An obvious reference in the world of contemporary and innovative electronic music. Each release is meticulously conceived and the music always reveals challenging moments and moving sonic sound capacities, all of this in a deliciously and constant emotional, brooding sensitive shape. Bloc4 comes from the reunion or artistic meeting between two original musical personalities: Joe Dürbeck and Chloe March. Dürbeck formed Jumpel in 2005 for a series of eloquent and dreamily enthusiastic digitized electronic opus. He firstly made a reputation with his band Bones which musically admits a curious and dynamic mix of indie pop-rockin elements based on standardized compositional schemas. Next to numerous gigs and with one member of Bones Joe Dürbeck founded his own company devoted to music for films. Chloe March who was firstly invited to play on the last Dürbeck’s album is a multifaceted artist, singer and piano player. Her musical range oscillates between intimate dream-pop ambient realm and glitch-out electro pop sustained by a delicately introspective acoustic orchestration.

    Delivered as the new Jumpel, Bloc4 is the result of a rare musical complicity between the two artists. It reveals a wonderful journey between emotionally intense dreamscapes and a magically colorful sonic sounding palette. The conceptual background leads us to a creative sync between spatial relations (inside the urbanistic functional-panoptical post-human context) and our own understanding about man lonely-isolated state. The sonorous environment or soundscaping architecture delivers a surprising dialectic between a qualitative sense of awareness and representational figure of close / open communications. The aesthetic conjunction linking fragility, abstraction and poetical expression is perfectly programmed and transport the listener into melodious-chantlike world of sounds. The expressive and acoustic qualities of Chole March’s very own experiments and personal poetry resonates intimately with Joe Dürbeck’s immersive and powerful electronic fragments to a create a very sensuous experience.

    Qualitatively spacious, electronically dense, cinematically enthralling and calmly floating this album is a welcomed recommendation for daydream and reflective state lived inside a “sentimental reconstruction.”

    Igloo Magazine

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  • Jumpel "Bloc4" Reviewed at Textura

    “It makes some kind of perfect sense that Joe Dürbeck would title his fourth Hidden Shoal Jumpel album Bloc4, given the architectural association it invokes and the careful construction of a typical Jumpel track. Specifically, we’re informed that the fifty-one-minute album centers on the “elevated yet lonely world of a tower block, each track poetically investigating its multi-faceted elements and spaces.”

    A typical Jumpel instrumental is less characterized by narrative progression of the kind where a gradual exposition culminates in a grandiose climax; instead, it’s more akin to a near-frozen landscape setting whose fascinating details come into clearer focus the longer the camera monitors the scene—things initially unnoticed gradually turn into focal points as perception shifts from one part of the image to another and as the camera slowly pans from side to side. That’s especially the case during ambient-styled settings such as “Gaze at the Sky,” “Pool,” and “Corruption Corner” that seem tailor-made for self-reflection.

    On this album, Jumpel’s secret weapon is—aside from his own artful scene painting—vocalist Chloë March (with whom Dürbeck collaborated on “Edinburgh” from the Europa single), whose humanizing presence elevates every song on which she appears. Her sensual vocalizing acts as a dramatic counterpoint to Dürbeck’s instrumental designs, which by comparison epitomize cool control. She wasn’t simply brought in at the eleventh hour to add vocals to the tracks either; after presenting her with the album concept, Dürbeck invited her to select certain tracks and develop vocal ideas for them. Her soft, smoky delivery leaves a haunting impression when it first appears in “Appartment” and in the later “Flight,” a rare rhythm-heavy piece, and the hypnotic “Rook.” One of Bloc4‘s loveliest pieces is “Blue Ceiling,” which pairs a slow backing packed with percussion and warbly synthesizers (reminiscent of Eno’s Music for Films or Another Green World) with an alluringly hushed vocal by March.

    As memorable as the vocal pieces are, there are enticing instrumental moments, too. The flute-like melody wafting delicately through the quietly breezy “Monica’s Room” exudes a mellotron quality that introduces an early prog dimension, while elegant piano playing acts as a stark contrast to alien ambient noises during “Floor 4.” Certain track titles suggest a strong programmatic dimension: filled as it is with tiny electronic noises, “Greenhouse” conjures the image of a humid, enclosed space filled with plant life, insects, and birds.

    Sans vocals, Jumpel’s music plays like some distinctive merger of ambient, post-rock, and krautrock, with piano, guitar, bass, percussion, and electronics woven with great care and circumspection into polished miniatures. Melody abounds but it’s deployed subtly and acts more as part of the overall fabric than as a focal point. Stated more generally, Dürbeck emphasizes intimacy and understatement in the album’s fifteen meticulous constructions. On a commercial level, such an approach likely lessens his chances of making a huge splash, but artistically it pays off handsomely.”

