FLEMISH TRUMPET SAVANT/LOFI PRODUCER PHLOCALYST ANNOUNCES INSIGHTS EP OUT 12/16 VIA NETTWERK
November 4, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Today, Flemish lo-fi producer and trumpeter Phlocalyst announces his new EP Insights. Out December 16, the eight-track project is a voyage of muted trumpet and mystical beats slathered in funky melodies.
Today, Phlocalyst shares “Zeal,” the third single from Insights. The track begins calmly with a piano chord progression. A grooving bass drum loop segues the song into a motivational composition, where Phlocalyst knocks out vintage sounding trumpet riffs over a blend of grand piano & keyboard and programmed drums.
“This song is about great energy in pursuit of a cause or an objective,” shares Phlocalyst. “This chilled, jazzy piano & trumpet conversation, topped off by some bells in the hook, are my musical definition of zeal.”
Since Phlocalyst began making music in 2017, his rich catalog has surpassed 200 million streams on Spotify alone. He’s been a mainstay on Spotify’s ever-popular “lofi beats” playlist (4.7M likes) and prior to signing with Nettwerk, he released several songs with instrumental stalwart Lofi Girl.
Phlocalyst has also been a pioneer of bringing lo-fi beyond the computer screen, having done DJ sets with live trumpet in Belgium, Spain, Germany, France and more. Fans are likely to recognize him from his curly blonde hair and signature blue baseball cap; although sports-wise, he prefers soccer and darts.
“Zeal” is available at digital retailers here: https://phlocalyst.ffm.to/zeal
Flemish artist Phlocalyst plays classical music with a professional orchestra in Munich by day, but his creative pursuits see him moonlighting as a lo-fi producer and trumpet player. To release stress from his classical career, Phlocalyst turned to hip-hop and listened to artists like Pete Rock and J Dilla. Fiddling with an iPad to remake a beat quickly got Phlocalyst hooked on the hobby, leading him to the world of lo-fi production. He’s gained a reputation off of trumpet-heavy compositions, which makes sense as he’s played the instrument since he was five years old.
Insights, Phlocalyst’s debut EP with Nettwerk Music Group, was conceived during a period of quarantine this past February after creating lo-fi and jazz-hop beats for the past five years. While the first two days of being ill weren’t easy on Phlocalyst, he says his best music is usually created when he’s feeling unwell, where he can embrace and express those sometimes overwhelming and raw emotions.
Insights is for the guaranteed good days. For the days with the soft sun hitting like an eternal gold hour, friends gathered together with easy-going jokes, and something strong and refreshing filled in each person’s cup. The jazzy EP is to be thrown into the background while people jibe with one another, enjoying their company and basking in these casual moments. It’s less of a celebration of life and more of an admiration for the present and what’s to come while acknowledging the hardships of the past.
Insights will be available at all digital retailers December 16, 2022. Cover art created by Giza.