False Memories

by Evelien van den Broek

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1.
POP OUt 03:57
POP OUt one of my favourites as a child, is of being driven along in the back seat of my dad's car I could see his head over the top of the seat and we were going quite fast along winding country roads he turned his head and told me I had to look after the car for a minute as he had to pop out he then proceeded to open the door and his head disappeared as the door closed I can clearly see him in my mind rolling along the grass verge and disappearing behind me as the car sped on. I sat panicking, for what felt like minutes until the door opened and he jumped back in, I can't remember how he managed that part though that part though
2.
CREATUREs 04:37
CREATUREs I’m creeping into my living room after bedtime I see the floor open up into a stadium where millions of purple creatures discuss my daily life and are planning what my day will be like the next day where millions of purple creatures discuss my daily life and are planning what my day will be like the next day millions of creatures purple creatures my mother is leading the meeting the meeting the meeting it may seem like a dream but it feels like a memory it was so real, I believed it until my late teens and sometimes go back to the belief still at the age of 23 I have never told anyone out of fear it would collapse the system
3.
TWIn 06:00
TWIn when I was about 7 years old my twin sister and I were playing in the street and my sister ran into the road and was hit by a car cars were much fewer then (1957) in my teens I discovered that this event never occurred to my sister or any other child in the neighbourhood in my teens I discovered that this event never occurred to my sister or any other child in the neighbourhood I continue to have vivid memories and flashbacks of this event these are random and are not triggered by any thing I am now 63 and my twin sister died 15 years ago not in a road accident
4.
BREATHe 06:17
BREATHe I clearly recall being able to breathe under water as a child
5.
BIRTh 04:26
BIRTh I have a memory of when I was born I have a memory of when I was born I clearly remember the cold on my skin all I could see was a white bright, bright light I remember the tactile sensation of strong hands on me I remember water, I felt extremely curious a non-verbal thought that something very important was happening to me nobody believes me, with the exception, of course, of my mother I have a memory of when I was born I have a memory of when I was born I clearly remember the cold on my skin all I could see was a white bright, bright light I will never know if this memory is true or false it is, this is certain, 'non-believed' I have a memory of when I was born I have a memory of when I was born I clearly remember the cold on my skin all I could see was a white bright, bright light
6.
MOUTh 06:21
MOUTh I recall biting into a mouse when I was four, I was four as a child in Indonesia in order to make my brother be quiet quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet… I was sitting outside in the garden making mud pie and he just kept talking a mouse ran by and I bit into it blood filled my mouth and ran down my face my brother and the rest of my family have assured me this has never happened quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet, quiet…
7.
THROw 06:22
THROw I have a memory of my grandmother threatening to throw me down the stairs when I was 2-3 years old I remember every detail the red carpet on the floor the glass in the window of the front door the black rail, I remember clearly grabbing her black and white furry coat in agony the truth is that this never happened the red carpet was in our living room but not in the staircase it is impossible to see the front door from the staircase, the black rail was in our later home and she did not buy that black and white coat until many years later, besides she was not a psychopath let alone a baby murderer threatening to throw threatening to throw threatening to throw
8.
LANDSPo 06:15
LANDSPo I once lived in a house, in a house with a small sized owl he talked about wanting to become a medium sized one but it never never happened I thought that my grandparents’ poodle died because my granddad, my granddad deliberately ran it over with the lawn mower in fact it had just died of old age I had a tiny hippo hippo as a pet its name was Landspo it lived in a Tupperware box and kept trying to escape I can see why it sure was a cute hippo
9.
FLAMe 04:09
FLAMe I remember very vividly, as a child swiping my finger on a matchbox and my finger setting fire I held it in front of my face and stared at the flame on the end of my finger my mum rushed over and put my finger in water to put out the flame to this day she denies this happened and it also seems quite physically impossible strange physically impossible strange physically impossible strange physically, physically…
10.
JAPAn 05:22
JAPAn for most of my life I thought I had been to see Japan with my parents when I was a small child I have vivid memories of my mum wearing a kimono and those small wooden Japanese shoes my dad and I were sat in a small boat and my mum was stepping into the boat (she is the type to adopt local traditional wear so this seemed normal) (she is the type to adopt local traditional wear so this seemed normal) I have told many people that I have been to Japan but that I don't remember much then when I was about 24 I mentioned this to my mother in passing conversation and she looked at me like I was mad apparently I have never been to Japan I concocted it all in my mind apparently I have never been to Japan I concocted it all in my mind (she is the type to adopt local traditional wear so this seemed normal) (she is the type to adopt local traditional wear so this seemed normal) (she is the type to adopt local traditional wear so this seemed normal)
11.
FLOAt 06:12
FLOAt when I was eight I was wearing an orange inflated jacket that caused me to float to the ceiling like a balloon I could kick myself down but I would just float back up again when I went outside I began floating upwards and couldn’t stop floating upwards and couldn’t stop couldn’t stop couldn’t stop couldn’t stop this might’ve been a dream but I remember it very vividly with imagery just like normal memories

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"I Clearly Recall Being Able To Breathe Under Water As A Child'

Avant-garde popsongs about memories of events that have never actually occurred.

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released December 2, 2017

All songs composed, arranged, and produced by Evelien van den Broek

All lyrics are drawn from anonymous public submissions to A.R. Hopwood’s False Memory Archive - www.falsememoryarchive.com

Musicians:
Evelien van den Broek – vocals, electronics, programming
Koen Kaptijn – trombone
Tony Roe – Moog and OB-6 synths, clavinet, Wurlitzer

Keyboards and trombone recorded by Tony Roe at Roe Music Productions
Vocals for FLOAt and MOUTh recorded by Tony Roe at Roe Music Productions, and vocals for all remaining songs recorded by Evelien van den Broek

Mixed by Gijs van Klooster at Redhouse
Mastered by Jarno Volman at Gold Soundz Mastering

Videostills by Marcel Wierckx
Cover design by Richard van Kruysdijk
Liner notes by René van Peer

Supported by the SENA Performers Music Production Fund and by Edith Eymann.
False Memories live show: supported by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds & Hausta Donans Fonds, produced by Stichting MONO with support of November Music.

Thanks: Edith Eymann, Richard Ayres, Dyane Donck, Paul & Tanya van den Broek, Richard van Kruysdijk, Helen van den Broek, de wandelclub, Edo, Jen, Sandor Caron, Gijs van Klooster, Bert Palinckx.

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Evelien van den Broek Amsterdam, Netherlands

Evelien is a composer, performer and producer. She makes electronic music. As KUrKKU she uses her voice with live electronics, Wii game controllers, a foot pedal and five speakers. False Memories is her first solo album. On June 5th 2020 she released Endlings, an album about extinction with field recordings of extinct and endangered animals. ... more

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