Femke’s Debut EP ‘Safe In The Suburbs’ Hints At Alienation Behind Mowed Lawns

[Cover photo credit to Christine Schwan]

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, label owner, and soundtrack composer Femke has shared the new song “Love Somebody Else” with an accompanying video, a track which was co-written with Deanna Walker and Tyler James Bellinger. It is the second song from her debut five-song EP Safe in the Suburbs which will arrive via Enci Records on September 22nd, 2023.

The video for “Love Somebody Else” follows the characters that were first introduced in the video for the title track earlier this year.

Femke recorded the EP at her home studio in Nashville, playing all the instruments and producing. The EP’s songs form a narrative, with the title track “hinting at the alienation and thwarted emotions that lurk behind the neat façade of split-level homes and mowed lawns.” The videos for the EP will also be thematically inked.

Femke (Weidema) was born in Drachten, a rural town in Friesland which she dubs “the Kentucky of the Netherlands,” with a population under 50,000, where she played accordion and studied classical music at a Dutch conservatory not far from her home.

As a songwriter, Femke won the regional finals of the Netherlands’ Grand Pop Prize before receiving a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied voice and composition. Moving to Los Angeles, she became part of the city’s film and TV music community, composing scores with Jazz musician Don Grusin, then working at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control.

Relocating to Nashville to pursue her ambitions to write, record and produce herself, working in a variety of genres.

The EP represents the culmination of her experience composing music for film and TV with its visual motifs.

Femke comments:

The songs are very personal, but I’ve tried to write them in a way that is relatable to other people. My goal is to find an audience that is looking for something other than Top 40 love songs, music that is relevant to them. I want to speak to those who don’t believe they belong in a way that they feel heard.

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