    Textura

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  • Jumpel "Bloc4" Airplay Review at 2ser

    “Jumpel is a Berlin-based producer with his heart firmly placed in the electronic scene that emerged in the 90s and got quickly coined as IDM – Intelligent Dance Music. The sound’s making a comeback of sorts and the man is freshly poised with a new album of beautiful and delicate creations, ticking over on whirring and purring beats set against coolly drifting guitars and absorbing textural atmospheres. The new twist this time around is British vocalist and pianist Chloe March, making a human touch within sound oh-so alien.”

    – 2ser

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  • Jumpel 'Europa' – A Strangely Isolated Place

    Excerpt: “… Jo Dürbeck aka Jumpel, found inspiration from time travelling around Europe which has materialised into a very special album, where each track represents a different city, feeling and stage of the journey. “Like many journeys, Europa begins with speculation and tentative steps. In ‘Arles’ and ‘Bern’, the delicate pattering of subtle rhythms is counterbalanced with delicate melodic figures, like light reflecting off water. ” Taking different approaches throughout, ‘Europa’ transcends into a multitude of feelings and ultimately a true sense of change and progression is apparent, until a beautiful vocal hits in ‘Edinburgh’, lighting up an already sublime album. I have it on good word from Pete Srdic (asip’s ears on the ground!) that Jo’s other albums are just as special and varied in their approach, so time to get digging. You can get ‘Europa’ on Jumpel’s Bandcamp and believe it or not, the best track on the album ‘Edinburgh’ is available as a free download (video below). For links to the rest of his releases, see the Hidden Shoal label site or the Jumpel website.”

    A Strangely Isolated Place

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  • Jumpel 'Europa' – Headphone Commute

    Excerpt: “On his third full length album for Hidden Shoal, Jumpel curates gentle whispers, lonely glances and tired sighs, in his carefully produced environmental snapshots of the world. Europa is Jo Dürbeck’s continuation of sound exploration as Jumpel, inspired by his travels around the continent, transforming his memories into eleven tracks titled after the visited cities. From Stockholm to Madrid to Vienna and Lisbon, Dürbeck’s album is more than an audio travelogue, it is an “abstracted sonic diary, painting the intangibility and romanticism of memory and travel using sparse yet resonant sound.” There’s no trickery here to ploy the listener and bend his ear, instead the familiar fragments of harmony and effected progression shine through with their exquisite moments, and comfortably settle on their best. Although at times such a description may sound undesirable, I assure you that in this context it is meant as a compliment. Indeed, these tracks are perfect for my morning, rainy and drowsy commute, each telling a story of another city, ticking away with the clink-clank of the train. Perhaps somebody out there, perhaps Dürbeck, perhaps even you, is listening to the story of my city, on their own morning, rainy, and drowsy commute.”

    Headphone Commute

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  • Jumpel 'Europa' – Igloo Magazine

    Excerpt: “a minimal explanation of discovery, borne out of travels that extended around Europe. A certain inspiration that gives perspective for wider observations from distances of every measure, but also capped with a certain amount of isolation… It’s cool and collected, but has enough power to draw in the lightness of a natural surrounding, gradually making it glow; carefully planted strings adding a more sublime texture while glittering chimes embrace. Ever so mild, yet makes enough of a statement with its brighter inclinations and filtered sounds. Hugely ambient, gentle and suggestive in part, with quiet aspects that lament around each city stop, Europa is a portrait of minimalistic excellence and a passion for discovery, which flourishes with every experimental step across the continent.”

    Igloo Magazine

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  • Jumpel 'Europa' – Textura

    Excerpt: “If Europa isn’t quite a whirlwind tour around the world in eighty days, it’s at the very least a journey through Europe in forty-five minutes—and very much a scenic one at that… An attempt to distill personal memories of eleven European locations into an ambient electronica suite, the concept driving the new release is an inspired one that affords a marvelous opportunity for dramatic sound exploration. Each piece is like a mini-portrait that more evokes the locale indirectly than tries to literally represent it, and the project as a whole imprints itself surrpetitiously on the listener’s mind… The album’s most memorable track is “Edinburgh,” on account of a simple yet memorable set of piano chords and especially a luminous vocal performance by Chloë March. The song stands out so much, in fact, it suggests Dürbeck would be wise to consider featuring a greater number of vocal performances on future Jumpel recordings. Broached as a whole, Europa plays less like the experience of a first-time sightseer excited by the prospect of seeing the usual tourist sights and more like a long-time visitor who regards the journey as a time for reflection and melancholic rumination.”

    Textura

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  • Jumpel 'Edinburgh' – Life is Noise

    Excerpt: “We really dug Jumpel’s last album, Deuxième Bureau, so we’re naturally very excited that the German minimalist will be gracing our ears again, through the excellent Hidden Shoal Recordings. Jumpel’s third album, Europa, is out now.You can watch the mesmerisingly good film clip to the first single, “Edinburgh”, which features the vocals of Chloë March. Like the music itself, it’s arrestingly simple and brilliantly executed. Enjoy!”

    Life is Noise

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Licensing

Jumpel’s music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.